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It was my mother’s wish to visit Tirumala during Srivari Brahmotsavam. We have been visiting Tirumala Tirupati Venkateshwara temple quite often since my childhood. But it was only once before with family members taking the pedestrian path to reach the Tirumala hill top from Tirupati foot hills. But when I go with friends and cousins, I prefer to take this pedestrian path since it is as good as any other trekking experience along with a bit of spirituality! The temple of Lord Balaji is located atop one of a range of seven hills – Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. The pedestrian path covers only 2 of these hills and the distance to be covered is around 9 kms.

Alipiri - GarudaThis post is all about taking pedestrian path to reach the hilltop from Alipiri. I plan to cover the amenities provided by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) for such pedestrian pilgrims. Hope this will help when you plan to visit the temple next time :). Tirupati city is well connected with all forms of transport modes via road, train and flights. If your wish is to take the pedestrian path, you should reach a place called ‘Alipiri’ – which is the starting point, well connected by local transport from airport, railway station and bus stations. If you are driving on your own, you can park your vehicle at Alipiri and proceed towards entrance point towards the steps.Alipiri At the very beginning itself you have a free luggage carry counter operated by TTD. In this counter, you may opt to drop your belongings in locked baggage that you wish not to carry while taking the pedestrian path. Ensure to carry only wallet, camera, water bottles and any other valuables if you feel necessary with you. The luggage will reach Tirumala in less than 2 hours usually and the same can be collected by the pilgrims once they reach the hilltop upon producing the receipt obtained while depositing the luggage. Walking will usually take 2 to 4 hrs depending on your fitness.

I would suggest you start taking the pedestrian path without any foot ware since this entire place is considered holy and sacred. There is an advantage in going barefoot here. Most of the path is made of long stone slabs which are firmly cemented. When you walk on such stone slabs with not so smooth and flat surface, your feet will experience the acupressure treatment in all the pressure points there. There by it rejuvenates all those parts of your body which are controlled by the pressure points in your feet. Climbing the initial 1000 steps would be a real testing time if you aren’t regular at exercising. These initial steps are very steep and you can always relax for a while by looking at the beauty around! There are so many variety of trees through out the either sides of pedestrian way. You can take the support of railings to halt and proceed. Most of the path is covered with concrete roof, so you need not worry about sunlight or rains. TTD has done a great job by making this path so easy to keep going.

ChakraNaamaluShankuThere are a number of statues of lord in various incarnations all through out at regular distance. Also, there is potable water supply and toilets in the way at convenient distances all along. Once you reach a place called ‘Namala Konda’, TTD has set up a separate darshan registration facility. They take your biometrics and give you darshan tickets. Forget not to collect the tickets as this facility is set up specifically for pedestrian pilgrims and you don’t need to wait in the compartments too long unlike others. This wasn’t there before and the TTD seem to have started giving priority for pedestrians. ‘Namala Konda’ is very much visible with brightly illuminated florescent lights in the night from most of the places in Tirupati city and nearby villages/highways. Once you are at this elevated place, forget not to see the full view of the Tirupati city. Soon after this, there are many shopkeepers who sell refreshments including snacks and light tiffin at a nominal cost. If you are too tired, take a break for sometime here and then proceed. From this point onwards the walk would be much more easier for next 6+ kms since the path is more or less flat and you wouldn’t feel the steepness.

Hanuman StatueOn the way there are many interesting places amidst the forest range. Few to name include the deer park and the tall statue of Hanuman. If you wish, you can feed the deers with carrots! On our way we were able to spot many cats, rats and bhors. Also there is a stretch of forest which has Red Sandalwood trees. Keep an eye on both the sides of the pedestrian path for the information on some of the wild animals that have been spotted in this forest range. Often you will see a bunch of security guards through out the pedestrian path to ensure safety of the pilgrims. Right now they allow pedestrian pilgrims to take this path between 4am and 12am, it remains closed for the remaining 4 hours in a day. To enjoy the nature better and to avoid day time temperature, I suggest you to start the walk either in the early morning around 5 or in the evening after 6. Most preferred time would be morning as you get to enjoy the nature better in the early day light. After walking a couple of kilometers from the Hanuman staute, another ticket checkpoint is set up. There you need to show your earlier obtained darshan tickets and get it stamped with officials. If you don’t have this stamping, you will not be entertained for the special darshan being offered for pedestrians.

From this point onwards, the pedestrian path converges with the descending vehicles road path. This is for about a kilometer. The scene of the nature and forest area from this point is picturesque! I would suggest you spend few minutes here before heading for the final steep hill of steps. This is really exhaustive and be prepared to climb another 1000 steps and that is it! You are done with a walk of 9 kms and 3550 steps. Head on to collect your luggage from the counter and then to free amenities complex to get hair tonsured if you wish and then for bathing. Don’t expect this complex to be very clean since so many thousands of people use it on a daily basis.Free Bus You have an option to either safeguard your luggage in this complex or near the queue complex where you enter into the darshan compartments. There is a free bus to drop you at ‘Vaikuntam Queue Complex 2’ where the final leg of journey towards ‘Ananda Nilayam’ (God’s sanctum sanctorum). Before getting into this queue, better safeguard your mobiles, camera or any other electronic equipments with lockers provided by TTD only just before entering any of the queue complexes. This is a must for everyone’s security.

From here on you will be let into compartment #13 or 14. You may have to wait for a max of 2 hours in these compartments before getting into the moving queue to reach ‘Ananda Nilayam’. Free Laddu prasadam tickets (One per head) will be given in the queue itself. Collect prasadam in exchange of these tickets after darshan. Upon coming out of the temple, collect all your belongings from luggage/mobile counters. If you are still energetic, feel free to take the pedestrian path else you have the buses plying every 2 minutes to get back to ‘Alipiri’ I am planning to write separate articles on various other temples in Tirumala and Tirupati with the help of my friend Chakri. More to follow soon.

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  • Lata Ravichander October 26, 2015, 4:37 pm

    Planning to climb on foot from Alipiri on nov 1st 2015with my friends from Australia and newzealand.i have gone same route twice earlier ..have booked online darshan.
    Are there clean toilets enroute?dont remember seeing them earlier

  • Kumaresan C October 14, 2015, 2:30 pm

    Please give details about timings of tirumala walking and also tell me about pedestrian allowed or not for divya dharshanam in sundays(18.10.2015)

  • Naga October 3, 2015, 9:37 pm

    Sir I have a small doubt with regards to 70rs token and where it will be given by the ttd. On on Q line or in out side and also one thing is it only for pedestrians or every one will u please explain

  • Nambivalavan October 1, 2015, 3:59 pm

    Two days before i went to Tirumala by Alipiri gate footsteps i started walking from 12.30am and reach to top by 4 am . Looks like they are allowing 24 hrs nowadays. Adavantage if u come to Tirumala by walking in footsteps means for Rs 20 u can get 2+1(free) laddus and for Rs 70 u can get 4+1(free) laddus. Finally i got darshan only at 4.30pm . But crowd management could have done better at the entrance of temple were everybody will push you madly.

  • ChandraSekhar October 1, 2015, 11:07 am

    I am looking for information of car parking places in Tirupathi.
    I am planning to reach Tirupathi by car, park it there till my stay is completed.
    Expected to stay for 3-4 days. What is the best option for safe parking of my car in Tirupathi.

  • B Arvind Kumar September 22, 2015, 5:07 pm

    Planning to visit Tirupati around last week of November, 2015 with our family consisiting of around 30 members. Need suggestions how do I plan for accommodation. Around 20 members of us will be going to tirumala by walk.

    • technophilo September 30, 2015, 8:12 am

      Hello Aravind,

      You can book accommodation online. In tirumala it will be booked quickly as soon as reservations are open. It will be open for reservation 60 days in advance so plan accordingly. You can see availability in http://www.ttdsevaonline.com

      Since number of people are more you can take up four or five room either in tirupati or tirumala. As I see today still rooms are available in tirupati. Make reservation in advance to enjoy hassle free darshan of lord balaji.


      ps: you can create multiple user accounts using your co-travellers id cards(of course informing them ;-)). In ttd website only a single booking is allowed for 60 days.

  • Santosh September 3, 2015, 12:38 pm

    Very useful information, thanks to Mohan and others who provided valuable information.

  • SURESH.L August 31, 2015, 3:46 pm

    hi, iam suresh, i plan to tirupati by walk, so leave chennai by night, and i hope i will reach in mid night, so is this possible to start walking in mid night, i want to know clearly wheather the steps is closed in mid night or not.

    • Kuzhali September 11, 2015, 1:55 pm

      Mid night walk is not advised I think

      • M Saravanan October 6, 2015, 6:40 am

        we have trekked Tirumala during the night only. It was 5 years back and we started at 1.00 AM and completed by 6.00 AM.

  • m purushotham August 30, 2015, 7:06 pm

    planing to reach by trekking to tirumala from renigunta railway station which pedestrian route is best ? shall i start at 3 pm woth my 2 kids ? after reaching shall i go for darshan next day mornig taking rest at night

  • Vidya Kumar August 11, 2015, 12:17 pm

    I wanted to go to Tirupati walking. I had vowed for my son many years ago.
    Just wanted to complete it.
    I am planning to on 17th and return on 20th Sept’15.
    which is the best way ?

    Planning to go by flight.

    Where way is best and easy ?

    1) Going to chennai
    2) Going to Hyderabad
    3) Going to Bangalore
    4) Any other option left.

    Please suggest.

    • Veerendra P Khatawkar August 12, 2015, 8:01 pm

      Dear Vidya,

      You have not mentioned from where are you coming.
      Any way, Flight options:
      The nearest Airport is Chennai, from Which Thirupati is @ 150KMS. You can book taxi in advance : As OLA / MERU are operating in Chennai you can book thro on line well in advance. other option is to book train tickets from Chennai to Renigunta, from there you can take bus to one of the pedestrian paths i.e. 1.Shrivari mettu where you need to climb @ 2500 steps – initial 600 steps are easy non steep, later 1900 steps are steep, but we my self 46, wife 41 & daughter 18, climbed in 3 hrs, both myself and my wife are daibatic – I’m on insulin however did not find any problem- ensure you have Banana & water instead of any thing else.
      2; Aleperi: this is nearby the car toll place to Thirumala entrance, here the steps are not steep but Nos are more this also takes 3-4 hrs.
      Any way take pauses as many as you need & climb, no need to rush.
      While you follow the path you will have pedestrian passes counter after half way, where no need of any identity card , they issue card with your photo as the counter is equipped with camera & printer.
      Once you reach top there are bords in English/ Hindi & Telagu directing you to pedestrian special entry better use that as it is equally faster as Rs 300/- pass or even better some times.
      Once you reach the main block thro pedestrian path way – some times extra longer some times you directly go inside a waiting hall! all depending on rush on the day_ I suggest you to avoid Saturday & Sunday & public holidays if you are not particular.
      Then in the block there is queue for Laddu passes, take that as per your requirement(you will be spending @1 hr for this).
      Then proceed for Darshan along with crowd.
      After Darshan Laddu collection in que @ 30 mins.
      While coming back use Thirumala bus to come back to Alipiri ( Whether you use Alepiri or Shrivari mettu for pedstrain entry).
      Ask your driver to bring the car to Alepiri if you have taken Shrivarimettu. Return back to your place as per your plan.
      You can take Chennai Thirupati flight as well. & follow the same procedure.
      Brows mustseeindia.com & put Chennai to Tirupati for other possibilities to reach from Chennai to Thirupati.

  • Aishwarya Baskaran August 8, 2015, 3:24 pm

    I heard there more than one pedestrian paths , which one is the hardest or the easiest path?

    • M Saravanan October 6, 2015, 6:44 am

      @ Aishwarya

      There is no harder or easier path for visiting the abode.

      However for your Information Alipiri Route has 3550 steps and is more popularly used . Pilgrims are allowed 24×7 in this route.

      Sri vari mettu route is with 2500 steps.Pilgrims are allowed from 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM only in this route.

  • CRV August 8, 2015, 2:39 pm

    On 9th August we preferred darshan by walk, on Mid day after 12 noon,the journey will Be comfort or tired

  • Veerendra Khatawkar August 4, 2015, 9:45 pm

    Dear Mohan,
    This is a great & complete information, which I was looking for, thanks for this informative blog, please continue this good work for other centers as mentioned in your blog.

  • RajaJayapal August 1, 2015, 2:38 pm

    Hi Sir/Madam,

    I am planning to visit Thirumala tonight . I could not get 300 rupees ticket via online booking(no tickets available). Could you tell me whether we can get Rs.300 ticket directly from Thirumala?, If so please let me know where to get it.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Sandeep August 5, 2015, 11:32 am

      You may try any of the post office at Tirupathi, Tirumala, you might get , there are no separate counters for 300 rupees in Tirumala, else you may have to walk by foot. Thanks

  • Priya Harunkumar July 24, 2015, 5:26 pm

    Very thanks for your useful information… It will be more helpful for me… We too planned to go Tirupathi on Foot…. Once again thanks a lot… Sri Rama Jayam

  • Suresh & family July 17, 2015, 8:59 pm

    We are family of 4 , planning to go by walk on 7th Aug morning.
    Any family planing to go on the same day.. Lets walk together and help each other to make the day. Thanks

  • Lakshman July 17, 2015, 7:01 pm

    Hi, Thank you for providing information. All the best for you too.

  • Vivek P July 16, 2015, 6:25 pm

    Hey Mohan,
    thanks for information. It’s really useful. I’m planning to go 0n 30th July 2015. This time will climb hill by walk. Your information is very useful for me. I will reach there at 4.30, at Alipiri at start climbing.

  • SURESH.L July 15, 2015, 12:11 pm


  • Latha July 9, 2015, 11:35 am

    We are group of 10 members. But 3 of us we are planing to reach tirumala by foot on 7 th august 8:00 Am after reaching tirumala can we go to our rooms and take bath. afte the refreshments can we go to our darshan.

    • Mallesh GM July 9, 2015, 2:52 pm

      Yes, you can have a Bath and then go for darshan

  • Kripa June 25, 2015, 3:16 pm

    Do they give darshan tickets in divya darshan token counter when we walk on Weekend?

  • Ravi June 20, 2015, 4:52 am

    Thank you Mohan! for sharing very useful information

  • Dinesh June 17, 2015, 9:28 pm

    Friends, please suggest me iam climbing to pray swamy varu around 10.30 if security will allow us. And we also carrying our e-darshan tickets with us…..so if there is any interruption for pedestrain walk

  • vishwanath May 24, 2015, 7:45 pm

    Been to tirupati yesterday and was a very nice experience visiting the lord.
    After climbing the hilltop reached to top at 1 Am early morning. But had tuff time in reaching the Divya Darshan Vaikuntha Q 1, checked many temple security guys about the start point of the Q, but many looks like were in sleepy mode did not guide us , at last one security guy guided us to one Q. After joining the Q also checked with few guys they also pointed the same…. Only later to realise it was a free darshan Q. By that time it was good 3 hours into the Q and still waiting at last again i checked with one temple guy then he told us @ the rite Q. Then had to get off the Q and joined the correct Q. So my request to all the devotees to be double sure of the Q starting point.
    Few poniters to people planning to climb the hill
    1- From tirupati bus stand – Allipiri is 5KM away. U can reach the allipiri by auto. Auto’s will charge 60-70 rupees to reach.
    2- All the luggages have to be properly locked, w/o locks luggage will not be taken. Better to carry a lock or u can buy the locks ear to luggage collection office.

  • Vishwanath May 19, 2015, 11:37 am

    Planning to go to hilltop via Alipiri by walk, I did this in year 2011. We started at 9 in the night.. Now i want to know now a days can we still climb during night time – after 9 Pm and collect the darshan ticket at galigopuram.
    Kindly let me know

  • Gopi May 2, 2015, 8:33 pm

    Please give details about timings of tirumala walking way from alipiri. whether 24 hrs allowed or not.

    • Prabu May 3, 2015, 9:04 am

      11.45PM -3AM is d break time , due to security reasons . but if u start walking before 10PM and cross the check point , then no worries . during the 11.45PM-3AM the divya darshan token counter and ticket validation counters will be closed . hence u have to wait in those places to take tokens .

  • Vijay kumar April 26, 2015, 8:31 pm

    Pilgrims may like to know that there is another short route which can be covered in one third of the time from Alipiri . 2350 steps

  • Venu April 9, 2015, 12:01 pm

    I am planing to walk with my family and friends we are planing to start late night around 1130PM so i just wanted to know whether it is allowed to walk full night and how is the safety precautions now…

    • Mallannaa April 9, 2015, 3:02 pm

      The authorities will not allow you to Walk after 11 PM

  • S.Ravikumar April 3, 2015, 7:50 pm

    I am planning to go with my family.My daughter and wife would like to go by walk using ALIPIRI route. I am having BP and little bit sick but I loved to use pedestrian path and almighty Lord Srinivasa wishes would make it happen.

  • Naveen March 16, 2015, 12:09 am

    Thanks for a detailed post, very informative.

    I plan to trek with my Wife and 2 kids (4.2 yrs and 2.5yrs). There will also be another male friend of 42 yrs. Can we achieve it? My younger kid also walks on her own.

    Also is there any wild animal menace along the path esp the deer park path?

    Like Leopards etc…?

    Are you aware?

    Thanks a ton!!

  • VJ Ready March 7, 2015, 1:53 pm

    Good and useful information for the pedestrian path pilgrims
    DO n DONTs in the path will be highlighted for information

  • Vinayak February 9, 2015, 9:00 pm

    Thanks for providing such a nice and detailed information. May Lord Balaji bestow his mercy upon you.

  • Manasa January 19, 2015, 11:36 am

    Very well-written! I wish I’d found your website before we took the trip! It would’ve prepared us for the strenuous climb up the Tirumala… Still, it felt nice to refresh my memory of the recent trip as I read your post.

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