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.