This weekend, I visited Somasila Reservoir region, along with the families of colleagues from Innominds team. Somasila Reservoir is located on River Krishna, and is about 200 KMs from Hyderabad, and can take up to 4-hours to get there. Top attractions here are the serene environment (as this place is not yet fully crowded), the chance to get to rent a boat for an exclusive sunrise or sunset cruise if the group is large enough, and be in the lap of nature, and also to score some karma points by visiting many of the local temples
We did an evening cruise using a full-size Riverboat. For a one-hour sunset cruise, it costed us INR 4000, for a group of 12 folks, for a ride of about 75 minutes. It can accommodate lot more. The next day, we did an early morning cruise on a mini boat (for INR 2500, for a ride of about 90 minute including the stop), to get to Sangameswara Temple in the Middle of the Somasila Water Reservoir. We enjoyed every minute of these cruises, as you can see from the below video clips. See Sairam’s explanation of importance of this temple.
Importance of Sangameshwara Temple
We also visited the Sri Lalitha Someswara Swamy Temple, which is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed to have been built during the 7th century. The temple was shifted from old Somasila village to a higher altitude to protect it from being submerged in Krishna water during the construction of the Srisailam Dam. This temple has 12 Shiva Langas, one representing one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.
There is decent accommodation provided via Harita Resorts (which is maintained by the state tourism department, and charges around INR 2400 per room, per night). It’s best to go visit this place during the Monsoons or early winter seasons. We went this weekend, and we could already feel the heat.