Beyond the Temple: Unveiling Trails for Trekking in Tirupati

Tirupati, nestled in the Eastern Ghats, is more than a pilgrimage destination. For adventure enthusiasts, it offers a hidden gem - a network of scenic trekking trails waiting to be explored. Tirupati caters to trekkers of all levels, from moderate climbs to challenging ascents. In this blog, we will read about the different Tirupati Trekking trails and the difficulty level to conquer these trails.

a group of people walking on a trekking trail, going downhill next to a mountain

Conquering the Classic: Srivari Mettu

The most iconic trek in Tirupati is undoubtedly the Srivari Mettu. This ancient pilgrimage route, with 3,550 steps, leads you up to the Tirumala temple complex. The climb offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys.
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Distance: 3.5 km (one way)
  • Time: 2 to 4 hours (depending on fitness level)
  • Reaching the Starting Point: The trail starts from Alipiri, easily accessible by auto rickshaw or taxi from Tirupati.
  • Best Time: Opt for early mornings (before sunrise) or evenings to avoid the scorching sun. Monsoons (July to September) can make the steps slippery, so plan accordingly.
  • Tips: Wear comfortable shoes with good grip. Carry plenty of water and wear sunscreen and a hat. Rest stops are available along the way.

Unveiling Nature's Symphony: The Nagari Hills

For a more serene experience, head to the Nagari Hills, located about 25 km from Tirupati. Lush greenery, cascading waterfalls (during monsoons) and diverse birdlife make this a photographer's paradise. The highest point, Nagari Nose, offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: Varies depending on the chosen trail (3 to 5 km)
  • Time: 2 to 4 hours
  • Reaching the Starting Point: Buses and taxis are readily available from Tirupati to reach the foothills of the Nagari Hills.
  • Best Time: The winter months (November to February) offer pleasant weather for trekking. Monsoons can be slippery, but the waterfalls are at their most impressive.
  • Tips: Carry insect repellent and wear long-sleeved clothing to avoid mosquito bites. Be mindful of your surroundings and avoid trekking alone.

A Challenge for the Adventurous: Horsley Hills

If you're seeking a more challenging trek, consider the Horsley Hills, located about 80 km from Tirupati. This hill station boasts breathtaking views, unique rock formations and a rich variety of flora and fauna. The Gangotri Lake and the Anthony Hill viewpoints are must-visits.
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Distance: Varies depending on the chosen trail (5 to 10 km)
  • Time: 4 to 6 hours
  • Reaching the Starting Point: Regular buses ply from Tirupati to Horsley Hills.
  • Best Time: The winter months offer pleasant weather for trekking. Avoid monsoons, as these trails can become muddy and treacherous.
  • Tips: This trek requires a good level of fitness. Carry a backpack with essentials like snacks, water purification tablets and a first-aid kit. Consider hiring a local guide for a safe and informative experience.

Embark on Your Trekking Adventure

Tirupati's trekking trails offer a refreshing escape from the city's bustle. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a first-timer seeking a moderate challenge, there's a trail waiting to be explored. Remember to plan your trip according to the season and difficulty level and most importantly, embrace the spirit of adventure!

Consider staying at Raj Park Hotel, Tirupati, when planning your Tirupati Balaji trekking. This luxury hotel ensures you have ample space for you and your partners to plan your trek in your room, or you can book a small conference hall to map out everything. If you feel hungry during the planning, order from the in-house restaurant for some delicious snacks and meals.