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Nagarjunakonda
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Nagarjuna Sagar, located at a distance of 150 km from Hyderabad, is an one of most prominent Buddhist center and attractive tourist spot in Andhra Pradesh. It is a dam, considered to be Asia's biggest dam is an attraction at this tourist center, constructed near the river Krishna, the dam was completed in 1966-67. It is of height 124 meters having 26 crest gates. Also a place of immense archaeological significance, excavations reveal that Nagarjunasagar was a center for the propagation of Buddhist teachings in South India. Known in those days as Vijaynagar, Nagarjunakonda takes its present name from Nagarjuna, one of the most revered Buddhist monks, who governed the sangha for nearly 60 years around the turn of the 2nd century AD.

Nagarjuna Sagar is also the largest man-made lake. Nagarjuna Sagar reflects the blending of the ancient and the modern. The relics of Buddhist civilization dating back to the 3rd Century A.D. that were excavated here are carefully preserved on the picturesque island Nagarjunakonda situated in the center of a man-made lake. The Nagarjunasagar Dam is the tallest masonry dam in the World. The Museum at Nagarjunakonda, which displays relics also has pre-historic finds in the form of tools from Paleolithic and Neolithic times. The remains of a Buddhist University were found during an excavation while constructing the Nagarjuna Sagar dam.

Best Season : October to February

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