Srisailam or Shrishailam is one of the most popular hill town and famous pilgrimage center with a height of 1345 feet above sea level which is situated in Nallamala Hills of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. This place is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Srisailam is surrounded by lush greenery that offers natural beauty and wonderful wildlife.
Srisailam considered as one of the eighteen Shaktipeethas of India. There is a famous temple in Srisailam known as Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna or Lord Shiva and Devi Bhramaramba. The temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
Apart from Srisailam, you can visit Srisailam Dam and Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary. The Srisailam Dam with 512 Meter and Hydroelectric Station known as the second-largest capacity within India situated on Krishna River. Moreover, Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 3568 square Kilometre were considered as one of the largest Tiger Reserves in India.
Tourists will enjoy this place by seeing natural beauty and by forest area. For photography lovers, this journey is the perfect place. There is good transport facility by Road and Rail.
There are many places to visit in Srisailam are Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Srisailam Dam, Pathala Ganga, Sikharam, Mallela Theertham, Sakshi Ganapti Temple, Paladhara Panchadara, and Akka Mahadevi Caves.
Places To Visit In Srisailam :
Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple :
Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is a Hindu temple and one of the famous temple in Srisailam located at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati. Lord Shiva is worshiped as Mallikarjuna whereas Parvati as Bhramaramba. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and 18 Shaktipeethas in India.
The temple built in the Dravidian style of architecture with wide courtyards. It covers 2 hectares and houses for four gopurams. There are numerous shrines inside the temple. The main temple consists of lingam which is surrounded by three large cobras. The idol of Bhramaramba has eight arms with silk sari and Jewellery.
There is a large Mandapam with around 42 pillars facing towards Lord Mallikarjuna. Nandi is placed at the center of Mandapam. Devotees attract with those day architecture. The Darshanam start at 4:30 AM continues and ends at 10 PM. There is an option for special darshanam. You can do Abhishekam and Pujas to Lord Shiva. Whereas in Bhramaramba, Devotees are not allowed inside.
Srisailam attracts lakhs of devotees every year from different areas in India. The major festivals like Shivaratri, Devi Navaratri, Dussehra, Ugadi celebrates 5 days and Karthika Poornima. The Kumbhothsavam, Sankranthi Utsavam, and Sravananamosthsavam are also held here.
Srisailam Dam :
Srisailam Dam is a manmade marvel and second-largest capacity of Hydroelectric station in India with a height of 300 Meter above sea level constructed across Krishna River in the Nallamala Hills in between Kurnool and Mahabubnagar districts. Initially, the construction of the dam started in the year 1960 along with the power project and completed in the year 1981.
Srisailam Dam stands a height of around 145 Meters, length of 512 Meters and 12 radial crest gates. It has a reservoir of 616 Sq Km were full reservoir level of 885 Feet. It can hold around 178.74 Tmcft and provides irrigation water about 2 lakh acres of land. Later, the dam has been converted into a multipurpose project with a power generation capacity of 770 MW in the year 1987.
The dam is surrounded by greenery all around, pleasant sound and perfect place for nature lovers. Tourists will enjoy this place and take photographs. Sometimes the gates will be opened due to heavy flow from Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. At this time, the dam attracts thousands of visitors. There is good transportation by Road and Rail. However, the route to the dam is closed from 9 PM to 6 AM. So it’s better to plan early to reach Srisailam.
Pathala Ganga :
Pathala Ganga is one of the popular place situated in the backwaters of River Krishna. This place where devotees come to take a dip in the holy river before reaching to main temple. This place is surrounded by lush greenery offers beautiful view of River Krishna.
There are 500 steps to reach Pathala Ganga was built by King Prolaya Vema Reddy in the 14th Century. Interestingly, you can come by Rope Way to Pathala Ganga. Tourists have different experience in Rope Way. The Rope Way runs by Haritha Hotel. Even you have a Boating facility where you can catch way to Akka Mahadevi Caves.
Sikharam is also known as Sikhareswara Swami Temple is the highest peak of Srisailam with a height of 2830 feet above the mean sea level located in the Taluk of Srisailam in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Interestingly, people believed that whoever found ‘Trishulam’ located at top of the Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple’s Gopuram then you attain “Moksham” known that rebirth.
There is an ancient temple dedicated to Sri Veera Shikara Swamy or Sikhareswara Swamy that was built by Reddy Kings in 1398 AD. There are around 150 steps to reach the main temple. There is another temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
Devotees can see the beautiful view from here. The temple timing would be from 6 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 8:30 PM. It is closed in the afternoon. There is goo transportation by Road. This place is close to Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple.
Sakshi Ganapati Temple :
Sakshi Ganapati Temple is a must-visit spot and attracts many devotees situated between Srisailam Temple and Sisailam Dam. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The idol of Lord Ganesha showing a book holding in his left hand and Pen with right hand.
Devotees who come to Srisailam, before reaching to Main Temple or Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple first visit Sakshi Ganapati Temple. They believe that Lord Ganesha knows who visit the main temple. Lord Ganesha keeps a record and shows it to Lord Shiva.
Sakshi Ganapati Temple is a small temple and attracts a large number of tourists every day. The darshan timings are from 6 AM to 9 PM. There is good transportation by Road. Visitors enjoy the nature surrounding by temple.
Mallela Theertham :
Mallela Theertham is a waterfall in the middle of Nallamala Forest with a height of 150 feet situated close to Srisailam. This place is surrounded by dense forest and wildlife. There are more than 300 steps down to reach the waterfall.
The water comes through streams in forest meets River Krishna. This is perfect place for adventure tourism. During Summer, It is believed that many tigers visit this place to drink water. So visitors may not find much water at this place.
Tourists enjoy this place and take photographs with their friends and families. There is a mud road passing through villages to reach the waterfall. Now I hope Government has been developed this place based on tourism. Every year, visitors from different areas come here and enjoy the nature. Mostly they have break with their busy life. You can do Swimming here.
Paladhara Panchadara :
Paladhara Panchadara is one of the most beautiful scenic spot located close to Srisailam. The name Paladhara Panchadara of the stream is derived from Lord Shiva. The Paladhara means the forehead of Lord Shiva whereas Panchadara stands for five aspects of Lord Shiva.
According to Skanda Purana, the flow of the stream as Bhogavathi where later joins the River Krishna. Even Adi Shankaracharya had stayed here for a long time and doing meditation at this place.
Paladhara Panchadara has 160 steps down to reach. when you observe you will find two different streamflow adjacent to each other. Visitors believed that from one flow the water is sweet taste coming from forest area known as Paladhara and Panchadara water is complete opposite to Paladhara.
Tourists enjoy nature and these streams are situated opposite to Hatakeswaram. Some of the visitors will collect those water in bottles and distribute to their family members or etc believe that water is good for health. The visiting time of Paladhara Panchadara from 9 AM to 5 Pm.
Akka Mahadevi Caves :
Akka Mahadevi Caves is a naturally formed caves located above the upstream flow of River Krishna in Nallamala Hills. This caves is also a popular religious shrine and dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Akka Mahadevi Caves presents a bit of Adventure and surrounded by natural scenic beauty. Akka Mahadevi who did Thapasu in this cave and worshipped the Shivalinga. To reach these caves, Tourists must travel by Boat across River Krishna. This journey would be one hour and take a trek for 10 Min to reach these caves.
The caves have 150 Meters deep and darkness increases when you enter into the cave. So it’s better to bring small torches for light. There is only 3 feet of height to reach Shivaling where visitors need to bend and crawl. The boating to the caves starts from 10:30 AM and the best time to visit the caves from November to March.
Tourists have fun at this place with their friends and families. There is 16 Km long boat ride from Pathala Ganga. Akka Mahadevi Caves is considered a beautiful experience and remains an unforgettable trip in their life.