Telangana’s Yelleswaragattu Island: From Trekking To Visiting Temples; Things To Do At This Mystery Island

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Telangana’s Yelleswaragattu Island: From Trekking To Visiting Temples; Things To Do At This Mystery Island

Yelleswaragattu Island, renowned for its enigmatic nature, is situated amidst the backwaters of Nagarjunasagar Dam near Telangana. Reaching this long-forgotten place requires three hours, as you have to cover 169 miles. An amazing experience is the boat voyage to the island’s peak, where you can arrange an overnight stay. But that’s not all. Here are the things you can do on this island, which is also known as a mystery island. 

Here’s What You Can Do At Yelleswaragattu Island

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You will be taken to the location by the fisherman for a fee of ₹1,500. You can choose to take a leisurely boat cruise for ₹200 per person if you would rather not spend the night on the island. To ensure the accuracy of the location, add the Vizag Colony Boating Center as a destination on the map.

You can go on a trek here. Walk to the margin of the glistening blue, clear lake via meadows and woodlands. You will reach the top by descending a steep hill from here that is covered in prickly bushes. You’ll be greeted with breathtaking vistas of hillocks, irrigation lands, and water so blue that you will surely fall in love.

You will be mesmerized by the panorama of the Nallamala Hills. Here, you are welcome to spend the night in a tent. But remember to include a simple first aid kit, raincoats, lanterns, and some food and water to camp with. Don’t forget to pack power banks. But also, in this isolated spot, don’t expect a strong cell phone signal.

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The Place Has Historic Temples Too

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Sometimes the water can rise dangerously high, so be careful and make sure that you don’t camp there. Should you choose not to spend the night, just make your way down the hill, and the boat will be ready to return you to the mainland. 

There are historic temples atop the hill that are dedicated to Lord Shiva. At these temples,  people commemorate Maha Shivaratri. It is thought that these temples existed long before the dam was constructed. From this location, pilgrims can also go to Srisailam, one of Shiva’s twelve Jyotirlingas. It is about 110 kilometres away from the site. 

The Sri Ranganatha Swamy Devalayam in Anupu is currently home to the original temple idol, which has now been replaced.

If you like stargazing, it’s a great place to watch the stars. If you want to watch the stars more clearly, you can also bring a telescope. The view that greets you in the morning is equally breathtaking. You will surely never forget the visuals of the sun rising behind the hills and hearing the calming sound of the waves. Additionally, you can witness fishermen setting up their nets for the day’s haul. 

Make sure you avoid the monsoon season because water levels can rise too high. The ideal times of year to travel are in the fall and winter.

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