Yesterday(10th Oct, 2010), a gang of nine people planned for a trip to Srisailam, around 250 away from Hyderabad. Srisailam, really a nice place to visit which is a hill station but not that much cooler like Ooty, Kodaikanal.
Srisailam is a pilgrimage which is famous for the Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple(a form of Lord Shiva) on the banks of Krishna River. It is located on Nallamala Hills of Kurnool district. We have started our trip at 3:00 AM from home. To be surprise, we have booked for cab at 1:30 AM in morning and started at 3 :).
The road was not nice along the way. Any way we can able to reach in three hours in car. Because APSRTC buses will take 6 hours travel to reach there. Around 7:30 we were nearer to that area. We went to Mallelu theertham, a water falls inside the dense forest area which is 50 Km way from Srisailam on the way to Srisailam from Hyderabad. Take a left and from the road nearer to vativellu pally village and travel for 7 KM along the mud road to reach inside the forest area. Actually it is not a popular water falls, since it is almost closed for public visit. They have closed all the ways to reach nearer to tha falls. But anyway we were able to manage to reach nearer to the falls and we enjoyed a lot. A waterfalls in a deeper cliff fully surrounded by hills. Only we people were there. Since nobody is there, the water was very pure. It gave me the same experience of Panai theertham water falls in Papanasam in Tamilnadu. It was really nice experience. I will post all those photos soon in my gallery and also in Picassa. (http//:picasaweb.google.com/intrepidkarthi).
Next we went to Srisailam temple. On the way we can see Krishna dam which is a huge one. It is mainly built to produce electricity. We took somephots around there and went to temple. Inside temple there there was a huge queue like in Tirupati. So we bought special tickets and went inside temple after waiting around one hour in the queue. Srisailam has reference in both Ramayana and Mahabharatha. This temple is one of the 12 hallowed jyotirlingas. We can see epic heroes sculptures carved
inside the temple. After that, we went for a rope car travel from the hill to dam’s reservoir. There we had a nice boating around the hills. But we were not able to go to Akka mahadevi caves due to time constraints. She is said to be a poet and a worshipper of Shiva, who wrote poems about Lord shiva and stayed in those caves which is located inside the forest. It is located 16 KM from the Dam, we can reach there only by boat in an hour. We missed it. Next we have planned to go to Mannanur Sanctuary. Actually the total area around that place is a large tiger reserve. You can see Deers and Monkeys along the road way. But on the way to the sanctuary, we found the banks of Krishna. So we have changed the plan and enjoyed a lot there in water. Around 6:30 we have started to return. Around 11 PM we reached home back.