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|Location|| 13.7569, 79.37864
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|
|Permits required||3 - Yes - From Goverment Agency|
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.
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.
Papavinasam Dam : 13.719670, 79.345080
Balupalle trail head : 13.770073, 79.419385
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.
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