|Floral decoration of Entrance Gate on New Year Day 2016|
The names of the other six hills of are Vrishabhaadri, Anjanaadri, Neelaadri, Seshaadri, Garudaadri and Narayanaadri. It is believed that all these seven hills are curved in a serpentine shape and these are considered as Aadi Seshu which literally means the first serpent that forms the mattress for Lord Maha Vishnu.
Tirumala is well connected via air route, rail route and road route with almost all places of Andhra Pradesh and of India. As it is one of the most important Hindu pilgrim places, there is no dearth for accommodation. Riding on the ghat roads with the beautiful view of the valleys and Tirupati downhill is enjoyable. However climbing the seven hills by foot is more enjoyable and memorable one. Pilgrims climbing the hills feel spiritual elevated on listening to Annamayya Keertanalu, Govinda Namalu, Vishnu Sahasranamam and other devotional music.
Places to visit in and around TirumalaAfter the darshan of Lord Venkateswara, pilgrims visit the tourist attractions in and around Tirumala.
My personal opinion, this is not worth a visit. Just an ordinary place with heavy crowd of pilgrims.
From Papanasam, pilgrims visit Akasaganga. This is a nice place surrounded with rocks, waterfalls and trees. The place remains heavily crowded with tourists who get closer to the falls and get themselves drenched. Tourists have to go down the steps to reach Akasaganga.
TTD gardensThis is yet another important place to visit which offers a pleasant and colorful atmosphere particularly during spring when all the flowering plants are in full bloom. Pilgrim relax and refresh their minds, body and souls in these gardens.
MuseumThis is in the city limits and easily reachable is another main attraction of the place. Pilgrims can take the free bus service offered by TTD to reach this place.
Chakra TeerthamThis is yet another nice place where you need to walk down the rocky steps to see the fall of water surrounded by rocks. The place is quite cool and shady and rich in scenic beauty. There is a small shrine of Chakralwar.
Besides visiting the tourist places in Tirumala, pilgrims also visit the places in and around Tirupati