Telangana's capital city Hyderabad is well-connected to other district headquarters and tourist destinations through key national and state highways. The extensive road network of Telangana offers a hassle-free experience for tourists. Hyderabad is a popular destination for tourists not just from around the country, but also from around the world. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, located at Shamshabad is adjudged as one of the best airports in the world. It connects Hyderabad, the heart of Telangana with various other national and international cities and capitals. The airport offers visa-on-arrival facility for citizens from more than 140 countries, a boon for overseas tourists.

  • Start : Hyderabad
  • End : Ethipothala Falls
  • Time : One day, 4 hours 2 minutes

Stop 1 : Buddhavanam

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Siriparvata Arama (Buddhavanam) at Nagarjunasagar is a Buddhist Heritage Theme Park attracting domestic and foreign tourists particularly coming from the South-East Asian countries. The attraction on the left Bank of the river Krishna spread across 274 acres and is divided into eight segments such as Buddhacharitavanam, Bodhisattva Park (Jataka Park), Dhyanavanam (Meditation Park), Stupa Park, Acharya Nagarjuna International Centre for Higher Buddhist Learning, Krishna Valley Park, Buddhism in Telugu States, and, A Mahastupa. The Buddhavanam symbolically represents the Astangamarga propounded by the Buddha.

14.4 kms, 30 minutes

Stop 2 : Nagarjuna Sagar

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The dam was envisioned to be a temple of modern India, according to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Apart from meeting drinking water needs, irrigation and power requirements, the dam is an attractive tourist destination owing to the large reservoir. The mighty flow when the crest gates are open present a panoramic view which enthralls tourists. Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation is operating boating activities in the reservoir and pleasure cruising to Nagarjunakonda Island Museum.

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14.4 kms, 30 minutes

Stop 3 : Ethipothala Falls

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Ethipothala Falls is a 70 feet (21 m) high river cascade, situated in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh. Located on the Chandravanka river, which is a tributary of River Krishna joining on its right bank. The waterfall is a combination of three streams namely Chandravanka Vagu, Nakkala Vagu and Tummala Vagu. It is situated about 14 kilometers from Nagarjuna Sagar Dam.

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Best time to visit:

Between October and February. The weather is pleasant and cool during this time of the year.

Where to dine:

Indulge in a hearty traditional South Indian breakfast of ghee (clarified butter)-roast dosa (crepes), steaming idlis (rice cake) and filter coffee at restaurants located at a walking distance from the Marina Beach. Break for lunch at one of the road-side eateries or swanky restaurants around the crocodile bank.

Travel Tips :

● It is advised to dress appropriately as there are many temples and religious sites along the way that you might want to visit. ● Try to follow the local culture of eating with your hand. The effort will be appreciated. ● Carry identification proof and passport-size photographs. ● Drink packaged drinking water and carry some munchies for hour-long distances.