The trip to srisailam was always a jinx to me. whenever my parents or family members planned to visit, some or the other thing would happen and I wasn’t able to make go for it. My parents visited it many times, my sisters visited it couple of time and I, none. People say “God calls you when time comes” and mine haven’t come yet. And the call came in a jiff. It was yet again in the cafeteria that the plan came into action. After checking with all our friends, only 4 of them (including myself) agreed for it but Shivaraj opted out at last minute due to some personal work. It was 3-day trip covering places en route to srisailam such as Yaganti, Nandyal, Mahanadi etc. Below is the route map planned for Day-1.
We decided move forward even though we were only 3 in number, and as planned, started our journey on early morning of September 25, 2015. We drove for nearly 2-3 hours and stopped nearby outskrits of Anantpur for breakfast. After a quick breakfast, we were back on the highway. We missed to take one turn which made us take other route i.e. via Dhone to reach Yaganti. We reached Yaganti well ahead of schedule, around 11.30 AM. We decided to get into holy pond and refresh ourselves from the scotching heat. After the bath, we headed towards the temple. One interesting thing about the temple is its “Nandi” which grows 1 inch every 10 years. There is another temple of Lord Venkateshwara inside the hills which has a small opening between two massive hills.
We left Yaganti around 1.30 PM and headed toward Ravalkonda. It’s the place where Veera Brahmendra Swamy wrote “KALAGNANAM”, a book of prophesies which predicted the arrival of Kalki in the form of Sri Veera Bhoga Vasantha Rayulu. Most of His predictions have exactly happened such as Collapse of W.T.C. towers, Birth of M.K.Gandhi in North India, Ruling of India by other countries, Introduction of people’s rule(Democracy) etc. Way to go inside is a steep down way where in you will find tunnels to reach Mahanandi, Srisailam etc.
By the time we came out of the temple, we were damn hungry. We stopped at nearby village to have our lunch and resumed our journey. On the way to Nandyal, we visited Chowdeshwari Temple. Weather along with the lush green paddy fields were breezing through our windows, that’s when we stopped at one point and captured few moments from there.
We reached Nandyal around 6 PM in the evening and stayed at Hotel Shobha where the reservations were already made by Mahesh. We got freshened up and decided to stroll around and have some snacks. We walked around for a bit and sat down at a place discussing personal matters. It was around 8.30 PM when we went to nearby restaurant and had our diner. Harsha and Mahesh were tired as they drove the car and went to many places. They both needed rest as they have to drive tomorrow again so they both stayed in one room where as I stayed in another. The plan for tomorrow was discussed again and we all went to sleep. That’s how the day-1 of the trip concluded at Nandyal.