Nagarjunasagar Tourism
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Nagarjunasagar Tourism

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  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Guntur
Nagarjuna-sagar, or Vijayapuri, as it was earlier called is a small town located between Guntur and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. The erstwhile name of the town means “the city of victory” while the present name is derived from Acharya Nagarjuna, a Buddhist saint.

The biggest attraction of the place is the Nagarjuna-Sagar dam. The dam, with a height of 124 metres, is the world’s tallest masonry dam. The dam was built in 1969, 14 years after its foundation stone was laid down by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1955. The dam serves the irrigation needs of the region and is also a source of hydro-electricity.

Built on the River Krishna, the project was first called the Nandikonda project, after the name of the town which was located there. However, it was later changed to Nagarjuna-Sagar. The Nandikonda town has been shifted to the erstwhile northern part of Vijayapuri, now called the Hill Colony.

Hill Colony, along with Pylon Colony and Dakshin Vijayapuri are the three settlements of the town of Nagarjuna-Sagar.

Ruled by the Satvahanas and subsequently by the Ikshvaku rulers during ancient times, the town holds special importance for the state of Andhra Pradesh because of its hydro-electric power generation capabilities.

Steam boat rides are available to the dam where the turbines can be seen in action. Apart from the dam, there is the island of Nagarjuna Konda to see here. It is a scenic town on an artificial lake. There is also the Buddhist Museum in Nagarjuna-Konda which houses the various relics of the Buddhist saint, Acharya Nagarjuna, along with other important Buddhist information.

The town of Nagarjuna-Sagar lies very close to Mriyalguda and Machrela, which have the majority of the hotels of the region. The town is also very well connected with the cities of Hyderabad and Guntur through bus services.   

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Smriti Das

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"Attractive tourist spot near by Hyderabad"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nagarjunasagar is one of the most prominent Buddhist Centre is located at a distance of 150 km from Hyderabad. It is also an attractive tourist spot in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana. Recently in the month of July we visited this place. The beauty of Nagarjunasagar Dam side is awesome & it is the world's largest masonry dam is surely the pride of India. At a distance of 14 km from boat launch station there is a small island called Nagarjuna Konda. It is one of India's richest Buddhist sites & historical place. Unfortunately we didn't visit that place on that day due to the high velocity of wind blowing over Nagarjuna Sagar lake made cause to stop the boat riding. How ever, we moved towards a distance of 8 km from the boat launch station and there is a spot "Annupu" which is really beautiful & a must visit place.
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Smriti Das

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"Attractive tourist spot near by Hyderabad"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nagarjunasagar is one of the most prominent Buddhist Centre is located at a distance of 150 km from Hyderabad. It is also an attractive tourist spot in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana. Recently in the month of July we visited this place. The beauty of Nagarjunasagar Dam side is awesome & it is the world's largest masonry dam is surely the pride of India. At a distance of 14 km from boat launch station there is a small island called Nagarjuna Konda. It is one of India's richest Buddhist sites & historical place. Unfortunately we didn't visit that place on that day due to the high velocity of wind over Nagarjuna Sagar lake made cause to stop the boat riding. How ever, we moved towards a distance of 8 km from the boat launch station and there is a beautiful spot Annupu which is really a beautiful must visit place.
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Umesh Agarwal

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"Nagarjunasagar Dam, a must go place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
Must see place. Boat ride inside the dam was fantastic. Very tall and wide dam. Nice view of the various hills during the boat ride through the dam. Situated about 152 kms from hyderabad, the best time to visit this place is during monsoons when the gates are open and the water cascades through.
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Deepa Chandran

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"Excellent Sightseeing opportunity and the boat ride was superb"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 26, 2015
Recently we visited Nagarjuna Sagar along with family. It was a memorable experience. We have driven in our own car. It is very beautiful place to see. Dam site has great look. Unfortunately dam gates were not open as we are not having enough rains in this part of the world!. Had it been rainy season, flood gates would have been open, and experience would have been more exciting and thrilling. But we cant help. Dont miss the boat ride to Nagarjuna Konda. Boat ride is for 45 mts one way. But the experience is superb. Gentle breeze, wow! And the boat ride through the gaps between hills is really a memorable one. You will have to be careful in the ride and watchful as some folks simply get up and run to get a better view while the boat is on the move as if they are walking on a road!. In Nagarjunakonda you will get to see the Archaeological museum. They wont allow you to take photographs inside. But it is a great experience. You have to ensure to catch the return boat as the only means of travel to Nagrjunakonda is by boat. Better to carry your own snacks etc as there are not many shops. Just few folks will be selling cold drinks and snacks there. You can see ancient Budhist sculptures here. Overall it is a nice experience.
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Aanchal Khemka

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"Average Experience"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2015
We visited Nagarjuna dam on 17th November 2014. Its about 3 hours drive from Hyderabad city. The place is quiet and calm however there is nothing much to do. Its better to go when its raining or when dam is open otherwise. It's more of a long drive. There are not many places you find to eat food. So its better if you carry food along. The view is very beautiful and it's more of an one day trip. Boat rides is possible only if you reach on time. Else you'll have to wait until the boat gets filled.
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"A safe spot to have fun"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 10, 2014
We went for adventure trip through our car, we just took the village road and had our stop near the fields and reached there. We had bath in reservoir, had boating, went to water falls, swam there and had fun near najarjuna konda. Every time we found some water we just jumped into it but it was a safe place.
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"Memorable Experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2013
Had a great time and one of the memorable experience, relaxing weekend and good refreshment from stress full days. Joy ride trip to have fun most of the people might think we might get lost if we don't have proper guide but that't not true, I have been just with a tab as my navigator and didn't loose a single time.
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Rajesh Reddy

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"Nagarjunsagar-Short Holiday over Weekends"

  • Posted May 29, 2013
Its a good place to visit for a short holiday over weekend. Very near to Hyderabad. Nice quiet place. Not costly. Good for Budget. Has nice tourists spots for sight-seeing.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sight-Seeing places: Nagarjunakonda Museum, Nagarjunasagar Dam, SagarMatha Church and Ethipothala Water Falls.

Activities & things to do: Can enjoy the Boat ride at Nagarjunakonda.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Easy to reach from Hyderabad.
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"Weekend trip to Nagarjunasagar"

  • Posted Apr 4, 2013
Good place to visit for shorter duration if you are planning for weekend holiday trip from Hyderabad or with in 200 KM radius from Nagarjunasagar.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is not bad and for the sight-seeing you have nice places to visit as mentioned below.
1. Nagarjuna Konda
2. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
3. Ethiothala. etc.,

Activities & things to do: If you are planning for 2 days then you can cover all the places near to Nagarajunasagar.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We have used our own transport for our visit from Hyderabad. You can choose APSRTC/APTDC buses from Hyderabad.
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Suresh babu Jangala

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"Trip to sagar"

  • Posted Mar 29, 2013
It it is a very good destination as it has history combined with leisure for the families and children.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: food is average in quality and spread. Sight seeing is good and hardly anything for shopping.

Activities & things to do: The park should provide more attractive things for the kids

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reach by evening and spend the night have morning trip to Nagarjuna konda. It should be a two day weekend trip.
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