Srisailam, situated in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, is a historical town with significant religious importance. Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Nallamala hills, Srisailam greets the visitors with its tranquil environment and beauty.
Srisailam Devasthanam is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and a Shaktipeeth. Located some 212 KM away from Hyderabad, Srisailam attracts the interest of religious travelers from all parts of India. This town is home to many significant temples, but the main temple here of course is the temple of Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy and Bhramaramba Devi. But there are other awesome Srisailam tourist places that you must also explore while in this town. So, here is a list of 6 must visit places on your next Srisailam trip.
How to reach?
By train: Srisailam doesn’t have a railway station of its own, nearest railway station to Srisailam is at Markapur (50 KM away) but the popular one is Hyderabad railway station.
By Road: Most people travel to Srisailam by road from the nearby cities of Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Tirupati and Kurnool. Buses to Sirisailam are available to and from these cities all through the day, except quite late at night. Cab services are also available aplenty for such a road trip.
Srisailam tourist places you must visit
Mallikarjuna Temple or Sri Brahmaramba temple
When someone refers to Srisailam temple, it is the Mallikarjuna temple that they are referring to. This is the most famous landmark of Srisailam and it visited by thousands of devout Hindu pilgrims each year. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is among the 12 Jyotirlingaas of Lord Shiva and one of the 12 Shakti Peethas of Goddess Parvati! It is believed that Goddess Parvati took the form of a bee (‘Brahmaramba’ means ‘the mother of bees’) to worship Lord Shiva in the form of Mallikarjuna here at this temple and hence the name.
- Srisailam temple timings: 3:30 AM – 3:30 PM and 6 PM – 8:30 PM
- Srisailam temple Darshan ticket costs: INR 150 (Costs of Abhishek Pooja are INR 1000)
At an approximate distance of 1 KM from Mallikarjuna temple, lies the Pathala Ganga. It is a sacred place and situated on the backwaters of River Krishna, behind the Srisailam Dam. Pathala Ganga is known for its scenic backdrop. It offers a views of wide reservoir and the majestic mountains spread with the lush green Nallamala forest. While the devotees to Srisailam temple prefer to take a holy dip in the Krishna River here, it is also known for its various activities.
Pathala Ganga is the boating center of the town and many also set out from here towards the Akkamahadevi caves. There are two magnificent ways to reach Pathala Ganga. Firstly, you can trek down 500 steps from Hanuman temple while enjoying the beauty of the hills, and secondly you can hitch a ride on the ropeway operated from Hanuman temple. Taking the ropeway is an astonishing experience with the breathtaking sight of nature.
- Pathala Ganga ropeway timings: 6 AM – 5:30 PM
- Ropeway costs for two way rides: INR 50 (for adults) and INR 35 (for children)
- Timings for boating: 9 AM – 5 PM
- Cost of boating (for 20 minutes sessions): INR 50 (for adults) and INR 35 (for children)
Located 18 KM away from Srisailam, a visit to the Akkamahadevi caves are a perfect blend of thrill and religious belief. These caves are located within dense forests and hence, tourists can reach Akkamahadevi by taking a boat ride from Pathala Ganga (which takes about an hour) and then trek forward for a few minutes. Visitors have to be careful while walking inside the 150 metres deep caves as these are devoid of any light. The height and width of the cave also decreases as one goes further inside. At the end of this narrow tunnel is the naturally formed Shivalingam, which is held to be very auspicious.
- Tip: Boat services from Pathala Ganga starts from 10:30 AM and need to be booked in advance.
- Boat ride costs: INR 180 per person.
Srisailam Dam, constructed across the Rriver Krishna, is one of the largest hydroelectric projects in India. Situated on the outskirts of Srisailam, the dam area is peaceful and scenic. This dam has a fascinating surrounding landscape with the Nallamala hills and a vast spread of alluring river waters, gifting a mesmerizing sight for the visitors. If you want to spend some time in solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, then the Srisailam Dam is a perfect place to visit.
- Timings: 6 AM – 5 PM
As the name goes, this temple is situated on top of a mountain (the highest peak of Srisailam). The Shikhareshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Shikhareshwara Swamy. One can not only perceive spirituality and devotion but also experience breathtaking scenery and a panoramic views from the temple top. You can avail a well-maintained approach to the temple top and observe the beauty and sacredness of the temple.
- Temple timings: 6 AM – 2 PM, 5 PM – 8:30 PM
Just 4 KM away from Srisailam, Phaladhara Panchadhara is yet another popular place not just for its mesmerizing beauty but also its religious association. It is said that Lord Adishankar performed penance and composed the famous ‘Shivanandalahari’ at this place. This spot is in a narrow valley approached by flight of 160 steps with streams of pure and sweet water flowing aside. With glistening streams of water flowing throughout the year amid the lush green forests, Phaladhara and Panchadhara create a scene worth capturing in the minds for no lesser than forever.
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