Tuesday, 21 September 2010

From the hills of holyness - Tirupathi (Part 1)

It was during one of the weekends we decided to make the long pending Tirupathi trip materialize. It was a bright Saturday afternoon when mom, dad and I started from Chennai to Tirupathi. It is a five hour long journey by road and we had booked a cab, so that we could just sit back and relax and enjoy as we travel past the green fields and mountains.

It gladly turned out to be less sunny in a few minutes from the time we started the trip and was even better when it started drizzling.. It took us close to three hours to get across the TamilNadu border, before which we took a small break for snacking alongside the last high way restaurant (Hotel Kasi) that we found after which hardly any caught our sight until we reached the town on Tirupathi. The food here was so yum, probably I was very hungry ( will make yet another post ans link it here for those of you who would like to know more about the restaurant).

It was an unusually large eat out for a restaurant along side the highway which served varied cuisines and also had other small shops where I also got the top up done for my mobile phone. We had some hot samosas with delicious chutneys and some masala chai as well.. Perfectly suited the weather and the relaxed weekend we were living.

Few hours on the road and I kept myself busy clicking pics of the green fields and mountains I came across and also munching on the boiled ground nuts that we got near the Tamil Nadu - Andhra junction.

After which I saw jalebi like words on bill boards and advertisements in shops, now I know I am in Andhra and few kilometers away from Tirupathi.

On reaching Tirupathi by around six in the evening, our driver suggested we visit the Tirumala temple in the evening as it would be less crowded than making a visit to the temple tomorrow morning, but looking at the huge flow of traffic uphill we decided to keep the temple visit for the morning just like the way we had initially planned.


Shrinidhi Hande said...

"jalebi like words on bill boards".. LOL

Btb did you visit Chandragiri fort or Talakona near Tirupati?

Vasanthan said...

tell me how long it takes from the start of the queue till the end.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Nice read...waiting for part2 :)

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Nope, we had just planned a verys hort trip this time over to just visit the temple .. Will probably do it the next time we are there :) Thanks for letting me know ..I atleast was nto aware of it.

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Well, it took us four hours :) But, there are some other special Darshans as well but they dont happen everyday .. those probably would reduce the waiting time in the queue.

On a regular weekend it took us 4 hrs.

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


Thank you .. part 2 is coming soon :)

Vasanthan said...

i went last time and it took close to 3 hours, i can't remember if it was a weekend. but i have to say it is a well managed temple.

Shalini Gowrisankar said...


I guess 3 hours is the average time it takes.. Lucky you :)

Well managed ? I second that.. May be for the huge number fo people who visit there, it probably is managed fine.. but I personally feel it could be handled in a better way.

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