Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, March 3, 2024





At a distance of 160 km from Nandyal, 181 km from Kurnool, 229 km from Hyderabad, 263 km from Vijayawada and 527 km from Bangalore, Srisailam is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva situated on the banks of river Krishna in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the most important pilgrimage centres of Lord Shiva in India and also one of the important places to visit in Andhra Pradesh. Srisailam is also one of the most popular weekend getaways from Hyderabad.



Srisailam is famous for Srisailam dam & Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The sanctum enshrines Lord Mallikarjuna in the form of a linga protected by a three-hooded cobra. This ancient temple, built in the Dravidian style with lofty towers and sprawling courtyards, is one of the finest specimens of Vijayanagara architecture. Though the exact origins of the temple are not available, the Satavahanas of the 2nd century AD have referred to it. The Kakatiyas and the Vijayanagara kings have made several endowments here.


The unique feature of this kshetram is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi (in the form of Bhramarambika) in one setting, which is very rare and the only one of its kind. The great religious leader, Aadi Sankara, is said to have visited this shrine and composed his immortal Sivananda Lahiri here.



Srisailam is a perfect combination of temples and scenic spots. Srisailam dam, built over river Krishna is one of the largest dams in south India. Mallikarjuna Swamy temple, Bhramaramba Devi temple, Akka Mahadevi caves, Pathala Ganga, Shikaresvara temple, Sakshi Ganapathi temple and Mallela Theertham are the other attractions here.


Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam sanctuary, India's largest tiger reserve is spread over 3500 Sq. km. This sanctuary is a natural habitat of diverse species of flora and fauna. The lush and dense Nallamala forest range is a popular destination for trekking, hill climbing, forest exploration and research, to which Srisailam town acts as a base camp.


The Mahasivarathri festival in the month of February/March is celebrated as Brahmothsavam (annual festival).