Things looked little bleak when “we” started for our Tirupati and Tirumala journey on Sep 1st, 2013. The main reason was because of the agitations going on for the “separate statehood” of Telangana. We reserved our train tickets and seva services 2 months back at the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) e-seva counter in Visakhapatnam.
How To Book Seva at Tirumala from Visakhapatnam?
You can reserve for the various sevas of “Lord Venkateswara” 60 days in advance, if you visit the TTD eSeva counter in MVP Colony, Visakhapatnam. It’s very close to the MVP Raithu Bazaar. One can watch for the availability of the sevas in local newspapers of Visakhapatnam. You can also book rooms and accomodation from this eSeva counter itself.
We booked Rs 500/- worth rooms and registered for the “Vasanthotsavam” which costs Rs 300/- or $7 for one person. Later we found that this seva is very convenient as it starts at 2.00 PM. So we can have our lunch and sit comfortably in the function hall.
Since I was newly married, my parents also booked the “Kalyanotsavam” which is a paid service done FOR couples. This service costs Rs 1000/- per couple. The “free gifts” or prasadams available with this seva are Two  Big laddus, Two  vadas, Five  small laddus, One  Cotton Upper, One Blouse Piece. This seva starts at 10.00 AM.
As part of the TTD services, tirumala online seva booking is also possible by visiting the official site.
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Great tips, thanks for sharing. I’ve never been to the country, but it’s on my list and I am much wiser now x