#5 of 19 Places to Visit in Srisailam
Distance (From Srisailam): 8 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: Sakshi Ganapthy Temple (5 kms), Hatekeswaram (3.5 Kms), Phaladhara & Panchadhara (3.5 Kms) are on the way to Sikharam and can be visited together.
At a distance of 8 km from Srisailam Mallikarjun Temple & 12 km from Srisailam Dam, Sikharam is the highest point of Srisailam Hills at an altitude of 2830 feet above sea level. The Skanda Purana proclaims that a mere glance of this Sikharam frees the human soul from the fitters of rebirth. In ancient days people used to come to Srisailam on foot and those who unable to reach the shrine returned back by seeing this peak. It is one of the top places to visit in Srisailam and is about 3 km from the road between Srisailam Temple and Srisailam Dam.
The Sikhareswaram Temple located here is an ancient stone structure consisting of Garbhagriha, Antaralaya and 16 pillared Mukhamanda. The deity here is named as Veera Sankara Swamy and locally popularized as Sikhareswara Swamy. Historically the Reddy Kings have constructed a flight of steps to this temple in the year 1398 AD and also a tank (Pushkarini) at this place. This place gives a panoramic view of the entire temple complex of Srisailam including the meandering river Krishna.
A tough climb through 150 well laid stone steps takes visitors to this temple. There is another entrance at southern side little ahead of the main entrance which has just 30 steps.
Timings: 6 AM to 3:30 PM & 5 PM to 8:30 PM