Durgam Cheruvu Overview

Durgam Cheruvu Lake situated 15 km off Hyderabad, also called the Secret Lake as it is hidden between Madhapur and Jubilee Hills. It is a 63-acre retreat or oasis surrounded by granite from all sides and hidden by rock formations.

The lake dates back to millions of years ago and is Hyderabad’s most picturesque spot, away from the noise, crowd, and concrete jungle of the city.

The lake used to provide drinking water to the Golconda Fort inhabitants during the regime of Qutub Shahi Dynasty.

The expansive lush green landscape boasts of stunning boating spots and activities like trekking and camping with your family and friends. You will find numerous boating options at Durgam Cheruvu including mechanized boats, pedal boats, and water scooters.

The lake lets you unwind and spend some quality time in the lap of nature beside a serene water body. Durgam Cheruvu also features a floating fountain and artificial waterfall, thus attracting visitors from the city and other parts of the country. 

The tourists frequent Durgam Cheruvu Lake for activities such as fishing, which is uncommon in the city of Hyderabad.

You will also find a rock garden and Amphitheater that attracts visitors from all over the city. The lake is also a popular filming location in Hyderabad because of its splendid surroundings and scenic beauty.

You will find a refreshment center and cafeteria situated here, where you can eat and hang out with your family and friends after taking a tour of the lake. 

How To Reach

From Airport - 

The best way to travel to Durgam Cheruvu from Hyderabad Airport is by taking a taxi that will cost you around 800 INR – 950 INR, taking not more than 25 minutes to reach the lake. The road distance is approx 33.1 km. Hiring a cab is the best option because you’ll be dropped right near Durgam Cheruvu. Besides, you can also take a bus to the Hi-Tech City bus stand and take an auto to reach the lake. 

Best Time To Visit

Winter is the ideal time to visit Durgam Cheruvu, starting from November and lasting until February. The cool, pleasant weather is best for sightseeing and shopping. Avoid visiting during May until July because of the scorching heat and oppressive humidity. People also frequent Durgam Cheruvu from October to March. Visit during the morning or evening for a pleasant walk around the lake. 

Other Essential Information

Location: Road Number 46, Masthan Nagar, CBI Colony, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500033, India

: The timings are from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm every day of the week. 

: There is no entry fee for Durgam Cheruvu, however, but the price for boating and water scooter rides vary. The boat rides will cost around 25 INR-100 INR for adults and 10 INR-100 INR for kids.

Places to Eat near Durgam Cheruvu 

There are ample places to eat near Durgam Cheruvu including:

1. Olive Bistro & Bar

Enjoy good food and wine here in a white-walled bungalow against the tranquil setting of a scenic lake. Savor Mediterranean flavors including salads, roast chicken Caesar, a range of soups.

The appetizers are shrimp cakes, Tandoor-roasted pepper on toast, polenta-crusted chicken tenders, BBQ pork ribs, and more. 

You can also enjoy lip-smacking pizzas and risottos, grilled tenderloin steak, roasted chicken, and bistro tenderloin burgers. 

2. Sambal 

If you want to eat authentic Indonesian food, Sambal is the place to be. The mouthwatering delicacies are fresh seafood, finger-licking prawn masala, chicken and mutton appetizers, fish, squids, thick chicken broth, spicy chicken gravy cooked in delicious Indonesian herbs, grilled chicken with sweet soy sauce, fried pomfret, a range of noodles, and mocktails and drinks. 

3. Kaficko

The restaurant near Durgam Cheruvu serves full English breakfast, eggs Benedict, crepes, Gorilla greens, breakfast sandwich,  grilled toast, tofu scramble, and range of omelets.

The appetizers are chicken wings with BBQ sauce, soups, and salads. In the main course, you can order full plates of shredded lamb with sautéed mushrooms, fried chicken breast, fish and chips, grilled salmons, risottos, plates of pasta, and burgers. 

If you have a sweet tooth, take delight in coffee cream toast, pancakes waffles, and crepes. Oreo delight, apple crumble, cheesecake, and almond caramel. You can also order hot and cold coffee. 

4. Country Oven

This eatery is known for its range of pastries including orange, mango, eggless butterscotch, eggless chocolate truffle, and pineapple cake. You will also get pastries and cakes made with eggs.

If you are looking for chili garlic cheese toast, vegetable grilled sandwich, chicken Panini, BBQ chicken Panini, grilled chicken sandwich, hot dogs, burgers, breads, and pizzas, visit Country Oven with your loved ones. 
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Durgam Cheruvu FAQs

How many lakes are there in Hyderabad?

Hyderabad used to have 7000 lakes, out of which you will find only 70 in this cyber city.

 The famous ones are Durgam Cheruvu, and Hussain Sagar is the largest lake in the city. The prominent lakes are Osman Sagar Lake, Shamirpet Lake, Himayat Sagar Lake, Saroor Sagar Lake, and Ameenpur Lake.

Can you find fishing at Durgam Cheruvu Lake?

Yes, you can fish in this lake, a rare activity in the city of Hyderabad. The locals of the city travel to this place during weekends to unwind and enjoy some fishing. It is an angler’s paradise.

Rohu, Bochu, Katla, Murrel, and Gold Fish are stocked at this lake, especially for anglers associated with APTDC. The AP Tourism Development Corporation also opened a restaurant named, Something Fishy.

What is the best time of the day to visit Durgam Cheruvu?

Winter is the best time to visit Durgam Cheruvu, starting from November and lasting until February. The cool, pleasant weather is best for sightseeing and shopping.

Avoid visiting during May until July because of the scorching heat and oppressive humidity.

 People also visit Durgam Cheruvu from October to March due to the pleasant weather around this time. Visit during the morning or evening for a pleasant walk around the lake.

Does this place have washrooms?

Yes, Durgam Cheruvu Lake has been renovated with toilet facilities. The proposed 2-km jogging and cycling track, signboards, benches, yoga center, kid’s play zone, and washroom around the scenic lake are open to the public.

You can jog, walk, do gymnastics, and spend some special moments at the lakefront.

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