TIRUMALA SIGHTSEEING PLACES
On the peak of Narayanadri hill range, Sri Vari Padalu is another important pilgrimage of Tirumala, which is visited by many devotees from every corner of the country. There is a legend behind this temple which associates this place to Lord Vishnu, when he had arrived in the form of Lord Venkateswara.
Silathoranam is one of the few natural bridges or arches to be found in Asia. It is a natural rock formation and has the peculiar shape that appears to be the hood of a serpent and a conch. This is perhaps why it is believed that the idol of Lord Venkateswara at the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is exactly of the same height as the Silathoranam.
About 5 Kms north of the Tirumala temple is a deep bowl formed by the surrounding hills that created a reservoir ages ago and many a mountain stream emptied into it. This came to be known as the Papavinashanam (The Cleanser of sins). It is believed that the holy waters of this place dissolve the sins of the devotees. Hence this place is known as Papavinashanam. A dam constructed here regulates the water flow. Venkateswara.
The Akashganga waterfall is about 3 Kms north of the Tirumala temple. This is very famous for the prime reason is that its waters are used for The Lord Is bath every day. In the olden days, the priestess took turns to carry the water all the way from this part of jungle to the temple in the wee morning hours by the rough walk path that meanders thru the jungle even to this day.
The distance up to Papavinasam from Tirumula town center is 15 KM and on the way Akasaganga and Venugopala Swamy temple can be covered. From Tirumula Srivari Padalu and Silathoranam is also 15 KM and all these can be covered in one trip.On the way to Papavinasam from Tirumula, devotees can visit this temple.