13 November, 2013

A trip to Srisailam - My 100th post :)

This is my 100th post in my blog, not a big achievement but never thought I would take blogging this seriously when I started in 2006 :)

Andhra Pradesh was known to be 'trilinga desam' due to 3 Shaiva kshetras - Bheemeswaram, Kaleswaram, and Srisailam. Bheemeswaram temple is in Draksharamam in East Godavari district, Kaleswaram near Karimnagar and Srisailam in Kurnool district.

Unfortunately, this name might remain only in history from now onwards as Andhra will be divided soon making these 3 shiva kshetrams divided into different states

Srisailam is one of the ancient temples of Lord Mallikarjuna. This month is auspicious in the telugu calendar and lighting a lamp in early Monday morning and leaving in water is considered sacred. Lamps are lighted on all Shiva and Vishnu temples during sunset and sunrise in this month. We usually go to Srisailam in this month. So here goes our road trip details..

Srisailam is around 220 km from Hyderabad. 

The drive is scenic, but ghat road drive is dangerous with several hairpin bends, curves and speed breakers. We go to Srisailam by car every year, so it wasn't difficult. 

Dam site and valley viewpoints are very good. We planned for one night stay at haritha resort and it is not at all worth for money. AC deluxe double room costs around Rs. 2000/- but they won't provide basic necessities like hot water and towels. Food is not available at all times in the restaurant and during lunchtime, only buffet is available, ala carte is not entertained. Srisailam devasthanam provides accommodation at Guari sadan, but this is always booked full in this season (Karthika Masam).
Srisailam dam

On the way to Srisailam
Srisailam bramarambika mallikharjuna temple is one of the oldest temples in Andhra. Darshan will not take more time unless it is weekend or Monday in karthika masam.

 On the way to the Srisailam, you will come across a temple called 'Sakshi Ganapathi' temple. As per mythology, Ganapathi / Vinayaka will tell Brahma sakshyam (proof of our visit) that we visited Srisailam. So usually, people visit this temple before reaching Srisailam. 

There is a roap way to 'Pathala ganga' which is not very impressive. It is 1 km from the temple and if not by ropeway, one has to climb down 500 steps to reach Krishna river which is known as Pathala Ganga. 

Another point of interest is 'Paladhara panchadhara'. It is said that water stream flows here continuously in all seasons. You can visit this on the way returning to Hyderabad. 

Another point is 'Shikaram', the highest peak in Srisailam at 2830 ft from sea level. It is believed that watching Srisailam temple from Sikharam will remove all sins of a person. 

Akkamahadevi caves can be reachable from pathala Ganga through a boat ride. Caves are formed naturally and this place has become famous due to Mallikharjuna devotee Akkamahadevi performing tapassu (penance) here. 

So.. this is about Srisailam.. Hope you liked the places. Couldn't capture more photos this time..

Until next time,


  1. Congratulations ramya on ur 100th post.. keep writing n keep providing us the nice information :-)

  2. Thanks for encouraging words Jyothi :)

    1. Congrates on ur 100th post.Thanks for giving valuable and memorable history on srisailam trip.hope u perform many more such trips.

    2. Congratulations on ur 100th post.keep posting more and more..

  3. It's an important milestone for a blogger..congrats!

  4. Thanks for encouraging Nannagaru..

  5. Srisalem is good place. But temple management is very bad. Long ques for darshan. The AP peoples are just running, most of the AP people are bad ones. Plastics are spread everywhere, no emergency exits. Shame on management

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  7. Congratulations on your 100th post. keep posting more and more. thanks for sharing this blog.....!!!!

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