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Srisailam

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Srisailam is a Jyothirlingam (Hindu shrine to Shiva) located in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is located about 245 km from Hyderabad and 132 km from Nandyal.

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By bus and train

Srisailam is about 232 km from Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, and there are buses connecting the town with Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur and Kurnool.For service from Hyderabad to Srisailam, tickets and reservations can be made at the Central Bus station. Hyderabad.The approximate travel time from Hyderabad to Srisailam is 6 hours. From Kurnool it will take around 5 hours via Atmakur and Doranala. You can get Express buses every one hour from 5.00 am to 11.30 pm from Kurnool.For those who are planning from Chennai you can either go from Kurnool,Nellore or Tirupathi.From Kurnool there are many buses to Srisailam.You can reach Kurnool by Kachiguda express which starts from Chennai Egmore railway station.There is no railway station in srisailam.From Tirupathi also there are frequent buses which passes through Nellore.So better go to nellore and catch Srisailam bus from there.

By private taxi/vehicle

If hiring a private taxi, ensure that the driver has experience driving in ghat sections and doesn't have the habit of drinking alcohol. Mannanur, which is around 120 km from Hyderabad, is the place where the Nallamala hills start. After 60-70 km of drive through the forest you'll reach Eegalapenta. From there, it becomes difficult to drive as there are numerous hairpin bends and a kilometer of the stretch has lot of potholes. You can have a good look at the Srisailam Dam from there

Get around

For nature Lovers Srisailam trip leaves immense pleasure as you travel through deep forests.From dornala to srisailam you will find excellent view and the road is full of curves and U turns.


Dont miss

Ista Kameswari Temple:From srisailam you need to travel 16 kms into deep forest which is very adventurous.Dont try to go in your own vehicle because the way is terrain with huge rocks and water.Engage a jeep from srisailam.If you have a team of 10 they will charge 1200 Rupees.Or else you can share with other in which case you will be charged 120 Rs.Bargain the amount with the drivers.After reaching the temple try to cross the temple and you will find very good place with water falls and valleys.

Akkamahadevi Caves:This is the most intresting journey in srisailam.To reach the caves you need to go to Patala ganga.You can reach patala ganga bye rope way.From there boats will be starting to the caves.After travelling 16 kms for more than an hour in the Krishna river in between high moutains you will reach the caves.After reaching the caves you will walk for some distance to reach the caves.There will be a guide with you in the boat who will lead into the caves.You need to buy a candle there as the caves are 80 feet deep and very dark by nature.

Andhra Pradesh tourism development boats need to be reserved in advance in the early hours on the date of journey.The ticket cost is 180 rupees.Minimum of 18 members are to be there for the boats to be started.You can also engage a private boat.

See

  • Sri Brahmarambika Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple
  • patala ganga:People will take a holy bath here.
  • Lingala gattu:is a rocky krishna river bank where every rock is said to be image of lord siva.
  • Ista SANagarjuna Sagar Tiger Reserve
  • Chatrapati Shivaji spurti kendram which has exibits on Shivaji maharaj.
  • Srisailam Sikharam (Peak of the Mountain) from where you can have a birds eye view of complete Srisailam.
  • Chenchu Lakshmi Museum which have exibits on tribal people living in Andhra pradesh.
  • Sakshi Ganapati-Before visiting Srisailam everyone will have darshan of Sakshi Ganapati near Srisailam. It is said that Ganapati will note down the names of the Visiting devotees.
  • Akkamahadevi Caves - Take a boat ride on the river Krishna to reach the caves. The trip to Akkamahadevi caves is scheduled once a day at 10 in the morning.

Do

Ista Kameshwari Temple is located in deep forest, and the road ( actually it is not road ) is very tough terrian, only Jeeps will go.People who thinks like "take the path less travelled" will enjoy the journey. Oldage people need to take precaution before the visit. A quite adventerous journey.Cross the temple and you will find valley and waterfalls which is very beautiful.

Buy

You can buy girijan(Tribal) honey ,AGMARK certified honey which is supplied by government of Andhra Pradesh,very pure and tasty.You can get it in Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum. Don't buy it elsewhere.

Eat

As only vegeterian food is available, please eat food with high carbo hydrates and drink lots of water.

Drink

Smoking and Drinking is strictly prohibited in the town. Please avoid bringing these on your self otherwise you might land in trouble.

Sleep

There are lots of budget hotels and lodges around the Mallikarjuna Swami Temple in Srisailam. Most of these do not require any prior reservation except during peak seasons and festivals, and most Mondays. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department runs a few hotels by name Ganga Sadan, Gouri Sadan and Punnami Guest House. These are clean and well maintained, and are within the budget of most pilgrims. There are also some lodges and choultries that cater to particular communities.

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