Time Required : 2-3 hours
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Timings : Boatride starts at around 10:30 AM
The virgin setting of Akkamahadevi caves around 10 kilometres away from Srisailam in Telangana is a natural wonder. Located right across the perennial Krishna river, the caves are a natural formation that has been in existence for more than a million years. The caves are located amidst the Eastern Ghats which stretches for vast sections of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. With its naturally formed arch at the entrance which stands without any support of any kind, the caves portray an imposing image on the viewer's eyes.
Although the main attraction is the deep-lying Shivalinga inside the extensive maze of pathways, it also is an adventurer's abode. The lingam is a popular religious shrine, dedicated to Lord Shiva and has attracted tourists and pilgrims for centuries. The hills of the Nallamala range across the ghat section are a sight to behold, offering serene, picturesque views of the vista around, en route the Akkamahadevi Caves.
The Krishna river is the sole route available to access the caves, and the small but scenic journey is said to be well worth the effort. Private and public boat operators undertake these short trips from the small piece of habited land, close to Srisailam. Bordered by the towering Nallamala hills on all sides, the pristine Krishna river offers a calm ride which may last up to an hour or so. There are numerous rock-cut natural cave formations in and around the region, but Akkamahadevi Caves is the fascinating sight of them all.
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