Situated on a distance of 150 kms from Hyderabad in Nalgonda
District of Andhra Pradesh, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is constructed on
the river Krishna. The place lies to the south east of Hyderabad and
is bounded by other important districts like Medak, Mahabubnagar,
Khammam and Rangareddy.
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is the world's tallest masonry dam which is
built across Krishna River in Nagarjuna Sagar. It is a 1 km long dam
with a height of 124 metres. The construction of the dam was
completed in 1966 with a total expenditure of 1300 crore, and the
dam water was released by Indira Gandhi in 1967. It is one of the
earliest hydro-electric and irrigation projects of India and is
currently serving Nalgonda District, Prakasham District, Khammam
District and Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh by providing water to
the farmers for irrigation. Its hydro electric plant has a power
generation capacity of 815.6 MW with 8 units.
The Nagarjuna Sagar Dam itself is a great attraction. Nagarjuna
Sagar is one of the most popular tourist spot and Buddhist centers
in Andhra Pradesh. The place derived its name from a known Buddhist
scholar Nagarjuna. The Ethipothala waterfalls in Nagarjuna Sagar is
a jubilant of the power and beauty of Nature. Nagarjuna Konda a
unique island museum situated in the midst of the man made Nagarjuna
Sagar. The Sunkishala Temple and Somalingeswaraswamy temple in
Nalgonda district are notable sites and sacred to Hindus.
Nagarjuna Sagar is about 150 kilometres from Hyderabad and the best
way to reach the place is by bus from Hyderabad or Vijaywada. The
nearest Airport is in Hyderabad and the nearest railhead is Macherla
at a distance of 22 km.