Budget hotels in Tirupati
For many, Tirumala and Tirupati mean the same –home to the famous Balaji Temple. The reality is that Tirupati is a booming town at the foothills of Tirumala hills. Balaji temple is located at Tirumala, almost at 22 Kms from Tirupati.
Barring limited temple run accommodation at Tirumala, there are no accommodation and other facilities at Tirumala hills. Thus, for millions of pilgrims seeking darshan of lord Balaji, the base town is Tirupati.
Huge number of pilgrims descend on Tirupati almost every day and thus there are numerous hotels across all budgets - From simple lodges, budget hotels to star resorts. Most of the budget hotels are near Railway station and close to Venkateshwara bus stand.
Given continuous demand and high competition, the hotel tariff are reasonable at Tirupati. If you are selective and plan in advance, you can check into some of the best maintained budget hotels that offer excellent value.
Note:It is necessary to make an advance reservation of your accommodation especially in the peak seasons – Long weekends, Vacation season, New Year and during Brahmotsavams. Actually, the crowds are a 365 day phenomenon at Tirupati - It is only in the early month of December that the temple town witnesses less than average crowd
Tirupati to Tirumala
Tirumala and Tirupati are well connected – there are APSRTC buses from Tirupati to Tirumala at frequency of every two minutes.Devout pilgrims prefer to climb to Tirumala hills from Alapiri in Tirupati.
One can do an online booking at the official website
The other option is Seeeghra Darshan, tickets for the same can be bought at designated counters.
Most mid range hotels will assist their guests with Sheegra Darshan tickets and other darshan formalities
There are number of important temples around Tirupati. A convenient way to cover the temples is to hire a private taxi or go with the packaged tour organized by TTD. In case you are wondering, how the tour is, you can get the details in this interesting blog