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General Information about Srisailam

Situated about 213kms away from Hyderabad. It is a good idea to visit this place either during monsoon or in winters when the climate stays salubrious; it is in fact one of the best options for weekend holiday near Hyderabad. It is identified with its many ancient temples including a Jyotirlinga, a wildlife sanctuary and a dam. Mallikarjuna Temple, Srisailam Dam, IshtaKameshwari temple, Mallela Theertham and Akkamahadevi Caves are the best places to visit in Srisailam. There are two ways to reach these caves; one is by boat and the second by a ropeway. Eating and accommodatiom in Srisailam is quite cheap.

The historical town of Srisailam has had a prominent place in the Hindu religion since ancient times. Located in the centre of Nallamala forest in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, this town has one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Shiva within its precincts. You could seek the blessings of the almighty by visiting the many majestic temples in the city such as the one dedicated to Lord Shiva (it is renowned as Sikhareswara Swamy temple) or the famous Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple which is located at a height of around 457m from sea level.

A major pilgrimage hotspot for devotees of Lord Shiva, Srisailam is an elevated, hilly town in the state of Andhra Pradesh that houses one of the holy jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, that is the Malikarjuna Devasthanam.
In a famous duel of intellect, Lord Ganesha won against Lord Kartikeya, which left the latter miffed and he took to exile. A concerned duo of Shiva & Parvati later managed to pacify him, but on a condition: Lord Kartikeya would not be with them but would stay close by. The spot where Lord Shiva & Parvati stayed has now become famous as Srisailam, and the holy Jyotirlingam the Malikarjuna Devasthanam. Millions of Hindu devotees visit this site annually, seeking blessings from one of the most popular gods of Hinduism.

Connectivity :
By Rail : Marakpur Road is the nearest railhead to Srisailam. It is located in the Guntur-Hubli meter gauge. The main broad-gauge railway station is located in Hyderabad at a distance of 232 kilometers. Taxi cabs ply between Hyderabad & Marakpur road station and Srisailam.

By Air : The closest airport to Srisailam is located at Hyderabad. It is located at a distance of 232 kilometers away from Hyderabad. Taxi cabs ply between Hyderabad Airport and Srisailam.

By Road : The State Highway 5 connects Hyderabad and Srisailam. The road journey from Hyderabad to Srisailam will approximately take around 4 hours. State owned APSRTC buses and Devasthanam buses ply between Hyderabad and Srisailam.


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. 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.

Attractions: On a two day trip from Hyderabad to Srisailam, one can visit the Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple on top of the Nallamalai Hills. Many devotees take a dip in the Patala Ganga which is considered to be holy and can be reached by a ropeway. Another major attraction here is the Akkamahadevi Caves, an hour-long boat ride away from Patala Ganga.

Activities: Take a jeep ride to the Ista Kameshwari Temple which is located 16km deep in the forest and the path to which is very tumultuous. Ista Srisailam-Nagarjuna Sagar Tiger Reserve is the only tiger reserve in Andhra Pradesh and one can go for wildlife viewing here.

Best time to visit: November to March


Few Places of Interest :

Srisailam Dam
Located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, Srisailam Dam is a major attraction in the hilly areas of Srisailam. It is constructed across the Krishna River and is positioned in a deep gorge in the densely wooded Nallamala hill range. Perched at an altitude of 300 meters, Srisailam Dam is one of the 12 largest hydroelectric power projects in India. It is a hot-shot tourist spot for those looking forward to some natural views.


Shikareswara Temple
Shikareswara Temple is located on the highest point of Srisailam known as Sikharam. The region is well-known for its natural views, eye-catching scenarios and beautiful views of the downhill. The temple is dedicated to Sikhareswara Swamy, one of the forms of Lord Shiva. Legend has it that this form of Lord Shiva possesses divine powers to wipe out the sins of the devotees.


Bhramaramba Devi Temple
Perched atop of the Nallamala hills, on the southern bank of Krishna River, Bhramaramba Devi Temple is a renowned temple in the hill town of Srisailam. It is nestled at a height of 457 meters above sea level. The temple is dedicated to Devi Bhramaramba, the divine consort of Lord Mallikarjuna.


Hathakesvara Temple
Situated on the downhill of Srisailam in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, Hathakesvara Temple is an exquisite edifice which enshrines a beautiful Shiva Linga. The temple is highly revered by the local populace. It is believed to have many curable diseases. It is believed that the temple is located at a spot where the renowned and most popular saint Sankracharya wrote his philosophical treaties.


Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple
Perched at a height of 457 meters above sea level, Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is a major pilgrim spot in the Srisailam town. The sanctum of the Mallikarjuna temple has a shell like structure and it enshrines Lord Mallikarjuna. The Mallikarjuna Temple looks like a large fort and appears like a large fort for the rich and beautiful structures.

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