There are countless natural caves and caverns of over million years old scattered across the Nallamalai Hill ranges. Some of these caves are very popular and have played a key role in the significance of Srisailam. One such cave among them is the Akkamahadevi Caves. These are naturally formed caves located just above the upstream flow of River Krishna and at a distance of about 10 km from Srisailam.
It is believed that in 12th Century A.D., there was a famous ascetic lyricist and philosopher named Akkamahadevi from Karnataka who spent few years in these caves doing penance. She worshipped the Sivalinga that was naturally formed in the deep end of the cave and hence the cave was named as Akkamahadevi Caves.
Srisailam was renowned for the Yogic arts like alchemy and it is believed that these caves were the abode of Siddhas who used to practice such secret yogic arts.
These huge caves which are of about 250 meters deep on the right side and 150 meters on the left side and having natural rocky structures keep the visitor mesmerized. Rough images of Kapala Bhairava, Veerabhadra, Mahishasuramardhini and many others can be found at the entrance of the caves.
The Rock Arch: These caves are gifted with a natural Rock Arch which is positioned magnificently without any support. The atmosphere of the caves and the journey through River Krishna from Srisailam offer a mesmerizing experience to the devotees. People, especially from Karnataka and Maharastra never miss a visit to these caves during their pilgrimage to Srisialam, particularly during Ugadi the Telugu New Year day.
Akka Mahadevi Caves Timings: 9:30 AM to 6.00 pm.
Akka Mahadevi Caves Srisailam Boat ride Fee:
For Adult: Rs 350.00
For Adult: Rs 250.00
Akka Mahadevi Caves Address:
Akka Mahadevi Caves,
Andhra Pradesh – 518102.