Sri Vari Mettu: Shortest Route to Tirumala by Walk
Srivari Mettu: Distance, Location, Timings, History & Steps Count:
Srivari Mettu, which is near Srinivasa Mangapuram is an alternative walk path to Tirumala. Many pilgrims prefer Srivari Mettu to Alipiri Mettu, due to its easy to climb nature and less number of steps. Srivari Mettu is around 20 kilometres from the city of Tirupati. It is said that, Lord Venkateswara himself travelled in this route to reach Tirumala from Srinivasa Mangapuram.
The story behind Srivari Mettu is, after getting married to Sri Padmavathi Devi, Lord Venkateswara was asked to stay in Srinivasa Mangapuram for 6 months after marriage and not to climb Tirumala Hills. It is said that Lord Venkateswara along with Padmavati Devii has stayed in Srinivasa Mangapuram for 6 months that he has travelled to Tirumala through Srivari Mettu.
Pilgrims who wants to travel and trek through Srivari Mettu can also visit Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple.
Details of Srivari Mettu:
Number of steps: 2388
Total distance to Tirumala: 2.1 kilometres
Distance from Tirupati to Sri Vari Mettu: 20 kilometre
Time taken to reach Tirumala: 2-3 Hours approximately.
Timings of Srivari Mettu: 6 AM to 6 PM
Parking facility: Yes
Luggage counter facility: Yes
How to Reach Srivari Mettu
You can reach Sri Vari Mettu through 3 ways.
1) You can the free bus from Tirupati Bus stand an Railway Stations, which takes pilgrims directly to Sri Vari Mettu. These free buses runs frequently from Tirupati and one can catch these buses for every 30 minutes.
2) You can take a bus from the APSRTC Bus stand which runs to Rangampet, Madanapalli and can get down at Srinivasa Mangapuram. From Srinavasa Mangapuram, you can take a auto rickshaw to Sri Vari Mettu. But don’t prefer this mode unless you are clean enough of the route as well as location of Bus stops in Tirupati Bus stand.
3) You can hire a private jeep or auto from Tirupati to Sri Vari meetu. This mode of transport is very costly and sometimes drivers may charge you double.
Facilities at Sri Vari Mettu:
Sri Vari Mettu has good number of facilities like parking, luggage counter and food outlets. You can park your vehicles here and can come back by Srivari Mettu itself and take back your vehicles.
The entire path is protected by Sun Shades, Drinking water facilities and Toilets throughout the path
If you take Sri Vari Mettu path to Tirumala, you will reaching Tirumala near MBC Gardens. Luggage counter will be neaby this end. Please note this before you take this path to Tirumala. For location of Sri Vari Mettu ending place, click here.