Hello Readers! Are you planning to visit Srisailam but confused about how to travel, what to do and where to stay around the temple? In this post I will give comprehensive idea about everything related to your visit to Srisailam from Hyderabad
First of all, let me clear one thing. Most of the people think that Srisailam is in Hyderabad. However, it is located 220 kms away from Hyderabad amidst the serene and lush green surroundings of Nallamala Hills.
You will be amazed to know that the temple is dedicated to two dieties. The Mallikarjuna is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bhramarambha is dedicated to Goddess Parvaty. It is one of the jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and Shakti Peeths of Goddess Parvaty respectively. The temple is located in a beautiful complex and comes under the jurisdiction of Andhra Pradesh.
How to Reach Srisailam from Hyderabad
- The best way to reach Srisailam is by hiring taxi from Hyderabad.
- There are no direct Flights or Trains for Srisailam.
- Nearest railway station is Marakpur located 62 kms from Srisailam.
- Nearest Airport is Hyderabad located at a distance of 195 Km.
- There are buses running from the nearby major cities like Hyderabad, Guntur, Kurnool and Vijaywada.
*Note: If you are travelling in a group and have hired a private bus from Hyderabad. Then you will have to pay border tax for entering Andhra Pradesh. It costs around INR 400 Per Seat. (Total around 19600/- for entire BUS).
Where To Stay In Srisailam
I personally found that the best place to stay in Srisailam is inside the Temple Complex. It is a complex providing options of staying in Dharamshalas. They have basic rooms with AC & Non AC options. Options of VIP Cottages, ordinary Cottages are also available. Bookings can be made online by visiting the official website Srisailam Devasthanam.
I stayed in Haritha, a standard hotel with reasonable tariff managed by APTDC. It has options of Standard / Deluxe AC & Non AC Rooms. You can make the booking online by visiting APTDC website.
Places To Visit In Srisailam
A visit to Srisailam will fill your heart and mind with peace and divinity. Following are the must visit places of Srisailam.
The Mallikarjuna Temple
Shri Mallikarjuna Temple was build in 14th century and holds a very important rank amongst the most visited temple in India. The temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. It marks as an important religious site for Hindus. The architecture is inspired from the Vijayanagara and Dravidian style. It is believed that Lord Kartikeyan, the youngest son of Shiva & Parvaty once got angry and had come on these hills from Kailash. Thereafter Shiva & Parvaty stayed here with the name Arjun & Mallika. Therefore the name of the temple is Mallikarjun.
Pathalaganga is a small temple located on the banks of River Krishna. People come here for holy bath and get purified before visiting the temple. The view of the pristine river water along with the green plateaus on the background leaves you mesmerised by its beauty. You can also take the cable car ropeway ride and enjoy the panoramic view of this magnificent place from the top.
Srisailam Dam is the second largest hydroelectric power station in India. It is build over Krishna River surrounded by Nallamala Hills. The best time to visit here is during rainy season when radial crest gates are opened and the water flows through the dam. The sight looks absolutely amazing with gargling water and drops coming out of the river. It forms rainbows (If Sun is out) right in front of you.
It is believed that the famous ascetic lyricist and philosopher Akkamahadevi came here in the 12th century AD from Karnataka. She used to meditate in these caves for few years and worshiped Lord Shiva. The Shivlinga is believed to exist naturally in deep and dark end of the cave. Hence the name of the cave is Akkamahadevi caves. These caves are also believed to be the abode of the Siddhas.
To reach the caves, you will have to take a boat ride through the Krishna River. You will enjoy the beautiful sceneries surrounded by forests and hills all around. Carry a torch or switch on the flashlights of your mobile phone, since these caves are usually dark inside. One will find a sacred Shiva Linga inside the caves.
Srisailam Tiger Reserve. (200 Km from Hyderabad)
Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve is the largest reserves for tiger in India. The total area of the jungle is 3568 acres. One can take jeep safari to enjoy the wildlife experience of this vast forest. You will have the opportunity to spot Tigers, Leapords, Deers, Blackbuck, Chinkara etc. This dense Forest is also home to reptiles like King Cobra, Python and peafowl. The cost for the Jeep Safari is about Rs. 1500 to 2000, per jeep.
Octopus View Point
The place offers magnificent views of the lush green forests & beautiful valleys offering spectacular view of Krishna River. It’s named as Octopus View Point because of the shape of the Krishna river from the top. It actually look like an octopus placed between the forests. The location of the point is near the jungle safari which is at a distance of 30 kms from the Srisailam Temple.
Shikareshwara Temple is situated at the highest point (Shikhar) of Srisailam. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shikhareshwara Swamy, a form of Lord Shiva. It holds great importance and one who visits the temple, becomes free from all his sins of the past. He also escapes from the cycle of rebirth. Shikareshwara offers spectacular view of the town along with the majestic mountains and Krishna River.
Food In Srisailam
As Srisailam is a holy place you will find simple, vegetarian yet tasty food in most of the restaurants. Do try the local Andhra Thali served in most of the restaurants inside the temple complex. You can try tiffin for breakfast. You will also find variety of tasty Dosas and Sambhar. Trishul restaurant also serves North Indian cuisines along with chat items and ice cream.
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