Srisailam Tourism

Srisailam Entrance Gopuram

Srisailam is a census town in Nandyal district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the mandal headquarters of Srisailam mandal in Atmakur revenue division. It is located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) from the district headquarters Nandyal, 180 kilometres (112 mi) from Kurnool, 216 kilometres (134 mi) from Hyderabad and also it is located about 264 kilometres (164 mi) from Vijayawada. The town is famous for Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple and is one of the holy pilgrimage site for Saivism and Shaktism sects of Hinduism. The town is classified as both Jyotirlinga and Shakti Peetha.

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Demographics

As of 2001 India census, Srisailam had a population of 23,257. Males constituted 54% of the population and females 46%. Srisailam Project (RFC) Township has an average literacy rate of 75.62% higher than the state average of 67.02%. Male literacy is around 85.68% while female literacy rate is 63.24%. 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Places To Visit In Srisailam

  1. Pathala Ganga
Ropeway to Pathala Ganga at Srisailam

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.

Pathala Ganga, Srisailam

One can also try the enjoyable ropeway car ride and look down at the majestic river and lush green beauty all around.

River Krishna and Srisailam Dam

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Starting point:

Near Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple

Timings:

Ropeway- 6:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Boating- 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Pathala Ganga

Cost:

Ropeway- Adults- INR 50 and Children- INR 35
Boating- Adults- INR 50 and Children- INR 35

2. Srisailam Tiger Reserve

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Srisailam is genuinely a go-to destination for any adventurer. A must visit place when you think of the Srisailam visiting places is the Nagarjuna Sagar Srisailam tiger reserve. A bumpy jeep ride amidst the wild looking out for ferocious tigers is an activity you must opt for.

Tourists are allowed to go into the forest from 7 am to 5 pm everyday. You can also experience a one and a half hour jeep ride from 7 am to 4 pm for about Rs 800 for 6 people everyday. Nature lovers, photographers and young adventurers get to witness the beauty while they capture pictures of the tigers and many other animals such as deer, wild boar, elephants and more. However, the best time to visit the reserve is between the months of June to October.

Location: Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India

Price: Rs 800 ( for 6 jeep passengers) 

Timing: 7 am – 5 pm

Best time to visit: 7 am – 11 am.

3. Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple Gopuram

Lord Shiva’s Mallikarjuna temple is one of the 12 auspicious jyotirlingas found in India. As per the legend, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati came down to Srisailam to pester their elder son Kartike who left the Kailash mountain disheartened that he lost a contest to his brother Ganesh. Aware of his parents following him he decided to flee from Srisailam and move ahead of town.

However, to stay closer to him Shiva and Parvati stayed at Srisailam with the names Arjun and Mallika and hence, the name of the temple falls to be Mallikarjuna. The garbhagriha has the Jyotirlinga where the devotees perform their prayers and believe that they are the closest to the Lord at that moment. This temple is a very important and precious place for every pious Hindu according to the Hindu mythology. 

Lord Shiva’s Mallikarjuna temple

Location: Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Timing:  5.30 am – 1 pm, 3 pm – 7 pm (everyday)

Best time to visit: October to February.

4. Akkamahadevi Caves

Akka Mahadevi Caves

Add Akka Mahadevi caves to the Srisailam must-visit places in your itinerary as this is one of the most adventurous experiences in Srisailam. The experience of visiting the cave makes it much cooler. Visitors have to board the basket boat crossing the lush green river route to arrive at a closer point near the caves. After which a 10 min trek across a thin steep is done to arrive at the caves. This journey is what makes the caves one of the top-visited tourist places in Srisailam. 

The caves are open to visitors throughout the day. However, it is important to plan your visit prior in hand to book the boat ride. The boat ride starts from 10.30 am and the overall experience would cost you around Rs 350. To amplify your experience at the caves, you can make a late night or a midnight visit with torch lights and sticks to help you cross over to the caves.  

However, If you are not up for an adventure or have a senior passenger along who’d be comfortable using the road, opt to take the 5 km mud road that can be accessed via Hyderabad – Srisailam highway. It is suggested to enquire about the road before you begin your journey as it isn’t open to use when it’s damp. 

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Timings : Boatride starts at around 10:30 AM

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee.

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History of Akkamahadevi Caves

As the caves are a natural formation, it is extremely hard to narrow down a particular date for its formation. It is more than a million years old and holds great religious significance for Hindus. The caves are named after the Kannada poetess, saint and philosopher of the 12th century, Akka Mahadevi. She is said to have performed penance and offered prayers inside the caves to the naturally existing Shivalingam deep inside the cave formation.

Akkamahadevi Caves

Structure of Akkamahadevi Caves

The natural aura of the Akkamahadevi caves is any nature lover’s piece of heaven. Surrounded by the upstream waters of the Krishna river and the majestic hills of the Nallamala range of the Eastern Ghats, the caves have been shaped by nature’s forces for over a million years and maintains its unprocessed landscape. The arch that welcomes you at the entrance of the caves is a natural wonder having been standing strong without any support since aeons! It measures 200x16x4 feet in size.

The Shivalingam inside the cave premises are an attraction and hold great religious and cultural significance. You can wander along the cave pathway for up to almost 150 meters deep, but the path is narrow and congested, requiring a bit of crawling and walking sideways, so undertake the adventure at your own prospect.

Best Time To Visit Akkamahadevi Caves

The summer months in the region reach a sweltering 40 degrees Celcius during peak times and are uncomfortable times to visit the place. July to September, which is the monsoon months offer torrential downpour, and this is the time when nature is at its serene lush green best! If the weather is your main criteria, the winter months are the best time to visit with a pleasant climate and fascinating setting.

Tips For Visiting Akkamahadevi Caves

1. Be sure to carry enough water and a pair of flashlights or a candle while entering the caves as they are pitch dark and offer no source of light whatsoever.
2. The boating tickets can be obtained at the ropeway centre at Patala Ganga.
3. It is best for claustrophobic persons to stay away from the deep, dark meanderings of the caves.

How To Reach Akkamahadevi Caves

The Akkamahadevi Caves can be reached from Srisailam after travelling for about 10-15 kilometres on the Krishna River, a journey that takes about an hour by boat. Boats are provided by the tourism department of the state of Andhra Pradesh. To reach the caves, you need to proceed towards Patala Ganga. You can take a ropeway to Patala Ganga, which is located at the bottom of the hills near the river. There are two options, to either walk down or take a ropeway and the latter is an incredibly scenic trip! It After reaching the land via boat, it takes a short 10-minute trek to reach the mouth of the caves. They are only 5 kilometres from the Hyderabad-Srisailam road, but the way is muddy and inaccessible most of the times.

5. Srisailam Dam

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One of the main centres of attraction for the town, the Srisailam Dam in Telangana is also one of the 12 largest hydroelectric projects in India. A blend of uninterrupted natural beauty and engineering genius, the Srisailam Dam emerges out of the verdant greenery of the Nallamala Hills to mark its presence. It is built across unrelenting verve of the Krishna river and is nestled in a deep canyon, surrounded by forests and sceneries, finding a home in the sound of gushing and falling water. The road up to the dam is a scenic beauty too, and the view of the Srisailam Dam is a humbling sight to behold.

One of the best things to do around the site of the Srisailam dam is to spend some quality time with your friends and family as you look over to the gurgling waters of River Krishna. The view from the top of the dam is an astonishing sight, especially when the water is released and you can see the might of its flow right in front of your eyes. Owing to its natural charms, it is a delightful destination for nature enthusiasts and photography lovers as well. A weekend picnic to this attraction is an instant fix from the stress of face-paced city life.

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History of Srisailam Dam

Srisailam Dam

The foundation of the Srisailam Dam was laid down in the year 1960 with a focus on it being a power generation project. After 21 years of meticulous work, the dam saw completion in the year 1981 when in 1987 the second phase of construction was undertaken to convert the site into a multipurpose project with a capacity to generate additional 770MW of power.

Architecture of Srisailam Dam

The imposing structure of Srisailam Dam is perched on a massive height of 300 metres above sea level. The edifice itself is 145 metres in height and 512 metres in length. It has a capacity to hold a massive volume of 178.74 Tmcft and up to water level of 885 feet, and 12 individual radial crest gates provide an outlet for the same. Equipment-wise, the Srisailam Dam has six reversible 150 MW Francis pump-turbine systems on the left side of the river bank, while on the right side there are seven 110 MW Francis turbine generators. The entire assembly provides water to an area of 2000 square kilometres.

Activities in Srisailam Dam

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There are a number of activities that you can pursue in Srisailam Dam. For starters, a walk around the dam can is the perfect way to explore the area around. Another interesting way to explore the destination is by the means of the ropeway that exists here. Sliding over the structure of the dam, the bird’s eye view of Srisailam is breathtaking. Boating in the Krishna River is a wonderful activity to pursue as well.

Best Time To Visit Srisailam Dam

The best time to visit Srisailam Dam is during the monsoon season when the river is blessed with the bounty of water and the entire scenery is wrapped in sublime beauty.

How To Reach Srisailam Dam

Srisailam Dam is situated only 14 kilometres away from Srisailam Bus Stand and you can easily take any one of the buses that operate between Srisailam Dam and nearby towns. Tourists can also hire a taxi from Srisailam or Hyderabad to drop them directly at the dam.

6. Shikaresvara Temple, Srisailam

Shikaresvara Temple, Srisailam

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.

View of Srisalam Shikaram

Sikhareswara Swamy, is one of the forms of Lord Shiva, and is believed to possess the power to free his devotees from their sins. Amongst this abode of the Lord of Sikharam and the some of the most beautiful views in the area, there is another temple, dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Visit the temple, for breathtaking sceneries, views and hills, all wrapped around in a wisp of spirituality and devotion.

7. Sri Bhramaramba Devi Temple

Srisailam Entrance Gopuram

This auspicious Shakthi peetha is another must visit tourist place in Srisailam for devotees. The temple of Goddess Bhramarambika houses in the Sri Mallikarjuna temple. The temple has the idol of the Goddess with eight arms.

There are a number of tales associated with the temple of Bhramarambha, one of which speaks of the time when Goddess Sati disheartened with the insult by her father towards her husband jumps into a holy pyre and ends herself, Lord Shiva losing his calm kills the King and performs the tandav of destruction, a dance carrying the corpse of the Goddess. Lord Vishnu intervenes to stop the tandav and to the universe from Lord Shiva’s destruction.

Sri Bhramaramba Devi Temple

He releases the Sudharshan Chakra towards the corpse to split it into pieces and as the story goes the neck of the Goddess fell at the Bhramarambha Shakthi Peetas at the temple spot. 

Location: Srisaila Devasthanam, Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Timing: 4:30 am – 10 pm 

Best time to visit: During Navratri or the Kumbham festival.

8. Sakshi Ganapati Temple, Kurnool

Sakshi Ganapati Temple

A small Ganapati shrine close to the main temple, this temple is considered as an important place in Srisailam to visit. The Ganapati idol has a leaf and a pen in his hands and so, it is believed that Lord Ganesha is noting down the names of the devotees visiting Srisailam. The tourists visit presenting themselves to the Lord. 

Sakshi Ganapati Temple, Kurnool


Location: Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India 

Timing: 6 am – 9 pm

Best time to visit: Anytime of day.

9. Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum

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.

10. Octopus View Point

Octopus View Point

Octopus View Point is one of the latest additions to the tourist attractions in Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh. The view point is located 5 km before Domalpenta and offers amazing views of the adjoining forests, enchanting gorges and the mesmerising backwaters of Krishna River. Octopus View Point has been named so because of Krishna River down below that looks like an octopus spread between the hillocks. It provides a spectacular bird’s eye view of the entire valley below. In addition to that, there is a regular safari tour conducted by the reserve that is the major highlight of the place.

Octopus View Point image

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Timings : 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Cost : INR 10 per person.

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11. Paladhara Panchadara

Paladhara Panchadara

Paladhara Panchadara is a beautiful scenic spot that is located around 4 km from Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh. The spot can be reached by a flight of stairs that leads to an infusion of several streams. The gurgling of streams along with the beauteous natural environment surrounding the place makes it the most perfect spot to reflect and unwind. Besides, it also holds a significant religious importance as the name of the central stream Paladhara Panchadara is derived from the Hindu God Lord Shiva. It is believed that the stream was named after the one originating from Lord Shiva’s forehead- ‘pala’ means ‘forehead’ and ‘dhara’ means ‘stream’.

It is believed that Sri Adi Shankaracharya stayed here in the 8th century while he was meditating. He created his renowned masterpiece Sivanandalahari right here where he Lord Mallikarjuna in the verses of the text. There is also this other text Bhramaramba Ashtaka created by him where he praised Goddess Bhramaramba. For the same reason, idols of Sarada Devi and Sri Adi Shankaracharya have been built at the spot that attracts a lot of devotees other than the regular tourists.

12. Ista Kameswari Temple

Ista Kameswari Temple

Situated at a distance of 20 km from Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh, Ista Kameswari Temple is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to an avatar of Goddess Parvati- Goddess Istakameswari. Dating back to somewhere between the 8th and 10th century, the temple is based in the middle of a lush green forest and boasts of stunning landscape. Known to have a striking architecture and beautiful designs, the temple is not only visited by devotees but also by history and architecture enthusiasts.

Ista Kameswari Temple is located inside the folds of a cave that makes it all the more interesting and unique. Other than the surroundings, the highlight of the temple is the idol of Goddess Kameswari which is said to have a super soft texture although it is made in hard steel. It is believed that the ‘Devi’ can grant any wish to the devotees if they visit it even once.

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Timings : 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM

13. Nagalooty

Nagalooty

Amidst the forest area, 28 kms away from Srisailam is the temple of Nagalooty. The structure of the temple speaks of its aging and the number of dynasties and Gods associated with it. It is believed that the temple was made during the 1326 AD by the Reddy kings paving way to the devotee to reach Srisailam with ease on foot. 

Although the pathway houses a temple complex of Veerabhadra Swami. In the Garbhagriha of the temple is Goddess Bhadrakali. About a hundred meters away is also a small Ganesha shrine of a ten handed Ganapati. 

Timing: 12 am – 11:59 pm 

Best time to visit: 7 am – 6 pm.

14. Rudra Vanam Park

Rudra Vanam Park on your trip to SrisailamRudra Vanam Park on your trip to Srisailam

The temple association of Srisailam has undertaken the cultivation and development of parks with some exotic plantations, most of which are significant in the Hindu pooja’s. One such uniquely maintained park is the Rudra Vanam park. 

This 6 acres of land by the river Krishna is dedicated to cultivating the rudras, an essential element in most of the Hindu ceremonial poojas. The park also has a statue of Lord Rudra in its premises. The various flowers, plants and rudras are used in the temple especially for performing the auspicious Dharma Pracharam.

Location: Srisailam, Andra Pradesh, India

Best time to visit: 9 am – 6.30 pm.

15. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Temple & Museum

Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Temple & Museum

Behind the Bhramarambha temple is this beautifully done temple and museum of Chatrapati Shivaji, a Maratha Warrior. As the Legend goes, Shivaji on one of his visits to Srisailam performed his prayer at the temple here when the Goddess appeared to bless him and bestowed him with a sword.

As time passed by the temple structure needed renovation and Shivaji helped re-do it, which is when a gigantic statue of the warrior was installed by the people of the town accepting him as theirs. The temple and museum is functional on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday every week. 

Location: Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Temple & Museum,Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh

Price: Rs 85

Timing: Functions on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (24 hrs).

How to Reach Srisailam

The nearest airport from Srisailam is about 195 km in Hyderabad. There are buses connecting the town with Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur and Kurnool. If hiring a private taxi, ensure that the driver has experience driving in ghat sections. Nearby railway stations are at Marakpur (62 km), Vinukonda (120 km) and Kurnool (190 km).

How to reach Srisailam 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.

Nearest Airport: Hyderabad – 151 kms from Srisailam

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How to reach 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, Vishakhapatnam etc. You can also take shared taxis or cabs for the same route.

How to reach Srisailam 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. 

Local transport in Srisailam

Buses and cabs are available. However, you can easily travel on foot.

What is the best time to visit Srisailam?

October to February offers the best climate for tourist activities and pilgrimage. The season is good to visit Srisailam Sanctuary, the Phaladhara Panchadhara, the Srisailam Dam View Point etc.

The temperature remains pleasant between 15°C and 32°C, making it an excellent time to go sightseeing. June to September is mostly off-season because the region receives heavy rainfall, but it can be a good time for temple visits and short trips for tourists on a small budget.

The summer season is not at all recommended to tourists as the temperature remains unbearably hot and humid throughout the season.

Monthly Weather in Srisailam

MonthHigh/Low (°C)Rain
January30°/ 18°3 days
February31°/ 18°1 days
March35°/ 21°4 days
April37°/ 23°6 days
May39°/ 26°10 days
June35°/ 25°14 days
July31°/ 23°17 days
August29°/ 22°20 days
September29°/ 22°22 days
October29°/ 21°29 days
November29°/ 19°6 days
December28°/ 18°3 days
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Srisailam in Winter (October – February)

Srisailam experiences winter season which begins in October and lasts till February. This is the best time to visit Srisailam as the temperature hovers between 15°C and 28°C and the climate remains pleasant for exploring Srisailam. It is, therefore, the peak season for travellers visiting the holy pilgrimage of Lord Shiva especially on the occasion of Mahashivratri if it falls in February (14th day of the Hindu month of Magha). One can also visit the Srisailam Dam and take a serene Puttu Teppalu (round boat) road in the evening after visiting the Jyotirlingam.

Srisailam in Monsoon (July – September)

Between June and September is the monsoon season in Srisailam. The region receives moderate to heavy rainfall every year and is not advisable to tourists owing to the torrential downpours. The average annual rainfall, however, is about 730 mm. It can be a good season for budget travellers as the prices drop tremendously making lodging and sightseeing affordable. One of the best attractions to witness around this time is the Srisailam Dam although it is much advisable to visit the dam on a clear or a moderately rainy day. Tourists also need to bear in mind that the region experiences extreme humidity that can go as high as 84%. The minimum temperature hovers around 23°C while the maximum stays around 33°C.

Srisailam in Summer (March – June)

Between June and September is the monsoon season in Srisailam. The region receives moderate to heavy rainfall every year and is not advisable to tourists owing to the torrential downpours. The average annual rainfall, however, is about 730 mm. It can be a good season for budget travellers as the prices drop tremendously making lodging and sightseeing affordable. One of the best attractions to witness around this time is the Srisailam Dam although it is much advisable to visit the dam on a clear or a moderately rainy day. Tourists also need to bear in mind that the region experiences extreme humidity that can go as high as 84%. The minimum temperature hovers around 23°C while the maximum stays around 33°C.

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Srisailam Hotels and Places to Stay

Mallikarjuna Sadan

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Pathaleswara Sadan

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APTDC Srisailam

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Ganga & Gouri Sadan

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Cottages by Srisailam Devasthanam trust

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Top Rated

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Haritha Vijay Vihar Hotel

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Hotel Shobha

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