In front of the serene Patala Ganga Guest house, you will find the Ropeway Station which takes you down to Patala Ganga, where You can take up boating in the dam hold up area of the river, or take a holy dip in the fresh waters of the holy river Krishna or taking a long trip to Akkamahadevi caves which is scheduled to take 3-4 hrs. This is all about 1500m of hill climb down before you hit the boating station from the ropeway station and this experience lasts for about 4 – 5 minutes.
Akka Mahadevi Caves
Srisailam is home to many adventurous caves, which are formed naturally , many of which date back to pre-historic times. The Nallamalai hill ranges give scope for such beautifully formed natural caves, one among those prominent ones is the famous Akkamahadevi Caves. Although the history of these caves dates back long, the present name and the aura is in persistence because of a famous women embodiment, Akkamahadevi.
The Devasthanam has developed Rudraksha vanam ( Rudra Gardens) in an area of 6 acres at the northern side of temple and from which most beautiful scenery view of River Krishna can be seen. A monolithic Statue of God Rudra is placed here. In this park landscaping, embedding of flower plants has been taken up.
Phaladhara Pancha Dhara
This most beautiful scene spot in surroundings of Srisailam is located about 4 Km from the main temple. Tradition records that Bhagavan Adisankara performed Tapasya at this place and composed the famous Sivanandalahari here. His Holiness Kanchi Paramacharya confirmed this and marble statues of Sarada Devi and Sankaracharya installed here to which, pujas are offered daily.
The Srisailam Dam is marvelous peace of civil engineering and is a dam constructed across the Krishna River in the border of Mahabubnagar District, Telangana (Left bank) and Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh (Right bank) in India and is the 3rd largest capacity hydroelectric project in the country.
The dam was constructed in a deep gorge in the Nallamala Hills in between Mahabubnagar and Kurnool districts, 300 m above sea level. It is 512 m long, 269.748 metres high and has 12 radial crest gates. It has a reservoir of 800 square kilometres. Project has an estimated live capacity to hold 178.74 billion cubic feet. The left bank power station houses 6 × 150 megawatts reversible turbines and the right bank contains 7 × 110 megawatts turbine generators.
The Srisailam project began in 1960, initially as a power project, across the Krishna, near Srisailam. After several delays, the main dam was finally completed twenty years later in 1980 July 26. In the meantime the project was converted into a multipurpose facility with a generating capacity of 770 megawatts in first phase and another 900 megawatts in second phase.