I planned this trip as my aging parents wanted to visit this place. We hired a cab from the local vendor, as I was advised not to drive my own car during the night. The cab ride was a horrible experience because of the driver. He took 5 hrs to drive us from Chennai. After getting dropped off at the entrance, we inquired with a volunteer about the time it will take for us to have a darshan if we go by the general entrance. He said it will take 2-3 hours and if we pay Rs 250/- it will take 1 hour. So, we ended up paying this amount per head , and renting the wheel chair as well ( Rs 50/- ). We have to the push the wheelchair all the way till the temple and it took only 5-10 minutes to reach the temple. Once inside the temple premises, we were made to stand in the queue to get a view of the idol as some other people who paid Rs 250/- or more, were sitting in front of the Sanctum. We were surprised to see that the general queue was moving while we are still stranded in the queue even though we had aging people. The sole purpose of paying so much, hiring wheel chair was in vain as we waited for nearly 30-40 minutes at the same spot without the Darshan of the Goddess. Finally , we were allowed to move slowly. People in the queue, mostly aged, requested the security to let us move out of the temple, as all of us had come from far away ,paid so much, and were left stranded and we did not actually enjoy the darshan because of this.
The temple as such is very beautiful and the view in the artificial light is really out of this world.
The way in which the temple administration managed the people left a lot to be desired, and I would recommend people visit this during weekdays hoping it will be left crowded and not mismanaged.
They sell water bottles, and eateries, as well as temple sou-verniers along the path to the temple.We are not allowed to carry mobile, cameras, and they have a counter where we can deposit these items before entering the temple.They charge 10/-.
They also provide a photo of a Saint, standing next to the Goddess idol as part of the Prasadam. I wish the picture had the Deity's image alone.