I have completed Srisailam twice before this trip. They are documented here:
My Previous trips:
- 1st Trip with a motorcycle with wife-Here
- 2nd Trip with my parent’s in law-Here
I have written a guideline to venture Srisailam in a methodical way. Read here
(top 10 places)
This time in December 2018, we (my parent along with me) opted for a quick darshanam for lord Mallikarjuna. I did not get a chance to write on my own. The below write up is taken from my father’s diary.
A Note From My Father’s Diary:
|way to Srisailam|
Note from My father:
How it Started:
We were in here in Hyderabad for the last 2 weeks. Being Bengali, we were getting little bored as we have little or no activities here compared to my own area(Howrah, West Bengal). We were planning for a short trip around Hyderabad. My elder son came up with this idea to visit the Lord Mallikarjuna in Srisailam.I enquired “srisailam which district??” Kurnool – said my son. Initially, we were not ready for a long drive to this place. Later we accepted with a condition that we must stay a day to avoid the lag. A nutshell description was depicted for a long journey from Manikonda Hyderabad to Srisailam to visit the famous Mallikarjuna (Lord Shiva). Srisailam is one of the 18 Mahashaktipeeth and one of the famous temple of Lord Siva. Our plan was going on 1st December and return on 2nd December of 2018.
Few more details what I noticed:
srisailam how to reach? It is reachable via various bus connecting from Hyderabad.The best would be to hire a taxi service or explore by own vehicle.I have given a details view of my experience about how to go srisailam?
|Amrabad Tiger Reserve Forest|
We started at 9:30AM from our home at Manikonda after a quick breakfast. We reached ORR(outer ring road) at around 9:45AM. We took the check in the ticket. From this place the actual journey started.
We headed towards the Exit -14. Since it was morning, and a holiday, we did not get traffic on the road. At around 10:30 we checked out ORR and took NH 765 (Srisailam highway) to reach Srisailam.
As we have plenty of water with us, we avoided the small water breaks.
|we at Amrabad Tiger Reserve Forest|
The journey was smooth with very less traffic in the road. We were stopped by the cop to check if we were carrying cash for the upcoming election near Amangaol. After that, we drove straight to Hajipur.
Stop for some quick Snacks:
We stopped at the newly opened Chandra Hospitality Service for some food. At this time at 12 noon, we were not that much hungry for lunch. We were looking for Dosa in this region. Unfortunately, they did not offer much. At that time only the thali was available. They could not offer even other items mentioned in the menu card. We started again. After crossing Hajipur crossing we stopped at Hotel Balaji. It was situated right side of the road. They also did not have many items. We took tea here. I must say that they made a nice tea. Both Chandra and Hotel Balaji had nice toilet facility.
|Bag provided at the gate of Amrabad Tiger Reserve Forest|
At Dindi dam and Checkpost of Amrabad Tiger Reserve Forest:
We started again from this place. Being noon and not getting a suitable place to park our vehicle we opted out to visit Dindi dam. We drove straight to the check post of Nalla Malla Tiger reserve forest(now famous as AMRABAD Tiger Reserve forest). At the check-post, toll plaza, we were given a jute bag to use as the dustbin. They requested us not to drop any waste material in the jungle. We were very happy to see the effort of the forest department to save the jungle and make it clean and green. After entering the jungle, NH 765 became different. There were a lot of speed breakers with and without a sign. It continued till Srisailam. Enroute, we saw lots of monkeys in different parts of the jungle. Few of the tourists were throwing bananas to these creatures and it seemed they were accepting them and eating with great pleasure, even though forest officials requested us not to feed the animals.
|Bag provided at the gate of Armabad Tiger Reserve Forest|
Journey through the Amrabad Jungle:
In the middle of the jungle, we saw a safari gate. We stopped for some refreshment. The adjacent shop was closed. We took few snaps here. We started for the last part of the jungle. On the way to Srisailam, we stopped again and took some snaps for our memory. The jungle became more dense and greener in this area. After another 45 mins, we finally crossed the jungle. We were very much hungry at that time. The clock was ticking 2:30PM by then. We were searching for a decent hotel to finish our lunch. We did not get any.
|Srisailam road Jungle view|
Jungle end and Rajadhani Hotel:
Finally, we stopped at Rajadhani hotel just before the ghat section of Srisailam. The hotel was more of a makeshift arrangement. The meal was costing 60rs/head. We ordered double egg omelet. It cost us 80 rs more. It was a bit more comparing the quality of the hotel. However, After the quick meal we started again for srisailam.
At 3:15Pm we reached Srisailam dam. are srisailam gates opened? No, the gates were not opened but It was truly a man made wonder, a gem of engineering. srisailam how many gates? There are 12 gates in Srisailam. I could imagine the view during full monsoon with the gate open. We stopped here for some refreshment and took few snaps. My son and wife took icecream here. The road became narrow here. We were driving very carefully. We saw Patal Ganga from the car.No mistake was taken to find the rows of the boat there. With the grace of Lord Shiva and ma Durga, we crossed the ghat sections(both side) without any troubles. I came to know from the signboard that river Krishna was the border for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The Andhra section of the NH-765 was having a lot of speed breakers.