Info: Trekking grade: Easy Endurance level: Easy Hill range: Nallamalla forest Altitude: 1000ft from Sea level
About: A Mysterious Island with hillocks, green fields, water bodies, temple, and beautiful panoramic views. Such a place is just 200 km only from Hyderabad. The Island is located in the middle of Nagarjuna Sagar reservoir.
Experience of Team GA:
We sought, directions from the local people to reach the island and discovered that it would take about an hour to reach the island. The two-hour-long trek would take us over two hillocks. We started hiking and trekking through the dry barren land and over small hillocks.
The boat ride to the Yelleswaragattu Island was like entering heaven. We had an awesome view of the Nallamala hills all around. By now we had finished the water we brought with us and had to fill the bottles with water from the Krishna River. The natural taste of the fresh water was priceless.
The morning offers tough competition to the night. The sun rises from behind the hills, giving a beautiful highlight to the gentle waves. A few fishermen are out with their nets and coracles, hoping for an early morning’s catch. After an hour, we awestruck by the blue skies, blue water and the island in the water. It was love at first sight! We sat on the edge of the hillock for 10 minutes and enjoyed the view. We trekked down the hillock of 400 meters, trampling over loose rocks and rocky terrain, taking almost 30 minutes to reach the river bank. We chilled out in the cool breeze near the water.
Itinerary: Saturday: 05:00 am: Start from Hyderabad (Miyapur 04:30 am, Kondapur 4:45 am, Gachibowli 5 am) by Tempo traveler 08:00 am: Halt for breakfast & pack your lunch 10:00 am: reach base village & start trek 01:30 pm: reach boating area & have lunch 02:00 pm: Get into the boat and head towards Island 02:45 pm: Reach Island & start trek to the peak 04:45 pm: reach campsite, visit temple & enjoy the sunset. 06:45 pm: cook food (Only Veg) 07:45 pm: dinner & fun activities
Sunday: 05:30 am: a wakeup call 06:30 am: explore the area 09:30 am: have breakfast & return 05:00 pm: reach Hyderabad
Things to bring: Since it is monsoon season, we recommend following things: a) Sleeping bag OR Thin Blanket b) Head-torch or hand-torch (Avoid Mobile Flashlights because it may rain) c) Clothes (2 pairs) d) Socks (2 pairs) e) Water bottle (1-liter x 2) f) Toilet kit g) Trekking or Sports shoes (If you have prior experience of at least 3-4 monsoon treks then you can do the trek in sandals too) h) Energy bars, Dry fruits i) Government issued ID j) Raincoat or Poncho
Cost includes Hyd to Hyd transportation, boat charges, life jacket, food (One dinner and One breakfast), stay (tent and sleeping mat), local guide, entry fee, first aid and facilitator(s) reimbursement, Certified organizers