From Hyderabad, the state capital of Telengana, Srisailam, an important place for Shivaite pilgrims, is about 216 kilometres. A bus from Hyderabad’s Central Bus Station will get you there in approximately 5 hours. A lot of people visit Srisailam for the drive through deep forests, valleys, the sudden bursting of the Nallamalai Hills into your field of vision as you pass a sharp bend on the road. The sight of River Krishna gurgling through a misty gorge below as you navigate hairpin bends and winding stretches, will take your breath away. The forested stretch is home to a vibrant bird-life, and it is not uncommon to spot dancing peacocks simply stroll into your path. Located in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district, the main draw for visitors to Srisailam is Srisaila Devasthanam, a shrine dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna perched atop a flat hill called Srigiri. Frequented by devotees of Lord Shiva for centuries now, the picturesque little hill town also started getting tourist attention for its scenery, the Patala Ganga caves, and the hilly drive which starts at Mannanur, about 120 kilometres off Hyderabad city.
Bus Services from Hyderabad to Srisailam
The total Hyderabad to Srisailam distance by bus is approximately 216 kilometres. Srisailam is well-connected to Hyderabad by Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation APSRTC buses with departure points across the city. There is an array of private operators too who have a fleet of coaches that range from AC sleeper, non-AC seater, and Hitech air suspension non-AC sleeper seater. Most of these buses start at night from different boarding points in the city and bring you to Yerragonda Palem in about 7 hours. From Yerragonda Palem, Srisailam is another 90 kilometres which can be covered in a taxi. The bus ride from Hyderabad to Yerragonda Palem will cost you anywhere between INR 262 to INR 990 depending on the type of bus you have booked and the amenities available on them. Most of these buses are non-AC and come with live tracking facility. Even if you were to start from Hyderabad at 09:45 pm you will be in Yerragonda by 04:00 am. Wondering how to reach Srisailam from there? Take a cab that will take approximately 2 hours to drop you off at Srisailam.
Bus Boarding Points in Hyderabad
For a Hyderabad to Srisailam by road journey, you can pick a boarding point of your convenience. The prominent boarding points in Hyderabad are:
● BHEL - Beeramguda
● BHEL - Ashok Nagar
● BHEL - Lingampally
● I.S Sadan
● KPHB Colony
● KKP Village
● B.N Reddy Nagar
● S.R Nagar
Bus Drop Points in Srisailam
The bus will drop you off at Yerragonda Palem. From there, you can hire a private taxi to take you directly to Srisailam in a couple of hours.
Volvo Bus from Hyderabad to Srisailam
Typically the buses on the Hyderabad to Srisailam route are in the non-AC category. The private fleet operated by Josh Bus, Kathyani Travels and Logistics, Sri Krishna Travels, SLNS Travels, Morning Star Travels, outside of the APSRTC fleet, are in non-AC seater category. Also, these buses pick you up from strategic points across Hyderabad and drop you at Yerragonda Palem, from where your destination, Srisailam is about 90 kilometres away. However, there are two APSRTC buses (5962 and 48401) that are AC semi-sleeper departing from Hyderabad around 11:00 pm and bringing you into Yerragonda Palem in 4 hours and 40 minutes. The ride comes for INR 348 per person. In case you have a Volvo from Hyderabad to Srisailam in mind, you can easily book yourself aboard a Morning Star Travels bus which is an AC sleeper, starting from Hyderabad at 10:30 pm and arriving into Yerragonda at 04:30 am. The prices start from INR 750 onward. Hyderabad to Srisailam AC Volvo is not so common as are fleets by Ashok Leyland and other indigenous transporters. And little wonder, a Hyderabad to Srisailam Volvo package cannot be found for the lack of direct connectivity to the said destination. It is best to rely on the APSRTC network to get you from Hyderabad to Yerragonda.
Hyderabad to Srisailam Bus Fare
The bus fare between Hyderabad to Yerragonda is what you need to pay for. For the lack of great frequency on this route, you are advised to complete your booking at least a couple of weeks ahead of your date of journey. An APSRTC bus costs approximately between INR 262 and INR 348. The AC Morning Star Travels bus is pegged at INR 750 and completes the journey from Hyderabad to Yerragonda Palem in about 6 hours. Most of these buses have live tracking making it convenient for you to plan your onward journey. The Hyderabad to Srisailam bus ticket price on SLNS Travels for its non-AC seater bus is INR 890, while aboard Sri Krishna Travels’ non-AC HITECH buses, it is INR 990. The amenities here include charging point and movie screen.
Hyderabad to Srisailam Bus Time Table
Typically, a bus from Hyderabad to Yerragonda Palem departs around 09:45 pm to 11:30 pm. The journey time is between 6 hours to 7 hours and 20 minutes. The Hyderabad to Srisailam bus timings change with the pickup location. For instance, if your pickup is from Beeramguda you have to report to your stop at 09:15 pm and if from Ameerpet or Panjagutta, your pick up will happen between 10:30 pm and 10:45 pm. At Yerragonda Palem, taxis are readily available to take you to Srisailam, taking about 2 hours and 15 minutes. So, by 07:30 am or 08:00 am you will arrive into your hotel of stay in Srisailam.
Hyderabad to Srisailam Bus Route
The Hyderabad to Srisailam by bus can be covered in two parts. First by travelling from Hyderabad to Yerragonda Palem, and then taking a taxi from Yerragonda to Srisailam. If your pickup point in Hyderabad is Punjagutta, then from there you would take the Nagarjuna Sagar Road and further continue on NH565. This is considerably the fastest Hyderabad to Srisailam route and will bring you to Yerragonda Palem in about 5.5 to 6 hours. Disembark at Yerragonda and hail a cab to Srisailam. This is an exhilarating drive as you pass through the Nallamala forest slowly winding your way upwards with the hills of Nallamalai surrounding you on all sides, and the River Krishna gurgling below at its foot. Your cab is going to take the NH765 and cover this 90 kilometres in about 2 hours.
Hyderabad to Srisailam Bus Travel Time
The bus journey from Hyderabad to Yerragonda Palem will take anywhere between 6.5 to 7.5 hours. This is also subject to your pickup location in Hyderabad. Further from Yerragonda it will take you about 2 hours to arrive at your hotel in Srisailam.
Hyderabad to Srisailam Bus Booking
In order to make your Hyderabad to Srisailam bus booking online, login to the Yatra website and open the Bus section.
● Punch in your start destination and then final destination and also enter your date of journey. Click ‘search’.
● You will get a list of operators for your chosen dates, and each of them with their designate departure and arrival timings, the time taken and the number of seats available.
● You also have the choice of narrowing your search some more by selecting the price range and the departure time. This includes the option of selecting a sleeper, seater, semi-seater or all. Another way of getting a more refined search is by entering your preferred boarding and disembarking points as well as the operator name.
● Choose your bus and click on ‘select seat’. Get the seat plan of the bus, this will help you select a seat convenient to you. Further, pick your boarding point from the drop-down, and you will be prompted your expected time of reporting. View the cost of your journey and proceed to the next page.
● Enter the passenger details and head to the payment gateway where you need to enter your card details and confirm the booking. Your e-ticket will be sent to your registered email id.
Restaurants on the Hyderabad to Srisailam Bus Route
All buses including the APSRTC ones taking the Hyderabad to Yerragonda Palem route, take a 15 minute halt around 02:00 am at Mallepalli in Nalgonda. While there is a Durgarao Tiffin Centre in the vicinity, it doesn’t open before 06:00 am. Once in Srisailam, there are several restaurants such as the Trishul Restaurant, Apoorva Restaurant, Kumbakonam Degree Coffee, all serving fresh vegetarian food.
Hotels in Srisailam
Srisailam has many hotels and guesthouses near the main Mallikarjuna temple. Some of the top choices include AP Tourism Hotel - Haritha, Karnataka Guest House, Pathaleswara Sadanam, Akhila Bharata Reddy Satram Mess, Ganga Sadan, Gowri Shankar Sadan to name a few. All these are budget properties, and need to be booked at least two weeks before your date of journey.
Places to Visit in Srisailam
The temple that puts Srisailam on the map, Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy, is a must-visit on a trip to Srisailam. The temple gives off a feel of antiquity, and the devotion of the visiting Shivaite pilgrims in palpable in its air. Proceed to visit the Ista Kameswari Temple, about 16 kilometres off Srisailam in the heart of the Nallamala forest. You need to take a jeep ride to the temple, an area punctuated by gurgling brooks and waterfalls. A rope way ride followed by a boat ride will bring you to Patala Ganga and a walk through a treacherous path among the surrounding hills will bring you to the Akkamahadevi Caves. Bring along a torch for a better view into the 80-foot-deep cave.
Hyderabad to Srisailam Bus FAQs's
Q. Is there a dress code in Srisailam?
A: At the Mallikarjuna Swami Temple, men can wear shirt and pants while women need to wear a traditional attire, either a saree or a salwar kameez. Western attire is no allowed for women. If you are visiting on a special occasion, men need to wear a dhoti or lungi and no shirt, just a stole perhaps. Women need to come clad in a saree only. Around the temple there are shops selling such attire at throwaway prices.
Q. How can I reach Srisailam?
A: Apart from taking a bus from Hyderabad to Yerragonda Palem, and then taking a taxi from Yerragonda to Srisailam, you can take a taxi all the way from Hyderabad to Srisailam. It will be a shorter journey and you can make pit-stops along the way.
Q. Which is the nearest railway station from Srisailam?
A: The Markapur railway station is the nearest railway station from Srisailam at about 80 kilometres from the main town. All important cities of Andhra Pradesh are connected with it via a set of trains like the Kacheguda Express, Amaravathi Express, Howrah Express, Tungabhadra Express to name a few.
Q. Which is the nearest airport from Srisailam?
A: The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, about 200 kilometres away, is the nearest airport. The drive to the airport will take you a little over four hours. The Hyderabad Airport connects the city with the rest of the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata through a range of domestic carriers like SpiceJet, TruJet, IndiGo and Air India. The airport has international connectivity to cities like Chicago, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Dubai, Singapore among others.
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