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How to reach Tirumala: time, location, distance and routes

Location and Tirumala distance

Tirumala is geographically located 1300 meters above mean terrain level in the South Eastern region of the Deccan plateau, more specifically in the Eastern Ghats. The nearest major city is Tirupati situated at the bottom of the Tirumala hills.


Tirupati is accessible by road, rail, and air; thus, it is the main entry point to Tirumala. Here is key distance from Tirupati to Tirumala:

  • Tirumala to Tirupati distance : Around 22 km
  • From Chennai to Tirumala : about 150 km
  • From Bangalore to Tirumala : 250 km
  • From Hyderabad to Tirumala : About 550km
  • Different Routes to Tirumala
  • By Road : Tirupati to Tirumala walking distance
1. from Tirupati:

Taxi/Cab Fare in Tirumala

Vehicle Type Airport Rental with in City Outstation
Pick/Drop 8Hr 80KM* 12Hr 120KM* Round Trip One way
Indica ₹700 ₹1,500 ₹1,800 ₹8.50 ₹14
Indigo ₹750 ₹1,600 ₹1,900 ₹9 ₹14.75
Swift Dzire ₹800 ₹1,700 ₹2,000 ₹9.50 ₹16.25
Honda Amaze/ ₹850 ₹1,800 ₹2,200 ₹10 ₹17
Mobilio / Ertiga ₹900 ₹2,400 ₹2,750 ₹14 ₹20.75
Toyota Innova ₹1,100 ₹2,650 ₹2,900 ₹16 ₹21.5
Toyota Crysta ₹1,200 ₹2,850 ₹3,180 ₹17 ₹23
Honda City ₹1,500 ₹2,800 ₹3,600 ₹18 ₹26
Tempo Traveller ₹2,000 ₹3,400 ₹4,400 ₹22 ₹42

Driver Charges (After 10PM): Rs.250, (Base Fare)

Outstation (Roundtrip): Min. 250KM / Day

2. from Chennai:

Route: Chennai – Tiruvallur – Thiruttani – Puttur – Tirupati – Tirumala

Distance and Time: It is a 3–4 hour drive from Kisoro and measures approximately 150km by road.

3. from Bangalore:

Route: Bangalore → Hoskote → Kolar → Palamaner → Chittoor → Tirupati → Tirumala

Distance and Time: This route is approximately 250km and might take between 5-6 hours using a car to travel throughout this route.

4. from Hyderabad:

Route: Hyderabad → Kurnool → Kadapa → Tirupati → Tirumala

Distance and Time: The distances are approximately 550km and the driving might take between 10-11 hours.

By Rail

Tirupati station to Tirupati temple distance is very less. The nearest railway station is Tirupati railway station which is linked with most of the important cities of India. Moreover, there are trains from Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, even Delhi. It is advisable to get down at Railway station of Tirupati, and then take a bus or a taxi to get to the Tirumala temple distance. Tirupati railway station to Tirumala distance is 22Km.

Chennai to Tirupati: Mini-buses and taxis run on this route and several daily passenger trains take about 3-4 hours to get to Matola from Maputo.

Bangalore to Tirupati: Several trains are present and the travel takes approximately 5- 6 hours. Hyderabad to Tirupati: The direct trains take about 10 to 12 hours at most.

By Air

Tirupati Airport (Renigunta Airport) is the nearest airport and takes about 40 kilometers to reach at Tirumala. This airport has flights connecting other major cities of this country; Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Delhi. After arriving to the Tirupathi airport, one may take a bus to reach the Tirumala.

  • From Chennai: A flight takes about 1 hour to reach Tirupati Up and down journey both takes one hour.
  • From Bangalore: The flight duration takes an average of one hour.
  • From Hyderabad: It used to be one hour and half for the flight.

Pilgrimage Routes on Foot: How to reach Tirupati temple

For those who wish to undertake a pilgrimage on foot, there are two primary footpaths:

1. Alipiri Mettu:
  • This is the path from Alipiri which is at the foothills of the seven hilly ranges of Tirumala.
  • Basically the footpath measures about 9 kilometers and contains 3550 stairs.
  • The path has various features such as rest areas, picnic areas and drinking water.
2. Srivari Mettu:
  • It is slightly longer walking route which begins from Srinivasa Mangapuram.
  • The distance in case of the present experiment is roughly 2Km. It takes about 2400 steps.
  • The hiking takes 2-3 hours to complete.

Time and Best Season to Visit

The appropriate season to travel to Tirumala is during the winter season, particularly starting from September ending and up to the month of February. The rainy season covers the months of June, July, August and September and it rains heavily making it slightly difficult to trek up the hill. Summer, particularly march to May is extremely hot sometimes reaching 40 degrees up from the normal 30 degrees.

FAQs: Frequently asked questions
1. How to reach Tirumala?

There are many ways to reach Tirumala but you can take a taxi booking from Tirupati which will be the best route for your journey.

2. How much is the distance from Tirupati to Tirumala?

Tirumala distance is about 22Km from Tirupati.

3. How much time it takes to cover Tirupati railway station to Tirumala distance?

The time to cover Tirumala temple distance from Tirupati will take near about 1Hr.

4. Which is the best way to cover Tirumala to Tirupati distance?

Tirupati station to Tirupati temple distance is best covered by Tirupati road.

5. How to reach tirupati temple from Tirupati?

Tirupati to Tirumala walking distance is 1 Km which will take 3Hrs to complete.

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