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NAGARJUNA SAGAR (LAKE / BACKWATERS & NATURE) - TRAVEL GUIDE

Nagarjuna Sagar, located at a distance of 165 Kms from Hyderabad in Nalgonda district, is one of the most prominent Buddhist centers in India.

Known in ancient days as Vijayapuri, Nagarjuna Sagar takes its present name from Nagarjuna, one of the most revered Buddhist monks lived in 2nd century AD. It is also a place of immense archaeological significance & excavations revealed this place as a center for the propagation of Buddhist teachings in South India during 3rd century AD.

One of the early river valley civilizations took birth here. Enthused by the peaceful environs of this place, Buddhists made this land a great hub of learning, setting up one of the four major Viharas here. Further down in history, one of the first Hindu kingdoms of South India, Ikshvakus made this city their capital. Today known as Nagarjuna Sagar, this holy land now boasts one of the world's tallest dams.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam was completed in 1966 with a height of 124 meters and a length of over 1450 meters with 26 crest gates. The lake created by the dam is the third largest manmade lake in the world. There is a viewpoint at a distance of 4 Kms from the dam that offers a panoramic view of the amazing landscape.

Nagarjuna Konda, where the ancient Buddhist excavations are found is in middle of the waters of Nagarjuna Sagar and can be reached by a boat.

AP tourism operates a wonderful cottage on the banks of Sagar lake, called Vijaya Vihar.

Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day
Base Station: Nagarjuna Sagar
Nearest City: Hyderabad (165 Kms)
Best Time to Visit: September to January
Peak Season: September to December
State: Andhra Pradesh
District: Nalgonda
Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 08680
Languages Spoken: Telugu, English,Hindi
Temperature: Summer: Maximum - 41C & Minimum - 22C
Winter: Maximum - 30C & Minimum - 15C
Major Festivals: Lumbini Festival (Dec)
Notes/Tips:
Best time to visit Nagarjuna sagar is when the dam gates are open during peak monsoon season. The time varies, but usally occurs in the month of Sep/Oct. Stay in the APTDC Haritha Vijay Vihar Resort is a pleasant experience.

Can start the trip early in the morning from Hyderabad and can come back by same night.
By Air
Nearest Airport: Hyderabad - Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (165 Kms)
Direct Flights to Hyderabad
From Dist (Kms) Freq Duration
Chennai596NANA
Vijayawada254NANA
Vizag572NANA
Tirupati525NANA
Rajahmundry350NANA
Bangalore545NANA
Coimbatore810NANA
New Delhi1441NANA
Mumbai710NANA
By Train
Nearest Train Station: Nalgonda Railway Station (65 Kms)
Hyderabad - Nampally Railway Station (165 Kms)
Direct Trains to Nalgonda
FromDist (Kms)FreqDuration
Vijayawada2004/Day2 Hrs 30 Mins
Vizag5533/Day10 Hrs
Tirupati5513/Day10 Hrs
Guntur17011/Day3 Hrs
Chennai5961/Day10 Hrs
Coimbatore10231/Day18 Hrs
Kochi12262/Day23 Hrs
Chittoor6201/Day11 Hrs
Direct Trains to Hyderabad
FromDist (Kms)FreqDuration
Chennai5962/Day13 Hrs
Warangal15022/Day7 Hrs
Vijayawada25424/Day6 Hrs
Vizag5728/Day12 Hrs
Tirupati5258/Day12 Hrs
Kurnool2106/Day7 Hrs
Rajahmundry3508/Day8 Hrs
Bangalore5452/Day11 Hrs
Coimbatore8101/Day21 Hrs
Kochi9681/Day25 Hrs
Trivandrum11601/Day30 Hrs
New Delhi14411/Day31 Hrs
Mumbai7102/Day14 Hrs
Gadag6152/Day11 Hrs
By Bus
Nearest Bus Station: Nagarjuna Sagar Bus Station (0 Kms)
Direct Buses to Nagarjuna Sagar
From Dist (Kms) Freq Duration
Hyderabad165NANA
Vijayawada178NANA
Warangal286NANA
Kurnool271NANA
Guntur146NANA
Nalgonda100NANA
Distance Chart
From Distance (Kms)
Hyderabad165
Vijayawada178
Vizag560
Warangal286
Kurnool271
Tirupati431
Guntur146
Nalgonda100
Bangalore623
Chennai473
Kochi1065
Mumbai857
Coimbatore876
Madurai829
Trivandrum1093
8 ACTIVITIES & PLACES OF INTEREST IN & AROUND NAGARJUNA SAGAR
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam (Lake / Backwaters & Nature)

At a distance of 3 Kms from Nagarjuna Sagar Bus Station, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is built across Krishna River. It is the world's tallest masonry dam with a height of 124 meters and a length of over 1 km with 26 crest gates. Completed in 1966, the lake created by the dam is the third largest manmade lake in the world.

It is one of the earliest irrigation and hydro-electric projects in India.....

Nagarjuna Konda (Historical)

At a distance of 23 Kms from Nagarjuna Sagar Bus Station & 14 Kms from Boat Launch Station, Nagarjuna Konda is a small island in Nagarjuna Sagar Lake which houses the excavated remains of the Buddhist civilization of 2nd century.

Discovered in 1926, the remains of the Buddhist settlements and university are preserved in the museum on Nagarjuna Konda. There are many structures of those ancient days still remain scattered on the island.....

Anupu (Historical)

At a distance of 17 Kms from Nagarjuna Sagar Bus Station & 8 Kms from Boat Launch Station, Anupu is a site of Buddhist excavations reconstructed to perfection with extreme care and great effort. During the construction of the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, the ruins of an ancient Buddhist university were excavated along with several monasteries. These ruins are collected and few structures are reconstructed at Anupu.....

Ethipothala Falls (Waterfall)

At a distance of 14 Kms from Nagarjuna Sagar & 176 Kms from Hyderabad, Ethipothala waterfalls are striking falls on River Chandra Vanka (a tributary of River Krishna), down the waters of the Dam.

With an elevation of about 70 feet, the water flows down from Chandravanka Mountains. The falls are located in a beautiful locality surrounded by greenery all the sides. It is possible to climb down to get close to the falls and bath in the waters of the pool at bottom.....

At a distance of 55 Kms from Nagarjuna Sagar (on SH1 after Macherla), Laxmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple is a famous 13th century temple dedicate to Sri Venkateswaram (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) located in Karampudi village of Guntur district.

This historical temple was built by king Brahmanayudu of Palnadu. The main gopuram is 60 feet tall with several carvings.

Weapons used during the Palnadu war are carefully preserved here.....

At a distance of 60 Kms Nagajuna Sagar, 30 Kms from Srisailam and 140 Kms from Hyderabad, the Nagarjuna Sagar - Srisailam Sanctuary (or Srisailam Sanctuary) is the largest tiger reserve in the country, spread across 3568 Sq. Kms. It is spread between Nagarjuna Sagar reservoir & Srisailam reservoir. It was declared a sanctuary in 1973 and was incorporated under Project Tiger a decade later.....

Distance (From Nagarjuna Sagar): 60 Kms
Trip Duration (From Nagarjuna Sagar - Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
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Amaravathi, Near Vijayawada (Historical & Pilgrimage)

At a distance of 40 Kms from Vijayawada, 33 Kms from Guntur, 105 Kms from Nagarjuna Sagar & 253 Kms from Hyderabad, Amaravati, on the banks of River Krishna, is the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center.

It is best known for the Great Stupa or Maha Chaitya, believed to have been 32m height and 32m diameter, larger than the one at Sanchi (Bhopal). The origins of the stupa go back to the 2nd / 3rd century BC, the reign of Ashoka. The Stupa is partly reconstructed on the same site.....

Distance (From Nagarjuna Sagar): 104 Kms
Trip Duration (From Nagarjuna Sagar - Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
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Srisailam (Lake / Backwaters & Nature & Pilgrimage)

Srisailam is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of Lord Shiva in India, and it's one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Srisailam, also known as Sriparvata is situated in the Rishabgiri Hills on the banks of River Krishna in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, at a distance of 215 Kms from Hyderabad and 180 Kms from Kurnool.....

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