Seshachalam ranges, which falls on the southern part of the Eastren Ghats, covering an area of 4,755.99 sq km in the districts of Chittoor and Kadapa.
Thus, Seshachalam became the first biosphere reserve in the entire State and 16th in the country.
The Seshachalam bio-reserve, among other areas, also includes Sri Venkateswara National Park of which the famous hill temple town of Lord Venkateswara too forms a division, besides Sri Venkateswara wild life sanctuary and the Idupulapaya.
When to go: OCTOBER TO MARCH
Terrain:FOREST Nearest Town:TIRUPATI Coordinates:13.65512,79.420162
Things To Carry: BACKPACK/WATER/FIRST AID KIT/ENERGY FOOD
Also Known As: TIRUPATHI TREK
Transportation: BY ROAD UP TO KUKKALA DODDI
Equipment Rentals: DEPENDS ON PROVIDER
Nearest Petrol Bunk: TIRUPATI
Nearest Police Station: TIRUPATI
Level of difficulty: MODERATE Safety:SAFE
Mobile Coverage: YES
what will you spend? Fees and Reservation:DEPENDS ON PROVIDER
Flora and Fauna
The vegetation in the national park consists of Dry deciduous mixed forest with patches of moist deciduous forests in the valleys. The area has about 1,500 vascular plant species belonging to 174 families, of which many are endemic. Some of the rare and endemic plant species like Red Sanders, Shorea talura, Shorea thumburggaia, Terminalia pallida, Sandalwood, Cycas beddomei, Syzygium alternifolium, Psilotum nudam occur in this region.
About 178 species of birds from this national park have been identified. The globally threatened Yellow-throated Bulbul is seen here. Pompadour Green Pigeon, a bird of the Himalayas and the Western Ghats is quite common in these forests. The critically endangered Oriental White-backed Vulture is found in the national park. Some of the other birds found here are:
Large Hawk-Cuckoo, Blue-faced Malkoha, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Indian Scimitar-Babbler and Loten's Sunbird.
In 1984 the Asian Elephant, not seen in Andhra Pradesh for nearly 300 years, re-appeared in the southern part of Chittoor district. In 1993, a breakaway herd of five individuals moved to the Chamala Valley of Tirumala forests in this national park.
Among the predators Leopard is quite common, along with the Wild Dog. Other predators include Hyena, Golden Jackal, Indian Fox, Small Indian Civet and Jungle Cat. Sloth Bear is frequently encountered. Sambar, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Four-horned Antelope and Wild Boar are the main ungulates. The nocturnal Slender Loris could be common but is seldom seen. The Indian Giant Squirrel and Tree Shrew are other interesting species.
Among reptiles, the most interesting species is the Gliding Lizard, found in some deep forested valleys. Another important reptile of this national park is the Golden Gecko. Originally reported from rocky ravines in the Eastern Ghats, the Golden Gecko was rediscovered from the same area in 1985
15 Km only from:
Mamanduru forest village is located at foot hills of Seshachalam Hills.Beside Kadapa Highway. Beside kadapa Highway.
Passenger trains only will Stop in Mamanduru Railway station.
Air service from Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore.
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), Distance 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 only 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.
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.
This is a beautiful waterfall on the way to Tumburu theertham from Kukkaladoddi Village.
This is a Cave in Tumburu Valley where poetess, VENGAMAMBA did her penance.
On the way Trekkers will have the opportunity to witness some of the rare cave paintings and caves where ancient men dwelt in the prehistoric age.
Day 1 : Base camping in Mamanduru Village
Mamanduru village -->( తాళ్ళపాక అన్నమయ్య కాలిబాట)-->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)
Day 1 : Reporting at base camp Night Halt at Bandi irusulu. – 6 kms
Day 2 : Participants will be shifted by bus to Kukkala Doddi Village. Trek commence from Kukkala Doddi to Bandi Irusulu / Chakirevu Bana.
Day 3 : Trek to Thumburu Theertham Valley 8 kms.- Night Halt.
Day 4 : Trek to Ramakrishna Valley – 8 kms. - Night Halt.
Day 5 : Trek to Tirumala Hills – Papa Vinasanam -6kms
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.
A.P.Forest Harini Restaurant Generally Opon up to 10 p.m at Mamanduru village located beside Highway Road.
Mamanduru forest village is the best way to do Night Camping and base camping for Trekking is Ideal location