Srisailam Tourism
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Srisailam Tourism

Srisailam Info

  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 409 m
  • Pincode: 518002
  • District: Kurnool
  • Language: Telugu
  • STD code: 08512
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 41°C, Winter 15 to 30°C
Srisailam is situated in the Nallamalai Hills of Kurnool district. Srisailam is a popular weekend getaway owing to the presence of a forest sanctuary and a Shiva shrine. Srisailam is well connected to all the major cities and it is located at a distance of about 220 km from Hyderabad, 230 km from Vijayawada and 175 km from Kurnool.

Located on the southern banks of the River Krishna at an altitude of 1500 ft. above sea level, Srisailam is known for the Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple which is dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy.

Srisailam, initially known as Mantharaparvata, is also called by the name Sriparvata or Srigiri. The Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple of Srisailam is one among the twelve Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva or Dwadasa Jyothirlingas.

Skandhapurana, one of the eighteen puranas compiled by Vyasa, has a chapter called Srisailakhanda, under the caption Sanatkumara Samhita, in which the holiness of the Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple of Srisailam has been explained in detail. In Mahabharata, Srisailam is referred to as Sri Parvata, the blessed hill.

Srisailam has spiritual significance attached to it since it is also a seat of the Ashtadasa Mahasakthi Pithas or the eighteen Sakthi-peethas. As per Bharathakanda, Devi Bhramramba of Srisailam is the first Sakthi of the eighteen Sakthis.

Though an ancient shrine, Srisailam reached its glory during the 12th century by the Sharana Movement and Vachana Sahitya, which were headed by Basavanna. As per legends, ancient saints like Adi Sankara visited this temple and Akka Mahadevi, the acclaimed social reformer and poet, gained salvation in the caves of Srisailam.

The pilgrimage town of Srisailam is also a famous forest sanctuary which is home to India’s largest tiger reserve.  Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary, which spreads to the five adjoining states, is the natural habitat of diverse species of flora and fauna.

Tigers, panthers, spotted deer, giant squirrels, pangolins, crocodiles, civets and different species of snakes are spotted here. The lush and dense Nallamalai forest ranges is a popular destination for trekking, hill climbing, forest exploration and research, to which Srisailam town acts as a base camp.

The ancient pilgrim destination of Srisailam is a popular weekend getaway from Hyderabad and other cities of Andhra Pradesh. Besides the Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple, clusters of minor shrines and Wildlife Sanctuary, there is the 512 m long Srisailam Dam on the River Krishna, which offers views of the Ghats, cliffs and forests.

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Ravi Sankar

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  • Ravi Sankar
  • Lives in Vellore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"A place on earth everyone has to visit atleast once"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It has an important place in the history of India and it is a very special place for lord Shiva. Here environment will be very peaceful and calm which we can feel happy even by taking the air itself. For me it is an beautiful place and it has a rich culture and history too we can see many type of tribe people and their culture and living style there. Temple being the main attraction and all the sculptures in temple will be mind blowing.
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Vijayakuma Kandukuri

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  • Vijayakuma Kandukuri
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A nice religious palce"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I recently visited Srisailam with my friends. It was an amazing place of lord shiva's Jyothirlingam and Matha Bravarambika Devi's Maha Shakthi peetam. It is very popular and holy land for the Hindu religious in India. The place was located in side many hills and inside the forest. The weather was good even in summer.
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Ravi Teja

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  • Ravi Teja
  • Lives in Eluru
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"A spectacular Shiva Temple"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Srisailam is one of the holy places of lord shiva in Andhra pradesh. Located around nallamala forest, is a spectacular which one must see.

The following are some of the highlight places around Srisailam.

1. Sikharam darshan : On the way to srisailam at a ghatty road you find this shikaram, view of the main temple, but I would not recommend this to older people cause at Temple only you can view it clearly.

2. Main Temple : Lord shiva temple and Brahmaramba Devi temple are must watch in which architecture was so sceptical.

3. Srisailam Dam

4. Sakshi ganapati temple

5. Phaldhara panchadara

6. Istakameswari Temple

This is temple which is in deep forest of Nallamala, which can only reach by commander jeeps which costs Rs 770 per person to get there. The whole ride will be awesome and here, older people cant bear the road as it is almost like stones with some mud but if you bear with it, then it is worth watching.
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Jatin Gupta

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"Beautiful place for religious visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is one of 12 Shiva Jyotirlings in India and one of the easiest and most affordable ones. At the same time it is scenic as you go through mild hills to reach.

Try to pre-book some Government guest houses, they are very near to the temple and rightly priced but if you haven't nothing to panic, there'll be other options around but the rates may vary with the seasons.
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Eswar Manoj

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  • Eswar Manoj
  • 4 Reviews
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"The destination calls back again"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2014
Srisailam is just an awesome place for all those who love nature. There were many places to see like Akkamaha devi caves, the road on which we travelled, rope way and the srisailam dam. I just loved the trip, and now I decided to go again to the same destination.
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Venkatesh Kulkarni

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  • Venkatesh Kulkarni
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Srisailam trip was amazing"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2014
Overall a very good experience. Wearing a dhoti is a must if you are offering special darshan. September, post Ganpati is a very good time to visit. There are special lines for darshan. Do not forget to take the big ladoo costing Rs. 40. Visit Patalganga via the rope way or trek downwards to reach the Krishna river. Amazing scenery around the Krishna river. There are Akka Mahadevi caves which is approximately 18 kms from the temple or 4 hour boat ride from Patalganga... On our way back we went to Mantralayam which is 40 kms from Raichur on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Again a must visit place.
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Sudha Kollu

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  • 13 Reviews
  •  355 helpful votes
  •  41598 readers

"Place for lord shiva"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 14, 2014
Srisailam is the place of lord shiva. It is located besides Krishna river.The temple is very pleasant, if you go once you liked it. The road way is got a number of sharp bends. Journey is very exciting, lodging is available in satrams.
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P muralidhar rao

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews
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"We had a comfortable darshan"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Jun 28, 2014
Overall, though it was a mahasivarathri day, we had a comfortable stay and darshan. There was heavy rush on the roads, and heavy traffic on the way to Srisailam. If you wish to have good darshan of the lord comfortably, this is not the right day. Go on any other day, to have a pleasant and peaceful darshan of the lord, whereby you can concentrate your mind on the lord, and have full satisfaction of having visited the lord.
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Saurabh Sinha

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  • Saurabh Sinha
  • Lives in Secunderabad
  • 3 Reviews
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"A pleasant Journey"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 2, 2013
The visit to Srisailam was a pleasant experience. The journey was uneventful. Srisailam is a neat and tidy place when compared to similar tourist destinations in North India. Besides the Mallikarjun temple, there are many smaller temples around which can be fitted in a religious trip. In addition, Srisailam Dam also provides a picturesque sight, from a tourist point of view.
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  • Govindarajan Pt
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  • Lives in Chennai
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"Srisailam experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 9, 2013
The Shiva temple and the Brahmaramba temple are very well maintained and have sanctity of a high amount. They have good facilities to deposit footwear, cellphones etc. The poojas, the darshan, the prasadam - everything was wonderful.

The Mallikarjun Sadan hotel where we stayed was also new and good. The restaurant where we had breakfast, opposite Mallikarjun Sadan, was not very good. It could be kept more neatly and the service could be better [with staff well groomed and in uniform]. The food items tasted good, though.

The road from Hyderabad airport to Srisailam was excellent. We could cover the 200 KM distance in 4 hours, in spite of the ghat section.
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