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Somasila, Telangana Overview

Somasila is a temple town in Telangana that has recently been developed as an eco-tourism project. Well-known for its 7th Century Lalitha Someswara Swamy Temple, the village is home to 15 Shiva temples. Home to a number of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Krishna River as well as natural beauty, the village often serves as a weekend getaway destination from Hyderabad.

By the banks of the auspicious river Krishna, pilgrims flock to Somasila in plenty, especially for purifying Pushkar Snanams. It is also a common picnic spot in this area. One of the most prominent temples here is the Sri Lalitha Someswara Swamy Temple which dates back to the 7th century. The temple attracts a major influx of pilgrims during the festival of Mahashivaratri as well as Karthika Pournami which is celebrated every 12 years. It is considered auspicious to take a dip in the river during this occasion. Some other temples to visit include the Venkateswara Swamy Temple, Veerabrahmendra Swamy Temple and Sangameswara Temple. The latter, situated in the middle of the Somasila Reservoir, is usually submerged for the most part of the year, apart from April and May. 

Tourists can also visit temples outside the village like the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple and Madhava Swamy Temple. The banks of the Krishna River are wonderful for a picnic and also for enjoying views of the surrounding natural beauty. Moreover, the reservoir actually offers the facility to go boating as does the river. One can also visit the museum here which is known for its displays of sculptures, idols of Gods and other historical artefacts. Telangana Tourism has also established a few cottages around the river which offer not only accommodation but also lovely views of the valley.

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Shiva Temples are the main attractions of Somasila. Here are a few temples that you must not miss when here.
  • Lalitha Someswara Swamy Temple - The main 7th century Shiva temple in Somasila.
  • Venkateswara Swamy Temple 
  • Veerabrahmendra Swamy Temple
  • Sangameswara Temple - This temple has been built in the middle of the Somasila Reservoir. One can visit this temple during April-May only, when the water level is low. During other seasons, the temple remains submerged.
Boating facilities at Somasila Reservoir have recently been inaugurated and are operational. A museum displaying idols of Gods, sculptures, and more may also be an interesting place to visit.

How to Reach Somasila

  • Air: The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi Hyderabad International Airport.
  • Rail: The closest railway station is at Jadcherla, about 95 km away.
  • Road: Somasila is well-connected by road to from Pebber or Wanaparthy, both around 60km away.

Temples to Visit Outside Somasila

To extend your religio-cultural experience, you may also choose to visit these temples around Somasila:
  • Sri Jogulamba Bala Brahmeswara Swamy Temple, Alampur
  • Group of Temples at Jetprole
  • Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Singotam
  • Madhava Swamy Temple, Kollapur

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