I am not a person who goes on tourist-aided trips. I generally prefer to backpack, but this one was a family tour and I ended up being a tourist and not a traveler. I have recently seen lot of people ask around in online forums about best way to go to Tirupati, so I thought let me help those fellow travelers out.
The total cost of the tour was Rs. 1500 per head (all inclusive)
AC Bus from Chennai T.Nagar to Tirupati (To and Fro)
Govt Bus from Down hill to Up hill (Fro also)
AC Bus from Tirupati to Tiruchanur (To and Fro)
Breakfast and Lunch Buffet at Hotel Raj Park (included in the rate quoted above)
Rs 300 worth special darshan (included in the quoted rate)
2 Ladoos per person
Tour Brief: We started in A/C Volvo buses from Chennai at 5:15 AM and reached Tirupati at 8 AM, after breakfast we left to the temple (uphill) and since it was a Thursday the Darshan took almost 4-5 hours, but on other days (Mon-Wed) it would take just 1-2 hours, and on Fri-Sun it would take 2-4 hours. After Darshan, we got back to Hotel Raj Park and ate lunch. After which, we went to Tiruchanur Padmavathy Temple. We started at 6PM from Tirupati and reached by 9:30 PM to Chennai.
Tourism House Details: Swarnandhra Travels