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Nagarjunasagar is a beautiful site that is rich in both man-made and natural beauty dripping down the green surroundings. The town is located in the Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh and is famous for the world’s tallest masonry dam known as the Nagarjunasagar dam. The dam is built over the Krishna river and is the major tourist landmark of the town.

The dam has a capacity of irrigating around 10 acres of land and is an architectural marvel. The town is quite popular for numerous reasons and Buddhist civilization is one of them which is named after a Buddhist saint and scholar Acharya Nagarjuna. It is blessed with the scenic beauty of nature and the influence of Buddhism which makes it a great destination for tourists.

Places to Visit in Nagarjunasagar

Ethipothala Waterfall. A spot enriched with beauty and magnificence; Ethipothala Waterfall is a favourite among the visitors. The wonderful mainstream has three different river streams - Nakku Vagu, Chandravanka Vagu, and Tummala Vagu merging together. Alongside this, one can adore the crocodile breeding center over here with stunning sights.

Nagarjunasagar Dam. The world’s largest dam encircled with 26 gates that are 14m in height and 13m in width, the Nagarjunasagar Dam is sited in Nalgonda district. The dam is 150m tall and 16 km in length and is one of the most-visited tourist places of this region. Surrounded by lush green forests, the site is famous for its incredible architecture.

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Nagarjunasagar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is an iconic spot for nature lovers, sited in Srisailam and also known as the Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Sanctuary. Spread in an area of around 3,568km; the massive area covers many districts like Kurnool, Prakasam, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, and Guntur. Travellers can also find guesthouses, temples, and cottages within this sanctuary. Read more

Nagarjunakonda Museum. The museum embraces a man-made lake named Nagarjunakonda, sited on an island of Nagarjunakonda. In the Buddhist museum, one can also admire the collection of Buddhist structures and sculptures.

Things to do in Nagarjunasagar

Shopping at Kaman Bazaar.  The Kaman Bazar in Nagarjunasagar is popular for clothing and accessory shopping. You can find different types of jewellery that are designed here. 

Dhamma Nagarjuna. It is a meditation center where people can perform several dhyana and yoga asanas for mind, body, and soul rejuvenation. It was established by the chief abbot of Nalanda University. Dhamma Nagajjuna consists of the famous Vipassana Meditation Centre that teaches the Buddhism way of living. 

Events and Festivals in and Around Nagarjunasagar

Longest Winter Fest. The authorities of the Ramoji Film Festival keep coming up with different ideas to keep us hooked on them and entertained. Witness another extravaganza, the Longest Winter Fest with your family. Read more

Lumbini Festival. This festival is celebrated to revive the heritage of Buddhism. The  Nagararjunsagar town turns into a colourful and peaceful extravaganza. This soul-rejuvenating festival runs for three days. Read more

Tirupati Festival. Tirupati is a famous and significant temple in Andhra Pradesh which is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. Read more

Best Time to Visit Nagarjunasagar

September to January is the best time to visit Nagarjunasagar; a peak time for the sightseers. The weather also is quite pleasant at this time. In a nutshell, you can enjoy this place to your heart's content if you visit Nagarjunasagar any time between these months. 

How to Reach Nagarjunasagar?

Air. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, which is well connected to all the metro cities in India, is the nearest airport to reach Nagarjunasagar. The distance from the airport to Nagarjunasagar is around 155 kilometers so you will need another 3 hours to reach this beautiful town. There are several private and public bus services run towards Nagarjunasagar. 

Rail. Macherla Railway Station is the nearest railway station which is located at a distance of  24 kilometers from Naragarjunasagar. Administered under Guntur Railway Station, it is well-connected to other major cities of Andhra Pradesh. If you are traveling from any other major cities in India, you need to reach Hyderabad Railway Station first. From there, you can take Narsapur Express train towards Narsarpur, after a few seconds of a walk, you can take Guntur - Macherla passenger train towards Macherla Railway Station.

Road. The Nagarjunasagar town is well-connected with other neighbouring regions such as Hyderabad, Mohanboobnagar and Nalgonda. There are frequent bus and cab services available towards Nagarjunasagar. You can drive on your own too, to reach this scenic beauty. 

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