Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

  • Destination: Nagarjuna Sagar

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is about 150 kilometres from Hyderabad. It is built across the Krishna river on a height of 124 meters, a length of 1 kilometre, and holding back 11,742 million cubic litres of water and is known to be the tallest and biggest masonry dam in the world. It is the third biggest manmade lake in the world supplying water for ten lack acres of land for irrigation purpose in Krishna, Nalgonda, Prakasham, Guntur and Khammam districts. Just because of the dam, Andhra Pradesh is called as “Rice Bowl of India”. Now it is also supplying Drinking water for the people of Hyderabad as well as to the districts around the dam.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India had laid the foundation stone of the project in the year 1956 and project was completed by the year 1968, dam started its work from the year 1972 after the crest gates were fit in. The dam was constructed using stone and a separate cement factory was laid near Macherla for the usage of dam, the stone required for the dam are supplied from the quarries in Sunkesula, whereas Halia river and Rayavaram stream are used for providing sand to the dam. Almost 70,000 workers participated for the construction of dam and nearly 13000 crores are spent including the maintenance up until 2005.

There are some other tourist attractions near to the dam that includes Tiger Sanctuary spread across 35000 square kilometres covering five districts, Ethipothala Waterfalls a perfect picnic spot about 11kilometres from sagar, Nagarjunakond is an island in the lake formed by Acharya Nagarjuna while spreading news about Buddha, Anupu is an ancient Buddhist and it is 8 kilometres from sagar this was found while excavations and made this place as world famous tourist place.

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