My Bus Journey Experience From Hyderabad To Srisailam
It was all decided in a matter of minutes! 30 minutes to be precise.
My new wife we were hardly married for about 5 months now who was from Pune and had shifted to Hyderabad after marriage was already fed up of the daily rigorous schedule of waking up early, getting our breakfast and tiffins prepared for work and then rushing to and back from our offices, only to prepare our dinner and do the small household chores. There was hardly time for anything else during the week and since it was a new household, most of our weekends too were busy, shopping for the house, setting up house and completing the other important formalities after just getting married.
She finally opened up one fine Friday evening after we had both come home and settled down for dinner. Listening to her talk about how her life had become boring after marriage with no time for entertainment or fun, was not good for my ego. It was at that moment that I decided that the weekends would have to get more interesting and be set aside for some ‘us time’ if I wanted to keep the spark alive between us. Having lived and worked in Hyderabad for more than 3 years now, I had done a few small trips to nearby destinations and so I picked one of my favorites to take her on a holiday to first and that was Srisailam. She perked up at the suggestion instantly and within minutes we had chalked out our plans, started packing and making our bookings simultaneously.
After a few online searches and a couple of recommendations, I booked our hotel room for a night and then booked our bus tickets online at www.abhibus.com. It was that simple! I decided that travel by bus, instead of my bike, would give us an opportunity to just relax, give us some time together to chat and take in the wonderful sights with me acting as a tour guide. Boy, was she excited! We had decided to take the bus as early as 5.30 am on that Saturday morning as it was almost a 6 hour drive to Srisailam and we wanted to make the most of our 2 day/ 1night trip there.
Having booked ourselves on a super luxury bus, we traveled quite comfortably and seemed to cover quite a good distance quite fast, as we had set out before the traffic had started. Also the roads from Hyderabad to Srisailam are fairly good. This was the month of November and so the weather was lovely. The route to Srisailam was lined with wonderful mountains, a thin magical layer of mist and plenty of refreshing greenery. Passing through the forest at that early part of the morning had its own charm and it was all just so enjoyable. We actually saw some lovely spotted deer by the side of the road, a little further into the forest. Before we realized it, time had flown and we were already getting off in Srisailam.
After checking into our cozy hotel room, eating a delicious breakfast and refreshing ourselves we started off on our sight-seeing for the day. Believe me, when I say, that it was the quickest two days of our life and we were longing for more. My wife was obviously thrilled with the attractions and sights I took her to and was delighted with the beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, temple visits etc. It was interesting, informative and exhilarating. And of course, I was beaming with joy on seeing her so happy and relaxed.
She never fails to tell me and our friends about how much she enjoyed the trip and how she cherishes the memory and our time together.
So here are a few of the places that we visited when we went to Srisailam and a little information about each. Do not forget to take in these sights too along with any others that you may plan.
Srisailam Dam :
One of the prime places to visit along the Hyderabad to Srisailam route, this dam is situated across the Krishna river and is one of the largest dams in India. It is also the third largest hydroelectric project in India. An excellent location with lush greenery all around and the sound of the gushing water make an idyllic setting for tourists.
Srisailam Wildlife Sancturary :
One of the largest tiger reserves in the country, the Srisailam Sanctuary extends from the Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoir to the Srisailam Reservoir. Rich and beautiful with a variety of flora and fauna, it is also home to several other animals like panthers, various deer, black buck, wolves, sloth bears, crocodiles etc. who thrive in the dry deciduous forests.
Timings: 7 am to 6 pm
Akka Mahadevi Caves :
These caves can be reached after taking a ropeway and then a boat ride in the Krishna river. An ideal setting with lush green foliage, the caves itself are very interesting and actually seem adventurous when one takes a walk through the darkness. This darkness increases as you go further and deeper into the caves and one can finally see the Shiva statue at the end of the caves.
Timings: 7 am to 7 pm
Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple :
This holy abode, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located on the banks of the Krishna river atop a mountain called Shri Shaila. It is of great historical and religious importance as it is one of the 12 jyotirlingas as well as one of the 18 Sakti peethas. Noteworthy architecture of the temple and the fact that worshippers can even attend the inner sanctum of the temple, make it a very famous and much visited temple.
Timings: 6 am to 7.30 pm on all days.
Pathala Ganga :
Located at a distance of just 1 km from the Mallikarjuna temple, Pathala Ganga which is is in the backwaters of the river Krishna, is considered a holy water body known to have healing properties and a cure for skin diseases and thus tourists throng this place to take a dip in the holy waters.
Mallela Theertham :
This waterfall is a sight that one must definitely take in if visiting Srisailam. Located in the Nallamala forest, this waterfall is formed due to a small stream that flows through the forest and meets with the Krishna river. The sight of the gushing, cascading water from a height of about 150 feet, with dense greenery forming the backdrop creates a lovely visual for the tourist and hence is a very popular place for a day trip away from Hyderabad or Srisailam.
Chenchu Laxmi Tribal Museum :
This museum gives an insight into the lives and traditions of the Chenchu tribe and other local tribes that reside within the forests of Srisailam. The two stories of this structure tell us a lot about their times through various artefacts like weapons, musical instruments, items of daily use, religious idols etc.
Timings: 8.30 am to 8 pm.
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