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Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam cruise from November

NAGARJUNASAGAR: About 20 km into the journey on the river Krishna, in the backwaters of the Nagarjunasagar dam, boat driver Jagan decelerates the propeller.

He is aware of the ‘speed-breakers’ put up by Chenchu tribesmen of the Nallamala forest along the way, reports The Hindu.

“Five thermocol cubes in a square-dot arrangement in the water serving as a cautionary sign of fishing nets beneath,” he says, are the speed-breakers.

The nets getting tangled in the propeller is a risk.

People of the Chenchu tribe can be found in these no man’s islands and forest covers, paddling their own canoes, transporting sheep or grazing cattle for a living.

The only other time the launch is slowed down is to ride out the strong waves.

The Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) will conduct the Nagarjuna Sagar-Srisailam-Nagarjunasagar package tour for three months beginning November 1.

The two-day-and-one-night trip at 20 kmph for six hours on the Krishna is an encounter with the nature for photographers and sight-seers.

Speaking of the cruise, K. Venkateswarlu, an environmentalist, says: “One could learn about the rivers, understand the life of aboriginals, breathe clean air, create some best memories, and also visit the Lord’s home.”

Motoring amid the tree-covered mountains, and the blind curves in the watercourse, each landscape surely leaves one awestruck with the beauty of the nature.

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