is located near the holy city of Tirupati in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh
State, South India. The geographical coordinates at which it is situated is between latitude 13° and 14° North and longitude 17° East. The Tirumala Hill is 3200 feet above sea level, and is about 10.33 sq miles in area. It comprises seven hills which are said to represent the seven hoods of Adisesha, thus earning the name, Seshachalam. These seven hills are:
The sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatdri. Temple of Lord Venkateshwara, popularly known as Balaji, at Tirumala, is regarded as the world's richest temple.
Pilgrims have both the options of going by foot as well as by road from Tirupati to Tirumala. Administration has provided various facilities like free transportation of luggage, supply of portable water, lavatories, small shops for refreshment and snacks, etc. For those who wants to travel by road to Tirumala, there are two well-laid roads, one for onward journey while the other is for downward journey. The government runs a regular bus service between Tirupati and Tirumala from the four bus stations: Sri Venkateswara Bus Station, Balaji Link Bus Station, Sapthagiri Link Bus Station, and Sri Padmavathi Bus Station.
Some must-see places at Tirumala
Akasa Ganga Waterfall
: This is about 3 kms to the north of the temple. Its water is used for The Lord's bath every day.
: This is about 5 kms to the north of the temple. It is believed that holy water of this reservoir dissolve the sins of devotees.
: It is situated at a distance of 3 kms from northeast of the temple.
Geological Arch (Silathoranam)
: This rare geological arch is situated at 1 km north of the temple. This arch is 25 feet in length and l0 feet in height. It is unique in itself as there is no such rock formation of this type anywhere in India.
: This ornamental and beautiful garden meets all the demand for flowers in the temples of Tirumala and is maintained and look after by the Devasthanam.
Last Updated on : 30 March 2013