It’s been so long I am here….never mind I am back with my travelogue.
Last Saturday, i.e., on Feb 01 once again I had been to SriSailam. But this was altogether a different experience.
With Whom: My colleagues / friends Rabi Chattar, Sunil, Brahmanand (this is one hard pie to get over / will tell you more about him in a separate article), and of course my son, Bunty.
When did we start: Rabi and Sunil came home on 31 Jan, and we woke up at 4:30 in the morning (1st Feb) picked up Brahmanand and rushed off on the road to SriSailam.
What was so exciting: A glimpse of Deer and Sambhar, peacocks, langoors, etc added to our excitement besides the jaunt to Akka MahaDevi Caves.
Any adventures: Yes, indeed. Usually, I would take down the ghat road by 4:30 pm before sunset. But this time, our sojourn to caves delayed our start of return journey, I should say. I was driving in dark through those sharp bends and curves on ghats. Had a sigh of relief once my car had a whoooooooooooooo down the road at the other end connecting us to Hyderabad highway.🙂
Tell me more about the caves:
Well! Once we entered SriSailam, and paid visit to the shrine of Sri Mallikarjuna and Bhramaraambika devi, we came out and had lunch at a hotel nearby. Bunty was not feeling comfortable somehow. But I succeeded in making him smile by getting him the toy basket ball kit he wished for.
Then we moved towards the PatalGanga, climbed down some 600 steps and took the private steamer service (Gangabhavani was what written on that). They charged 200 per adult and 100 per kid. We were only 5 and then by the time we started, they were approx. 30 on the whole.
A 16 kilometer drive on the water with a stretch of mountain throughout will leave you in a magical trance, a 1 hour journey (one-way) is just awesome!!! Once we got down near the caves, a short treck lead us to the foot of the cave. Only one person at a time was allowed inside to have a look of the tiny ‘Siva lingam’. One has to bend low and walk to prevent any bumps on the head and reach up to the actual location of ‘Siva linga’.
On the way, one will find groups of fishermen dwelling on the foot of the mountains. They come early on steamers and stay there till evening fishing, as we were told by the boats-men.
We started at 3 pm and returned by 6 pm just to climb 600 and odd steps up to get into our car, panting.
Quite hard it was for us to move a bit, but me being the sole driver of the group had to rejuvenate myself with just a cup of tea. I was literally suffering from a headache and had no other go except to drive back home as soon as possible.
My friends were quite cooperative. Sunil got me some medicine which relieved me from the kind of suffering. It was nearly 1 am when we reached home.
On the whole, it was an exciting and adventurous trip, a little bit different from the regular SriSailam trip. :))
See you soon with another travelogue as I have decided to capture most of the archaeological pieces I can into my life here on.