Mantralayam is a town in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra river on the border with neighbouring Karnataka state. It is also called as Manchale. This town is noted for the holy presence of the Vrindavana of Guru Raghavendra Swami, a Madhwa saint and follower of Sri Madhwacharya. Srisailam or Shrishailam is a holy town and mandal, situated in Nallamala Hills of kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is on the banks of River Krishna, about 212 km south of Hyderabad. Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy (a form of Shiva) and Devi Bhramaramba (a form of Parvathi) is located here and it is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Pickup from Railway Station / Bus Station and proceed to Hotel. After fresh n up, proceed below to Hyderabad Sightseeing Places including:
Birla Mandir – 2000 tonnes of white marble from Rajasthan mixed with 10 years of dedicated work of sculptures – created this captivating Temple, standing on a 280 feet high hill.
Birla Planetarium – Developed with technological assistance from Japan with cosmic presentation of international standards. Most attractive feature is the Sky Show.
Birla Science Museum – showcases many sections, each dedicated to a specific field – Interactive Science Section, NRSA, Dinosaurium, etc.
Snow World – India’s first and World’s best snow theme park helps to experience snow fall and polar climate as if it is a polar region, then proceed to:
Lumbini Park – Lush greenery, entertaining rides, calm environment all at one place. Must watch – Laser Show and Musical fountain show in the evenings. Boating at Hussain Sagar lake not to be missed.
NTR Gardens – Ride on a toy train, Japanese garden, Desert Garden, Roaring Cascade, Giant Wheel, boating, car cafes, machan Restaurant- just a few attractions of NTR Gardens.
After Breakfast, proceed to visit primary tourist place of Hyderabad, Ramoji Film City. Full day would be nearly sufficient at Ramoji Film City.
Ramoji Film City – One of the largest and glamorous film studios in the world, Ramoji Film City has also secured a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Captivating architecture of the studios accompanied with a range of modern settings makes it a favourite place of film-makers; while a wide array of entertainment choices makes it a popular choice of tourists.
Morning after Breakfast proceed to
Nehru Zoological Park – Largest zoo of India with an area of about 380 acres. Things to do – Lion Safari, Tiger Safari, Bear Safari, and Butterfly Safari
Sudha Car Museum – Listed in the Guinness World Record, handmade car museum- vintage cars and creative cars. To see- largest tricycle in the world, cars in the shape of bridal dresses, handbags, etc.
Salar Jung Museum – 3rd largest museum in India with 43000 art objects (Indian Art, Far Eastern Art, European Art, Middle Eastern Art, etc.), 9000 manuscripts and 47000 printed books, spread in 38 galleries. Not to be missed- Veiled marble statue of Rebecca, 19th C British Musical Clock, etc.
Chowmahalla Palace – Built in the 18th century during the rule of fifth Nizam, Afzal-ud-Daula, Asaf Jah V, said to resemble Shah Palace of Tehran in Iran in its architectural beauty.
Charminar – Built in 1591 by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in the honour of his wife Bhagmati. Also known as known as ‘Arc de Triomphe of the East’
Mecca Masjid – constructed by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah in 1614; one of the largest mosques in the world. To see- Belgian crystal chandeliers, intricately designed arches, tombs to asif shah dynasty.
Post Breakfast check out from Hotel and proceed to Srisailam Mallikarjuna enroute visit the following sightseeing places:
Srisailam Dam & Reservoir- An important part of Srisailam tourism is Srisailam Dam. Built over the Krishna River, this dam is located around 13 km away from the Srisailam town. Located in the Nallamala Hills, Srisailam Dam boasts of being the second largest hydroelectric project in the country. What makes it worth visiting is its impressive structure which combined with surrounding scenic beauty, creates a mesmerising sight.
Check-in to Srisailam hotel & after fresh up, proceed to:
Srisailam Mallikarjuna Darshan- Popularly known as Srisailam Temple and Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, it is visited by devotees from every corner of the country. One of the 12 jyotirlinga, Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva…
After darshan, proceed to visit the below Srisailam sightseeing places:.
Pathala Ganga- Situated in the backwaters of River Krishna, Pathala Ganga is considered to be highly auspicious; it is also said to have medicinal properties. Many devotees can be seen taking a holy dip in the sacred waters here. It is believed that taking a dip here can cure various kinds of skin diseases.
Rope Way- One of the best ropeways in the country, Srisailam ropeway is an indispensable part of Srisailam tour. The holy town of Srisailam is by the side of River Krishna. Krishna River that flows near the hills where the Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is located
Boating- A trip to Srisailam is not complete without boating. Boating in Srisailam promises a calming experience amid the mesmerising nature. To reach the location of boating, tourists have to walk downhill which can be time consuming as well as hectic. The easier option is to take the ropeway which takes less than 5 minutes of time to reach.
Chenchu Lakshmi Tribal Museum- This tribal museum is located near the entrance to Srisailam town. This museum presents a glimpse into the lives of various indigenous tribes who are residing in the Srisailam forests. Here at the museum, one can get a better understanding of the lives of these tribes, their practices and culture. One of the prominent tribes in the Nallamala Hills is Chenchus.
Overnight stay at Srisailam Hotel.
Post Breakfast checkout from Srisailam Hotel and proceed to Mantralayam enroute visit below Srisailam sightseeing places:
Sakshi Ganapathi Temple- It is believed that a visit to Srisailam goes unrecorded if a devotee doesn’t visit Sakshi Ganapati Temple. The main deity of this temple is Lord Ganesha. The word Sakshi means the one who witnesses, which is representative of the belief that Lord Ganesha keeps a record of everyone who visits Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, which is then shown to Lord Shiva.
Hathakesvara Temple- Located on the foothills of Nallamala Hills, Srisailam, Hathakesvara Temple holds a significant position among devotees. Anyone who comes for a Srisailam tour pays a visit to this ancient temple as well. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A mystical Shiva lingam has been enshrined in the temple.
Paladhara Panchadara- Along with mesmerizing beauty, these natural streams also have religious association. The name of the stream is derived from Lord Shiva. The name Paladhara stands for the stream originating from the forehead of Lord Shiva, as pahal means forehead and dhara means stream. The name Panchadhara signifies the five aspects of Lord Shiva (Pancha means five and dharma means stream).
Sikharam / Shikaresvara Temple- Shikareswara Swami Temple, another popular place to visit in Srisailam, is situated on the highest peak of Srisailam known as sikharam. Known for the panoramic view of the natural beauty of downhill and River Krishna, Sikharam is an alluring place to visit. The temple is dedicated to the Lord of Sikharam, Veera Sankara Swamy.
Over Night Stay in Mantralayam Hotel
Post breakfast proceed to Raghvendra Swamy Brindavanam Darshan and Check out from Hotel.
Drop at Hyderabad Airport / Railway Station / Bus Stand for your return journey.