Srisailam at a glance:
Coordinates: 16.0733° N, 78.8687° E
State: Andhra Pradesh
How to reach:
By flight: There is no direct flight connectivity as of now to Srisailam. The nearest airport is in Hyderabad, i.e. the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
By train:There is no direct rail connectivity to Srisailam. The nearest railway station is in Cumbum district, which is some 60 km. away from Srisailam. You can get a regular passenger as well as express trains from Cumbum for Srisailam.
By road: Regular bus services ply to and fro the city of Srisailam. They operate on a daily basis, whether day or night, from places like Nellore, Visakhapatnam etc. You can also take shared taxis or cabs for the same route.
Take a boat ride through the Krishna River with sceneries, forests and hills all around to reach the Akkamahadevi Caves. Carry a few torches or candles, since these caves are usually pitch dark inside. Immersed in the darkness, find a sacred Shiva Linga inside the caves.
Bhramaramba Devi Temple
On the banks of River Krishna, over the Nallamala hills is the Bhramaramba Devi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The complex is inside the Mallikarjuna Swamy temple itself.
Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum
Find yourself fascinated as you witness instances of the livelihoods and cultures of the tribes of Andhra Pradesh at the Chenchu Lakshmi Museum. Also, honey collected by the tribes and packaged by the state government is also available at the museum for sale and is a true specialty to take back home.
A modest temple, housing a Shiva Linga, tends to be one of the most frequently visited temples, by the locals. The temple is said to at the same place as where Sri Sankaracharya, a revered saint created one of his philosophical texts.
Hemareddy Mallamma Temple
A recent addition to the temples of Srisailam is the Hemareddy Mallamma Temple, located close to the Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple. The temple also has an ashram neighboring it. With intriguing stories and legends, the temple is a fascinating experience offered by Srisailam.
The devotion towards Lord Shiva, that Srisailam is known for, finds its way to the banks of Krishna River as well. A rocky bank of this river has each of its rocks, believed to be an image of Lord Shiva. The belief also grants the bank its name, ‘Lingala Gattu’.
Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple
On the southern bank of River Krishna, is a temple, the town Srisailam is known for. The Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, is the most celebrated temple of the town and finds it roots 6 centuries in history, when it was built by King Harihara Raya of Vijayanagar.
As the River Krishna turns down hill, it is surrounded by a certain spirituality in the air. Enjoy the sceneries around you and take a dip into these sacred waters, believed to have medicinal properties for healing skin diseases.
Sakshi Ganapati Temple
The Sakshi Ganapati Temple has been beautifully located at the hill town of Srisailam. It’s placed amongst the backdrop of picturesque natural settings and enshrines a black idol of Lord Ganesha.
At the highest point of Srisailam, referred to as Sikharam, one finds a temple dedicated to Sikhareswara Swamy, watching over the landscapes and a pristine River Krishna flowing below.
Across the Krishna River and overlooking the Nallamala woods, is the sprawling Srisailam Dam. Built over the unforgiving verve of the River Krishna, the dam is nestled in a deep canyon, surrounded by forests and sceneries, finding home in the sound of gushing and falling water.
Srisailam Tiger Reserve
The total area of this tiger reserve is 3568 acres, making it one of the largest tiger reserves in India. Srisailam Dam and Nagarjuna sagar Dam are also located in the reserve area.
What to Eat in Srisailam :
Local Food and Cuisine
As a temple town, vegetarian food is the only choice available here. There aren’t too many options for food here but one can enjoy good South-Indian food as well as teasing bits of street food here. One can also relish the temple food. In midst the dense forests it is advisable for people to keep hydrated by eating food with high carbohydrates and drink lots of water.