Mamanduru Forest Village is a hub for trekking. History suggests that the composer Annamacharya walked on this path for a darshan of Lord Balaji. Trek routes from Mamanduru end at Tirumala,the abode of Lord Balaji. Kenneth Anderson is a big game hunter who built a house in 1920 that is now forest guest house.The last sighting of the Asiatic Cheetah is recorded from Mamanduru Forest.Mamanduru boasts unique fauna like slender loris the golden geko(reptile)which are found only in these hills
In Seshachalam hills, an astounding variety of Fauna and Flora abound in the dense forests surrounding this Holy Shrine. Secret Canyons, perennial springs, cascading waterfalls, centuries old tall tress, caves, prehistoric rock paintings are located off the beaten track and are reachable only by Trekking under the canopy of dense jungle on footpaths known only to the local tribal and the experienced Trekkers. Thus, Seshachalam became the first biosphere reserve in Andhra Pradesh State.
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Mamanduru forest village is in foot hills of Seshachalam Hills beside Kadapa Highway.
Passenger trains only stop in Mamanduru Railway station.
After reaching Tirupati, in the Morning trains
Tirupati 6:05 am Dep - Manaduru 6.40am Avl Rs4/-
Tirumala-tirupati bus and every 10 minutes at Tirupati (Flatform 34) to Mamanduru village (kadapa Route), 20km.
It is religious Theertham where many "Rishis" did penance in the ancient times. The trek through the canyon with towering hills of more than 100 feet height with a clearance of 20 to 30 feet between the vertical rock walls climbing over boulders wading through pools of water ultimately reaching the water fall where the two hills join together is an unforgettable experience. Nature has provided swimming pools of different depths all along route inviting both swimmers and nonswimmers to enjoy frolicking in the water after the bath under the waterfall at the end of the Thumburudu Kona where a small idol of Thumburu, the celestial horse-headed musician is installed.
RAMAKRISHNA THEERTHAM: Starting from Tumburu Valley one has to trek 5 kms. including 1 km. ascent and 2 kms. descent to down a narrow water course to reach the bowl shaped Ramakrishna Theertham by the side of perennial water course.
CHAKALIBANA WATERFALL: This is a beautiful waterfall on the way to Tumburu theertham from Kukkaladoddi Village.
TARIGONDA VENGAMAMBA CAVE: This is a cave in Tumburu Valley where poetess, VENGAMAMBA did her penance.
PRE-HISTORIC ROCK PAINTINGS & CAVES: On the way Trekkers can see rare cave paintings and caves where ancient men dwelt in the prehistoric age.
Bramha devinigundam. Waterfall with small pond amidst dense forest is 5 km from the Guest house. Going over there with a trained guide offers glimpse of wildlife.
Jungle safari. Travelling with trained guide along 11 km long Ring Road in the sanctuary gives an experience of nature in totality. Beautiful diversity of the jungle- dense forests, fresh streams, green hills, bamboo thickets and wildlife sighting.
View tower. A watch tower is located in the central location of forests and 5 km from Guest house. It offers magnificent panoramic view over the Seshachalam hills.
Day 1 : Base camping in Mamanduru Village
Mamanduru village- Tirumala Trekking in forest(Both direction) will take 6 hours.
Day 1: From Tirumala hill Trekking Start at Papanasan Dam,After Breakfast trek to Ramakrishna theertham (2.5 KMs). Dip a bath in water fall. After Lunch, trek to Thumburu theertham (5 KMs). Night halt at Thumburu theertham in Tharigonda Vengamamba Caves.
Day 2: Dip a bath in Thumburu theertham. After Breakfast, Trek to Chakalibana theertham via Prehistoric Rock Paintings & Caves (3 KMs). Lunch at Bandi Irusulu. After lunch, Trek to Kukkaladoddi Village(5km)
Special Casual Leave The Trekking Expedition have the approval of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, (Deptt. of Personnel and Training), Government of India, vide Office Order No. 28016/89-Estt(A), dated 25th October, 1989.
Andhra Pradesh Forest Department,Harini Restaurant