A Marriage of History and Spirituality
Srisailam is a holy town of Lord Shiva on the banks of River Krishna in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It is located in the Nallamala forest and is nearly 212 km from Hyderabad at 1354 ft above sea level. It is one of the twelve and second Jyotirlinga temples in India. Also, it is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of Lord Shiva. Srisailam is the only place in India where both a Jyotirlinga temple and a Shakti Pitham is in the same temple, which makes this place unique and powerful. The temple is very serene, where the architectural craft of man and scenic blessings of nature blends together beautifully.
Srisailam is one of the best places to soothe your mind. Nestled in the greenery of nature this pilgrim town refreshes your inner self. This temple city is more than what is seen outside. The entire region has been historically engraved into the myths and legends of Hinduism, with reference in many major Hindu texts and is considered a sacred place for attaining moksh or eternal peace. According to Agni Puranam, in the Krithayuga the Demon King Hiranyakasyapa did penance at the Kshetram and worshipped God Mallikarjuna Swamy.
There are many famous and beautiful viewpoints in Srisailam and few of them are Srisailam dam, Mallikarjuna Swamy temple, Akkamahadevi Caves, Bhramaramba Devi Temple, Pathala Ganga, Sakshi Ganapathi Temple, Shikarevara Temple, and Mallela Theertham.
The habitational history of Srisailam goes back to about 30,000-40,000 years. Stone tools dating to this period are abundantly found at this location. The history of Srisailam begins with the first empire builder in South India and also the earliest rulers of Andhradesa, the Satavahanas. The period from AD 1325-1448 is the Golden Age of Srisailam when the city was ruled by the Reddy kings. The major renovations and constructions were taken up by Vijayanagara Rules. After the Moghal Emperors conquest, this region was given as Jagir to Nawabs of Kurnool and then passed on to Nawab of Hyderabad.
Top things do in Srisailam
How to reach
There are various means of transportation to reach Srisailam. It is well connected by roads, train, and air
How to Reach by Flight
Nearest Airport is Hyderabad - Rajiv Gandhi International Airport 202 Kms and one can easily book a cab or bus from Hyderabad
How to Reach by Train
There is no railway station in Srisailam. Nearest Station is Markapur Road Railway Station and Nandyal Railway Station from there you can book a cab.
How to Reach by Bus
There are many buses connecting the town with cities like Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur and Kurnool. The visits to Srisailam by buses are easy and fast.
How to Reach by Road
Srisailam is connected to many small cities and towns and traveling to Srisailam by car is smooth and quick. You will also get a shared cab or taxi.
How to travel within
Drink and Dine
Visitors are expected to respect religious sentiments observe ancient custom and traditions while in Srisailam.
As a temple town, only vegetarian food is available. Delicious South Indian foods are available at restaurants along with street food. Foods are also served in the temple run.
Smoking and Drinking alcohols not allowed.
Trip duration: 2 days
- Visit Sakshi Ganapathi Temple
- Visit Brahmarambha Mallikarjunaswamy Temple
- Visit Sikharam temple
- Visit Srisailam Dam on Krishna River
- Visit Akamahadevi Caves