Nagarjunasagar is ideal for one-day trips and is the best getaway from Hyderabad.
Nagarjunasagar is basically famous for its 124m high dam and the isolated Nagarjunakonda.
The Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is the second largest dam in the world, built entirely of rock.
Nagarjunakonda is an island located near Nagarjuna Sagar. It is perhaps India's first island-museum.
It was one of India's richest Buddhist sites, known in the ancient times as Sri Parvata. It now lies almost entirely under the Nagarjunasagar Dam.
During the early centuries AD, the site housed more than 30 Buddhist viharas.
An archaeological catastrophe struck in 1960, when the dam was constructed, submerging the original site under the waters of a reservoir. In advance of the flooding, several monuments were then dug up and relocated to the top of Nagarjuna's Hill, where a museum was built in 1966.
The excavated remains of the Buddhist civilisation were reconstructed and preserved at a museum on the Nagarjunakonda island situated in the midst of the man-made Nagarjunasagar Lake.
The site has a 14th-century fort, medieval temples and a museum constructed like a Buddhist vihara. The museum houses a collection of relics of Buddhist culture and art. These include a small tooth and an ear-ring believed to be that of Gautama Buddha. The main stupa of Nagarjunakonda named Mahachaitya is believed to contain the sacred relics of the Buddha. A partly ruined monolithic statue of the Buddha is the main attraction at the museum. It also houses historic finds in the form of tools from Paleolithic and Neolithic times, as well as friezes, coins and jewellery.
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The nearest airport is at Hyderabad at a distance of 150 km from Nagarjunkonda.
Vijayawada airport is situated at a distance of 65 km.
The other nearest train station is at Macherla, 25 km away.
Nagarjunasagar is well connected by road.
Some of the important distances to note are:
Hyderabad (168 km)
Vijayawada (201 km)