50+ Places to Visit in Hyderabad (#4 is An Unmissable Spot)
Places to Visit in Hyderabad: Golconda Fort, Char Minar, Shri Jagannath Temple, Birla Mandir, Ramoji Film City, Hussain Sagar Lake,  Mecca Masjid, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Birla Science Museum, Nehru Zoological Park and many more.

A great blend of regal history and bold modernity, Hyderabad is a delightful place to visit. As the capital of Telangana, it is always thronging with tourists from far off as well as the locals. There are some epic tourist places in Hyderabad, which will satiate your hunger to explore. This reminds us that the city of Nizams is also popular for its Hyderabadi Biryani which is something not to be missed here.

Keep exploring this city and you will still be left with a buffet of attractions in Hyderabad. With the famous landmark, Charminar, monuments with Islamic & Persian architecture, and the ever-evocative markets with spice shops, chai shops and biryani restaurants, the old quarters of Hyderabad are the essence of this city.

The new, cosmopolitan area of the city is also filled with a plethora of places like the Golkonda Fort and Salar Jung Museum for the history buffs, Ramoji Film city for the movie buffs, and the glittery malls & clubs dotted all over for the people to have a good time.

Travelling to Hyderabad for the First Time? These Travel Guides are must read:

1) Things you should not miss to do in Hyderabad.

2) Best Resorts to Stay in Hyderabad to Relax in Luxury.

3) Best Hill Stations near Hyderabad.

4) Amazing Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad.

5) Best Deals on Hyderabad Tour Packages.
01

Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort
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A medieval fort now overlooking the city, Golconda is one of the historical places to visit in Hyderabad. Originally built in mud on a 400ft hill, the fort ruins of today have seen the reign of several dynasties. Situated 11km away from the bustling urbanism of Hyderabad, it derives its name from a Telugu word meaning Shepherd’s Hill. Reminiscence of a well-planned Golconda city within the fortress limits is evident even now.

The remains of multiple fortification layers, armories, magazines, mosques, granaries, reservoirs, audience chambers and royal dwellings complement the striking appearance of the fort.

Famous for its acoustics, a unique signalling device that was incorporated in its construction, the structure is known for its palaces, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fateh Rahben, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb. The Sound & Light show brings alive the grandeur of one of India’s famous forts.

Location: 
Khair Complex, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008

Timings:
9am – 5:30pm

Entry fee:

INR 5 per person for Indians
INR 100 per person for foreign nationals
INR 130 per person for Light & Sound Show

Photography:
 Allowed, INR 25 per camera for videography.

02

Char Minar

Char Minar
Image Credit : Caroline - Flickr

The epic signature of the city, Char Minar makes for a wonderful sight. Located in the heart of Hyderabad’s old city, surrounded by Mecca Masjid, built using bricks from Mecca and Laad Bazaar - a boisterous shopping street, this landmark is laced in history.

Built in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, it was constructed to commemorate the founding of Hyderabad and also to ward of a deadly epidemic that was rampant then in the Golconda region. Graced by 4 minarets soaring almost 50ft in height, it has a mosque and 45 prayer spaces is amongst the famous places in Hyderabad.

Location: 
Charminar Rd, Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002

Timings:
9am – 5:30pm

Entry fee:
INR 5 per person for Indians, INR 100 per person for foreign nationals

Photography:
 Allowed

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03

Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City

Certainly one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad with family, Ramoji Film City makes its way to every traveller’s list because of its magical theme around cinema, which is the most common love of every Indian. Ramoji Film city is said to be one of the haunted destinations in India. The only one of its kind in India, this holiday destination offers something special to everyone and is one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad.

The world’s largest integrated film city, spread across 2,000acres ensures that every visitor makes most from the day spent here. Features include well-defined categories of entertainment suited for different ages from Eureka, the performance arena modelled on the lines of royal forts hosting live shows, to getting a tour of a typical film studio, multi-cuisine restaurants, shopping venues, kids’ park, and even a bird park.visiting the film city is one of the best things to do in Hyderabad. This destination can be enjoyed over a one day trip or one could stay back at this holiday destination. 

Location: 
 Anaspur Village, Hayathnagar Mandal,, Hyderabad, Telangana, 501512

Timings:
9am – 5:30pm

Entry fee:

INR 800 per person for general guided tour for adults without food
INR 700 per child for general guided tour for children (3-12 years) without food
INR 1,799 per person for Ramoji Star Experience for adults with food
INR 1,499 per child for Ramoji Star Experience for children (3-12 years) with food

Photography:
 Allowed

04

Salar Jung Museum

Salar Jung Museum
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Located in the prime venue of old Hyderabad city, the Salar Jung Museum has illustrious neighbours like the Charminar, Mecca Masjid and State Central Library and you can see all of them in a small walk tour. One of the must see places to visit in Hyderabad with family, this is among India’s premier museums with 38 galleries spread over three buildings.

Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, who also lent his name to the museum, acquired a rich repository of artistic achievements of diverse European, Asian and Far Eastern countries of the world; a major chunk of the collection is on display. Check out artifacts mirroring the human evolution from 2nd century BC to early 20th century AD.

Location: 
 Salar Jung Rd, near Minar Function Hall, Darulshifa, Hyderabad

Timings:
10am – 5pm & Closed on every Friday and all public holidays

Entry fee:

INR 10 for general public
INR 150 for foreign citizens
Students with identity cards are given 50% concession.
Defence personnel in uniform, organized Kisan parties and children below 12 years are also given 50% concession.
Children's Week' (14th-20th November) school children up to 12 years of age accompanied by teachers are allowed free of charge.
'Museum Week' (8th-14th January) public is given concession in the entrance ticket.

Photography:
 INR 20 for still and mobile photography

05

Chowmahalla Palace

Chowmahalla Palace

One of the many historically important tourist places in Hyderabad is the Chowmahalla Palace. It used to be the former official residence of the Hyderabadi Nizams and is a major monument that gives us a glimpse of the architectural taste of the rulers.

Stretched across 40 acres, the palace has a very minutely detailed architecture, elegant yet rich interiors as well as the grandeur of royalty. Moreover, the palace is said to have been inspired by Tehran’s Shah Iran Palace. The opulent fountains and beautiful gardens also add to the grandeur of the Chowmahalla Palace.

Entry fee: INR 50 (Indians), INR 200 (Foreigners), INR 10 (Children)

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on Fridays and National Holidays)

Location: Khilwat, 20-4-236, Motigalli, Hyderabad.

Photography: Allowed, but you have to pay an amount for taking pictures.

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Taj Falaknuma Palace

Taj Falaknuma Palace
Sprawling across 32 acres and 2,000 feet above the city of Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma is as royal as it sounds. One of the top Hyderabad tourist places, this noble piece of architecture and royalty is often referred to as the ‘mirror of sky.’ Inspired by the Italian architecture and encored with Venetian chandeliers, flawless décor, and old-world aura of Nizams, Taj Falaknuma must be on your list of sightseeing places in Hyderabad. 

You have to book a day tour for the Palace since it is not open for the general public on a regular basis. The palace will charm you with its marbled rooms and staircases, a big library, rosewood dining table, and the views of lightings at Golconda Fort and Chowmahalla Palace.

Location: Engine Bowli, Falaknuma, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500053.

Timings: Saturday and Sunday – 4 PM to 5.30 PM

Entry Fee: 
Tour Option A
INR 3,100 for Adults
INR 2,480 for Children

Tour Option B
INR 2,000 for Adults
INR 1,600 for Children

Photography: Allowed
07

Shri Jagannath Temple

Shri Jagannath Temple

One of the temples to visit in Hyderabad is the Shri Jagannath Temple, a modern day temple built by the local Oriya community over here. This replica of the original in Puri draws devotees with its sanctum sanctorum housing statues of Lord Jagannath, and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra.

The spectacular temple is well constructed with an attractive Shikhara measuring 70ft in height. A true representation of the original, the construction in red sand stone is a visual marvel and is known for its annual Ratha Yatra.

Location: 
Plot No- 1269, Road No 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034

Timings:
6am – 11am, 5pm – pm

Entry fee:
NA

Photography:
Not allowed, both inside and outside

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Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir

Located on the south end of Hussain Sagar Lake, the Birla Mandir is an enchanting modern temple built atop the Kala Pahad, the twin hillock of the Naubat Pahad. With mixed architectural styles from Odhisha and South Indian, the place of worship is embellished with exotic epic scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata that are finely sculpted in marble. The inner shrine of the temple has an 11ft tall replica of Tirupati Venkateswara.

Revel in several marble carvings depicting Indian mythology in the adjoining 'Mukha Mandapam'. The temple also houses consorts of Venkateswara, Padmavati and Andal as well as has a separate shrine dedicated to Buddha.

Location: 
south end of Hussain Sagar Lake, Naubat Pahad, Hyderabad

Timings:
7am – 12pm, 2pm – 9pm

Entry fee:
NA

Photography:
Not Allowed

09

Hussain Sagar Lake

Hussain Sagar Lake

One of the largest man-made lakes in India, Hussain Sagar Lake has been adorning the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad since 1562. A tourist destination that cannot be missed as places to visit in Hyderabad with family, the lake is best to spend time around dusk with pleasant air filling the surroundings.

Adding to its charm is the monolithic statue of the Buddha installed in the heart of the lake. Several facilities around the lake periphery such as boating and water sports, and the neighbourhood Lumbini Park, an amusement park are add-on attractions.

Location: 
Tank Bund Rd, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500004

Timings:
1pm – 9pm, all days of the week

Entry fee:
INR 10 (boating)

Photography:
 Allowed

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Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid

Listed among heritage monuments in Hyderabad, Mecca Masjid or Makka Masjid as referred by locals holds a distinct position of not just being the oldest mosques in the city but is also one of India’s biggest. This 400year old monument was constructed using the soil from Mecca. Hence the name.

Adding more to the erstwhile era around the Charminar and old Hyderabad city, the mosque’s imposing structure and splendid architecture are visible in its three-arched façade carved from single granite, minarets, and balconies. It is one of the most famous Hyderabad Tourist Places.

Location: 
Charminar Rd, Charminar, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002 

Timings:
4am – 9:30pm

Entry fee:
NA

Photography:
Allowed

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Qutub Shahi Tombs

Qutub Shahi Tombs
Image Credit : Sudheer G - Flickr

One of the historical places to visit in Hyderabad is the set of absolutely beautiful Qutub Shahi Tombs ensconced against the lovely backdrop of the picturesque Ibrahim Bagh. These represent the final resting ground of rulers of the founding dynasty of Hyderabad.

The most authentic and majestic display of Persian, Hindu, and Pathan architectural designs dedicated to the seven kings who ruled Golconda for nearly 170years, the rulers themselves built these tombs. Take a Cultural Walk through Hyderabad to witness more such amazing architectures here in this beautiful city. 

Location: 
Ibrahim Bagh, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008

Timings:
9:30am – 6:30pm

Entry fee:
NA

Photography:
 Allowed, INR 20 per camera

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Chilkur Visa Balaji Temple

Chilkur Visa Balaji Temple

The Chilkur Balaji Temple is one of the most religiously important places to visit in Hyderabad. Located right next to the Osman Sagar Lake, this 500-year old temple is also known as the Visa Balaji Temple. The name follows a popular belief which states that a visit to this temple can give you a visa clearance. The temple is brilliantly structured with lush green plants and trees surrounding it.

The Chilkur Balaji Temple is the only temple in the whole country which does not accept any money from the devotees. In addition to having thousands of visitors per week, the temple is also famous for providing inner relief and peace.

Entry fee:
No entry fee

Timings:
Daily 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location:
Chanda Nagar Village, Hyderabad

Photography: Not Allowed inside Temple 

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B.M. Birla Science Museum

B.M. Birla Science Museum

Located on the Naubat Pahad in Hyderabad, the B.M. Birla Science Museum was established in 1990 and is amongst the most popular museums in the country. Each one of the many sections of the museum has amazing exhibits dedicated to different fields such as Archaeology, Interactive Science, Antarctica Diorama and many more.

A must-visit place for science buffs, the museum has stunning facilities which display the effects of science and its developments. Moreover, the museum is also one of the best-rated science institutions in the whole world. 

Entry fee: INR 100

Timings: Daily 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Hill Fort Rd, Hyderabad

Photography: Not allowed

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Sri Rama Chandra Swamy Temple

Sri Rama Chandra Swamy Temple

A true treasure tucked away from the hustle of Hyderabad city is this 800yr old Sri Rama Chandra Swamy Temple in Ammapali Village. Loaded with rich history, the place of worship constructed in the 13th century has a deity, which was installed over 1,000yrs ago.

A monument older than the Golconda Fort, the Rama Temple is a temple to visit in Hyderabad. An unlikely Rajasthani styled architecture, a step well in front of the main temple, a seven-layered gopuram all make this unique. But perhaps the absence of Lord Rama’s most faithful bhakt Hanuman from the main sanctum stands out the most. The idols of Rama, Lakshman, and Sita are carved from a single stone. Head to the Parijat Tree here to tie a bundle of wish in a red cloth.  

Location: 
Nagarguda - Shamshabad Rd, Near Rajeev Gandhi International Airport, Telangana 501218

Entry fee:
Free

Photography:
Allowed

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Nehru Zoological Park

Nehru Zoological Park

A 50yr old zoo extending over 380acres, the Nehru Zoological Park is a wonderful blend of ecological programmes, animal habitats, research facilities, and other such attractions. Being a well-equipped zoo, visitors can comfortably spend an entire day here enjoying several facilities such as toy train, kids park, hired bicycle rides, boating, walks around large aquariums with fresh water and marine aqua life on display.

It has India’s first butterfly park and jungle safari. Jurassic Park with live sized models of the extinct species is a major draw for children and makes it one of the best places to see in Hyderabad. Boasting of nearly 1,500 specimens of birds, animals, and reptiles the Nehru Zoological Park also encourages adoption of wild animals by the public.

Location: 
NH 44, Bahadurpura, Hyderabad, Telangana 500064

Timings:

April – June: 8am – 5:30pm,
July – March: 8:30am – 5pm
Closed every Monday

Entry fee:
You can check out the official website for the same

Photography:
Allowed

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Snow World

Snow World

An indoor wonder world of snow and chill, Snow World is among the must experience places to visit in Hyderabad with family. With one of the largest snow areas spread over 17,000sft, the engaging place is built with state-of-the-art technology producing snow as close to the real one as possible.

With temperature freezing up to -5degree Celsius, the created ambience has a thrilling environment with polar bears, penguins, alpine trees, and snow all the way. A complete arena with kids snow play area, snow slide, snow merry-go-round, sculptures, snow basketball, snow mountain, volley ball, dancing, and an ice hotel make Snow World a family destination.

Location: 
Survey No. 54, Lower Tank Bund Rd, Hyderabad, Telangana 500080

Timings:

All days of the week

11am – 12noon (1st Session)
12:30pm - 1:30pm (2nd Session)
2pm – 3pm (3rd Session)
3:30pm – 4:30pm (4th Session)
5pm – 6pm (5th Session)
6:30pm – 7:30pm (6th Session)
8pm – 9pm (7th Session)

Entry fee:

INR 450 per person adult
INR 250 per person child
INR 300 per person college student (above 10th class)
INR 250 per person school student (up to 10th class)

Photography:
 Only cameras allowed

17

Biggest Baobab - The Cave of 40 Thieves

Biggest Baobab - The Cave of 40 Thieves

Not too far from the Golconda Fort is Hyderabad’s biggest possible tree of Baobab. The centuries old Hatiyaan tree stands right opposite the Mulla Khiyali Mosque in the less frequented vicinity of Naya Quila.

Belonging to the African Baobab family, the tree gets its name from its enormous girth and also the branches that look like elephant trunks. The hollow of this mesmerizing tree can easily accommodate over 20 people. An interesting venue to listen to several legends from locals, Haatiyon ka jhad as it’s popularly known is believed to have been the hideout for Ali Baba’s 40 thieves.

Location: 
Naya Qila, Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008

Timings:
9am – 5pm, every day

Entry fee:
NA

Photography:
Allowed

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Paigah Tombs

Paigah Tombs
Paigahs were known to be noble souls who were allowed by their Sultan to keep an army of their own. They married the daughters of the Nizams and thus, were ranked as the officers of the highest order.  

Paigah Tombs are known for their intricate ‘jali’ work and inlaid mosaic tile work which is exquisitely crafted in geometrical shapes and floral patterns. Some of the famous tombs belong to Sultan-ul-Mulk, Sir Viqar-ul-Umara, and Asman Jah. 

Location: Santosh Nagar, Kanchan Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500058.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM (Everyday)

Entry Fee: There is no entry fee. 

Photography: Allowed
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Taramati Baradari

Taramati Baradari
Tucked beautifully at the top of a hill, this rustic monument is one of the best sightseeing places in Hyderabad. This well-built structure is located just outside the famous Golconda Fort and has 12 entrances. 

This semi-arched structure also consists of a music hall, art gallery, Taramati Gana Mandir; Premathi Nritya Mandir built to honour the two sisters who performed dances on ropes for the 7th Sultan of Golconda, Abdullah Qutub Shah, large open-air theatre, in-house restaurant, amongst many other attractions. There is also an option to stay in the Baradari where the Haritha Resort offers all the modern amenities for a rather luxurious stay. 

Location: Near PBEL City, Ramdev Guda, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500031.

Timings:  11 AM to 6 PM (Everyday)

Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.

Photography: Not allowed
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Lumbini Park

Lumbini Park

Located in the heart of the City of Pearls, Lumbini Park is a modern style urban park which is one of the most visited tourist places in Hyderabad. People come here to unwind after a day full of activities. The park also boasts of spectacular light and sound shows, which is one of the major attractions for people. The park is dedicated to Lord Buddha and has been named after his birthplace in Lumbini of Nepal.

There is a huge Buddha statue near the park on Hussain Sagar Lake. Visitors can take a boat to reach the statue from the park itself. Lumbini Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Hyderabad and has many cascading waterfalls adding to its beauty.

Entry fee: INR 20 (Adults), INR 10 (Children)

Timings: Daily 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Opposite Secretariat New Gate, Khairatabad, Hyderabad.

Photography: Allowed

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Purani Haveli

Purani Haveli
One of the must-visit Hyderabad tourist places, Purani Haveli is also known as Haveli Khadeem, which literally means old quarters. This monument was built to serve as a residence for the Prime Minister of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty, Mir Momen. 

Today, this Haveli is known for its Nizam’s Museum and Indo-Western architecture. The mosaic floors and pristine white walls emit royal vibes from this old-world edifice. You cannot help but fall in love with its fine structure. No wonder, it is one of the top Hyderabad tourist attractions. 

Location: Pathar Gatti, Near Princess Durru Shehvar Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500002.

Timings: 10.30 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Fridays. 

Entry Fee: 
INR 65 for Adults 
INR 15 for children

Photography: Not allowed

Shopping Places in Hyderabad

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Char Minar Bazaar

Char Minar Bazaar
This Bazaar has a charm of its own. From vendors constantly inviting you into their little but brilliant shops to buy things to the view of the majestic Charminar makes it one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad. Vintage coins, bangles, metal sling bags, and Attar are some of the things you can buy from this unique Bazaar. 

If you only have a day to spend in Hyderabad, then it is suggested that you visit this Bazaar. It provides a unique insight into the lives of the locals and paints a colorful picture of the vibrant city. Yes, there is a reason why it is known to be one of the top tourist places in Hyderabad.

Location:
Charminar Rd, Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad, Telangana- 500002

Timings:
11 AM – 10.30 PM

Fee:
None, unless you buy something.
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Laad Bazaar

Laad Bazaar
Located close to Charminar, Laad Bazaar is undoubtedly one of the top tourist places in Hyderabad. It is quite famous for its pearls and bangle collection. A variety of cosmetics, dresses and handbags are also frequently bought by the ladies. For the shopping lover, Laad Bazaar is a haven.

You can buy souvenirs and decorative items too. The market is mostly crowded all through the day. However, if you love street shopping, you will be so engrossed in all the sparkling material of the shops that walking through a swarm of people won’t be a problem.

Location:
Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002

Timings:
11 AM – 10.30 PM

Fee:
None
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GVK One Mall

GVK One Mall
It is quite a big mall in Hyderabad. Located in the heart of the city, there are numerous means of entertainment inside the mall.. The mall is mostly known for big shopping brands, such as Shoppers Stop, Pantaloons, Crossword. You can buy anything from designer clothes to accessories here.

There are also many bars and clubs where you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Hyderabad. Hard Rock Café is the most popular amongst its restaurants. It is famous for American cuisines and delicious burgers. You can also enjoy watching movies at the cinema and get some drinks at the pub.

Location: 1st Floor, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500034, India

Timings: 11 AM -9.30 PM

Fee: None. 
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Moazzam Jahi Market

Moazzam Jahi Market
Moazzam Jahi Market is a popular fruit market in the city and one of the top tourist places in Hyderabad to visit. The market comes with a history of its own, when it was a pan bazaar and identified well with the Nawabs. Since it was the connecting point of old and new Hyderabad, it became a fruit market.

Every kind of fruit is available in Moazzam Jahi Market of Hyderabad. It is open the whole day and you will find a bustling crowd of tourists during the evening. If you want to avoid that, make sure you visit during the day.

Location: JN Road, Chandra Vihar, Old Kattal Mandi, Abids, Hyderabad, Telangana – 500001.

Timings: 8 AM –10 PM

Fee: None, unless you buy something. 
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Begum Bazaar

Begum Bazaar
One of the best tourist places in Hyderabad, Begum Bazaar is the biggest commercial market in the state. You can find every product, ranging from dry fruits, household products, kirana, clothes, brassware items, puja material to Ganesh idols, bags, kites, in this market. If you want to buy jewelry, you can also find gold and silver items here.

It is the oldest market of Hyderabad and you are bound to find hordes of tourists here because of its immense popularity. Avoid going late in the evening if you want to shop freely without wading through the crowds.

Location: Fish Market, Afzal Gunj, Hyderabad, Telangana 500012

Timings: 10 AM – 11 PM

Fee: None, unless you buy something.

Places to Eat in Hyderabad

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Paradise Biryani

Paradise Biryani

A name that is synonymous with biryani in Hyderabad, Paradise is a legendary restaurant with almost 15 branches serving some of the best biryanis in the whole country. Paradise was founded in 1953 as a small café.

Known for its Mirchi Salan, Mutton Biryani, Chicken Dum Biryani and Chicken Hara Bhara Kebab, amongst other things, it attracts you with the rich flavours. Catering to the tastes of both locals as well as tourists, Paradise serves both traditional Hyderabadi as well as other cuisines. It is a must-visit place if you are in the city.

Location: Paradise Circle, Hyderabad

Timings: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Fee: INR 800 (approx.) for two people.

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Jewel of Nizam – The Minar

Jewel of Nizam – The Minar
Image Credit : golkondaresorts
As the name suggests, this lavish place is royalty in every sense of the word.  It is a luxurious fine dining place for those who want to experience the rich heritage of Hyderabad. It is perfect for anyone who wants to take their partner out and pamper them, although you can go for a family dinner too.

Hyderabadi and Mughlai are two of its most popular cuisines. The highlights of this restaurant is its staggering height and opulent interiors. The restaurant stands tall at 100 feet and looks like a tower from afar. Its interiors speak of intricacy and magnificence, and dining here is a once in a lifetime experience.

Location: The Golkonda Resorts & Spa The Golkonda Resorts & Spa, Sagarmahal Complex, Hyderabad 500075

Timings: 12. 30 PM – 3 PM, 7 PM –11 PM

Fee: Rs. 2500 for 2 people (approx.)
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Almond House

Almond House

One of the most iconic sweet shops in Hyderabad, Almond House should definitely be on your list of places to eat. Sweets and snacks, such as Samosa, Kaju Barfi, Almond Cookies, Malai Puri, Chocolate Cake, Ice – Cream, and Kaju Katli are quite popular amongst the visitors.

The place is also known for its warm ambiance and professional and helpful staff. The food is prepared using fresh ingredients and high-quality control is practiced so that your food is always safe and hygienic. As soon as you enter the shop, the sugary whiff of sweets will make your day in every sense of the word and you won’t be able to resist having a bite.

Location: 8-2-348-3, Road 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.

Timings: 9 AM - 10 PM

Fee: Rs. 300 for 2 people (approx.)

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Hotel Shadab

Hotel Shadab

Boasting of over 20 different types of kebabs like Garlic Kebab, Malai Kebab, Mutton Burra Kebab and many more, Hotel Shadab is known all over Hyderabad for its dum-cooked Mutton Biryani. With the many aromas delicious enough to entice your taste buds, a visit to this place will surely make your trip to Hyderabad more memorable.

Nicknamed as “Foodie’s Paradise,” Hotel Shadab has successfully preserved the famed prestige of Hyderabadi Biryani.  The iconic restaurant is located in the Old City and is also famous for its Irani Chai, which is also the first item it started serving when it opened its doors in 1953.

Location: 21-1-140-144, Near High Court, High Court Rd, Madina Circle, Charminar, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad

Timings: Daily 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Fee: INR 700 (approx.) for two people.

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Chutneys

Chutneys
Due to its huge demand in the market, Chutneys has 7 different outlets in Hyderabad. It’s a casual dining space with a variety of cuisines, including South Indian, North Indian, and Chinese. Some of the unforgettable food items on all Chutneys outlets are Guntur Idli, Steam Dosa, Palak Paneer, and Dahi Vada.

The restaurant also provides for Valet parking. The place is mostly crowded, so, it’s a possibility that you would have to wait for your turn, however, the wait will be totally worth it. We recommend booking your table in advance so that you do not have to spend time in the queues.

Location: 
Shilpa Arcade, Road 3, Panjagutta, Hyderabad

Timings:
8 AM – 11 PM

Fee:
Rs. 800 for 2 people (approx.)
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AB’s Absolute Barbecue

AB’s Absolute Barbecue

This grand grill restaurant is one of the favourite places to visit in Hyderabad. With numerous awards and accolades to its name, AB’s Barbecue is one place that will always make your taste buds happy. Due to its overwhelming popularity, the restaurant has numerous outlets across the whole of India.

In fact, even in Hyderabad itself, there are 5 locations where you can get the lip-smacking dishes off the menu of Absolute Barbecue. Do head out here to get a load of their sumptuous food.

Location: No. 8 –2 –618/10-11, 2nd Floor, Krishna Amethyst, Road No.1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.

Timings:
12 noon -4.30 PM, 6.30 PM – 11.30 PM

Fee:
Rs. 1500 for two people (approx.)

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Cafe Bahar

Cafe Bahar
This is one restaurant that locals highly recommend, and thus, it should be on every tourists' list of places to visit in Hyderabad.  This fully air-conditioned restaurant is perfect for a family outing. Enjoy the finger-licking good food at this chic restaurant that has a warm ambiance and a laid back atmosphere.

Moreover, this place is quite popular for its Hyderabadi Biryani.  It is also known for Kebabs, Tandoori Chicken, and Grilled Chicken. The café has been marked excellent in terms of food, service, and warm hospitality. Make sure you book a table at least once when in Hyderabad!

Location: Old MLA Quarters Road Near Shobhana Theatre, Hyderabad - 500029.

Timings: 11 AM – 1 AM

Fee: Rs. 600 for 2 people.

Places to Enjoy Nightlife in Hyderabad

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Amnesia Lounge Bar and Club

Amnesia Lounge Bar and Club
If you are looking for a night of total entertainment and fun, then head over to Amnesia Lounge Bar and Club, and you will thank us later. Located in the most enthralling area of the city, this place is one of the best tourist places in Hyderabad. The place has an incredible roof top area and a separate bar that serves almost all kind drinks.

Continental, American, Italian, North Indian, and Chinese cuisines are most popular in this club. With live music, DJ and a spectacular dance floor, there is no way that you’d be able to stop yourself from tapping those feet all through the night. Once started, the party never stops at Amnesia Lounge Bar and Club. It is recommended to book your table before arriving to the lounge, especially on weekends.

Location: Plot 1102, 5th Floor, Jaya Chambers, Road 36, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.

Timings: 12 PM –Midnight

Fee: Rs. 1300 for two people (approx.) with drinks. 
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10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street
This restaurant is one of the most popular places to visit in Hyderabad, especially if you are a fan of the spectacular night life of this city. Also, an international pub and bar, 10 Downing Street has everything that you would want after a day of working hard.

From great crowd to delicious food and drinks, this place is heaven for the lovers of night life. The laid back environment is perfect for relaxation and if you want, you can also enjoy some tasty cocktails. Apart from food and drinks, the place is also known for its world-class service and vibrant ambience.

Location: 10 My Home Tycoon Building 110th Floor 10'th Downing Street Near Lifestyle Building, Hyderabad 500016.

Timings: 12 PM –11.30 PM.

Fee: Rs. 1800 for 2 people (approx.), drinks included.
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Playboy Club

Playboy Club
One of the favorite tourist's places in Hyderabad, Playboy Club is has made headlines with its outstanding ambiance and breathtaking interiors. The place is loved by the young crowd so much that many of them compare it to the pubs and bars of Paris and London—now that’s some compliment!

The dance floor is often full after 11 PM and the DJ doesn’t mind playing it loud for the people. It’s European and Asian cuisines are quite popular among regular visitors, and thus, it’s highly recommended. With a separate bar area, great food, friendly staff, and chill crowd, one must definitely pay a visit to the Playboy Club.

Location: Novotel Hotel Rd, Izzathnagar, Kothaguda, Hyderabad, Telangana 500084

Timings: 8 PM – 2 AM.

Fee: Rs. 2000 for two people (approx.), with drinks. 
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Coco's Bar and Grill

Coco's Bar and Grill
A popular place for casual- dining and bar-hopping, Coco’s Bar and Grill is quite a great place to unwind and chill. The place serves all kinds of cuisines, but Italian, Chinese, Continental, and North Indian are the top favorite of visitors. The place has a separate space for bar, so you can get some signature cocktails or drinks of your choice.

There is also a space for people who want to smoke. Rooftop area, live music, good food and great ambiance—all you need is a great company and your night will be done!

Location: Plot 217, Opposite KBR Park, Beside TDP Office, Road 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.

Timings: 12 noon –Midnight

Fee: Rs. 1700 for two people (approx.), drinks included.
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Kismet

Kismet
This is one of the top choices of party people who want to make the most of their nights. No wonder, it is also one of the top tourist places in Hyderabad. Popular for its stunning ambience, quality of crowd and scrumptious finger food, Kismet lounge should be your priority for an enjoyable night life in Hyderabad.

It has also been voted as the one of the best bar and pubs in Hyderabad.  People love having Kismet special cocktails here. The interior, staff and live music also deserve a round of applause for their incredible job. Certainly, it is one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad, especially if you enjoy nightlife.

Location: The Park Hotel, 22, 1st Floor, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad

Timings: 8 PM – Midnight

Fee: Rs. 3000 for two people (approx.), drinks included.

Other Places to Visit in Hyderabad

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KBR National Park

KBR National Park
Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park offers enchanting views, dense forests, incredible natural beauty and rich flora and fauna to its visitors. If you want to escape regular life and spend some time amid fresh breeze in the company of more than 600 species of plants and animals, then this park is your perfect hideaway.  

This lush green park is named after the Late Chief Minister Kasu Brahmananda Reddy, who was quite a beloved politician of the state. 

Location: Near to LV Prasad Eye Hospital, Opp TDP Office, Road Number 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500034.

Timings: 
Morning hours - 5.30 AM to 10 AM (Everyday)
Evening Hours - 4.30 PM to 6.30 AM (Everyday)

Entry Fee: 
INR 20 for Adults
INR 10 for Children

Photography: Allowed
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Ocean Park

Ocean Park

Known as one of the best water parks in the city, Ocean Park is a place you should definitely visit when you are in the city. A one-stop destination for fun and frolic, Ocean Park is the best place to spend your day while creating memories. The park also caters to all age groups. 

Spread in 20 acres of land, the park has many types of water sports in addition to water slides, swimming pools for different ages, wave pools as well as bumping cars, toy train and video games. The single loop roller-coaster is also one of the park’s major attractions.

Entry fee: INR 400 (Adults), INR 300 (Children)

Timings: Daily 11:00 am – 7:30 pm

Location: #168 & 169, Near CBIT College, Shankarpally Road, Gandipet Lake, Hyderabad

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NTR Gardens

NTR Gardens

Located on the banks of the famous Hussain Sagar Lake, the NTR Gardens is one of the most beautiful Tourist Places in Hyderabad. Built as a memorial to the late N.T. Rama Rao, the garden is set in an area spreading across 36 acres. Visitors can also relax in the Japanese Garden or the Machan Tree.

To take a tour of the entire garden, tourists can also enjoy a ride on the garden’s monorail, while soaking in on the beauty of the huge collection of exotic flora. This is a place where one can not only relax and rejuvenate, but also revive their body, mind and soul.

Entry fee: INR 20 (Adults), INR 10 (Children)

Timings: Monday to Saturday: 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sundays/Holidays: 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: NTR Marg, Central Secretariat, Khairatabad, Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad

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Osman Sagar

Osman Sagar

Serving as the main reservoir of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Osman Sagar, also known as Gandipet Lake, is spread across an area of 46 kilometres. It has got its name from the Hyderabadi Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan, who built the reservoir in 1920. Known for offering some of the most beautiful views of the sky in addition to the breath-taking sunsets, Osman Sagar is one of the most idyllic places to visit in Hyderabad.

A popular tourist destination in the Nizami city, people come here to enjoy the solitude while enjoying the cool breeze. The area around Osman Sagar is also home to two parks, wherein people can sit and relax or spend quality time with loved ones. 

Entry fee: No entry fee

Timings: Daily 09:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: ?Ranga Reddy district, Hyderabad

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Jalavihar Waterpark

Jalavihar Waterpark

Located on the Necklace Road, the Jaliyah Waterpark is the largest water park and amusement park in central Hyderabad. One of the biggest recreation spots in the whole city, the park also has a pendulum, float slides and tilt buckets, among other rides. It is also equipped with dry rides, thereby catering to all kinds of visitors.

Perfect for a day out with friends and family, the park also has locker systems to keep your valuables in, along with several cafes and restaurants to indulge in delicious food after a day full of enjoyment.

Entry fee: INR 400 (3 Feet or Above), INR 300 (Below 3 Feet)

Timings: Daily 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location:  22/9, Necklace Road, Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad

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Sanghi Temple

Sanghi Temple
Nestled on the hill of Paramanand Giri, Sanghi temple is one of the top Hyderabad tourist attractions of all time. The temple was built in 1991, and since then, it is known for its flawless architectural beauty and religious depth.  It is one of the most popular sightseeing places in Hyderabad.  

The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. However, deities, such as Lord Anjaneya, Lord Shiva, and Goddess Kamalambika, are also worshipped in the temple. 

Location: Omerkhan daira, Hyderabad, Telangana, 501511.

Timings: 
Monday to Saturday
Morning hours – 8 AM to 1 PM
Evening hours – 4 PM to 8 PM

Sundays/ Holidays
8 AM to 8 PM

Entry Fee: There is no entry fee. 

Photography:  Allowed
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Mount Opera

Mount Opera
Mount Opera is a theme park located at a distance of around 40 km from the main city. There are numerous rides offered in this vibrant park. Some of the popular things to do here are Bungee Jumping, Go-karting, Skating, Boating, and Bumper Cars.

The place is also known for its exclusive water zone called The Oasis, which offers activities such as rain dance, water slides, kids pool, a wave pool, etc. It also offers accommodations, open theatre, Spa and Sauna, discotheque etc. 

Location: Batasingaram, Hyderabad-Vijayawada Highway, NH-9 Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad, Telangana, 501528.

Timings: 
11 AM to 6 PM – Monday to Saturday
10 AM to 7 PM – Sunday

Entry Fee: 
INR 425 for Adults
INR 330 for Children
INR 150 for Senior Citizens

Photography: Allowed
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Shilparaman

Shilparaman
It is a craft village which showcases the works of craftsmen and artists from around the country.  An ideal setting for art lovers, Shilparamam is one of the most incredible sightseeing places in Hyderabad. Apart from that, this place also serves as a platform for artists of all ages to exhibit or perform their art.

The art and craft work varies from traditional jewellery, hand-woven saris, dresses, bedsheets, showcases, and metal works. There are also options for street shopping. The nature is also in abundance here for you to relax your senses and rejuvenate your soul. 

Location: Jubilee Enclave, HITEC City, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500081.

Timings: 10.30 AM to 8.30 PM (Everyday). 

Entry Fee: 
INR 40 for Adults.
INR 20 for Children.

Photography: Allowed
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Durgam Cheruvu

Durgam Cheruvu
One of the most popular sightseeing places in Hyderabad, Durgam Cheruvu has quite a good vibe around it. Panoramic views accompanied by a pristine lake, known as the Secret Lake and the giant granite rock formations are a few things that are seemingly enough to pull the crowd to this incredible place.

The rock formations are believed to be more than 2500 million years old. Additionally, the area has been embellished with an artificial waterfall and a fountain to turn it into one of the best Hyderabad tourist places of all time.

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

Timings: 10 AM to 6.30 PM (Everyday)

Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.

Photography: Allowed
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Wonder La

Wonder La

Wonder La Hyderabad is a park that offers unlimited food, fun and entertainment. One of the most popular Hyderabad tourist places, this place has something for everyone. From thrilling water rides to a luxurious stay, this enthralling adventure spot is the perfect place to unwind as well as have fun with your family. It offers more than 40 dry and water rides.

Facilities, such as ATM, lockers, parking space, lost-and-found corner, changing rooms, etc are provided within the park’s premises.

Location: ORR Exit No. 13, Survey No.274, Kongara Khurd A Village, Ravirala Post, Maheshwaram Mandal, Hyderabad, Telangana, 501510.

Timings: 11 AM to 7 PM (Everyday)

Entry Fee: 
Weekdays: INR 815 for Adults / INR 635 for Children
Weekends/Holidays : INR 1,015 for Adults. / INR 790 for Children

Photography:
Allowed.

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Nizam’s Museum

Nizam’s Museum

One of the top sightseeing places in Hyderabad, Nizam’s museum is the pride of Purani Haveli, and speaks of the rich culture of Nizams of 19th-20th century. The Museum showcases a great range of rare souvenirs and distinct mementoes.

Some of the main attractions of this museum are the golden throne, a 150-year old manually-operated lift, a 176-feet long old wardrobe, vintage cars, such as Rolls Royce and Jaguar Mark V, Diamond-studded gold tiffin box, paintings and photographs of some royals, golden pavilion, etc.

Location: Purani Haveli Palace, Old City, Purani Haveli, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500002.

Timings:
10 AM to 5 PM (Everyday)

Entry Fee:
INR 100 for Adult / INR 15 for Child

Photography:
Allowed but a fee of INR 150 is charged

Places to Visit Near Hyderabad

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Nalgonda (100 km from Hyderabad)

Nalgonda (100 km from Hyderabad)

As old as the Palaeolithic Age, this ancient city is one of the places to visit in Hyderabad within one day because of its historic existence through the early period of human existence.

Attractions:

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, a famous dam in South India with 26 gates and a hydroelectric plant. The place also hosts waterfalls called Ethipothala, a 70ft high river cascade created by a combination of three streams and Gowthama Buddha Museum.

Bhuvanangiri Fort, built on an isolated rock by Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI, it is known for its citadel on the top of the hill as it gives a bird's eye view of the neighbouring area.

Other attractions include the over 2,000 years old Jain Shrine at Kolanupaka village dedicated to the 21 theerthankaras and Yadagiri Gutta, the most devotional place in Nalgonda.

Activities:
Sightseeing

Distance 
from Hyderabad: 100 km

Best time to visit:
February

Type of destination:
Family and kid friendly, backpacking, historic, pilgrimage, trekking.

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Mahabubnagar (134km from Hyderabad)

Mahabubnagar (134km from Hyderabad)
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An ancient city with traces in the Old and New Stone Ages, Mahabubnagar is a place for any history lover. Also known as Palamooru and the land of the Chola Dynasty, this is one of the best places to visit near Hyderabad within 100 km.

Attractions:

Popular for its innumerable diamond mines, which is believed to be the source of the famous Kohinoor diamond, Mahabubnagar has pre-historic sites co-existing alongside as well. This place also has a host of historical attractions such as Jama Masjid, Medina Masjid, Mecca Masjid and Umamaheshwaram. A 700yr old Pillalamarri great Banyan Tree adds to its attraction.

Activities:
Sightseeing

Distance from Hyderabad:
134km

Best time to visit:
 February and December

Type of destination:
Family and kid-friendly, backpacking, historic, pilgrimage.

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Warangal, Telangana (145 km from Hyderabad)

Warangal, Telangana (145 km from Hyderabad)

Once the capital city of the Kakatiya Dynasty, Warangal has earned the credit of being one of the best places to visit near Hyderabad within 100kms because of its beautiful lakes, heritage sites, rich flora and fauna. Known as Oruguallu due to the huge boulder hillock in the region, it offers one too many attractions for tourists.

Attractions:

Some of the major attractions include the Thousand Pillars Temple and the Ramappa Temple dating to the 12th Century, Warangal Fort – one of the architectural wonders of the bygone era, Ghanpur group of temples – a set of 22 temples that are an architectural museum even to this day.

The several surrounding lakes such as Ramappa Lake, Pakhal Lake, and Lakhnavaram Lake make Warangal a soothing destination just outside of Hyderabad for a day’s outing. With growing popularity as a tourist destination, some recent attractions include Musical Garden, Rock Garden, Regional Science Centre, Van Vigyan Kendra, and Etunagaram Wild Life Sanctuary.

Activities:
Sightseeing and boating

Distance 
from Hyderabad: 145km

Best time to visit:
October – March

Type of destination:
Family and kid friendly, backpacking and historic.

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Bidar, Karnataka (143 km from Hyderabad)

Bidar, Karnataka (143 km from Hyderabad)

A city located in the neighbouring state of Karnataka, Bidar is easily accessible from Hyderabad while planning a day’s trip. With rich shades in history, art and culture, Bidar has seen many a great dynasties rule over this Deccan region.

Attractions:

Bidar is famous for its historical monuments and sites belonging to different periods of history. With an inter-mix of Hindu, Turkish and Persian artisanship, tourist attractions here have some unique design and decorative patterns in India.

Places to visit include the distinctly well-planned Bidar Fort, one of the most formidable forts in India built on the brink of the Deccan plateau under watchful supervision of engineers using architecture of various countries. You can visit Papnas Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple popular for its natural spring and a small tank dating back to probably the Ramayana era. Other attractions include Basavankalyan, Diwan-I-Am, Gumbaz Darwaza andBaridi Tombs.

Activities:
Sightseeing

Distance 
from Hyderabad: 143km

Best time to visit:
October – March

Type of destination:
Family and kid friendly, backpacking, historic and pilgrimage.

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Karimnagar (164 km from Hyderabad)

Karimnagar (164 km from Hyderabad)

Set up centuries ago, Karimnagar was once the strong foothold of the Kakatiyas and later dominated by the Nizams, which explains the distinct impressions on the culture and food habits of locals even today.

Attractions:

Some of the popular monuments in Karimnagar include Tower Circle and the Kaman Circles. Elgandal Fort built on the banks of Manair River, surrounded by palm groves is historically rich because it was ruled by 5 important Deccan dynasties through its lifetime. 

Activities:
Sightseeing

Distance 
from Hyderabad: 164km

Best time to visit:
November – February

Type of destination:
Family and kid friendly, backpacking and historic.

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Nagarjunasagar (154 km from Hyderabad)

Nagarjunasagar (154 km from Hyderabad)

A prominent Buddhist spot in Andhra Pradesh, Nagarjunasagar is also the birthplace of one of the earliest river valley civilizations. Enthused by the peaceful environs of this place, Buddhists made this land a great hub of learning, setting up one of the four major Viharas here.

Attractions:

Nagarujnasagar is most known for being the site for one of India’s earliest hydro-electric projects – the Nagarjunasagar Dam. Surrounding the dam is the world’s third largest man-made lakes, Nagarjunasagar. However most popular in this region are the excavations of Buddhist civilization, monasteries, and Anupu – a Buddhist site.

The lagoon formed by the Ethipotala river cascade completes the tourist endeavour as one of the places to visit in Hyderabad within one day.

Activities:
Sight-seeing

Distance 
from Hyderabad: 154 km

Best time to visit:
October – March

Type of destination:
Family and kid friendly, backpacking, historic, pilgrimage.

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Srisailam (213 km from Hyderabad)

Srisailam (213 km from Hyderabad)
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One of the holiest of Shiva shrines in the world, the kshetram (temple) is located atop a flat hill by name Srisailam. Situated in the dense forests of Nallamalla ranges in Kurnool, the temple makes an appearance even in Sage Vyasa’s quotes in the puranas.

The River Krishna flows to the right of the temple, which is also one of twelve Jyothirlingas in India. Engulfed in several mythological stories, the archanas and abhishekams of this shrine receive the highest revered status among Hindus.

Attractions:

Besides the main sanctum, Srisailam has several places of interests in its vicinity adding to its attraction as places to near Hyderabad in two days. Vrudhamallikarjuna Swamy Temple has a lingam said to be older than the present Mallikarjuna Swamy Lingam. There is no Nandi in front of it.

Lingas incarnated by Pandavas are interpreted as five temples are situated besides Arthanaareseswara temple. Tri fruit tree or Triphala Uruksham a sacred wish-fulfilling tree also rests around the temple’s premises.

Activities:
Religious visits

Distance 
from Hyderabad: 213km

Best time to visit:
October - February

Type of destination:
Family and kid friendly, backpacking, historic, pilgrimage.

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Kurnool (219 km from Hyderabad)

Kurnool (219 km from Hyderabad)
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A laid-back town with many ancient monuments, temples, and palaces,Kurnool is a hidden gem. Striking a chord with lovers of history, the place can be enjoyed exploring the ancient architecture and historical monuments. Ruins of a mediaeval fort constructed during the reign of Vijayanagar Empire, the Arabic and Persian inscriptions on them, and access to several tourist locations in the neighbouring areas makes it an ideal vacation spot.

Attractions:

Belum Caves, running a length of 3,229m are naturally formed due to constant flow of underground water. The second longest caves in India, these are popular for their stalactite and stalagmite formations, long passages, fresh water galleries, siphons and spacious chambers.

Mantralayam, a town popular for the Samadhi of Saint Raghavendra Teertha bears religious sentiments for Hindus. Located on the banks of River Tungabhadra River, it is a destination for devotees of Lord Vishnu.

Activities:
Sightseeing

Distance 
from Hyderabad: 219km

Best time to visit:
October - February

Type of destination:
Family and kid friendly, backpacking, historic and pilgrimage.

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Gulbarga (231 km from Hyderabad)

Gulbarga (231 km from Hyderabad)

Gulburga, the fourth biggest city in Karnataka was once a part of Hyderabad during the rule of the Nizams. Situated entirely on the Deccan Plateau, this city has undoubtedly witnessed the formation of Hyderabad. With a rich and glorious historic past dating back to the 6th century, it was also the capital of the Bahmani kingdom.

The River Krishna and River Bhima that flow through the city creating a unique feel, which further enhances Gulbarga’s charm as a major tourist attraction.

Attractions:

Bahmani Fort rebuilt by Allah-ud-din Bahmani of the ruling dynasty is has 15 majestic towers, a huge mosque built in 1367 and covers 38,000sft area. Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah tomb of the sacred Sufi saint Khwaja Syed Mohammad Gesu Daraz, is constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.

The influence of Bahmani, Turkish, and Iranian architecture is evident in its domes, arches and walls. The dargah’s library has a collection of around 10,000 books in different languages including Persian, Urdu and Arabic.

Activities:
Sightseeing

Distance 
from Hyderabad: 231km

Best time to visit:
October - March

Type of destination:
Family and kid friendly, backpacking and historic.

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Guntur (271 km from Hyderabad)

Guntur (271 km from Hyderabad)

A silent district in Andhra Pradesh, Guntur is perhaps the most under-rated places to visit near Hyderabad in two days. On a quick weekend getaway to Guntur tourists can experience elements of nature such as the sea, waterfalls, and caves, alongside experiencing a slice of history through ruins, and museums.

Attractions:

Suryalanka Beach (50km) overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Bay of Bengal is known for its natural beauty with a wide and spacious stretch of sand. Guthikonda Caves (38km) set amidst thick forest are magnificent natural beauties believed to be homes of prehistoric humans. The charm of these ancient caves also lies in the fact that maharishis and saints meditated in the caves.

Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary (5km) is home to around 40 species of migratory birds like the Siberian pelicans and white ibis, Australian painted storks, spotted pelicans and other birds.

Kondaveedu Fort (25km) spread across 30 hillocks, built by prominent rulers of the Reddy Dynasty was considered as impregnable with 24 bastions. The fort offers around 21 stupas, many temples, residential structures, pillared halls, and a beautiful entrance gateway. The hilltop offers mind-blowing panoramic views and is ideal for trekking.

Activities:
Visit to the beach, trekking, bird-watching and sightseeing.

Distance 
from Hyderabad: 271km

Best time to visit:
October - March

Type of destination:
Family and kid friendly, backpacking, historic, beach and trekking.

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Mantralayam (275 km from Hyderabad)

Mantralayam (275 km from Hyderabad)

Popular among the local communities who are worshippers of the holy Saint Raghavendra Swami, Mantralayam holds a special position among Hindus because of Vrindavana. Easily accessible by road and train, the sacred town resides on the banks of River Tungabhadra and is also referred to as Manchale.

Attractions:

Besides several temples and shrines surrounding Mantralayam, some popular attractions include Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple (23km) is located atop rocky terrain. The deity, Lord Hanuman having five heads is believed to be self- created and was worshipped by Sri Raghavendra Swami himself. Navabrindavan (175km) is an island in between two branches of River Tungabhadra, between the districts of Koppal and Bellary.

A popular destination for the ardent followers and disciples of Sri Raghavendra Swami, the location is known for the tombs of the nine prominent Madhawa saints or ‘Jeeva Brindavanas’.

Activities:
Religious sightseeing, temple visits

Distance 
from Hyderabad: 275km

Best time to visit:
October - March

Type of destination:
Family and kid friendly, backpacking, pilgrimage.

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  1. What are the weekend getaways from Hyderabad?

    When planning getaways from Hyderabad within 100 - 300 kms you must visit these places. Click here to discover them.

    1. Warangal - 148 Km from Hyderabad
    2. Bidar - 147 Km from Hyderabad 
    3. Nagarjunasagar - 165 Km from Hyderabad 
    4. Mahabubnagar - 134 Km from Hyderabad 
    5. Karimnagar - 164 Km from Hyderabad 
    6. Srisailam - 213 Km from Hyderabad 
    7. Kurnool - 221.5 Km from Hyderabad 
    8. Guntur - 267 Km from Hyderabad
    9. Gulbarga - 231 Km from Hyderabad
    10. Mantralayam - 275 Km from Hyderabad
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    Plan your trip from Hyderabad to explore best hill stations near Hyderabad. Check out the complete list.

    1. Chikmagalur - 679 km from Hyderabad 
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  4. Where can I go in Hyderabad?

    Hyderabad reflects an ideal blend of Mughal heritage and modernity. While the beautiful monuments will take you down the history lane, the bustling markets will keep you busy with shopping. You can visit the following places in Hyderabad:

    1. The Char Minar, constructed in 1951, is symbolic to the city of Hyderabad as a large number of visitors throng the place, especially during the evenings when the surrounding markets are throbbing.
    2. Golconda Fort: Immerse yourself in history at the iconic Golconda Fort, built out of mud. You can also enjoy the light and laser show held here
    3. Ramoji Film City is an unmissable destination if you are a movie buff. The world’s largest integrated studio will keep you hooked
    4. Hussain Sagar Lake, nestled between Hyderabad and Secunderabad, offers boating facilities
  5. What should I not miss in Hyderabad?

    1. Spend a day at Ramoji Film City as the largest integrated studio has a lot to offer ranging from restaurants to constructed fort models.
    2. If you are a nature lover, stroll along the expansive Hussain Sagar Lake and go for boating in the lake.  
    3. Apart from the places, you must not miss trying the Hyderabadi biryani, which is famous across the country.
    4. Visit the Golconda Fort to witness the unmissable light and laser show here
  6. How can I spend 2 days in Hyderabad?

    Day 1:

    You can spend an entire day at Ramoji Film City, which is located at a distance of 11 km from the main city. The largest integrated film studio in the world has shopping places and restaurants to keep you engaged the entire day

    Day 2:

    - You can spend the day exploring the Charminar and the buzzing markets surrounding the historical monument
    - The Mecca Masjid: Located near Charminar, Mecca Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India Hussain Sagar Lake: Enjoy boating at the heart-shaped lake
    - Golconda Fort: Enjoy the laser and light show at the historical fort
  7. Is Hyderabad worth a visit?

    Hyderabad is certainly worth a visit if you want to experience two sides of the same world. While the old city monuments reflect the Nizam traces, a glaring contrast of modernity can be experienced by visiting the malls and places like Birla Planetarium. While Hyderabad has a thriving IT sector on the one hand, forts, museums and other historical places retain the old-world charm.
  8. How can I spend 3 days in Hyderabad?

    Day 1:

    - Witness the Nawabi charm of Chowmahallah Palace
    - Visit the Salar Jung Palace to witness exquisite sculptures, scriptures and other historical art pieces
    - Visit Wonderla to pump your adrenaline levels at the amusement park

    Day 2:

    - Snow World Hyderabad: It is the world’s biggest and India’s first snow park
    - Visit the serene Osman Sagar Lake in the outskirts of Hyderabad to feel tranquility in the lap of nature
    - Visit the Nizam Museum, located in the old city, to get an insight of the rich culture and heritage of the city, which was ruled by erstwhile Nizams

    Day 3:

    - While there are places like Taj Falaknuma Palace, Birla Mandir and Nehru Zoological Park to keep you hooked in Hyderabad, you can also visit surrounding places like Warangal and Bidar, which are historical sites located at a distance of 150 km from the city.
  9. What can I buy in Hyderabad?

    1. The villages surrounding Hyderabad are involved in the art of drilling pearls, which are then sold in Hyderabad. You can visit the jewellery stores in old Hyderabad to buy good quality pearls.
    2. The Golconda paintings available in Hyderabad will interest the art lover in you. These paintings represent the history of the city and will add charm to your décor.
    3. The Hyderabadi bangles available near Charminar are a beautiful combination of metal, colours and glitter
    4. Besides, Pochampally saree and mementos with bidri work are a must-buy in Hyderabad
    5. If you are in Hyderabad, you must not miss out on tasting Hyderabadi Biryani and Haleem. These food items are popular across India.
  10. What is the famous food in Hyderabad?

    Hyderabad is popular for street food as well as royal cuisine. Hyderabadi Biryani, as the name suggests, is prepared here and is popular across the country. You must also try Hyderabadi Haleem and Hyderabadi Marag, which are easily available in the city, especially during festivals. If you want to tickle your taste buds, you can buy tangy flavoured Gongura pickle in Hyderabad.
  11. What’s special in Hyderabad?

    The Charminar, which is a popular tourist place, is the most symbolic icon for Hyderabad. Also known as the Pearl City of India, Hyderabad is a thriving industry for pearls, which you can buy from the jewellery stores located across the city. Hyderabad also has the only heart-shaped lake, Hussain Sagar, with a statue of Buddha constructed in it.
  12. When should I visit Hyderabad?

    The best time to visit Hyderabad is between the months of October and February, when the climate is pleasant, allowing you to throng the markets without feeling the heat which you may feel between the months of March and May. You are likely to witness rainfall in the city if you visit it between June and September. While Hyderabad can be visited during any month of the year, flocking the city during festivals like Eid to witness the markets in their full glory.
  13. Is it safe to travel to Hyderabad?

    Hyderabad is a safe place to visit, even for solo female travellers. The city has a rich heritage which is preserved by people belonging to various communities, who co-exist peacefully in the city and welcome tourists with an open heart. The bustling markets in the old city also allows one to stay out till late without having to fear for their safety.

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