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Srisailam is a peaceful town about 232 kilometers south of Hyderabad on the banks of river Krishna. There is a dam over river Krishna in the city known as the Srisailam dam which is 512 meters long. Srisailam is bordered on the southern side by the ancient sacred hill of Srigiri. Srisailam is very close to the Nallamalai range of Andhra Pradesh and houses many magnificent temples.

The Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple of Srisailam is one of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas' of India. This temple is situated on the southern bank of Krishna, on a 457 meter high hill. The presence of this temple makes Srisailam the most venerated sites of India. The temple is dedicated to Sri Mallikarjunaswamy and his consort Sri Bharamaramba Devi.

Sikharam is the highest hill of Srisailam which has a Sikhareswara Swamy temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha.

Srisailam near Hyderabad is also an unique forest sanctuary apart from being an important pilgrimage town. It is a wonderful destination for it makes a refreshing weekend break from Hyderabad. The forest of Srisailam is the hub of the largest tiger reserve in India. The reserve of Srisailam acquires 3568 square kilometers of land and shelters animals and birds of different species. They are as follows:

  • Blackbuck
  • Panthers
  • Tiger
  • Chinkara
  • Spotted deer
  • Nilgai
  • Pangolins
  • Leopards
  • Soft-shelled turtles
  • Porcupines
  • Crocodiles
  • Birds
  • Snakes
Srisailam offers you a beautiful natural scenery with ghats, cliffs, plateaus, craggy ridges and dense forests. Pilgrims usually take a holy dip in the Pathalaganga or the river Krishna who visits the sacred shrines of Srisailam. The temples of Srisailam do not discriminate people and allows everyone to pray inside the temples.

Last Updated on 15 July 2013