Tirupati to Tirumala Temple
There are two footpaths that are known as Sopanamargas. These start from Alipiri and Chandragiri.The most commonly used route is the one that starts from Alipiri. The other one starts from Chandragiri is only 6 km in length but is difficult route.
Alipiri Toll Gate (4 K.Ms from railway station)
Distance- 14 Kilometers
Time taken- 3 to 4 hours
Advantages of walking
Facilities provided by the administration to those who prefer to walk are as follows.
Free transportation of the luggage to the Top. (Deposit luggage at TTD transport office and obtain a receipt, redeem it for luggage on reaching)
Well-cemented steps with hand rails for support.
Supply of potable water along the way.
Toilets for both ladies and Gents.
Well-lit pathway and security guards to ensure safety of the pilgrims.
Small restaurants along the way for refreshments and snacks.
Small mandapams along the way where pilgrims can take rest.
Free buses from the Tirupati Railway station to Alipiri, with a frequency of 30 minutes for those intend to walk up the hills.
*Caution- the steps at the start are a bit steep.
There are two well-laid, all-weather, asphalt Ghat roads between Tirupati and Tirumala.
The new Ghat road is for vehicles proceeding towards Tirumala
The old Ghat road is for vehicles returning from Tirumala. 19 kms in length.
APSRTC runs a regular bus service between Tirupati and Tirumala, from 0300 hrs to 2400 hrs, with a frequency of just two minutes.
You can buy to and fro tickets at Tirupati itself. The tickets are valid for three days and ticket-holders can board any of the APSRTC buses returning to Tirupati within these three days.
During Brahmotsavam and on important occasions, buses ply round the clock with a frequency of one bus every minute.
For the convenience of pilgrims arriving in groups, APSRTC provides contract carriages. Each carriage or bus can be hired for Rs. 900.00. It seats 45 persons.
Where to board a bus from
Sri Venkateswara Bus Station (SVBS) - Is located just opposite the Tirupati Railway Station. Whenever trains arrive, buses are stationed right in front of the main gate of the railway station.
Balaji Link Bus Station (BLBS) - For the convenience of pilgrims arriving from Bangalore, BLBS is situated at Alipiri, at the foot of the hills. Here, there is ample space for parking tourist buses and vans.
Sapthagiri Link Bus Station (SLBS) - SLBS serves pilgrims who arrive from Chennai, Hyderabad and Vijayawada sectors. SLBS is located in the Central Bus Station Complex.
Sri Padmavathi Bus Station (SPBS) - SPBS is located at the rear of the Tirupati Railway Station, and caters mainly to the needs of pilgrims arriving in tourist buses.