Located in the state of Andhra Pradesh of Kurnool district, Srisailam is an antique city resplendent with architectural marvels and cultural heritage of the yore. The city is located on the banks of River Krishna in Nallamala Hills. The town has frequent mentions in the old Hindu Puranas and the great epic Mahabharata.
The town is a home to well known Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple which is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India, and is devoted to Lord Shiva. Srisailam travel guide is full of references to the religious destinations and serene spots. Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Bhramaramba Devi Temple, Hemareddy Mallamma Temple, Srisailam Sanctuary and Akka Mahadevi Caves are some of the prominent attractions which serve as a jewel in the crown of Srisailam. Shiva’s devotional bull Nandi is believed to have undertaken here to be blessed by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
HOW TO REACH
The nearest International Airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, roughly five hour drive from Srisailam. The Airport is well connected to many major cities like Delhi, Goa, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Madurai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai via Air India, Indigo, Jet Airways, Jet Konnect and Spice Jet.
Srisailam is 49 Kms from Doranala, 81 Kms from Markapur,107 Kms from Kurichedu, 115 Kms from Konakanametla, 128 Kms from Vinukonda, 213 Kms from Hyderabad, 221 Kms from Vallur, 266 Kms from Vijayawada and 531 Kms from Bangalore and is well connected via Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and some private travel services.
The nearest Railway Station is Markapur Railway Station which is connected to all the major cities of Andhra Pradesh via Kacheguda Express, Tungabhadra Express, Prasanthi Express, Amaravathi Express, Howrah Express and Hwh Sspn Express etc.
WHAT TO SEE
Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple In Srisailam:-
The Temple is regarded as one of the important temples of the town as it is home to one of the twelve â€˜Jyotirlingasâ€™ in India and is located on the southern bank of Krishna River. It was founded six centuries ago by King Harihara Raya of Vijayanagar. The temple is resplendent with Vijaynagar architectural manner.
Srisailam Dam In Srisailam:-
One of the twelve largest hydroelectric power projects in the country, Srisailam Dam is one of the supreme attractions of the town, located on the bank of River Krishna and is seated in a deep valley. It includes 12 crest gates and an elevation of 300 m.
Srisailam Sanctuary In Srisailam:-
An astonishing scenic charm, Srisailam Sanctuary is enclosed by dry deciduous forests that comprises of scrubs and bamboo trees. It is one of the largest Tiger Reserves in the country and is a home to different varieties of animals like palm civet, jungle cat, leopard, deer, sloth bear, tiger, bonnet macaque, hyena and pangolin.
Bhramaramba Devi Temple In Srisailam:-
Nestled on the Nallamala hills on the southern bank of River Krishna, this temple is devoted to Lord Mallikarjuna, Goddess Parvati or Devi Bhramaramba. It is one of the most famous temples in the town and is denoted as Sri Parvata in the great epic Mahabharata.
Hemareddy Mallamma Temple In Srisailam:-
A religious temple for Hindus, the temple was constructed in the year 2010 by Karnataka Veerashaiva Reddy Samaj. The Temple is situated on the western edge of the Mallikarjuna Temple and is thronged by a large number of devotees every year.
Sakshi Ganapati Temple In Srisailam:-
Situated in Srisailam, Sakshi Ganapati Temple is a perfect tourist destination to visit and is surrounded by abundant natural beauty. The temple is devoted to Lord Ganapati and a black statue of Lord Ganapati is placed inside the temple. This temple attracts numerous devotees every year.
The only shopping option available to you here is some tribal honey which is packaged by the state govt and sold at the Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum.
As a temple town, only vegetarian food is available. Delicious food varieties are available in the temple run annadana satram (free kitchen) and restaurants along with the street food. It is advised, for people to keep hydrated by eating food with high carbohydrates and drink lots of water while on the treks in the hills and camping in the forests.