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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Achyutharamarao Chitturu

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  • Achyutharamarao Chitturu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Unforgettable bliss" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Myself and my wife had recently been to Srisailam, to have the Darshan of Jyotirlinga & Mata Shakti Peeth. There, we also had the fortune to have the Darshan of 5 Shiv Lingas laid by Panch Pandavas, each on their own to worship the Lord. It is really very rare to have such wonder in other places. On our way from Hyderabad to Srisailam, we had to pass through a stretch of 80 KMs of forest land. There we saw the inhabitat deers, monkeys, forest hens etc. In a nutshell, the trip was a blissful one for us.
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Lavanya Ale

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  • Lavanya Ale
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Holy place to go!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2016
This is a good holy place. We can find more places in Srisailam. Such as Srisailam dam, paladara panchadara, pathala ganga, mallela thirtham, etc. It is not only holy place also we can enjoy a lot, we can go for boating and nice dam was nice. Enjoyed a lot there.
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Mani Kanta

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"Awesome experience with my family"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 30, 2016
It was awesome experience with my family. Very good place, but drive safely and worship the god. There are many places around Srisailam. Try to visit all of them. Travelling with family is different from friends. However, both has their own importance.
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Bharathkumar Elluri

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"Perfect for natural lovers"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2016
I will visit each and every temple as I love to travel. This time I went to Srisailam alone and I took a room in one of the Satram located near to the temple. Arya vysya satram their maintenance was very good and they have provided me breakfast there itself and the temple looks beautiful in the morning times don't miss it. At 10 am I went in queue line and after 2 hours I came outside and went to temple free food destination and the food was very good. Then I went to some other place like Sakshi Ganapathi, paladhara and panchadara, srisailam sikaram and srisailaam dam and enjoyed a lot. It was a very good trip for me and I advice to travellers as it was forest area you should have to drive carefully.
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Satish Dharnipathi

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  • Satish Dharnipathi
  • Lives in Secunderabad
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"Best religious spot"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 25, 2015
This is the best Shaive Shetram which is is one of the dwadasa jyotirlinga in Andhrapradesh. Located in Kurnool district with full of natural green belt around the temple. The temple is very rich with its culture and the rituals completely different from what you find in the north Indian temples.
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Rajendra Billuri

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  • Rajendra Billuri
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Srisailam is always an awesome destination to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2015
The Very first impressive thing that I would like to visit is, Srisialam is both Jyotirlinga and Sakthipeeta, we can have a darshan of Maa Bramaramba and Lord Siva at once, To stay you can find number of lodges in Srisailam or else you can take some private lodges near by Srisailam, we stayed in Akkamahadevi Hotel which is really good maintained and with good service.

We enjoyed trip after completing darshan of Lord Shiva and Maa Bramarambha, we had a boat trip to Akka Mahadevi Caves, we also had Speed Boat ride in the river Krishna we visited a small Sanitorium of birds near Srisailam, one visiting place near Srisailam is Mallela theeram where you can have lot of fun and enjoyment. Overall it was really very good and awesome experience of travelling to Srisailam.
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Sangram Ghatge

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  • Sangram Ghatge
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"Nice place but crowded"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2015
Nice temple & very crowded on weekend's. Srisailam dam is very beautiful. Nice boating was available. Overall nice weather & road has a lot of curves. Photographers are available on boat who click pictures immediately and give you, it costs 20 rs per picture.
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Harshad Jagtap

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  • Lives in Baramati
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"It was an awesome Srisailam trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 11, 2015
Very good place to visit in monsoon specially Srisailam DaM, Temple of shiva & the jungle. Very good atmosphere for all type of people pleasant view for eye & waters port and cable car is also there, must visit place on the Andhra Pradesh.
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Buchi Reddy

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"A cool tip with family to Srisailam"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 9, 2015
Srisailam is a very special place for lord Shiva. It is one of 12 Jyotirlingas. Better to go when all the gates of the dam are open it will be an excellent view. Srisailam is famous for its forest reserves and pathalganga. Must do things are do boating in the river and use the ropeway. It would be an awesome experience. Don't trust the AP tourism services they are not up to the mark. Please carry water bottles while visiting the temple. Punnami restaurant is one of the best restaurants available there.
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  • Deepa Kumar
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"Unforgettable Experience-Srisailam"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 28, 2015
I have visited SriSailam recently along with my family. Our major purpose of visit was to visit the Mallikarjuna swamy temple. Before entering Nallamala forest area it is better to have Lunch else you wont get any food while you are travelling through forest. We were driving slowly through forest still we couldn't see many animals except monkeys and few birds here and there. Once you reach SriSailam you can see the SriSailam Dam. One side of Krishna river is Telengana and other side is Andhra. To go to temple, you need to cross the bridge and go further 10-15 kms. It is better to book hotels in advance as most of the hotels will be full always.

There is only one petrol pump (Indian oil) in SriSailam, so better go with full tank petrol and fill petrol before leaving SriSailam. Almost all hotels are near to the Mallikarjuna Devasthanam. We reached around 5pm in temple and there was special Arti available at that time for which we need to pay Rs 600/- per person. You can go inside and stand in special queue and can get special Darshan and you can touch the Shivalinga using your hand and head. It was a memorable experience. Before this I haven't touched any idols inside the temple. Mallikarjuna swamy temple is one of the 12 Jyothirlingas.

Just adjacent to Mallikarjuna swamy temple is Bhramaramba Devi temple, inside the same complex. On the day we visited we could see some procession of deity inside the complex. Next day we visited other nearby temples. On the way back to the dam, is Sakshi Ganapati on the right side. On left side you can see Paldhara panchadhara. Water comes out from under the rock and we can drink this water. It was so nice and tasty and pure water. We visited Hatakeshwaram Temple also which was nearby.

There is a Tribal museum nearby. You can buy good quality honey from here (packed by Government agencies). You should not forget to visit Patalganga. You can go down using Rope way and you can do boat ride in the dam. Combo ticket for adult would cost Rs 100/-. You can get nice view of dam in the boat ride. It is a nice experience. You can go to Shikhareshrara temple (popularly known as Shikharam) which is nearby. There is temple on the top of hill. From there you can see entire Srisailam temple.

We started our return journey early morning and hence we could see some dears also on the way in addition to monkeys. On our way back we have visited Umamaheswaram temple which is on top of another hill. It is a marvelous place. You have Siva temple and Devi temple inside the caves. Lord Ayyappa temple also in the same complex. This temple is believed to be constructed by Samrat Chandragupta mourya. You could do special Pooja and touch the Siva Linga. You can go to Papanasam which is adjacent. You will see water coming from rocks and filling a pit. It never overflows. People take water out of the pit using mugs and water fills immediately, but never overflows. Water is so chilly and cold and you should wash your hands and face using this water and you will feel the difference. Once you are in the Umamaheshwaram temple area you will feel like being in an open air-conditioned room. You will never feel hot even though you are on top of hill, but cold breeze flows.

If you plan to visit SriSailam, always plan to include Umamaheswaram temple in your visit
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