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Sightseeing in Srisailam

Srisailam offers a range of sightseeing options to travellers. Some of the interesting sightseeing places in Srisailam are mentioned below. The Brahmaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple which lies on a hillock is where Shiva's sacred bull Vrishabha is said to have performed penance at the Mahakali temple till Shiva and Parvati appeared before him as Mallikarjuna and Brahmaramba. The temple is one of the 12 hallowed jyotirlingas; Lord Rama himself installed the Sahasralinga, while the Pandavas lodged the Panchapandava lingas in the temple courtyard. Heroic legends from the Mahabharata and Ramayana are sculpted in stone on the temple walls and the Mahabharata epic refers to Srisailam as Sri Parvata - the blessed hill. You can hear the buzzing of a bee through a tiny hole in the Brahmaramba temple, where Parvati, in the form of a bee, slew the demon Mahisasura.

Other temples in the vicinity are the sacred shrines of Uma-Maheshwara and Saraswati.

Visit Srisailam Dam, 512 m long on the River Krishna and set amidst beautiful natural scenery - ghats, cliffs, craggy ridges, plateaus and dense forests.

The Srisailam Tiger Reserve is huge - 3568 sq km - spread over five districts in Andhra Pradesh. It shelters blackbuck, panthers, chinkara, spotted deer, nilgai, pangolins, leopards, soft-shelled turtles, porcupines, crocodiles and a variety of other animals, birds and snakes, in addition to the tiger. There is a successful crocodile reintroduction programme in Ethipothala, a cataract close to Srisailam.

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