A day’s trip to Warangal

A day’s trip to Warangal

Spontaneous travel plans work like charm than those you plan a long time ahead. On a weekend the urge to go on a long drive engulfed the whole family and we scrambled for nearby options to Hyderabad for a day’s trip, having a few options such as Kurnool, Karimnagar etc. found Warangal to be the nearest and could be covered in a day with maximum sites covered. We thought to start early around 5:30 – 6:00 am however, could not start before 8 am due to some reasons. However being a break period for Monsoon it was a clear day with patchy clouds.

ORR-Hyderabad

ORR-Hyderabad

Warangal, a city marked among the 12 heritage cities identified by the government on India. The drive to Warangal is approximately 3 hours at a 70 – 80 km. As usual we took the ORR cruising at 110 Kmph our first stop was Bhongir fort, was built in the 10th century on an isolated monolithic rock by the Western Chalukya ruler Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI and was thus named after him as Tribhuvanagiri. The fort has a unique egg shaped layout with two entry points protected by huge rocks. The fort now a days also houses a Rappelling and Rock climbing institute.

Going with a small kid is something one should consider because the climb is steep and the pathway is not very well maintained. Though we managed to climb a considerable part of the fort with my kid, however could not reach the top of the fort. May be next time

We then started for our next destination Thousand Pillar temple. The Thousand Pillar Temple was believed to be constructed during the period between 1175–1324 CE by order of the king, Rudra Deva. It stands out to be a masterpiece and achieved major heights in terms of architectural skills by the ancient Kakatiya vishwakarma sthapathis. The temple is star-shaped with several shrines and lingams. There are three shrines inside the temple called the Trikutalayam, dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Surya. There are 1,000 pillars in the structure, but no pillar obstructs a person in any point of the temple to see the God.

By the time we came out of the temple it was already noon and we were doubtful if we would reach the next destination Bhadra Kali temple on time as it closes during noon as any other temple. However, we managed to reach the temple just in time to get the temple. The temple is situated at an isolated place not very far away from the city and is situated at the banks of a lake, the temple is beautifully built and maintained, the nearby rocky contours give it a fascinating look. Bhadrakali is the popular form of Devi worshipped n Kerala as Sri Bhadrakali and Kariam Kali Murti Devi. In Kerala she is seen as the auspicious and fortunate form of Kali who protects the good.

This goddess is represented with three eyes, and four, twelve, or eighteen hands. She carries a number of weapons, with flames flowing from her head, and a small tusk protruding from her mouth. I was enchanted by the beauty of the idol and the way it was decorated with flowers and garlands. The glittering lamps around the idol looked like jewels.

It was time for lunch and there was no good place to eat nearby so we looked upon to Google places to suggest something good and we came across Bayleaf multi cuisine restaurant, a decent restaurant with good food and ambiance and a courteous staff, we had a sumptuous lunch with my kid enjoying the food and games in the play area maintained within the restaurant.

Then we moved to search for Rock garden but to our disappointment some locals told that it was closed permanently. I was enthusiastic to visit it as my visit to the Rock garden in Chandigarh long back was a very good experience however, we later went to the musical garden it hosts a laser show in the evenings. We went there so that the kid could enjoy and play around for some time. The garden is well maintained and popular amongst the locals for weekend picnics and fun frolics.

We then moved to the Warangal fort, if you expect it be a like any other fort like Red fort, Fatehpur Sikri etc then you may be a bit disappointed as the main attraction is the remains of the courtyard of the fort. The courtyard displays numerous architectural carvings and sculptures. It was a good experience to see these, in addition to there are a couple of more building remains in the vicinity, one of the area is now converted as a children’s park.

Around 5 pm we headed back to Hyderabad with some good memories. The road being a two lane road we wanted to start a bit early so that by the time darkness fell we would be reaching the four lane road near Bhongir.

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Mysuru sandalwood city of India

Mysuru sandalwood city of India

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From a quiet and less known city, the city is now among the important cities of Karnataka. The city is third largest in the state and hosts the nada habba also famous as the Mysuru Dasara attracting millions of  tourists every year. The city is also famous for the sandalwood incense sticks. Thus giving the name Sandalwood city of India.

The city now has a young and dynamic workforce with many IT and BPO firms. There are lots of complexes, supermarkets, improved roads, many of proposed malls etc. Mysore people are too health conscious and most of them opt yoga for their good health. Ashtanga yoga has its origin in Mysuru and the city is well known for yoga centers that are also an attraction for foreigners.

 

Mysuru Palace:

The palace is beautifully designed and carved by rosewood doors and ceilings with the work done by ivory, painting of members of the royal family and marble figurines. The palace is illuminated by around 1,00,000 bulbs on Sundays and national holidays between 7:00 P.M.-7:45 P.M. Inside the palace the photography is prohibited and outside palace photography is allowed with a charge of ₹50 for indian and ₹200 for foreigners. Cameras should be left at cloak room for free of cost.

Mysore Zoo

Shri Chamarajendra zoological gardens or the Mysuru zoo is one of the oldest zoo in India. It is more than 100 years old and spread across over 250 acres. The zoo is around 3 Km from city bus stand and 2 Km from the palace. One can go through auto rickshaw (Indian version of tuk tuk) or a horse cart if interested. The zoo hosts rare species of trees and plants along with various species of animals from India as well as numerous countries as part of the species exchange program. The Mysuru zoo is one and only zoo in India that breeds the Africa elephants. The zoo also holds the tag of being the first zoo to obtain gorillas and penguins in India.

The zoo also hosts a vet hospital. The in house museum exhibiting the extinct species of animals is very popular among the visitors. For the fish lovers the zoo also has a very good display of fishes from various kinds. One can also adopt an animal under adoption program that means you can feed and take care of animal for a certain period of time by paying to the authority of zoo. In return you will be provided with certificate of adoption of animal, a complimentary pass and also a publicity in leading and renowned newspapers.

Brindavan Gardens

Built adjoining to the dam of Krishna Raja Sagar the brindavan garden is full of fountains. Spread across over 60 acres the garden is maintained by Cauvery Niravari Nigam. The garden can be visited by one and all with a certain entry fee. The lake present in the garden provides boating facility for visitors. The musical fountains with synchronization of the music and the water is the main attraction and good a huge viewership by the enthusiastic visitors.

St. Philomena Church

This catholic church was built in honor of St. Philomena by a french architect names Daly in 1936 and the architecture is inspired by the cologne cathedral of Germany. The main hall of the church has a capacity of seating for prayers is 800 people. This is also considered to be the second largest church in Asia and that has the architecture of stained glass which shows the birth of Christ, the last supper, the crucifixion, the resurrection and the ascension of the Christ.

Avadhoota Datta Peetham

Headed by spiritual leader Sri Ganpati Sachidananda Ashrama and the religious deity Lord Dattatreya this Peetham is a renowned ashram in Mysuru. This spiritual guru is believed to be the lineage of Lord Dattatreya and promotion of vedic tradition is done by his teachings. The calm and untroubled ambiance of the place with enormous and beautifully sculptured gates makes it mesmerizing. The ashram is full of greenery and the gardens inside are like icing on the cake. The compound also consist a large pond, lord venkateswara temple, herbal garden, SGS hospital and a book shop.

The 365 stone pillars or the diva stupa are spread throughout the ashram making the place more unique. The pillars signify the teaching that how everyday is important in our life, same as the every pillars for the ashram. All major Hindu festivals are celebrated in the Ashram.

Chamundi Hill or Chamundeshwari Devi Temple

Chamundi hill is located 13 km from Mysuru city, the Chamundeshwari temple is situated on the top of the hill. The sacred place that is surrounded by eight hills and is called Trimuta Kshetra according to Skanda Purana lies on the western side of the hill. Millions of devotees visit here every year from different corners of the world. Covering half way towards the hill there is a small Shiva temple, the Nandi located here is 15 feet high with bell necklace which is captivating. The Chamundeshwari temple is constructed in Dravidian style and the doorway is totally silver plated with many goddess decorated on it. The main area has an idol of enormous devi Chamundi seated. The hill overlooks the Mysuru palace, St. Philomena church, Kukkarahalli lake and many more places can be see.

Karanji Lake Nature Park

The Karanji Lake Nature Park is situated at the heart of the city and is famous as a bird paradise. The place is visited by many ornithologists and nature lovers. There are lots of species that can be seen here like egrets, rose ringed parakeets, cormorants, green bee eaters, grey and purple herons, painted storks and also around 50 species of butterflies. One can witness the charismatic view of the Chamundi hills from the park. Once you are about to visit the park keep in mind that the place is plastic free zone. The island also have beautiful butterfly park where you can find various species of beautiful butterflies.

The waterfall, trees and pond provides a homely atmosphere for birds. There is a medical plant garden at the entrance that has more than 100 medical plants. The boating point at the lake will make you fall in love with this wonderful places you can hire a boatman to take you through. You can also visit the children park and coffee shop situated near boating point.

Railway Museum

Established in 1979 under the supervision of Indian Railways and located at distance of 3 km from the city center in Mysore the Railway Museum is the second such kind of museum after National Railway Museum of New Delhi. Sri Ranga Pavillion, the two royal coaches that once belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore are also the part of the museum. The museum also exhibits the Maharani Saloon the carriage that has a kitchen, dining car unit and royal toilet. Another feather in the cap is the 1925 model Austin railway car that was bought by an employee from junkyard and was renovated to make it run on road. This was used for the inspection of tracks and had a capacity of six people the locomotive is still in a working condition.

There is a mini train in the museum for children that is operated by battery and offer a short ride around the grounds of museum. Some interesting exhibits are a 1885 hand operated crane, a 1934 steam water pump, a wooden door and pillar from the vintage old Srirangapatna railways. The museum also has a collection of priceless black and white photographs, lights, signaling signs, paintings, ticketing machine, tickets, clocks and several other antiques that were used at the inception during growth and development of railways in India. Museum can be visited entire week except Mondays from 10AM-1PM and 3PM-5PM.

Wax Museum – Melody World

This museum is based on music and musical instruments. This one-of-its kind museum exhibits over 100 life-size wax statues and over 300 musical instruments categorized in various bands and stage settings. Representing Stone Age to Modern instruments, some of the bands and genres displayed are Indian Classical North & South, Punjabi Bhangra, South Indian, Jazz, Rock, Middle East etc. It was established in October 2010.

 

  • Air  Mysuru airport is 12 km away from city with just one flight of spice jet to and from Mysuru. The nearest international airport is the Bangaluru airport which is 170 km from Mysuru.
  • Rail Mysuru is well connected by rail route with many trains connecting Mysuru with Bengaluru and Chennai. Shatabdi express is the most suitable train between Chennai and Mysuru. It takes two hours from Mysuru to Bangaluru and vice versa and seven hours from Mysuru to Chennai and vice versa. Also many trains are available from Mysuru to Bengaluru and vice versa like Tippu express, Chamundi express, Yeshvantpur – mysore express and many more.
  • Road The well laid roads all around Mysuru gives it a good connectivity. Where by lots of Government and private buses are avialable for the tourists to pick from. Cab services are also readily available in and around Mysuru.
  • State: Karnataka
  • District: Mysuru
  • Famous for: Pilgrim and Leisure travelling
  • Languages: Kannada and English
  • Best time to visit: Oct-Feb
  • Weather: Summer 20°C – 35°C & Winter 10°C – 30°C
  • Pincode: 570001
  • Std Code: 0821

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9 Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad

9 Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad

With the holiday season approaching consisting of some long weekends, we compile a list of 9 weekend getaways from Hyderabad that you can visit.

Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad

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A weekend trip – Hyderabad to Nanded

A weekend trip – Hyderabad to Nanded

It was time to hit the road again, after a long working haul there was some breathing space and I was excited about travelling somewhere there was no preference just a thought that it should be a self driven road trip, and which can be accommodated in a weekend. Having some of my relatives visiting during that period they suggested to visit Nanded. I too gave a quick glance on google maps and some other information sources and finally decided to give it a go. Google maps suggest 2 routes, I preferred a longer but comfortable route as I was accompanied by family & an infant.

The routes suggested from Hyderabad to Nanded are:

  • Via NH 161
  • Via NH7

We started early in the morning so as to cover as much ground in the morning hours and have some rest in the afternoon, since it becomes very hot during the afternoon. The road conditions from Hyderabad to Nizamabad is pretty good as most of the part is NH7 a well maintained highway with lots of scenic views. Once can easily cruise at 100 kmph. The road after Nizamabad around Bodhan are damaged with lots of potholes here and there. We had packed some food for breakfast which we had in the car itself. We stopped at Nizamabad for food and apart from that there were stops only for baby care and natural calls only.

Around 2 pm we reached Nanded, we had already booked a room through a known person in Nanded which made our life easy as the scorching heat in the afternoon was unbearable. We stayed in the hotel till 5 pm, there are lots of budget hotels available in addition to the accommodation provided by the Huzur Sahib gurudwara.

Nanded is one of the oldest and historic cities in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra situated on the north bank of Godavari river. It’s history goes as old as 1st century BCE. It was also under Ashoka’s rein. The city was formerly known as Nanditat, Nanded gains prominence from the Sikh Gurdwara which is erected at the place where Guru Gobind Singh, the last Sikh Guru, died in 1708.  In 1708, after Aurangzeb’s death, Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth spiritual leader of the Sikhs, came to Nanded. He proclaimed himself the last living Guru and established the Guru Granth Sahib as the eternal Guru of Sikhism, elevating the reverence of the text to that of a living leader.

We straight away headed  towards the Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Sahib gurudwara, I could still feel the warm wind blowing from all directions but we continued, we took an auto from our hotel. The complex was undergoing construction and maintenance activities though it the place was clean and open for the devotees. The peaceful and serene environment in the gurudwara mesmerized me, it was a moment of finding the inner peace, the calm that we never find in the cities and our busy lives. The chanting of Gurbani and the kirtans in the complex is enough to wake up the god in you.

After spending some tranquil moments it was time to move ahead for another famous attraction of Nanded, the Laser show spreading the message of Oneness, that no matter what religion we follow no matter where we belong to the almighty is one. The show is approximately one hour long but it will keep anyone with any faith spellbound and will make him think atleast for once about humanity.

After the show we headed for dinner, we came to know there at some places the devotees and the gurudwara committees arrange langars (serve free meals to anyone and everyone), there is one specific place where the langars go on 24X7. The next morning we woke up early to go around some more places and taste the langar. By noon we decided to start for the return journey as staying in the extreme sun was difficult. This time we took minimum stops as we already had lunch we stopped at a restaurant called Zayka in the evening to have tea. It is a nice place with some play area for the kids, a good parking lot and a decent food. We came back to Hyderabad around 7 pm rejuvenated and happy to find the inner peace.

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Suryalanka a weekend getaway from Hyderabad

Suryalanka a weekend getaway from Hyderabad

It was a long time I had traveled anywhere and the craving to go on a long drive was keeping me on the toes to think for a location which can be covered in a weekend. I was exploring the destinations near by Hyderabad for a longtime and finally I decided to go to Suryalanka a weekend getaway from Hyderabad. A small beach 9 kms from Bapatla town in Guntur district.

There are 2 routes which Google maps suggest

  1. Hyderabad -> Suryalanka via Nalgonda -> Narasaraopet SH 45
  2. Hyderabad -> Suryalanka via Vijayawada – Guntur via NH 9

Since we were accompanied with families, we decided to take the longer but more comfortable route via NH9. Our journey was planned to have a stop for breakfast at Food Court 7 at Suryapet. So we started as 5:30 am from Hyderabad on Saturday half an hour before the dawn and by 8 am we reached the 7 food court. The food court is a well maintained place and a major food joint on en-route Vijayawada. It serves all sorts of North Indian & South Indian foods in addition to this a Subway & Baskin Robbins outlets are also available. Food court has ample parking space with some fun activities for kids. In case you feel like having some confectionery or you need to buy some music CDs then this is the place. After having a sumptuous breakfast and some re-creation of my kid we started for Vijayawada.

Food Court 7

Food court 7

After the breakfast with roads well lit by the Morning sun and clear roads we cruised at the speed of 100 KMPH on the NH9. This is a very well maintained set of roads varying from 2-3 lanes. Leaving apart few places where the NH9 goes through some populated stretches where some barricades would popup without any prior warning one can easily touch 120 KMPH. A steady ride on the NH9 kept us all energetic and fun filled the road has some good view points specially when reaching Vijayawada one can see the scattered collection of hillocks from the eastern ghats and lots of beautifully built and maintained temples.

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We reached the KanakaDurga temple around 12pm after being forced to take some alternate routes in Vijayawada due to ongoing repair work at NH9. Kanakadurgamma temple is situated on the banks of river krishna, in Vijayawada. Sri Kanakadurgamma (kanaka durga) is swayambu (self-manifested). It is one of the largest temples in India. and 2nd largest temple in Andhra Pradesh. Temple commonly called as Vijayawada Kanaka Durgamma Temple, in the Krithayuga after killing Mahisasura, the goddess Durga shined on the Keela mountain with eight arms in the form of MAHISHASURA MARDINI as she had given boon to keela. On this mountain, goddess Durga was seen glowing with the lighting of crores of suns, with golden colour. Since that, Indra and all the deities praised her chanting “KANAKA DURGA” and they had been worshipping her daily.

Kanakadurga-temple

After the darshans we finished lunch around 3 pm and then we continued our journey to Suryalanka. Vijayawada being a major city, there was no problem for food as there are quiet good restaurants available. After leaving Vijayawada we took NH 5 – Guntur – Ponnur road for our destination the NH5 till Guntur is same as NH9 but after getting on the Guntur – Ponnur road it is a normal road 2 lane road and it goes through villages so drivers need to be careful on the road. The conditions of the road is good for most part with some bad stretches.

Suryalanka beach

We had booked the room at Haritha resort, which is a decent place to stay for a day or two. The resort provides both Ac & Non Ac rooms some of the rooms are sea facing cottages (to be occupied on first come first serve basis) since we reached the place in the evening around 4:30 pm we had to settle down with a backside room built as duplexes. The resort being built at the sea shore, it was also ok to stay in these rooms. However, the room service and restaurant services are just okay. The restaurant and the kitchen are in 2 separate buildings due to which there is huge time lag in serving the order. The restaurant has a very limited menu based upon the rush and If you have kids along with you then you may have to think for their food. Normal water is a big no for anybody staying there.

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Haritha resort

Haritha resort

We quickly set down our luggage in the rooms and rushed to the beach, having very less time left for the dusk we did not ordered any evening snacks and soon we were all in the sea playing around, some enjoying the waves of the Bay of Bengal, some walking down the sea shore and kids playing with the sand. With the sun setting down we moved back to the rooms to change and then gather in one of the rooms for dinner and some recreation. Around 11pm we called it a day with a word to meet up at the sunrise. After a day long journey we were sure that not all of us would go for the sunrise.

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Suryalanka

Suryalanka

Next morning couple of us went to see the sunrise but to our disappointment we were late and the sky was cloudy but we still managed to witness the sunrise. We woke up around 7 am and decided to go to the beach again, a pleasant Sunday morning there were more people than compared to last evening may be some locals would have also visited the beach. This time there was a AP tourism Jet ski available for people to enjoy a ride, it charges 250 per person for a round or two. We did not go for it as we had to start for the return journey.

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Suryalanka

Suryalanka

We had the breakfast at the resort itself which was a nightmarish experience for us, all the options were over except for paper dosa and egg dosa with a very sluggish service and a non responsive staff who was busy collecting cash and orders over phone. During return we took the same route via Vijayawada and our first stop was 7 food court for lunch. This time we tried the North Indian food and the taste of the food was good, after having the food and some relaxing moments around the food court we started back for Hyderabad 5 pm. We bid good bye to each other and dispersed for our homes cherishing the memories of the trip and discussing the events with each other, only to thing of planning the next trip.

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Srisailam, Bhramarambha Mallikharjuna Swami Devasthanam

Srisailam, Bhramarambha Mallikharjuna Swami Devasthanam

Travel Guide

The shrine of Lord Mallikarjuna picturesquely situated on a flat top of Nallamalai Hills, Srisailam is reputed to be one of the most ancient kshetras (area) in India. It is on the right side of the River Krishna in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. This celebrated mountain is also named as Siridhan, Srigiri, Sirigiri, Sriparvatha and Srinagam. It has been a popular centre of Saivite pilgrimage for centuries.

The presiding Deities of this kshetram Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is one of the eighteen Mahasakthis and both are self-manifested. The unique feature of this kshetram is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi in one campus, which is very rare and only one of its kind.

There is a common belief in vogue that this Holy Kshetram exists from times immemorial. The antiquity and origin of God Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is not known.

The Mallikarjuna Linga is accessible to each and every devotee and anybody can go into the sanctum sanctorum of Mallikarjuna, touch him and perform Abhishekam and Archana himself to recitation of Mantras by Archakas without caste or creed or religion. This clearly reveals that socialistic pattern of society started from this place and it is still in existence.

 

 

Panchamatams

These are popular as the Panchamathas namely Ghantha Matham, Bheemasankara Matham, Vibhoothi Matham, Rudraksha Matham and Sarangadhara Matham. The Mathas played an important role in the History and Cult of Srisailam. They are well associated with the religious and social activities of the temple in the medieval times.

These Mathas acted as educational institutions dedicated to higher learing in various branches and catered to the intellectual and spiritual needs of the society. Srisailam became a powerful saivate centre because of the existence and activities both spiritual and profane of these Mathas. The origin of the Mathas seems to be as early as 7th Century A.D. The historical inscriptions related to Srisailam speak about eleven Mathas in Srisailam however, only 5 Mathas are still in existence but are in dilapidated condition.

Sikharam

This most sacred spot is located at about 8 Km from the main temple at a height of 2830 feet above the mean sea level. It is the highest peak of Srisailam Hills. The Skanda Purana proclaims that a mere glance of this Sikharam frees the human soul from the fitters of rebirth. In ancient days people used to come to Srisailam on foot and those who unable to reach the shrine returned back by seeing this peak. The Sikhareswaram temple is an ancient stone structure consisting of Garbhagriha, Antaralaya and 16 pillered Mukhamanda. The deity here is named as Veera Sankara Swamy and locally popularized as Sikhareswara Swamy. This place give a panoramic view of the entire temple complex of Srisailam including the meandering river Krishna.

Hatakeswaram

This picturesque spot is on the way to Srisailam of about 5 Km away in a serine atmosphere. Tradition hopes that at this place God Siva appeared to a potter devotee in Atika (Piece of Pot) and hence named as Atikeswaram and later it became as Hatakeswaram. Another tradition gives the name to this place from a particular yogic school known as Hatayoga, one of the form of Astangayogas (the eight yogas). Some historians located a laboratory of Akhemy (Rasayoga) at this place during medieval times.

Phaladhara Panchadhara

This most beautiful scene spot in surroundings of Srisailam is located about 4 Km from the main temple. Tradition records that Bhagavan Adisankara performed penance at this place and composed the famous Sivanandalahari here. Marble statues of Sarada Devi and Sankaracharya are installed there and daily regular Poojas are offered.

This spot is located in a narrow valley approachable by a flight of steps where subterranean streams of pure water with musical sound reverberating the surroundings. According to local folk these streams are known as Phaladhara Panchadhara and these two signify their origin from the fore head of God Siva the Phaladhara.

Sakshi Ganapathi

This small shrine located about 3 Kms from Srisailam and is one of the sacred spots frequented by pilgrims since times immemorial. The traditional belief is that the Ganapathi in this temple keeps regular account of all the pilgrims to tender Sakshyam (evidence) of their visit to this Kshetram and so named as Sakshi Ganapathi. The sculpture of this deity is exquisitely made holding a book in the left hand and a pen in the right hand in such a way as noting down the names of devotees. It is in practice that devotees during their return had the darshan of this Ganapathi and informed their name and gotra to him. Srinatha the renowed poet of 14th Century A.D. in his Kasikhandam states that this Sakshi Ganapathi is visualized by sage Agasthya during his pilgrimage to Srisailam.

Temple of Istakameswari

The ancient temple of Istakameswari is located in a dense and picturesque forest environment about 21 Km to the east of Srisailam. The sculpture of the Goddess has a serene and beautiful smiling face which at once captures the attention of one and all.

Akkamahadevi Caves

The Nallamalai Hill ranges are studded with innumerable natural caves and caverns which were known to human beings since the prehistoric times. One such among them is the Akkamahadevi Caves. This naturally formed cave, just above the flow of the river Krishna at a distance of 10 Km from Srisailam. This cave is endowed with a geological marvel of natural Rock Arch measuring nearly 200 x 16 x 4 feet which stands majestically without any support.

The wind weathered rock in and around the cave keeps the visitor spellbound. The surrounding of the cave and its journey through the river Krishna from Srisailam provides a wonderful experience to one and all. Exploring the meandering cave to 150 meters deep is also very adventurous.

Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve

The largest Tiger reserve in India . The reserve spreads over five districts,Nalgonda District, Mahbubnagar district, Kurnool District, Prakasam District and Guntur District. State highway passes through this tiger reserve and gives a very good view of forest. If traveled with ample time and patience, people can see lot of wildlife wandering in the forest. If planning to visit, please verify the timings as the highway is close at night.

Patala Ganga

As the River Krishna turns down hill, it is surrounded by a certain spirituality in the air. Enjoy the sceneries around you and take a dip into these sacred waters, believed to have medicinal properties for healing skin diseases. One can also try the enjoyable ropeway car ride and look down at the majestic river and lush green beauty all around.

Tribal Museum

Find yourself fascinated as you witness instances of the livelihoods and cultures of the tribes of Andhra Pradesh at the Chenchu Lakshmi Museum. Also, honey collected by the tribes and packaged by the state government is also available at the museum for sale and is a true specialty to take back home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Air: The closest airport to Srisailam is located at Hyderabad, at distance of about 232 kms from the city. Hyderabad has its own airport, which is connected to Vishakapatnam, Bangalore, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and various other cities of India.
  • Train: Nearest railhead to Srisailam is the Markapur Road, in the Guntur-Hubli metre gauge rail route. The major broad-gauge railway station nearby is at Hyderabad at a distance of 232 kms.
  • Road: Srisailam is well connected with near by cities such as Hyderabad, Mahaboobnagar, Hyderabad, Devorkonda, Mahanandi, Anantapur, Chitradurg, Guntur, Mantralayam, Tirupati and Vijayawada by road.

 

 

Hyderabad city of pearls

Hyderabad city of pearls is the capital of newly formed state of Telangana and is the fifth largest city in India, being the former seat of one of the world’s richest monarch dynasty known as the Nizams. It is a major center of Islamic culture and is a harmonious amalgam of the South and the North India.

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Papikondalu, Nature at its best

Looking for a weekend getaway in Andhra Pradesh? Papikondalu offers you the ideal camping location with a view of Papi hills, a scenic gorge on the Godavari.

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Chirala, An Unexplored Beach

If you are planning a weekend getaway to a peaceful beach, then Chirala is the place to be. It is a relatively unexplored beach in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh (Telangana).

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  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • District: Kurnool
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrim, Jyotirlinga
  • Languages: Telugu, Hindi
  • Best Season: Nov – Mar
  • Weather: Summer 22-41°C, Winter 15-30°C
  • Altitude: 409 m
  • Pincode: 518002
  • STD code: 08512

 

 

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