The Buddha Statue of Hyderabad is a monolith located in India. It is the world’s tallest monolith of Gautama Buddha.

Rama Rao chose to depict Gautama Buddha because “he was a humanitarian who told the whole truth to the people. It is our pride. After a long search, he found a solid white granite rock near Nalgonda on a mountainside 40 miles outside Hyderabad. In October 1985 NTR inaugurated work on structure. For over a year, hundreds of labourers helped the temple architect and builder S.M.Ganapathi Sthapati create the statue. After five years and the expenditure of US$3 million, the statue stood at 58 feet (18 m) and weighed 350 tons, making it the world’s tallest monolithic statue of the Buddha.

This statue of the Buddha is located at Lumbini Park in the Hussain Sagar Island can be reached by boat in 15 minutes.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha_Statue_of_Hyderabad