The Nallamala Hills or Nallamala ranges are truly a delight for the nature lovers! Though, Nallamala Ranges are spread across several districts in Andhra Pradesh, each of its place is a wonder to explore. The Nallamalas are part of the Eastern Ghats which offers a lot to explore.
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Some of the important religious places and tourist places are located in Nallamala Hills. Also, most of the ranges is covered in dense jungles which houses rich wildlife. A view of the picturesque Nallamala forest and hills will surely put you into a state of trance.
Breathtaking views of Nallamala ranges can be seen enroute to Srisailam. Almost half stretch of this journey belongs to the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve. It is also common to sight wild animals in some parts of this route.
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According to the studies, Nallamala ranges are formed out of volcanic rocks. Numerous irregular rock formations are found across the ranges. The Bhairava Konda and Gundla Brahmeshwara are the two highest peaks in the Nallamala hills.
Famous Attractions in Nallamala Hills
The Nallamalas are spread across several districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It comprises of numerous tourist places and religious sites.
The holy town of Srisailam is located on top of Nallamala Hills. It is known for Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple which is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples in India. Even the Brahmarambha Temple in Srisailam is considered as one of the Shakti Peethas in India.
Hemareddy Mallamma Temple
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Interestingly, Srisailam is known as the gateway to four different kshetrams (holy places). Tripurantakam, Siddhavatam, Alampur and Umamaheshwaram are said to connect to Srisailam. Among the four, Alampur and Umamaheshwaram are situated in the backdrop of Nallamala Hills.
Alampur is at the confluence of Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers in Mehabubnagar. It is known for Navabrahma Temples and a Shakti Peetha of Jogulamba (a place where Sati's upper teeth fell). These are together listed as 'architectural monuments' of Chalukya dynasty.
Umamaheshwaram is known for Sri Umamaheshwara Temple. It is situated in the Nallamala ranges on the Hyderabad-Srisailam Road. Pertaining to its serene beauty and pleasant climatic conditions, Umamaheshwaram is also called as 'Poor Man's Ooty'. We can see the magic of Nallamala Hills in both these places.
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Cumbum Lake is said to be one of the oldest man-made lakes in Asia. This age-old lake was created in the 15th century. Cumbum Lake is one of the prominent tourist places in the Nallamala hills.
The Nallamala Hills is bordered by two major rivers Krishna and Pennar. The enticing vistas of rivers along with majestic hills looks like a beautiful painting.
Ahobilam is yet another famous place situated at the foothills of Nallamala ranges. Many love to trek through the Nallamala forest to reach the Ugra Stambham in Ahobilam. This holy place is also known as Nava Narasimha Kshetram (nine temples of Narasimha).
Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve mostly comes under the Nallamala hill ranges. It is credited to one of the largest tiger reserves in India. This tiger reserve is spread across five districts and is rich in flora and fauna. Wild animals like Indian leopard, Indian Pangolin, Bengal Tigers, black buck, Chowsingha, Indian Python and King Cobras are found in the jungles of the reserve. One of the best ways to explore these jungles is to go on a tiger safari which is conducted by the forest department.
Overall, Nallamala Hills is a paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. So, if you want to explore the deep jungles, then Nallamala ranges are one among the best eco-tourist spots in South India.