Cruise along in cool blue waters of Nagarjuna Sagar

A trip to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is a must if you enjoy boat trip in a soothing water body while soaking in nature’s beauty

By Author  |  Published: 1st Dec 2019  12:27 amUpdated: 30th Nov 2019  6:36 pm

Planning to escape from the bustling city streets to a languid river looking for a refreshing break to connect and spend quality time with your family? Then, there is nothing more pleasing than enjoying the best boating tour in the State. A trip to Nagarjuna Sagar is one of the go-to places for boating where you can wade along the soothing water body, soak in the beauty of nature and feel lost in the flowing waters on a modern and comfortable cruise.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is one of the popular weekend getaways and draws thousands of tourists when the dam gates are opened. The boating in Nagarjuna Sagar is magic in itself as it is home to unique experiences of beautiful landscape and strikingly scenic of water body.

It is a masonry dam across the Krishna River. The dam provides irrigation water to the Nalgonda, Suryapet, Krishna, Khammam, West Godavari, Guntur, Prakasam and other parts along with generation of hydroelectricity.

The boating in Nagarjuna Sagar is a fun-filled experience where one can have thrill, excitement and adventure. It is a perfect way to spend your holiday on the backwaters of Nagarjuna Sagar dam. An enthralling tourist gateway owing to the large reservoir, when the gates are open a panoramic view of the dam is sure to leave the tourists spellbound.

The boating facilities offered by Telangana Tourism Department added a distinct charm to the pristine waters of the dam. The boating facility comes at an affordable cost and is an ideal destination for corporate trips and short picnics involving friends and family.

The cruise proceeds along some exotic locations of Nallamalla forest, offering a way to savour your holiday. The cruise which takes one into the deep waters is a memorable experience. It is operated by means of modern boats with good facilities for seating and safe railings for a perfect view of the surroundings.

Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) operates Road-cum-River Cruise Tour package in River Krishna from Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar, Srisailam, and back to Hyderabad, including river cruise between Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam along with bus transportation, food and accommodation at Rs 2,999 for adults and Rs 2,399 for children.

The tour package will be available on regular weekends, and on other days tourists can opt for bulk group bookings. The tour packages will last for two days, with departure from Hyderabad at 7:30 a.m. on the first day and arrival in Hyderabad at 8 p.m. on the second day.

The two-day and one-night tour starts every Saturday from Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar in a non-AC hi-tech coach. After sightseeing, which includes the dam and surrounding places, tourists can enjoy picturesque landscapes and nature on a six-hour cruise ride from Nagarjuna Sagar to Srisailam, which is located 110 km from the departure site.

For more details, log on to TSTDC website: or contact phone numbers 040-29801039/40 and 7095641111, 9848540371.

How to reach

Apart from tourist packages, there are regular bus services from Hyderabad and other parts of the State to this place. Nagarjuna Sagar is located at a distance of nearly 160 km from Hyderabad in Nalgonda district.

Haritha Vijay Vihar Hotel is the right place for tourists visiting the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. It offers best facilities for tourists including delicious food and all other amenities to make your holiday a worthwhile experience.

Nearby places

Nandikonda: At a distance of 5 km from Nagarjuna Sagar lies Nandikonda, which is a small village located along the banks of Krishna River in Nalgonda district. It is located close to the Nagarjuna Sagar dam.

The village shot into prominence after scores of ancient Buddhist structures like pillared halls and monasteries were unearthed. The relics that were unearthed during a series of excavations are displayed at the Museum of Central Archaeological Department here.

What do visitors say

It is really a cool place to soak in the breeze and enjoy the nature. Visitors can look for some quality time with their loved ones. With its boating facilities, Nagarjuna Sagar is one of the best places to wade through blue waters in the State.

-T Krishnaveni, Nalgonda

Natural beauty here is in abundance, and you would just love what you see around. As the dam itself is huge, it is worth a visit. You can take the boat ride and visit the museum. It would be a perfect day trip from Hyderabad for those looking to go for a long drive and spend some peaceful time.

-Mahesh Kumar, Hyderabad

Nagarjuna Sagar is an ideal destination to stay away from bustling city life. You can have great pleasure on boating to Nagarjuna Konda as the water splashes on to us. Avoid visiting the place in summers and the best time to visit is from November to January.

-Neelima Reddy, Mahbubnagar

Know your distance

Place (From)                 Distance

Hyderabad                     160 km

Warangal                       210 km

Medak                           260 km

Adilabad                        465 km

Nizamabad                    340 km

Khammam                    145 km

Karimnagar                   275 km

Mahabubnagar              165 km


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