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An adorable town situated in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, Srisailam is the kind of tourist destination which you must absolutely visit and explore in and out if you consider yourself an adventure buff. Known for its twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva himself this town is situated at the very banks of the mighty River Krishna. 

It is a great place to visit if you have a certain sense of spiritual inclination. If yes is your answer then this place is really worth giving your time and energy to. It would be a good idea to start by seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva by visiting temples like Sikhareshwara and Mallikarjuna Swamy temple. 

History of Srisailam 

This place plays a very dominant role in our culture and religious prominence. It is intriguing to know that the history of this place dates back to around 30,000- 40,000 years ago. Can you image? Furthermore, the epigraphical evidence of this place also reveals that it was the “Satavahanas” people themselves who were the first empire builders in this Geographical stretch of South India.  

Legends Associated With Srisailam

The story of Parvatha

Parvatha was the son of Silada Maharishi and is said to have performed extreme penance to impress Lord Shiva. And through his pure devotion, he was able to please Lord Shiva and made him agree to live in his own body. It was an unusual request but he also prayed to Lord Shiva that all the Devthas and the sacred waters of all the Theerthas permanently remain on his top. And all devotees who come to him seeking liberation are granted with Moksha. Lord Shiva, impressed with him granted him his wishes and he found himself turned into a giant hill. After this, Lord Shiva lived upon him as Sri Parvatha Swamy and since then this place is known as Srisailam.

The Story of Vasumathi

According to another legend, there is also a story of a girl named Vasumathi who was the daughter of a rishi and had done extreme penance on this hill to impress Lord Brahama. When finally, after a lot of penance he did show up Vasumathi asked him to grant her with the name “Sri” which was then also associated with the name of the hill Srisailam. Since then, this place is known as the Srisailam.

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Some Interesting Facts About Srisailam

  • Srisailam dam, which is also one of the largest dams of South India, is built on the Krishna River.
  • India’s largest Tiger reserve, the Srisailam Nagarjuna Sanctuary, is situated here. Apart from that, you can also explore a very wide variety of flora and fauna.
  • Akka Mahadevi caves, Shikareshwara temple, Pathalaganga are some other attractions of this place.

Why You Should Visit Srisailam?

An important pilgrimage center in Kurnool district, Srisailam is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Many legends and stories suggest this fact. The temple here is also one of the oldest standing temples in India. And it not just acts as a holy place but it also is a scenic beauty accompanied by serenity of nature. For any adventure and nature lover, this place is nothing short of heaven. 

Places to visit in Srisailam

Patala Ganga

It is a sacred place located in the backwaters of the river Krishna. Here devotees are allowed to take a holy dip in the sacred waters of the Ganges. The river here flows plainly, this flow can also be described as very peaceful with only the small gurgling sounds of waters. 

Srisailam Tiger Reserve

Standing as the largest tiger reserves in India, this geographical stretch is spread over an area of around 3568 acres. Not just tigers can be spotted here but this place also has a very large variety of flora and fauna like leopards, sloth bears, dhol, Indian Pangolin, Chital, Sambar deer, and many others. For someone who is interested in wildlife photography, this place is no less than heaven.

Things to do in Srisailam

Visit Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple

Located on the banks of river Krishna, this temple is the centre point of attraction in the town of Srisailam. The Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is a famous temple at the town and was constructed under the supervision of the King Harihara Raya of Vijayanagar. Amazing architecture can be seen on the walls which are beautiful enough to intrigue the curiosity of any traveller.

Visit Srisailam Dam

Srisailam Dam is one of the main charms of the town. And, you will take pride in this fact that the dam is among the 12 largest hydroelectric projects in India. Moreover, the scenic beauty of this destination will simply leave you awestruck. The town nearing this place is bordered with forests, greeneries, cascading waters, deep canyons. If you are looking to spend some quality time then place won’t disappoint you at all.

Events and festivals in and Around Srisailam

Longest Winter Fest

The authority of the Ramoji Film Festival keeps on bringing joyous festivals to lighten the visitors up and keep them intrigued. Witness this extravaganza, the Longest Winter Fest, with your family as this festival helps you explore a lot of activities right from interactive entertainment to the finest attractions. Read more…

Lumbini Festival

Lumbini is situated in Nepal. It is considered as the pilgrimage site for those who practice Buddhism as their religion as it is Gautama Buddha's birthplace too. This festival is celebrated to revive the heritage of Buddhism. Yes, it is a time to celebrate the life and the teachings of Gautama Buddha. Read more…

Best time to visit Srisailam

The best time to visit Srisailam is from October to February. During this time, travellers can feel the calm breeze of the region and its beauty is in full view at this time. 

How to reach Srisailam?

By Air - The flight connectivity to Srisailam is not quite good. The nearest airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport which is located in Hyderabad. This airport has got good connectivity with all the other major airports from the neighbouring cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, etc.

By Train -  There is no direct connectivity to Srisailam via train routes. If you are planning to visit Srisailam then the nearest railway station is situated in Cumbum district. From Cumbum you can get a regular train to Srisailam. 

By Road - If you are having your own vehicle then it would be a good decision to travel all the way to this place by road. After all, road trips are a great way of making some of the most refreshing and unforgettable memories. You can travel from cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai and Kolkata, etc. easily. For that, you can either take NH44, NH65, or NH16.

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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