Lake / Backwaters
#4 of 19 Places to Visit in Srisailam
Distance (From Srisailam Bus Station): 1 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours
Place Location: Near Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple
Transportation Options: Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 1 km from Srisailam Mallikarjuna Temple, Pathala Ganga is the sacred place in the backwaters of River Krishna. This is the place where devotees can have a holy dip in the river Krishna. Steps and iron chains are provided for the devotees to hold onto to protect themselves from the strong force of the river. From this place you can get a glimpse of wide reservoir and the magnificent mountains spread with the lush green Nallamala Forest. It is one of the popular Srisailam places to visit for best views of River Krishna. It is geographically located behind Srisailam Dam and the flood gates can be seen from here. Pathala Ganga is also the boating center for pleasure rides and trips to Akkamahadevi Caves.
Several pilgrims take bath in River Krishna at Pathala Ganga before visiting the deity of Srisailam Temple. Around 500 steps from the Hanuman Temple (Haritha Hotel) need to be trekked down to reach Pathala Ganga. A rope way is operated from Haritha Hotel (Rope way center) to reach Pathala Ganga. Taking the rope way is unique experience with breathtaking views of the backwaters of Srisailam Dam and the surrounding hills. The stepped pathway to Pathala Ganga was constructed by Reddy King Prolaya Vema Reddy in 14th century.
Rope way Timings: 6 AM to 5: 30 PM. Cost: Adult - Rs. 50/- (two ways), Child - Rs. 35/- (two ways).
Boating is also available at Pathala Ganga and the duration is usually around 20 minutes. Boating here is a pleasant experience. Speed boats are also available (duration - 5 minutes). Cost: Adult - Rs. 50/-, Child - Rs. 35/-.
Boating Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM.
Tickets to visit Akka Mahadevi Caves can be obtained at boating point of Pathala Ganga.