Top Ten Places You Must Not Miss While Traveling Srisailam:
I hope you have seen my two travel logs for Srisailam here and here I have also posted another post taken from my father’s diary-here.In this post I have come up with the top 10 visiting places around Srisailam.It shows srisailam what to see also.
They are handpicked and nice to visit in your two days trip in Srisailam.
They are as follows:
This is the highest pick of Srisailam. It was not so popular when we visited last time. But with the advancement of road , this place can be in your visiting list in Srisailam. It is roughly 233o feet above the sea level. It is said one can attain mukti just by seeing Sikhram. There is also a snmall Siva temple here with hundreds of siva lingams. One can see Mallikarjuna temple from here. There is also a view point here. you can see the Srisailam from here.
It is a small waterfall having medical properties. It is believed that this holy water can cure lots of common daises. There is small siva temple here(Not maintained properly). it is said saint sankaracharya meditated here.You can purchase medical oil or holy water from the locals.
Ropeway and Patalganga:
There is a small Arial rope way which takes us to the downstream for a fun ride. Journey is maximum of two minutes. One can go to patal ganga to take a holy dip and make a scenic boat ride near the dam.Also you need to check the current of the stream before taking bath here.
There is another flavor of boat journey available through beautiful,scenic hills. You can enjoy the lash green nature while travelling this place. Mostly it starts at 6AM in the morning and comes back 11AM. So this needs to be planned well ahead. A they go through dense forest , I suggest to go in a group due to security reason and time pass. But if you are a nature lover , the majestic view of the river,green trees will surely please you. Akhamadevi temple is in pitch dark so it is better to carry torch light. There is siva linga inside.During 12th century the renowned philosopher ,lyricist and ascetic from Karnataka named Akka Maheswari prenanced in the cave.
Sakshi Ganapati Temple:
Sakshi Ganapati is a famous temple of Lord Ganesh situated just before Srisailam.It is said Lord Ganesh keeps records of all names of the pilgrims who come to Srisailam. He displays the list to Lord Siva for blessings. If you have an option to stop here, please park your vehicle and visit here first then proceed to Srisailam.If you are traveling in a bus or have no option to stop here, please come back here for registering your name. However you can get down from bus here , ample of autos available to travel to Srisailam.
This is the Most celebrated temple in the town. It was built by king Harithare of VijayaNagaram in 1599. It is believed that Goddess Parvati cursed sage Bringi to stand as he only used to worship Lord Siva. Later Lord Siva consoling mother Parvati and gave Bringi a third leg so that he can stand properly. One can see Bringi standing in 3 legs. There is also idols of Nandi,Saharsalinga and Nataraj along with lord Siva. There is an option for online ticket booking. I highly recommend to avail that option. It will save lots of time. However there are two types of queue available. One free darshan and another is Rs 150/head paid darshan. Don’t forget to get the blessings and prasadam.
This is surely one more attraction of Srisailam. If you are traveling from hyderabad. Forest will come first. This is the largest(having 3508 acres of lands) tiger reserve forest in India. However you don’t have to worry much as you will be travelling the 3rd buffer zone. There is a jungle safari available for jungle lovers. Apart from tiger, it is said there could be chital,Sambar,blackbuck,chowsingha,dhol,leopard,sloth bear and monkeys available. It is also infested with King cobra, Indian python,Crocodile etc. One can also find crocodile breeding center in the down stream.
I must not say more about it. This is one of the major attraction in srisailam . The man made beauty.This is one of the 12 largest hydro electric project in India. It is truely an engineering marvel in the lap of mother nature. View and beauty of the dam when gates are opened is astonishing and treat to the eyes. There are also boating facility available one in the downstream and one in the upstream. Proceed boating with care.
Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum:
certainly not a huge one like Andaman that showcase tribal culture but yes there are few. At least a nice effort to show the livelihood of Tribal. If you understand Telegu there is a person who can guide you. But for Hindi speaking people, you have to imagine. If you ask more information then nothing for you. Nobody cares about this .Govt should take care of this part. There are few vendors selling honey outside of the museum stating they were fresh and collected from forest.
This is not a huge dam but a medium reservoir in Mahabubnagar town.The sunset in this dam is awesome. One can take his car very near to the dam.
Few Other faq on Srisailam:
srisailam how many kilometres or srisailam how many kilometers from hyderabad: It is almost 250 KM from Gachibowli via ORR.
srisailam how to reach from hyderabad? Well there are many bus services available from Hyderabad. The public bus takes around 6 hours to reach Srisailam. So start early if you are plaining to enjoy the full day with all other visiting place. However I suggest to stay there for one night and enjoy slowly. It can be a 2 days trip to Srisailam or a Weekend gateway from Hyderabad.
srisailam how to reach from chennai? or how to reach srisailam from bangalore?- There are no direct connectivity in terms of public transport. Any train (like Jansatabdi) can take you to Ongole then there are buses available to Srisailam. Best would be to hire a cab service.
how to srisailam by train?- There is no train connectivity directly to Srisailam.
how to reach srisailam from tirupati? I heard that there was a connecting bus available.
how to book srisailam accommodation online? or srisailam where to stay? There are various guesthouse available here in Srisailam. The best way to book is via APDTC website. However there are local vendors ,pointer available . Recently the private players on hotel industry like Makemytrip etc help you to book.
srisailam where to eat? There are plenty of hotels and restaurant available ion Srisailam to have food. Street foods are also awesome. However it is a strictly veg city hence do not expect a Non veg dish available hotel.If you want non veg dish go out of this city. The best option for non veg are the hotels just after crossing the Srisailam dam in both sides.