Hyderabad to Srisailam journey includes very interesting places and gives joy for both Pilgrims and normal visitors. This post covers all important places between Hyderabad and Srisailam.
Hyderabad Srisailam travel map
Sightseeing in Srisailam
Hyderabad Srisailam travel options:
There is no Air-port or Railway station near by Srisailam. The only way is to travel by Road. The distance between Hyderabad and Srisailam is about 220 k.m.
1. APSRTC maintains all types of Buses to Srisailam. If you want to go directly to Srisailam, it is better to get tickets by prior reservation. If you want to visit all important places explained in this post, you have chose step-by -step Bus journey, which is very hard.
2. Every week, on Saturday and Sunday, AP Tourism dept. operates a two day trip to Srisailam from Hyderabad. It takes you directly to Srisailam, provides residence and shows some tourist attractions there. Though convenient, by this method, you can not see the places listed bellow.
3. The best way to cover all important places and enjoy the trip is to chose a rented or own vehicle. You can plan your special Hyderabad Srisailam trip based on the availability of time.
Maisigandi is a small village in the Srisailam highway. The temple of Maisamma (Local name for Godess Mahakali) comes before Maisigandi village. It is a must see temple, resembles the cultural and mythological feelings of local people. The idol of Maisamma is very big in size.
According to Upa Skanda Purana, Uma maheswaram is the Northern entrance of Srisailam. You have to travel 12 k.m off the highway to reach this place. The forest around this has a lot of Natural beauty. A temple of Lord Shiva is present here. Umamaheswaram is a tourist attraction.
Munnanur bird Sanctuary:
Munnanur forest Check-post comes in the main route. No vehicles are allowed between 9.00 P.M and 6.00 A.M to travel in this route. So it is better to plan your travel accordingly. There is a Bird Sanctuary at Munnanur, maintaining all verities of birds which live in Nallamala forests of Srisailam.
It comes 60 k.m before Srisailam. You have to take diversion from the highway and travel 7 k.m from Vativellu palli village in a muddy road. It is a Natural water-falls in the deep forest. A nice place to visit.
Major tourist attraction near Srisailam is Srisailam Dam. It is constructed across Krishna river. It is 791 metres height and 512 meters long with 12 radial crest gates. This is the main source of water to Karnool and Kadapa districts. There are view points in the right and left sides of this Dam.
The river Krishna in Srisailam is called Patala ganga. Pilgrims will take holy bath in it.
It is present in Sunnipenta, a village near Srisailam. It has information on the animals living in Srisailam forest.
Spiritually, the most important place near Srisailam. There is a saying telling the importance of it. "Srisaila Sikharam drishtvaa Punarjanma na vidyatee", which means that one can attain Mukti by just seeing this Mountain peak.
Hatakeswaram is a very small village present at a distance of 3 k.m from Srisailam. It includes a temple of Lord Shiva by name Hatakeswara. (A form of Lord Shiva present in Vithala, One of the Under-ground worlds described in spiritual texts).
Phaladhara - Panchadhara:
Phala dhara - Pancha dhara / Paladara - panchadara are two torrents present side by side near Hatakeswara. This is a very beautiful location. Adi Shankaracharya performed Tapasya and wrote the famous Sivananda lahari here.
This is a pond present in the Srisailam forest. You can reach this by travelling 8 k.m in a muddy road opposite to Phaladhara-Panchadhara. It is a very beautiful place. The water of this pond is believed to be having medicinal properties. A temple of Lord Shiva by nae, Bhimeswara is present here.
A must see place at Srisailam. The temple of Sakshi Ganapati comes after Hatakeswaram. It is believed that he records the names of pilgrims who come to Srisailam and shows the list to Lord Shiva so that they will be blessed. All the pilgrims who come to Srisailam will visit him and prąy to enter their names in the list.
It comes just before entering in to Srisailam. It shows the cultural habits of local tribal people - "Chenchus".