Having been to most of the trekking spots in the Telangana State, I was in search of a new trail when I came across a post on Boggulavagu. A reservoir nestled in the forests of Bhupalpally district; it was definitely a departure from the routine getaways I had taken previously. With my mind made up, I joined 11 other trekkers and got packing.
Rather than making a road trip we decided to take the Nizamuddin Express at 10:30 pm to reach our destination, Peddapalli. We reached at 2:30 am where we found an empty but warm waiting room after a quick survey of the platform.
The plan was to take the bus service to Manthini which would start at 5:00 am. After freshening up, we headed to the bus stop which was one km away. As soon as we reached the bus stand, we were informed that the next bus leaves at 6:30 am. Fortunately, we found a stall selling hot breakfast of idli, Mysore bajji, dosa which jumpstarted our day. After an hour’s ride worth Rs 34, we reached Manthini from where we took another bus to Koyyuru which was half an hour away.
Once we reached Bhupalpally district, we loaded our gear into the jeeps thoughtfully provided by the Divisional forest officer (DFO) and UNICEF project manager in charge of the district and quickly gobbled up more breakfast.
After a short ride, we reached the Nagulamma temple where our trek began. A quick warm up and a recce of the place later, we headed north towards Boggulavagu dam where we planned to camp overnight. There was mobile and internet connectivity throughout the trek, but we had downloaded a map of the place as backup. Walking through the dry and harsh terrain, navigating thorny and low-lying bushes was interesting as it sometimes involved walking on a dried river bed with small streams.
Armed with the information given to us by the DFO, about the plants, local beliefs, weather, routes and his own experience in trekking, we were able to get away without any scratches. There isn’t much water around, so it’s best to carry atleast 3 litres of water per person. Around noon, we stopped at a shaded area for a break. We had packed lunch at the village near the temple which consisted of a delicious dal, beans curry and rice. The lady in the village was kind enough to pack curd along with the curries. One of the trekkers brought dates which satiated our sweet tooth.
After some walking, we reached Boggulavagu dam located 12.5 km away from the temple. Still unexplored, the reservoir was very beautiful, surrounded by greenery. Eager to cool off after the hot trek, we quickly pitched our tents and jumped into the inviting water.
The water in the reserviour was slightly murky but clean. Unless you are an expert swimmer, it’s best to keep to the shallow end and carry floatation devices. After clicking endless photographs and splashing around, we got back to the tents where the DFO informed us that a surprise dinner party had been arranged in honour of the first trek that was held in this district! We spent a lovely time, with the moon shining bright and some stars and went on a quick stroll after a lavish dinner (very rare on treks). Though we came prepared with jackets, it didn’t get very cold in the night and thanks to the flat ground, we all had a sound sleep.
Morning came quick enough and most of us woke up at 5:30 am and after a little coaxing from the host, most of the team woke up. The lazy ones had to wake up, thanks to the ruckus we were making. The sunrise was a sight to behold and the reflections in the water made for an amazing scene. Feeling happy, we headed to Pasara for one more exploratory trek in Bhupalpally district.
Reaching the place
Total cost for the entire trip of two days including travel, food and accommodation in tents per head came around to Rs 1,045. The place is ideal for family picnics and day trips. We chose to trek, but there are autorickshaws available in villages which will take you to the dam. You can also take your own vehicle if you wish.