Nagarjunasagar

This sedate town of Nagarjunakonda, more renowned as Nagarjunasagar, is situated at a distance of around 160 Km from the capital city, Hyderabad. The town nestling amidst picturesque natural surroundings that make a visit to Nagarjunasagar a real treat. It was called Vijayapuri (City of Victory) in bygone era. The town became famous after the tallest masonry dam in the world Nagarjunasagar Dam was built here. Most of the tourist who come here is to get a good look of this magnificent engineering marvel. With the dam, came into being one of the largest man made lake in the world. There were many villages in the area where the lake is now. They were all relocated to nearby areas. If the dam was not built, probably we would have visited Nagarjunasagar for some wonderful Buddhist sites. One of the largest Buddhist settlement in south India was excavated in Nagarjunasagar. Some of the many images and arts found there were reinstalled in a museum on an island situated in the middle of the lake. This show that Nagarjunasagar was once an important Buddhist center.

Places of interest

Nagarjunasagar Dam : Nagarjunasagar is famous today largely because of Nagarjunasagar Dam. It is the tallest masonry dam in the world. Standing at a height of 124 m, it holds 11,472 million cubic meters of water. The structure is so huge and grand that you will not be able to take off your eyes once you get a glimpse of it. It was one of the earliest irrigation projects started in India and is truly an engineering wonder. The foundation stone for the Dam was laid in the year 1955. Nagarjunasagar Dam runs across River Krishna, it provides water for irrigation to all the nearby areas. By the construction of this Dam, another marvel was created in the form of one of the largest man made lake in the world. Many nearby areas were submerged in the water that were of historical importance. Numerous Buddhist sites were found in the area. Around 30 monasteries, Buddhist art works and monuments were excavated here. Some of them were shifted to Nagarjuna Hill that is now situated in the middles of the lake and some of them were taken to the mainland.

    
Srisailam Wildlife Reserve  :Lying in the catchment area of River Krishna and covering an area of 3568 sq Km, Srisailam Wildlife Reserve is the largest tiger reserve in India and is the largest wildlife habitation in the country. The sanctuary spreads into five districts Nalgonda, Guntur, Prakasam, Kurnool, and Mahaboobnagar. The wildlife park was recognized as a tiger reserve in the year 1983 and was renamed as Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. The main attractions of the sanctuary are tigers, leopard, black buck, sambar, python, chinkara and many more. The best time to visit Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary is between March and July, just before the monsoon starts. There are few rest houses on the outskirts of the park where you can stay. Macherla is just 25 Km from the here which makes the park easily accessible.
    
Ethipothala Waterfall  : Ethipothala Waterfalls is among the rising tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh. Apart form the locales, it was not very famous among outside people till recently. But now it is frequently visited by foreigners. Nestling amid lush green surroundings, Ethipothala Waterfall is situated around 11 Km from Nagarjunasagar. The 70 feet waterfall cascading from Chandravanka hills is close to many Buddhist sites which attracts more people to this region. The stream of water joins a lagoon nearby. This site is used for breeding of crocodiles and you can easily site a crocodile just lying on the banks. Ethipothala Waterfall is also a great place for mild trekking and camping along with refreshing nature sightseeing