Srisailam | India
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Srisailam is a Jyothirlingam (Hindu shrine to Shiva) located in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is about 245 km from Hyderabad and 132 km from Nandyal.


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Akkamahadevi Caves. To reach the caves you need to go to Patala Ganga.You can reach Patala Ganga by rope way and ride a boat from there to reach the caves. After travelling 16 km (for more than an hour) on the Krishna river with high mountains on either sides and walking for some distance, you will reach the caves. There will be a guide with you in the boat who will lead in. You need to take a candle with you as the caves are 80 feet deep and very dark.Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development boats need to be reserved in advance in the early hours on the date of journey. The ticket cost is ₹180. Minimum of 18 members are to be there for the boats to be started. You can also engage a private boat.The trip to Akkamahadevi caves is scheduled once a day at 10 in the morning. On the way to the caves; stop at Kadalivanam (though difficult to reach), this is a place for practicing yoga for muni's, rishi's and yati's to this day. (updated Jul 2016) Chatrapati Shivaji Spurti Kendram, which has exhibits on Shivaji Maharaj. Chenchu Lakshmi Museum - A museum which has exhibits on tribal people living in Andhra Pradesh. Ista Srisailam-Nagarjuna Sagar Tiger Reserve - This is the only tiger reserve in Andhra Pradesh. Three forest rest houses and 40 bed capacity dormitories for tourists. Ista Kameswari Temple: from Srisailam you need to travel 16 km into deep forest which is very adventurous. Don't try to go in your own vehicle because the way is sprinkled with huge rocks and water. Engage a jeep from Srisailam. If you have a team of 10 they will charge ₹1200. Or else you can share with other in which case you will be charged ₹300. Bargain the amount with the drivers. After reaching the temple try to cross the temple and you will find very good place with water falls and valleys. Lingala Gattu - This is a rocky Krishna river bank, where every rock is said to be an image of Lord Siva. Hence the name Lingala Gattu. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam - The dam is 10 km before the Siva temple. Patala Ganga - People take a holy bath here. The water is supposed to be very pure and have healing properties for skin diseases. Sakshi Ganapati - Before visiting Srisailam everyone will have darshan of Sakshi Ganapati near Srisailam. It is said that Ganapati will note down the names of the visiting devotees. Sri Brahmarambika Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple Srisailam Sikharam - (Peak of the Mountain) from where you can have a bird's eye view of all of Srisailam.