Thumburu Theertham

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Thumburu Theertham
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Location Location.png 13.7569, 79.37864
Parent Regions RegionIconUp.png Asia
RegionIconUp.png India
RegionIconUp.png Andhra Pradesh
RegionIconUp.png Sri Venkateshwara National Park
Trail Type Out and Back
Typical time 10hr(s) - 16hr(s)
Hike Distance 20 km
Highest Elevation 2366 m
Elevation Gain 1700 m
Camping Facility Dispersed Camping
Stream Crossings 5
Waterfalls 5
Swimming Holes 30
Vehicle Passenger
Permits required 3 - Yes - From Goverment Agency

Introduction

Thumburu Theertham is a trek through an amazing gorge (canyon). In this trek thumburu theertham is a small pool where you can take a dip. There are in fact so many such pools in this trek and therefor the same trek can be referred by so many different names like "Sesha Theertham", "Ramakrishna THeertham", "Bandi Irusulu Teertham", "Angel Falls" etc. . They all just refer to the pools in this gorge.

Arrival

There are 3 ways to do this hike.

1) Point to Point : You start from Tirumala hills at the Papavinasam Dam and end the trek at the village Balupalle on Hwy 31 that connects Tirupati and Kadappa. (10 kilometers. Almost all downhill but you have to commit "No turn back" )

2) Out and Back starting from Tirumala. This trek starts with a good amount of elevation loss that means while returning you will have to hike up which may be tiring.

3) Out and Back starting from Balupalle. This is the easiest option especially for intermediate hikers. Here we are hiking almost the end part of the trail. This part is fairly flat.

Co-ordinates :

Papavinasam Dam : 13.719670, 79.345080

Balupalle trail head : 13.770073, 79.419385

The Hike

Departure

Camping Facilities

Red tape

Permissions – DFO permissions required for Kumaradhara Dam Area or Papavinasanam Forest Area of Venkateswara National Park depending on where you want to start the trek from.

Beta sites

Read his third attempt : http://my-tourgrimmage.blogspot.in/2010/06/tumburu-theertham.html

Everytrail GPS tracks : http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2649836

Explains 3 main theerthams (pools) enroute : http://nanione.blogspot.in/2012/07/seshachal-trek.html

http://www.hikeezee.com/explore/activities/seshachalam-trekking-177


http://www.travelwithneelima.com/2010/03/colors-of-venkateswara-trek-in-eastern.html

http://www.chennaitrekkers.org/2011/01/venkateshwara-reserved-forest-new-years.html

Info center

Trip reports and media

https://plus.google.com/photos/+NaveenShunmuganathan/albums/5418698571656341249?banner=pwa

https://picasaweb.google.com/106326159681770868303/VenkateshwaraNewYearTrek

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