Thursday, September 11, 2008

Srisailam: 600 kms in one day

Destination profile: Srisailam
State: Andhra Pradesh
Travel: Hyderabad to Srisailam
Distance: 240 kms
Mode: Bike
Number of days: 1

Ok. So did your jaws drop. Yes Srisailam is 240 kms from Hyderabad. But I drove an extra 60 kms after taking a wrong road towards Vijaywada while on our way back.

So let me begin. It was the Ganesh Puja day, which we picked to visit Srisailam. And we executed the plan with clockwork irregularity ;). We planned to start at 5 am. But we couldnt make it till 7:30 am. Once on the road, we thanked the gods for the amazing weather that day. (Have a look at the white clouds all through the pics)


(Hyderabad International Airport)

Picked the Shamshabad Srisailam road crossing the International airport. The whole stretch covering the airport would easily passoff as freeways in the US. Awesome.

( Had a quick breakfast at Dindi)

Dindi is around 100 kms from Hyderabad.

( Gypsies from Rajasthan)
( A mini dam on the way)
( Road leading towards the Nallamalai Ghats)

( Srisailam Tiger reserve)

The drive on the Nallamalai hills is most interesting of the entire journey. The roads are winding with jungle either side. It gives a creepy feelign and you cant help realising that you are all alone in the jungle. Occasionaly a car or a bus would cross you. But no two wheelers. Not everyone is mindless ;). But again, the feeling of biking on such roads is matchless to nething else. Car or a bus would kill that effect.

( Road from the top)

( The Annamalai Ghats are infested with monkeys.)

I was focussing on one monkey for a photo. I didnt realise all the while I was being sorrounded by a swarm of other monkeys.

( Srisailam Tiger reserve)

The Srisailam Tiger reserve at Nallamalai hills offers daily safari services. We did not have the bandwidth to go for it. But surely will someday.

The roads on the hills are dotted with billboards on, "Project Tiger" and "Save Wild Life".
( First view of Srisailam lake.)

We went to see the model of the Srisailam dam. The engineer was cordial to talk us through the intricacies of the giant engineering marvel that man has made. The facts that he shared with us were startling. One cannot marvel the site just by the look of it. It was a lesson for us to learn how mankind has tamed nature for its own welfare. It took 22 years to construct the dam and the tunnel below that carries water is a circtutous 70 kms stretch. Isnt it amazing. The dam takes care of 90 % of state's electricity needs. ( Reached Srisailam at 1 pm)

(Front view of the temple)

Photography inside the temple premise is not allowed

You can cruise on the Krishna basin with a launch. A ropeway carries you to the basin.

View from the launch

Isn't it amazing!

Back home with wonderful images and a painful ass.


Prasanna Seshadri said...

Good, you are covering 600 Km in two wheeler, not a smart idea, but for the snaps you took its justified :)

Kamini said...

Wow, what a trip! I would love to do something like this, but I doubt I ever will, and can only dream!
Beautiful photos too.

Ravi Kumar said...

Thanks Prasanna! :)

Ravi Kumar said...

Yes Kamini, you can do it when u r young and have the fire in the belly... i thinkl i have some left :)

Smile said...

i think u should not take the whole credit yourself and give it a little to the photographer also.....thats me.....

Ravi Kumar said...

I love u :). Please give the credit for all the photographs in this post to the beautiful lady.

Justin said...

Beautiful pictures. Thats quite a trip you took. Ill be backpacking there next summer, but I'll be there for more than one day ;) Im posting it one this new site called
So when I set everything up I'll send you a direct link.

Saurav Chakraborty said...

awesome photo...the lat one...a classic:-)

Smile said...
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Mridula said...

Lovely post, I have linked it here-

Ravi Kumar said...

Saurav: Thanks for dropping by.
Mridul: Thanks for linking me.

indicaspecies said...

Awesome photographs, I like this post.

The gypsies (that you say from Rajasthan) seem like the ones of the Lambani tribe. If I'm not mistaken, Lambani origin is from Karnataka but they live also in Andhra Pradesh, Maharastra and Goa.

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Girish Palkar said...

My visit to Srisailam - Kardalivan-Akkama devi Cave

Nick Halden said...

What an amazing trip! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I have been there a couple of times and I really enjoyed there. Here are a few more places to visit Srisailam.

Ashwin said...

Thanks for suggesting some best places to visit in Srisailam. It really helps people who are searching for their weekend trip places. If you are planning for your trip then book your bus tickets in advance in Online Bus Ticket Booking portal to enjoy your trip.

Praveen Kumar said...

Great Information

Here is the bus timings info from Hyderabad to Srisailam

Swathi said...

This is really nice blog, thanks for posting
I made my trip to Srisailam by TSRTC bus

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