|Floral decoration of Entrance Gate on New Year Day 2016|
The names of the other six hills of Tirumala 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 with other states of India. As it is one of the most important Hindu pilgrim places, there is no dearth for accommodation. Besides going up the hill on ghat roads is nice but the experience of climbing the seven hills by foot is more enjoyable and memorable one. As you climb the hills, you listen 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.
Paapanaasanam / Akasaganga
This 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.
This 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.
This place is famous as you can see the natural rock formation in an arch shape. The place is near Chakra Teertham. The place has no religious importance but it attracts tourists.
This is yet another nice place where you need to walk down the rocky steps to see the beautiful fall of water surrounded by rocks. The place is quite cool and shady and rich in scenic beauty.
This is an important place as the stone carved feet of Lord Venkateswara are here. Most of the pilgrims do not visit this place. Next time when you happen to visit Tirumala make it a point to visit this place which is on a steep peak of the Venkataadri hill. From here the entire temple complex along with the Bangaaru Gopuram of the temple can be seen as a bird's eye view. It is believed that Sreevaaru (Lord Venkateswara) stepped at this place and hence the name Sreevari Paadaalu which means the foot prints of the Lord. Devotees bow down to the foot prints of the Lord which is a must see place.
Besides visiting the tourist places in Tirumala, pilgrims also visit the places in and around Tirupati
During their visit to Tirumala, pilgrims follow some of the important travel tips to make their trip an enjoyable and safe one.