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Srisaila Mallikarjuna temple Vimana
Srisaila Mallikarjuna temple Vimana
Srisailam is located in Andhra Pradesh
Location in Andhra Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 16°05′00″N 78°52′00″E / 16.0833°N 78.8667°E / 16.0833; 78.8667Coordinates: 16°05′00″N 78°52′00″E / 16.0833°N 78.8667°E / 16.0833; 78.8667
StateAndhra Pradesh
 • Total5.96 km2 (2.30 sq mi)
 • Total21,452
 • Density3,600/km2 (9,300/sq mi)
 • OfficialTelugu Sanskrit
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationAP 21

Srisailam is a census town in Kurnool district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the mandal headquarters of Srisailam mandal in Kurnool revenue division.[4] The town is famous for Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple and is one of the holy pilgrimage site for Saivism and Shaktism sects of Hinduism. The town is classified as both Jyotirlinga and Shakti Peetha.


As of 2001 India census,[5] Srisailam had a population of 23,257. Males constituted 54% of the population and females 46%. Srisailam Project (RFC) Township has an average literacy rate of 75.62% higher than the state average of 67.02%. Male literacy is around 85.68% while female literacy rate is 63.24%. 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Srisailam Temple Night view during Shiva Ratri
Srisailam Dam
Srisailam Dam
Road leading to Srisailam from Atmakur
Atmakur - Srisailam Road
Hill Station Srisailam

Srisailam is one of the popular tourist destinations in Andhra Pradesh and considered as one of the most important pilgrimage centres of Lord Shiva.

  • Srisailam Dam which was built over Krishna river is one of the largest dams in South India.
  • Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve, India's largest tiger reserve is spread over 3500 km2. 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.
  • Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga enshrines Lord Mallikarjuna and is an ancient temple built in a Dravidian style with specimens showcasing the Vijayanagara architecture.[6]
  • Akka Mahadevi Caves, Pathalaganga,[7] Shikareshwara Temple are few other attractions in this place.[8]


The temple is maintained and administered by government of Andhra Pradesh. It Comes Under Atmakur Taluka, Kurnool Revenue Division. Temple committee cottages and dharamshalas are available here.

This town hosts both the offices and residences of many A.P. Government departments and its employees A.P. Irrigation Department, APGENCO, APTransco, A.P. Forest Department.


The primary and secondary school education is imparted by government, aided and private schools, under the School Education Department of the state.[9][10] The medium of instruction followed by different schools are English, Telugu. A. P. T. W. R School (ST), A. P. T. W. R Junior College and A. P. T. W. R School of Excellence provide education to tribals.


The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation operates bus services from Srisailam and Atmakur bus station with Atmakur[K] Bus depot.

By Foot

There is a path to travel on foot from Atmakur to Srisailam. The Devotees to fulfil their Vow to Lord Shiva will take this path to reach Srisailam on foot from Atmakur. The path completely passes through dense forest of Nallamala Hills. One has to carry their own food and Potable items with them as there are no adequate facilities. This path for devotees is allowed only twice in a year viz.,

  1. Maha Shivaratri
  2. Ugadi


There are two roads to reach Srisailam as it can be accessed by road from Dornala and Atchampet. The state government-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) operates frequent buses from Atmakur and Dornala and also from nearby places.


The nearest railway station is at Markapur Road Railway Station, about 90 kilometres from Srisailam. Markapur Road railway station in the South Central Railway zone of the Indian Railways. It is under the jurisdiction of Guntur Railway Division.


The nearest airport is Kurnool Airport about 180 kilometres from Srisailam. It is a domestic airport. The nearest major airport is the Hyderabad International Airport located about 217 km (135 mi) from Srisailam.

Distance to major towns and cities by road[edit]

  1. Kurnool = 180 km
  2. Nandyal = 160 km
  3. Adoni = 280 km
  4. Atmakur = 110 km
  5. Markapuram = 81 km
  6. Dornala = 50km
  7. Guntur = 218 km
  8. Kadapa = 252 km
  9. Anantapuramu = 320 km
  10. Tirupati = 370 km
  11. Hyderabad = 217 km
  12. Bengaluru = 530 km
  13. Vijayawada = 260 km
  14. Chennai = 475 km
    Krishna River - Pathala Ganga
    Pathala Ganga at Krishna River - Srisailam
    Nandi Circle - Srisailam

Lion's Club[edit]

A Recreation Club in association in the style of Lion's Club is established in the project colony in the 1960s at the heart of the Township. The Club has since been the home to a Lawn Tennis Court, Indoor Badminton Courts, Auditorium and Playgrounds with a Club Administration Office providing sports and Cultural activities for family and kids alike. The Club was open to Ladies Club events. It was open to kids with instructors for Classical Dance, Classical Music, Skits and Drama. Over the years, club members have participated in numerous sports events and tournaments at State Level. The Auditorium also housed annual Essay Writing competitions, New Year Celebrations, Independence Day celebrations with Classical Dance, classical Music performances. The clubs members also organized many kids and Family activities on Holiday occasions and get-togethers on New Year's Eve and in the month of Karthik.


  1. ^ "District Census Handbook – Kurnool" (PDF). Census of India. pp. 12, 228. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Census 2011". The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Pin Code of Srisailam in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh". Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Srisailam Mandal map" (PDF). Census of India. p. 319. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  6. ^ "SRISAILAM - TRAVEL GUIDE". Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  7. ^ Temple India. 1981.
  8. ^ THE TOURISM OF INDIA PART-1, Volume 1. 17 October 2019.
  9. ^ "School Education Department" (PDF). School Education Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  10. ^ "The Department of School Education – Official AP State Government Portal | AP State Portal". Archived from the original on 7 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.