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Srisailam

 

Lush greenery of Nallamala hills, with tranquil and refreshing ambience, that’s Srisailam for you. The historical town of Srisailam is blessed with one of the 12 jyotirlinga and a shaktipeeth. Because of its forest sanctuary, the town is a popular weekend getaway destination. However, it is also known for its Shiva shrine. The place is also home to many significant temples. We have listed few touristic destinations for you to visit in Srisailam.

One of the must visit destinations is the Akka Mahadevi Caves. The cave with its breathtaking interior will leave you in awe. You have to take a ropeway then a boat ride in the Krishna River to reach the caves. You will also be surprised by the lush greenery surrounding the cave. A walk inside the cave offer adventurous experience. As you go further into the cave it gets darker, and as you reach the end you will see a statue of Lord Shiva.

For all the nature lover, the Mallela Theertham waterfall is a must visit spot. A beautiful view combined with great religious significance describes this place. It is believed that the water here is holy as many saints have performed penances here. Pleased with their dedicated prayers, Lord Shiva is also said to have appeared in front of many saints at this place.

Another popular place to visit in Srisailam is the Bhramaramba Devi Temple. It is among the eight shaktipeeth in the country and thus holds immense religious significance. The main deity of the temple is a form of Goddess Parvati - Devi Bhramaramba, who is the consort of Lord Mallikarjuna. According to mythological beliefs, Goddess Parvati took the form of Bhramarambika to kill demon Aarunasura.
Srisailam Tiger Reserve is another famous spot that shouldn’t be missed. It is one of the largest tiger reserves in India. Apart from the Tiger, one can also spot, leopards, sloth bears, dhol, Indian Pangolin, Chital, Sambar deer, Chevrotain, Blackbuck, Chinkara, and Chowsingha. There are other reptiles and amphibians that also found in this area including crocodile, Indian Python, Kind Cobra and Indian peafowl.

Moving on, the Srisailam Dam is another popular tourist attraction of Srisailam famed for its breathtaking beauty. Its 12 radial crest gates make for an impressive sight. Started as a solely power project, the dam was eventually turned into a multipurpose project. The sight of water gushing in the dam is absolutely stunning, especially after monsoon season.

Another renowned tourist attraction is Paladhara Panchadara stream. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the stream offers breathtaking view, and also holds a religious association. According to popular mythological beliefs, Great saints Sri Adi Shankaracharya is said to have meditated at this place during the 8th century before beginning his journey.

Now, how can you visit a place and not shop? Although, there aren't too many elaborate shopping complexes or novel specialties in Srisailam, one can take home some fresh honey collected by the tribes and packaged by the state government, available for sale at the Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum.

Other tourist attractions of Srisailam are - Sakshi Ganapathi Temple, Hathakesvara Temple, Ahobilam, and Mahanandi.



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