Holding immense religious significance, these caves hold a significant religious importance in various ancient texts. The popular ones in this area are Dattatreya Bhilam, Kadalivanam, Palankasari, Akka Mahadevi Bhilam and Umaa Maheshwaram. Since most of these cave temples are reachable via a trek, it attracts not just devotes but adventure enthusiasts as well.
When to go
Although it is accessible throughout the year, the best time to visit the reserve is from October-March when the weather is more conducive to provide favourable conditions for travel.
By Air: Nearest airport is Hyderabad (216 kms) from the reserve.
By Train: Marchelna is the nearest station to the reserve (85 kms). It can also be reached via Hyderabad Station which is connected to all the major metros in the country.
By Road: Srisailam is 190 km. from Kurnool, 220 km. from Guntur, 470 km. from Chennai, and 85 km. from Mannanur.
Accommodation facilities are available in guesthouses and cottages in the reserve itself, near the temples within the sanctuary.
However, there are better options available a little further away at Cottages at Mannanur, Mayuri Guest House at Domalapenta and at APTDC in Srisailam and Dornal starting as low as Rs. 1000 per room per night.
Have some tips or travel-related questions? Visit the community forum to ask questions, get answers, meet other travellers, and share your advice.
You can also check videos and more on Tripoto's YouTube page.