A Day Trip to Srisailam From Hyderabad A Note From My Father's Dairy

I have completed Srisailam twice before this trip. They are documented here:

  • 1st Trip with motorcycle with wife-Here
  • 2nd Trip with my my parent's in law-Here
I have written a guideline to venture Srisailam in a methodical way. Read here (top 10 places)
This time in December 2018, we (my parent along with me) opted for a quick darshanam for lord Mallikarjuna. I did not get a chance to write on my own.The below write up is taken from my father's dairy.

We were in here in Hyderabad for last 2 weeks. Being Bengali, we were getting little bored as we have little or no activities here compared to my own area(Howrah,West Bengal). We were planing for a short trip around Hyderabad.My elder son came up with this idea to visit the Lord Mallikarjuna in Srisailam. Initially we were not ready for a long drive to this place. Later we accepted with a condition that we must stay a day to avoid the lag.A nutshell description was depicted for a long journey from Manikonda Hyderabad to Srisailam to visit the famous Mallikarjuna (Lord Shiva).Srisailam is one of the 18 mahashaktipeeth and one of the famous temple of Lord Siva.Our plan was go on 1st December and return on 2nd December of 2018.

We started at 9:30AM from our home at Manikonda after a quick breakfast.We reached ORR(outer ring road) at around 9:45AM. We took the check in ticket.From this place the actual journey started.
We headed towards the Exit -14. Since it was morning, and a holiday,we did nit get traffic in the road.At around 10:30 we checked out ORR and took NH 765 (Srisailam highway) to reach Srisailam.
As we have plenty of water with us , we avoided the small water breaks.

The journey was smooth with very less traffic in the road. We were stopped by cop to check if we were carrying cash for the upcoming election near Amangaol. After that we drove straight to Hajipur.
We stopped at the newly opened Chandra Hospitality Service for some food. At this time at 12 noon we were not that much hungry for lunch. We were looking for Dosa in this region.Unfortunately, they did not offer much. At that time only the thali was available. They could not offer even other items mentioned in the menu card. We started again. After crossing Hajipur crossing we stopped at Hotel Balaji.It was situated right side of the road. They also did not have much items. We took tea here.I must say that they made nice tea. Both Chandra and Hotel balaji had nice toilet facility.

We started again from this place. Being noon and not getting a suitable place to park our vehicle we opted out to visit Dindi dam. We drove straight to the check post of Nalla Malla Tiger reserve forest(now famous as AMRABAD Tiger Reserve forest). At the checkpost,toll plaza , we were given a jute bag to use as dustbin. They requested us not to drop any waste material in the jungle. We were very happy to see the effort of forest department to save the jungle and make it clean and green.After entering jungle,NH 765 became different. There were lot of speed breakers with and without sign. It continued till Srisailam. Enroute, we saw lots of monkeys in different parts of the jungle.Few of the tourists were throwing bananas to these creatures and it seemed they were accepting them and eating with great pleasure,even though forest officials requested us not to feed the animals.  

In the middle of the jungle, we saw a safari gate. We stopped for some refreshment.The adjacent shop was closed.We took few snaps here. We started for the last part of the jungle.On the way to Srisailam,we stopped again and took some snaps for our memory.The jungle became more dense and  greener in this area. After another 45 mins we finally crossed the jungle. We were very much hungry at that time. The clock was ticking 2:30PM by then.We were searching for a decent hotel to finish our lunch. We did not get any.

Finally we stopped at Rajadhani hotel just before the ghat section of Srisailam. The hotel was more of a make shift arrangement. The meal was costing 60rs/head. We ordered double egg omelet. It costed us 80 rs more.It was bit more comparing the quality of the  hotel. However, After the quick meal we started again for srisailam At 3:15Pm we reached Srisailam dam.It was truly a man made wonder,a gem of engineering. I could imagine the view during full monsoon with the gate open. We stopped here for some refreshment and took few snaps. My son and wify took icecream here. The road became narrow here. We were driving very carefully. We saw Patal Ganga from the car.No mistake was taken to find the rows of the boat there.With the grace of Lord Shiva and ma Durga we crossed the ghat sections(both side) without any troubles. I came to know from the signboard that river Krishna was the border for Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. The Andhra section of the NH-765 was having lot of speed breakers. 

We reached Sakshi Ganapati temple by 3:45PM. We parked the car in the temple parking bay.It was Lord Ganesh's temple. We noticed  a very long queue for darshanam. We bow down our head to Ganapati. We requested him in mind, for his blessings and prayed for a safe darshanam of Lord Siva.We also prayed him to note down our names in his notebook as witness of Shiva darshanam.It is said that without taking the blessings of Ganapati , the very purpose of visiting Shiva would be lost. This Ganapati was very unique in style,He was holding notebook in one hand and a pen in another hand.It was said that he keeps note whoever enters into Srisailam. 

There after we reached the holy place at 4:20PM. We parked our vehicle at the parking slot near the temple.  To answer the call of nature we found green toilets for men and women. But I was sorry to see the instructions were not proper. No information was provided on how to  open the gates. Like many others we tried coin of 1 rupee,2 rupees and 5 rupees. All our effort gone in vain for men section. My wife somehow managed to open the gate with 2 rupees and 5 rupees. she was not sure which coin opened the gate.

Now as per our itinerary, we needed to get a room for three of us. We tried all known options like Gouri sadan,Ganga Sadan. There were all full. We tried from pillar to post to have a room on rent.But all our efforts gone in vain. We learned that there was a festival called Karthik Sankranthi from 1st December to 3rd December and all hotels were full. We tried CIR office too with out any result.We were informed by the CIR office that the darshanam would start at 6PM and end at 8PM. We made up our mind and headed towards  temple for Lord Shiva darshanam.

Mobiles and cameras were not allowed inside the temple.We had to deposit our mobile in the mobile deposit area and deposited shoes at shoe rack.Mobile deposit costed us Rs15(Rs 5 /mobile).Shoe  rack was free.There were 3 queues for darshanam. One queue was for free that might take 1 to 2 hours.Next was rs 100 INR queue , the average delay would be 45 minutes to 1 hour and lastly there was a VIP darshanam.

VIP darshanam was rs 300 INR/head.It used to take 20 mins for darshanam. We opted for VIP darshanam. We entered the campus of temple at around 6PM sharp. From distance, we heard the enchanting of Om Namah Shivaya (the famous mantra of lord shiva). When we reached nearby, we saw many disciples of the temple,blowing their khanjani,harmonium, danka and other musical instrument and were singing this mantra.The situation was electrifying and magnificent. It was a very charming sight and we enjoyed with deep joy. We made our darshanam quick.On the way back we saw lord balaji ,lord vishnu etc. We took prasadam and hurriedly came out from the temple.The temple was properly maintained by the authority with lots of security personals in place.We were very happy to see to disturbance from so called pandas. The work force was very friendly and very supportive.It was suggested to wear a dhoti instead of jeans or pants. For ladies it was suggested to wear traditional sari or salwar with urni or chunni. We even noticed that near by shops were selling churnis ranging from 150 to 200Rs.

We were dam hungry at this time and went to a nearby restaurant to grab Masala dosa and tea.At this point we had to take an decision. Either we could wait and search for hotels(locals suggested to search in sunnipenta village as well) or leave the place as the jungle check post would close at 9PM. We decided to leave over table. Accordingly at 7 we started our return journey.Srisailam being a small city, we never had to ask anybody for the roads.The city was well maintained with lots of clear signboards.

The road was pitch dark. With a great patience and again with the grace of Lord siva we crossed the ghat section. We reached the jungle checkpost at 8:30PM.We were given a plastic carry bag this time and charged Rs50. We crossed the gate and stopped for taking some rest. As the previous section was ghat and the journey was anxious. I tried to capture the ghat road with my son's mobile. It is given below:

Frankly speaking, in the pitch dark night with narrow roads,the ghat gave us a thrill.We were frighten too.We could only see the road illuminated by head light and other car's headlight through this zig zag way.On the way back , in a silent area,we spotted a dear ,gently gazing.

At around 10:00PM we came out of the jungle.We stopped for a cup of tea. There were public pay and use toilet available. We re energized ourselves a bit and started again at 10:30PM. The road was again empty. The roaring sound of the car engine was breaking the quietness of mother nature while the headlights were engaged in high beam position for a steady 90KM/hr speed. At 11:10 we reached again near Hajipur crossing at Hotel chandra Hospitality.

This time they  offered us delicious dal tadka,butter chicken,butter nun and butter milk. Food was awesome.At 12 night , we started our last leg of journey to home. At 1AM we checked in the ORR and 1:50 we reached our home with wretched condition.It was a strenuous but successful journey which would vivid to our memory.We thanked Lord Shiva and ma Durga for  arriving safe to our home. We hugged bed and called for the day.

Few Suggestions from my experience:

  • No doubt the roads were very good to Srisailam from Hyderabad. So you can start early if you are planing to come back in the same day. If you start at 4 AM in the morning, even you can do Abhisekham.
  • The road,mother nature were beautiful.So maintain the cleanliness. As cleanliness is next to godliness.
  • Food options needs improvement. While talking to local hotel owner we came to know,only veg meal has a demand that too in the pick time. All other time there are very less visitors. Hence either they close the hotel or keep a minimum options. So I suggest you prepare for this or carry your own food.
  • Srisailam being a holy city does not offer you a Nonveg food. So never ask for it in this city.If you want to take non veg,come back to the border or village next to border.You will get it.
  • Prefer the VIP darshan over free darshan. It will be quick.
  • Do stop around the dam. I am sure that you will. Park your car in such a way that does not disturb the traffic. Being narrow road,one mistake can lead to huge traffic jam. Please plan accordingly.

The summary is given below:

From To Toll Condition
Home ORR via Lanko hill NA Bad
ORR Gachibowli ORR Exit 14 40 Very good
Exit 14 First Toll Plaza NA good
First toll plaza Second Toll plaza 20 good
Second Toll Plaza Forest toll gate entry 30 good
Forest toll plaza entry Forest toll plaza Exit 50 good but lots of speed breakers
Forest toll plaza Exit Srisailam NA good but lots of speed breakers
Srisailam entry 100

A Day Trip to Srisailam From Hyderabad A Note From My Father's Dairy A Day Trip to Srisailam From Hyderabad A Note From My Father's Dairy Reviewed by Animesh Chatterjee on December 06, 2018 Rating: 5

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