A Trip from Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

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20th Oct 2014

Nagarjuna reservoir!

Photo of A Trip from Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam by Arun

Ethipothala Waterfalls

Photo of A Trip from Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam by Arun

Ethipothala Waterfalls

Photo of A Trip from Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam by Arun

Ethipothala Waterfalls

Photo of A Trip from Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam by Arun

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

Photo of A Trip from Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam by Arun

After a fruitless quest due to the lack of monsoons towards the much-famed Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in July, we stepped forth for another trip to the same from Hyderabad on a late September morning. Starting at 7am and taking the Exit 12 (Bongulur) from Outer Ring Road (ORR), we made swift progress on the highway.

The state highway route along Saidabad and Ibrahimpatnam is a pleasant one as we made rapid progress and reached the dam by 11.30 am including breakfast along the way.

The first sight of the vast reservoir and huge volume of water is a revelation. The dam itself was as usual at its imposing best, but we chose to make way for the waterfalls first before coming back to the dam.

A small boat (most likely a fishing boat) making its way
At Ethipothala waterfalls which is 15 kms further away from the dam, we made a stopover in the significant heat. The waterfalls had not existed in July; but post monsoons there was a sizeable chunk of water this time around. The delicious volume of water fell continually as we gazed at the same and the deep gorge below.

At a height of nearly 20 meters, this multi-tiered falls has a potential of lot more water
subject to heavy rainfalls when the entire gorge might be covered!

There were also comments made by locals of crocodiles basking in the morning sun at Chandravanka river as we had asked around earlier in July; but there was no sight either then nor now (now anyways it would be not possible with the falling cascade of water).

Subsequently we made our way back towards the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. Another bifurcation enroute the dam goes towards a launch point, which is basically a ferry which one can take to go to the nearby island which we chose to skip. The ferry has specific times throughout the day and the one of them goes around 1.30pm.

The gates of the dam itself were closed; however soon after there was a siren sound subsequent to which one of the gates was opened. In the far off distance, it didn't appear like a lot of water flow; but we were able to experience the palpable increase in water current and speed nearer to us.

In the foreground, an incomplete bridge!After a pleasant Coraikal ride (Rs 100 per person), which was the highlight of our visit to the dam, we made our way back.

From other internet bloggers, we read about the not-so-great food at Hotel Haritha and chose to go to a Hotel Siddhartha near the same. The food along with the entire place was quite pleasant and amenable.

Capping off a pleasant trip, we made our way back to Hyderabad entering the city soon after dark.

Things to know-
- Distance from Hyderabad (Gachibowli): 180 kms
- Take exit 12 via Ibrahimpatnam from ORR to hit Nagarjuna Sagar Road
- Beware of monkeys at the waterfalls
- Place to eat near the dam: Hotel Siddhartha  

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I am new to Bangalore and I get really bored during the weekends. This article seems really interesting. Since I know almost nothing about the routes here it would be really helpful if you could please provide me a detailed idea of the Hyderabad to nagarjuna sagar dam route.
Sun 01 10 16, 19:41 · Reply · Report
How come you didn't see the crocodiles during your trip to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam? It's not because of less rains or lack of monsoon. There is a crocodile breeding center at Chandravanka river. In fact, you should have been able to spot minimum 2-3 crocs easily, they are always around.
Sun 01 10 16, 16:06 · Reply · Report
This is by far the best dam sight I have ever seen. I've visited dams in Rajasthan, Punjab and Maharashtra but the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, is definitely one of the largest and well maintained dams in India. Even though it was built more than 50 years ago, the government has maintained the infrastructure in top notch condition.
Sun 01 10 16, 13:31 · Reply · Report
Waiting for your next account as I really liked this one. Not too long and very simple to read and understand. Where are the pictures of the monkeys? It would have been really nice to find some of these apes who you say we should beware of during the nagarjuna sagar trip from Hyderabad.
Sun 01 10 16, 11:46 · Reply · Report
This sounds so interesting. How about the month of December? Can I go during this month? I am a lover of road trips and Hyderabad to nagarjuna sagar dam seems to be perfect for the Christmas off from office. Did you all just go and come back from there?
Sun 01 10 16, 07:41 · Reply · Report
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