Srisailam trip report

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We decided to have a 2 day leisurely trip from Hyderabad and after considering weather, distance, kinds of attractions we finally zeroed in on Srisailam. It is a small religious town in forest covered Nallamala hills at a distance of 230 KM from Hyderabad. Srisailam has something to offer for all and you can hardly get bored there.

Trip to Srisailam offers
1) 230 KM of sheer driving pleasure through well maintained state highway with less traffic which includes
2) 70 KM of drive through Srisailam tiger reserve, one of the biggest tiger reserve in terms of area covered
3) 78 Km of drive through Nallamala hills with elevation upto 450 m.
4) Waterfall in midst of thick jungles
5) One of the 12 jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva
6) Also temples dedicated to Goddess Parvathi and Lord Ganesh
7) River dam and second largest hydel power project in India
8) Tribal museum
9) Boat ride on river to temple inside pre-historic caves
10)Ropeway
11) Opportunities for small treks along the hilly roads.

We started around 9 am from Bundlaguda, Hyderabad and had our first stop for breakfast just as we took exit from outer ring road into Srisailam road. We had quick breakfast for idli, vada & coffee and then started off after filling petrol in our car. We drove at a moderate pace and stopped at many places for tea & photo breaks or sometimes just to enjoy the scenery. The weather was sunny with slight cloud cover; perfect for a road trip.

Around 150 KM from Hyderabad we reached the slopes of Nallamala Hills and forest. We had to enter our names at a check post and drove slowly through the forests trying to spot wild animals; however we could only spot groups of monkeys. Some places were road were marked as animal crossings and bumps to slow down the traffic.

Around 12 pm we stopped at Vatavarlapalli, approx 52 KM from Srisailam, for tea when we learnt that there is a small waterfall called Maleela Tertham waterfalls around 10 KM in the middle of forests. Since it was almost lunch time, we had lunch of chicken curry, daal and rice and then drove towards the waterfall. It was a 10 KM detour on unpaved jungle roads dotted with tribal villages. From the parking spot one has to climb down approx. 300 steps down to reach the waterfall. Although there was a notice board saying bathing in the falls is not allowed, people were enjoying refreshing shower in the falls. There was a forest guard watching the people bathing in the falls and blowing his whistle when revelers were trying climb up slippery walls. We kept the camera and other things with forest guard and enjoyed 1 hr of bliss soaking on the waters of the falls.

On our way to Srisailam we stopped at the dam for some quick snaps & tea and finally reached the temple town around 4 pm. Most of the guest houses were fully booked due to some meetings of a political party but finally got decent accommodation in a newly constructed guest house. We took rest for 2 hours and then went out for evening stroll through the temple town. We had coffee and walked through the main road in front of the Mallikarjuna Temple stopping at the various souvenir shops. Thereafter also drove down to the dam to take night pictures and stopped at the Sakhsi Ganapti temple while coming back. Sakshi Ganapati is supposed to take note all those visiting the temple town and make a credit entry in the balance sheet of life. There were some shops selling ayurvedic herbs growing naturally in the mountains and we bought some.

Next day started early at 5:30 am and we went to temple for darshan of Lord Mallikarjun Swamy and Sri Bhramarambha Devi. We paid Rs.100/- entry fee to join the shorter queue to the temple and had our darshan completed within 45 mins. The queues are very efficiently managed and everybody gets his/her 10 seconds view the main deity within the temple. The queue first takes you to temple of Lord Mallikarjun Swamy and then temple of Sri Bhramarambha Devi The most noticeable feature of the temple are the 4 large gates or gopurams in east, west, north, south directions. The temple is very clean and well managed.

Later on we took the ropeway to Pathalganga and 20 mins boat ride to the dam. There was also a 4 hour trip on the Krishna river to the pre-historic Akkamahadevi Caves. The trip consists of 16 KM boat ride on Krishna river with high mountains on both sides and then 1 hour exploration of the pre-historic caves. We had to give it a miss for lack of time but next I will surely go for it. For those interested, the trip is organized once a day around 10-11 in the morning dependent of availability of minimum 18 tourists and costs Rs. 180 for the trip.

After the boat ride it was time for the Chenchu Laxmi tribal museum . The museum has a park showing various aspects of tribal life and then the main museum building showcasing tribal artifacts like musical & hunting instruments, tribal lifestyles, culture etc. The main tribes showcased here were Chenchu, Gonds, Koyas, Sabar etc. There is also a shop selling herbal products like honey, amla etc made by tribals and we bought few.

We started our journey back around 12:30 pm and drove slowly through the Nallamala jungles enjoying the forests, stopping at few places to take pictures. We stopped at Munnanur forest checkpost around 57 KM from Srisailam and enquired about any safari rides available. There is a 1.5 hr ride to Farahabad viewpoint but the employees said that chances of wildlife sighting are slim in afternoon since animals will be resting. Farahabad viewpoint is on the edge of a cliff and one gets a very good view of the forest, hills and valleys down below. We decided to skip the safari for next time and continued on our journey. There were some truly amazing views while descending from the Nallamala forest specially where you can see the distant roads in the plains. We had a brief halt at the Dindi reservoir and then drove non-stop to Hyerabad, finally reaching home around 6 pm.

This is the 3rd time I visited Srisailam, last time being in 2007. However it felt as fresh as the first time and truly enjoyed the trip.
~Khak~

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Sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Do post some pictures.
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Hi khak,
There are some more places on the way like the manjunatha temple before entering the forest area. When we went there, the aura in the temple was really good. Infact I made a list of around 12 places close by to see around srisailam.
I guess you did not go to shikaram. that is also a good place to visit once. that comes on the way back to hyd instead of taking left near the circle if you go straight, around 3 kms.
And Akkamahadevi caves are also good. I felt it is kind of adventureous going in the cave and touching the udbhava linga and coming back.

We are a couple with a kid and are very enthusiastic in traveling to places.
why don't you drop in a mail to us so that we can plan for trips together..

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Hi
Can you please list down the 12 places close to Srisailam as mentioned in your mail.

I'm not able to send you personal message since you are a new member. You can mail me at bkoustav [AT] gmail

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Thanks for the Travelogue. It's informative and interesting Khak !

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Hai Guys..

Really useful travelogue. Any suggestions on making the same from Chennai?
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