Nagarjunakonda Buddhist Island

Nagarjunakonda Buddhist Island is in the Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh state in India at a distance of 150 kilometers from the capital city, Hyderabad.

Nagarjunakonda Buddhist Island
A spillway gate of Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

Nagarjunakonda  Island  was formed when the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam was constructed. The Nagarjunakondahills got submerged in dam waters.

Known as Sri Parvata, Nagarjunakonda Island  is one of richest Buddhist sites in India. The island contains a Buddhist museum where the submerged archaeological sites remains were dug up and transferred. Some other monuments were transferred to the near by mainland. The excavations shows that  the area was the center for Buddhist learning in ancient India. Dalai Lama, the 14th Dalai lama, currently heads Buddhists.

Nagarjunakonda   is named after the Buddhist scholar  Acharya Nagarjuna who lived in the 2nd century.

How to go to Nagarjunakonda Buddhist Island?

Macherla is the nearest railway station at around 30 kilometers distance. There are ferry services to the island from the main land.

Nagarjunakonda Buddhist Island Town is well connected to Hyderabad by state highway.

Hyderabad International airport at 150 kilometers is the nearest airport to Nagarjunakonda island.

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