Trip to Srisailam

It all started with as usual a lot of planning for over two months, and as it the destiny of such trips a hasty cancellation followed. So instead of a long 4 day holiday to Kerala that we were planning we settled for a short two day drive to Srisailam and back.

Day-1, morning 6:30 am. Even after 3 alarms, it took Adi’s phone call to wake us up and spur into action for the 230 km drive. Four of us got into Adi’s spanking i10, and we were away. We had been already told that the destination is ok, but the journey to the place is awesome. Considering this we were all ready to have as many pit stops as we would want. First pit-stop was for refueling, not for the car, but for its occupants. After that we stopped at a small hillock surrounded by fields on all sides, next stop was the Dindy Reservoir, and in the intermediate drive I touched the max speed I have ever driven at – 120 kmph.

Mallelatheertham Waterfalls Next stop was the best part of the trip – Mallelatheertham Waterfalls. These falls are about 50-60 kms before Srisailam and only a board announces that you need to take a left and drive for around 8-9 kms on a kachcha road to reach the Mallela Theertham Waterfalls. The back-breaking 8 km drive and the ~350 steps descent is totally worth the effort. Without a doubt these are one of the best falls I’ve seen in a long time, and the best part is that if you want, you can easily go underneath the waterfalls, and enjoy the cold stinging water :)

We spent 2-3 hours here and then resumed the journey. By this time, we were famished and there were no dhabas in sight. We almost reached Srisailam before we found an okayish place to eat. Srisailam greeted us and so did around 100 more cars. I have always hated religious places, and with reason. They are always crowded, and I am a big misfit generally at those places. People would be wearing Dhoti, Kurta Pajama, would have applied tilak on their foreheads, and there would be me – clad in a T-shirt and short, with generally unkempt hair and you can spot the odd man out from a mile away. Anyway for me Srisailam was only the night stop, so the evening was well spent with a game of Poker.

Next day morning we thought that at least we should roam around in Srisailam and check if there is anything of interest. Big mistake! We had heard a lot about a ropeway to Patalganga. Going till there was no big issue, the coming back resulted in waiting in a line for around 45 minutes, lots of pushing, and a small fight. The place was getting hotter by the minute and there was nothing that would keep us back, so we left the place back for Hyderabad.

My colleague who had already visited the place had told me about a Jungle Safari in the Nallamala Forests that we need to cross to reach Srisailam. We made optimal use of the time we had and went for the safari. Now this was just a 20 km, and an hour long drive. So I was not expecting to spot anything apart from a Cheetal or two, that too would have been difficult as it was a hilly terrain. Bears Well we managed to spot a pair of Cheetal, but the most shocking part was that we were able to spot a Bear and its cub walking on the road. In my many wildlife excursions, I have spotted even tigers, but a bear had always eluded me. I had just had a glimpse of about 2-3 seconds once before in Kanha. So this sighting made my trip!

Only a short stop for lunch, and one for tea and we were back in Hyderabad. All in all, a good short trip with the highlights being Mallelatheertham Waterfalls, and the jungle safari – they take you to a viewpoint that had been attacked by Naxals 4 years back, but is now considered safe – Farhabad view point.

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21 Responses to “Trip to Srisailam”


  1. 1 Chittaranjan October 20, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Ah….nostalgia! We had undertaken an almost similar trip around two years back. Back then, the naxalite threat was still strong, so we kinda hurried through Mallellateertham :(

    We didn’t see any bears though :|

  2. 2 Sangfroid October 20, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Neat! I have sad tales of safaris so far.
    btw, I have never been to Srisailam as well :-|

    And, you could rip the i10 to 140 with ease ;-)

  3. 3 Kulbir Saini October 20, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Nice post man! Waiting for my B.Tech to be over and I’ll be ready to go places that I always wanted to visit. Inspiring post :)

  4. 4 gopalkoduri October 21, 2008 at 12:10 am

    me longing for such trips too.. especially the jungles! nice one!

  5. 5 alosh October 21, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I’ve been thinking about this for some time now. After seeing the falls and the bear, I dont think I should delay it any longer :-)

  6. 6 Kunal October 24, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Chittaranjan, you should try the same again :) now it seems there is no Naxal threat, and Mallellateertham are easily accessible.

    Sangfroid, 140? hmm, will try out next time I am driving Adi’s car :)

    Kulbir, dude no need to wait for the B.Tech to finish, right now is the best time to go – along with all college friends.. Since it would be a big group, the expenses will come down accordingly :)

    Gopal, do go on the jungle trips, it is awesome…

    Alosh, don’t delay, just go :D and whatever you do, do not miss the falls…

  7. 7 KISHORE October 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    JUNGLE SAFARI IS BEST TIME TO VISIT BETWEEN OCTOBER TO MARCH.

  8. 8 Phatichar November 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Wonderful, wonderful..

    Update?

  9. 9 Kunal November 10, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Phatichar, I know it has been long since the last update here… :( .. work beckons!

  10. 10 Pavan November 19, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Guys…I am planning to go to Mallelatheertham this sunday..that is November 23rd 2008, any idea if there is plenty of water there? coz i saw some videos in youtube uploaded lately and it shows there isnt much water..any suggestions

  11. 11 Kunal November 20, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Pavan, I went there last month… there was more then enough water there… I think you would find sufficient water at the Mallelatheertham Falls.

  12. 12 Srinivas December 5, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Global Tourism Promotions, Hyderabad organizes trips to Mallelatheertham water falls, by arranging customized tours, vehicles and even delicious food. They can be contacted on 9440082627, 9490942788.

  13. 13 Rama September 14, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Nice one. It implies you just tried to visit Srisailam as a holiday spot as most people do feel that it is fun.
    Good that you enjoyed forest and hill terrain.

    Trip to Srisailam is nothing without having Darshan of Lord Mallikarjuna and Devi Bhramarabha, it is better to have Darshan of Sakshi Ganapapthi.

    I undeerstand that you do not like holy places because crowd.
    Please note that crows is made of people like you,me,friends,etc.
    Try to visualize the beaty of Srisailam for which you need not have two months preperation.

    If you really like to enjoy forest etc, visit Places wehre Pandavas stayed, also try to visit Chenchu living area inside the forest where you can see bear also. But it should happen with a group and proper care, for safe trip.

    cool enjoy.

  14. 14 SGIT November 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Need to try this one…

  15. 15 Vinod January 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    We are 6. Just following you.

  16. 16 shani July 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    hey guys u have not mentioned houto reach the waterfallsfromhyderabad in details so that anyone can try to go ,next i am planning to go there, like hou much to walk, ect.

  17. 17 Sandeep Boini October 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    i ve been to Srisailam on 6th August 2012 and on our way back visited Mallela Theertham. It was a Horrific experience one should never have in life. The place showed how worst/disasterous it could be to ones life. I can better call it kitten’s whisker ie.. we had a narrow and miraculous escape.
    Well i dont often visit sites.. im here to caution and share my experience.. you can just email me : boini3@gmail.com so that i can share wat exactly happened and the photos and video’s…. but one thing i suggest.. be very very careful while u visit such places.. ur life is expensive.

  18. 19 Sandeep Boini October 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    i ve been to Srisailam on 6th August 2012 and on our way back visited Mallela Theertham. It was a Horrific experience one should never have in life. The place showed how worst/disasterous it could be to ones life. I can better call it kitten’s whisker ie.. we had a narrow and miraculous escape. Well i dont often visit sites.. im here to caution and share my experience.. you can just email me : boini3@gmail.com so that i can share wat exactly happened and the photos and video’s…. but one thing i suggest.. be very very careful while u visit such places.. ur life is expensive.


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