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Popular Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad

Getaway Type of Destination Distance from Hyderabad
Warangal Archeological Site 148 Km
Bidar Forts & Religious Sites 147 Km
Nagarjunasagar Dam 165 Km
Mahabubnagar Historic & Religious Sites 134 Km
Karimnagar Forts & Sightseeing 164 Km
  • Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is a popular tourist destination and interesting city to live in, for a number of good reasons, including the richness of its culture and the deliciousness of its food. This beautiful city is replete with structures and buildings from older times that display the kind of architecture any architecture lover would love to see.

    Hussain Sagar Lake and Golconda Fort are good choices in Hyderabad for some peaceful moments. But, if you have explored all that is good in Hyderabad, may be it is time to step out and explore some fun places to visit near Hyderabad. Hyderabad is blessed with some places around it that are worth at least one visit, and can be conveniently visited during weekends. There are so many interesting places near Hyderabad that you may keep spending your weekends ticking off places from your bucket list, but there will always be more places to visit.

    The prominent tourist places near Hyderabad come in variety. If you enjoy hills, there are calm hill stations like Lonavala and Horsley Hills. If you love beaches, you can find beaches close to Hyderabad, too. And, if history and architecture excite you, there are incredible options like Warangal, Bidar, Kurnool, and Hampi at your disposal, that will open for you a window to look into the past of this region.

    Besides, if you are in the mood to experience some spirituality, there are some excellent places with ancient Hindu temples that qualify for perfect weekend destinations. You can also find national parks near Hyderabad if you are a wildlife enthusiasts. Whatever your weekend mood be, you can easily find the right destination to travel to around Hyderabad.

    Check Out these links for a perfect weekend trip from Hyderabad:

    1) List of all the  things you can do on your Hyderabad Trip.
    2) All the Amazing places you can visit on your Hyderabad Trip.
    3) Best Hill Stations near Hyderabad to getaway from city life.
    4) Best Resorts and Outing Places to stay Near Hyderabad.

    The majority of weekend getaways in Hyderabad are located near the city, which will allow you to spend more time at the locations rather than in commuting.
  • One day trip from Hyderabad (Within 200 Kms)

  • 01Warangal


    Warangal city was once ruled by the Kakatiya Dynasty which constructed several monuments like an imposing fortress, stone gateways, the Swayambhu temple dedicated to Shiva, and the Ramappa temple situated near Ramappa Lake. These attractions make it a perfect place to visit near Hyderabad that transports you back in time.

    Attractions: The historical Bhadrakali Temple, dedicated to the eight-handed goddess Bhadrakali, lies in heart of the city and has a huge lake nearby. Warangal Fort, with its massive stone gateways called Kakatiya Toranas and many pillars surrounding the Swayambhudevi Aalayam temple, is a must-visit attraction here.

    The star-shaped Thousand Pillar Temple, located quite near the station, is an ancient heritage site that represents the sculptural beauty of Kakatiyan heritage.

    Activities: Marvel at the splendorous architecture of temples like Bhadrakali, Ramappa and Thousand Pillar. Wildlife spotting can be indulged in at the Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary on the banks of the river Godavari is a great attraction in this tourist place to visit near Hyderabad. Bird watching, photography and boating can be undertaken at the Pakhal Lake which is about 50km from the city centre.

    Location: 148km to the northeast of Hyderabad

    Distance: 148km

    Best time to Visit: October to March

  • 02Bidar


    Bidar, although an urban dwelling now, has prehistoric origins with several dynasties ruling it in succession over the years. Known for its Bidri handicraft products crafted out of metals like silver and other alloys, Bidar has a rich history waiting to be explored during a one day trip from Hyderabad.

    Attractions: A popular tourist spot here is the Bidar Fort, one of the biggest forts in India, which is built in Persian style. Within it are the Gagan Mahal, Rangin Mahal, Takhat Mahal, Chaubara and Solah Khamba Mosque.

    Religious sites like the Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib (one of holiest places for Sikhs), Papnash Shiva Temple and Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple can be part of your itinerary during a weekend getaway from Hyderabad. Domed tombs of Bahmani and Barid Shahi rulers can be found on various locations around the city and have captivating paintings and stucco work done inside them

    Activities: Take a walk in the Bidar fort complex where you can spot various monuments constructed in differing styles. Visit the Bahmani tombs, Chaukhandi and Chaubara to get a peep into history. Enjoy shopping for Bidriware including water jugs, hookahs, candle sticks, cosmetic boxes, dishes and flower vases.

    Location: In the north-eastern part of Karnataka, just near the Andhra Pradesh border.

    Distance: 147km

    Best time to visit: October to February

  • 03Nagarjunasagar

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    A dam constructed on the Krishna River, Nagarjunasagar stands on a site which was once a capital of an old dynasty and the centre of Buddhist teachings in South India. Buddhist monasteries and other monuments found here have been relocated to Nagarjuna’s Hill which is now an island in the middle of the reservoir.

    Attractions: During a one day trip from Hyderabad, you can look forward to viewing panoramic scenery around the dam which is one of the tallest in the world. The lake created by the dam is the third largest manmade lake. Nagarjuna Konda, where the ancient Buddhist excavations have been relocated, is in middle of the waters of Nagarjuna Sagar and can be reached by boat.

    This tourist place near Hyderabad is flocked by hoards of visitors during the monsoon season when all the gates of the dam are opened and splendid views of the water falling through the 26 gates from a height of over 100 meters make it a great place to visit  with your friends.

    On the Krishna River, on the border of Nalgonda and Guntur districts of Andhra Pradesh


    Best time to visit:
    August to February

  • 04Mahabubnagar


    Once known as Palamoor, Mahabubnagar is named after a former Nizam of Hyderabad. Legendary source of the Golconda diamonds (which include the famous Kohinoor), this town has numerous religious and historic sites situated in and around it, making it an ideal weekend getaway near Hyderabad. It has some of the ancient temples in India.

    Attractions: There are quite a few temples in the surrounding area of the town which includes Umamaheshwaram, Alampur, Jetaprolu, and Srirangapur. Another tourist attraction is a 700-year-old banyan tree whose extensive branches cover nearly 3 acres.

    A waterfall named Mallelatheertham in the heart of the Nallamala forest region is among the most beautiful waterfalls in India and can be included in your trip to Mahabubnagar for a family picnic.

    Activities: Go for a day outing to the Jurala and Koilsagar reservoirs which are quite close to Mahabubnagar. Visit the many religious places which were beautifully constructed ages ago and have myths and legends associated with their origins, placing it into a must visit list of tourist places near Hyderabad.

    Location: Mahbubnagar town is the main town of the district of the same name. The district has two rivers namely Krishna and Tungabhadra flowing through it; and it is surrounded by the Nalgonda, Hyderabad, Kurnool, Raichur, Yadgir, and Gulbarga districts of Andhra Pradesh.

    Distance: 134km

    Best time to visit: December to February

  • 05Karimnagar


    A well-known pilgrimage centre with many ancient temples located here, Karimnagar was once the hub of Vedic learning. Part of the district of the same name, this weekend getaway from Hyderabad has been inhabited since pre-historic times as proven by several archeological excavations. 

    Attractions: Barely 16km from the city centre, on the banks of the Manair River is the Elgandal Fort which is historically significant and can be visited during a one day trip from Hyderabad. Devout travellers can pay obeisance at Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple, Dharmapuri, Kondagattu and Mukteshwara Swamy Temple. The lower Manair Dam and Deer Park are other popular sites in Karimnagar.

    Activities: Silver filigree work from Karimnagar is a striking craft that was started here more than 400 years ago. Still practiced by skilled craftsmen, one can purchase jewellery and other household items made in filigree style, from the many handicraft shops located here.

    Location: On the north-western part of Andhra Pradesh, on banks of the river Manair which is a tributary of Godavari.

    Distance: 164km

    Best time to visit: October to March

  • Two day trip from Hyderabad (Within 300 Kms)

  • 06Srisailam

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    The historical town of Srisailam has had a prominent place in the Hindu religion since ancient times. Located in the centre of Nallamala forest in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, this town has one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Shiva within its precincts which makes it one of the most important places to visit near Hyderabad. 

    Attractions: On a two day trip from Hyderabad to Srisailam, one can visit the Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple on top of the Nallamalai Hills. Many devotees take a dip in the Patala Ganga which is considered to be holy and can be reached by a ropeway. Another major attraction here is the Akkamahadevi Caves, an hour-long boat ride away from Patala Ganga.

    Take a jeep ride to the Ista Kameshwari Temple which is located 16km deep in the forest and the path to which is very tumultuous. Ista Srisailam-Nagarjuna Sagar Tiger Reserve is the only tiger reserve in Andhra Pradesh and one can go for wildlife viewing here.

    In the heart of Nallamala forest, on the banks of River Krishna


    Best time to visit:
    November to March

  • 07Kurnool

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    The former capital of Andhra, Kurnool city has strong imprints of its historical origins. Being sited on the edge of the river Tungabhadra, Kurnool has a tropical climate and has the Hundri and Neeva rivers flowing through it. 

    Attractions: This Amazing place near Hyderabad is known for Belum, the centuries-old caves which are the second largest and longest caves in the Indian subcontinent. History buffs can head to the Konda Reddy fort built in the 14-16 centuries and which have ancient Persian and Arabic inscriptions.

    Natural rock formations at the Oravakallu rock garden present a stunning sight and one can go there for a day picnic amid striking surroundings.

    the place also boasts Ummamaheshwara temple in Yaganti, housing a statue of Nandi, Lord Shiva's mount, which is recorded to be growing an inch every 20 years. the place has attracted tourist from all over the world due to it being one of the wonders of India.  

    Activities: One can explore the Belum Caves and view the stalagmite and stalactite formations inside. Bird watching and wildlife viewing at the Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary is a great place to visit near Hyderabad. It can be reached by travelling 40 Kms from Kurnool. 

    Location: To the south of Hyderabad, on the banks of Tungabhadra River

    Distance: 213km

    Best time to visit: December to February

  • 08Gulbarga

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    Also called as Kalburgi, the city of Gulbarga was once part of the Hyderabadi Nizam’s dynasty. Hence, it is dotted with many shrines and domes built in Islamic style.

    Attractions: Gulbarga's old fort, though in ruins now, can be visited to see the number of interesting buildings inside its premises. Amongst these is the Jama Masjid which was built during the late 14th century and has a huge dome along with four smaller ones at the corners and 75 tinier ones spread around.

    A number of grand tombs of Bahmani kings, a shrine dedicated to Syed Muhammad Hussaini better known as Khaja Bande Nawaz and the Sharana Basaveshwara Temple are other tourist places to visit near hyderabad.

    Activities: Chandrampalli Dam, constructed on River Bhima is not too far from Gulbarga. Near it is an island where activities like camping and trekking are enjoyed by tourists. One can also climb a flight of steps along an adjoining hill which has a Hanuman temple on the top. it is one of the famous temples in India and a sacred place to visit from Hyderabad.

    Location: To the east of Hyderabad, in the state of Karnataka

    Distance: 231km

    Best time to visit: October to March

  • 09Guntur


    The bustling city of Guntur is where historically significant monuments can be found in the midst of industrial and business activities. There are several parks, museums, nature conservation sites, forts, resorts and caves and some great places to visit near Hyderabad.

    Attractions: Uppalapadu, a village near Guntur city, is a reputed bird sanctuary and home to around 40 species of migratory birds from Siberia including pelicans and white ibis. Kondaveedu Fort, with 21 stupas, many temples, impressive entrance gateways and pillared halls is built on a hilltop which you can even trek up to.

    Undavalli caves, built in 4th-5th century, have been carved out of solid rocks on a hillside. These caves comprise of temples dedicated to Anantapadmanabha Swamy and Narisimha Swamy. With so many destinations to explore, visitors to Guntur would need at least two days to cover all of them.

    Location: On the eastern coast in Andhra Pradesh

    Distance: 267km

    Best time to visit: September to February

  • 10Mantralayam

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    Also known as Manchale, Mantralayam is a town noted for the burial place of Guru Raghavendra Swami, an influential Hindu saint. Hoards of devotees flock this place to view the Vrindavana (burial place) each year.

    Attractions: The Raghavendra Swamy temple complex along with other religious sites like Anjaneya Swamy temple, Manchalamma temple, Alampur and Kowthalam are the attractions one can visit in Mantralayam during a two day trip from Hyderabad.

    Location: On the banks of the Tungabhadra River in Andhra Pradesh, bordering the neighbouring Karnataka.

    Distance: 275km

    Best time to visit: October to March

  • Weekend Trips from Hyderabad (Within 600Kms)

  • 11Goa

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    Goa was once the colonial outpost of the Portuguese and has managed to retain its old-world charm despite its new-found reputation for being a party hotspot. Thousands of tourists, both domestic and international, visit this state for having a fun-filled vacation which can be both action-packed and relaxing - as one chooses. Goa holds a plethora of adventure activities to do for visitors to enjoy, hence making it a must place to visit near hyderabad.  

     Goa’s numerous beaches are its prime attractions. From isolated and serene ones like Palolem and Cavellosim to bustling ones like Baga and Calangute, where water sports are conducted, tourists are spoilt for choice here.

    Those interested in visiting religious places can head to its synagogues, churches and temples that dot this state. One can also come across charming and quaint bungalows painted in vibrant colours as one drives through the various locales of Goa.

    Activities in Goa:  Water Sports in Goa like parasailing, banana boat ride, jet skiing and snorkelling are possible at several beaches in the North of Goa. For those of you interested in wildlife, Dudhsagar Falls, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are the places to head to.

    Bird watching, boating, photography, water sports, and sightseeing – there is no dearth of activities that one can indulge in while on a long weekend getaway from Hyderabad to Goa.

    Location: Western coast of India, bordering Karnataka and Maharashtra

    Distance: 660km

    Best time to visit: November to February

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  • 12Dandeli


    Dandeli is a small town in close proximity to the Anshi National Park and Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary. It is known as an eco-tourism destination since a wide variety of birds and animals are found here.

    Attractions: Around 25km from Dandeli are the Kavala Caves, the entrance to which can be reached by walking down a thousand steps. There are signs to show that these ancient limestone caves were once inhabited by humans during prehistoric times. These caves are one of the best places to visit in Dandeli.

    Activities to do in Dandeli:  wildlife safaris that are conducted within the Dandeli Anshi Tiger Reserve is among the best things to do in Dandeli. You are likely to catch sight of some of its over 300 bird inhabitants along with animals such as elephants, tigers, sloths, deer, civets etc.

    During a longer weekend getaway from Hyderabad, adventure tourists can indulge in white water rafting in the River Kali that flows nearby and is an active rafting destination throughout the year.

    Location: In the Western Ghats region of North Karnataka

    Distance: 597km

    Best time to visit: October to May

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  • 13Hampi

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    The village of Hampi is placed inside the remains of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and among the best places to visit near Hyderabad since it houses the ancient Virupaksha Temple along with several other monuments belonging to the bygone era and holds great regards in historical backgrounds. It remains an important religious centre till date. 

    Attractions in Hampi: This popular tourist place near Hyderabad has several Hindu temples with Vedic mythology on display inside. The most prominent of these are Achyutaraya Temple, Badavi Linga, Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy temple and Chandramauleshwara Temple.

    The Hazara Rama Temple Complex, although ruined, is famous for its intricate carvings & inscriptions depicting the story of Ramayana. The Vittala Temple Complex is the most renowned among the Hampi ruins with the stone statue in its grounds forming the symbol of Karnataka Tourism.

    Activities to do in Hampi:
    Hampi’s temples are perfect locations for pursuing photography and appreciating ancient architecture. There are huge boulders on the edge of the River Tungabhadra which flows adjacent to the village border. This region is frequented by adventure tourists to practice rock climbing and bouldering since the granite rocks are ideal for their exploratory activity.

    In the northern part of Karnataka with Hospet being the nearest major town.


    Best time to visit:
    October to February

  • 14Lonavala


    The hill station of Lonavala is 2041 feet above sea level and becomes a trekking hub during the monsoon season. Located in the Sahyadri Ranges, it has several caves in its vicinity and many overflowing waterfalls too. due to its easy accessibility, it is one of the most coveted hill stations in the vicinity of Hyderabad.

    Attractions in Lonavala: There are many caves like Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves and Bedsa that are nearby Lonavala. During a visit to this weekend getaway around Hyderabad, one can opt to go to the twin hill station of Khandala along with visiting the two fortresses of Lohagad and Visapur. Another place of interest is the Tungi Fort near the village of Karjat.

    Activities in Lonavala: Many adventure enthusiasts head to Lonavala during the rainy season for trekking expeditions in the valleys around Lonavala. With plenty of waterfalls in the region that are in full spate during this season, the scene is a refreshing one and visitors can expose themselves to a variety of activities in this must place to visit near Hyderabad. 

    Location: Western Maharashtra, on the way between Pune and Mumbai

    Distance: 623km

    Best time to visit: Monsoons

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  • 15Visakhapatnam

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    Vishakhapatnam, or Vizag, is a port city that has the only natural harbor of India. It has one of the most beautiful beaches in India, extensive hill ranges and lush greenery along its entire coastline. Put Vizag into your list of places to visit near Hyderabad, if you like the idea of relaxing on a cosy beach. 

    Attractions: Ramakrishna Beach and the adjacent Lawson’s Bay Beach are the most popular among residents. Kailasagiri Hill has a temple and a big park on its top and one can choose to either drive up or take the ropeway to reach it. Submarine museum, located on the RK Beach, is housed inside a real submarine which was decommissioned years ago.

    Activities: Go for drive along the coastline up to the Rishikonda Beach on the city’s outskirts. Take a walk on the promenade along the RK Beach. Go to the zoological park which is spread over 625 acres. One can escape to the hill station of Araku Valley and also explore the Borra Caves which are not too far from Vizag.

    Location: Coastal Andhra Pradesh, north of the state

    Distance: 588km

    Best time to visit: October to March

  • 16Belum Caves

    Belum Caves
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    With a length of 3229 metres, Belum caves are the longest in the plains of India. Its long passages, large chambers and smooth walls make for interesting viewing as you venture into their interiors.

    Attractions: There is a huge Buddha statue on a hillock near the Belum Caves. A part of the caves known as ‘Meditation hall’ was used by Buddhist Monks earlier. Patalaganga is a perennial stream deep inside these caves. Different formations of stalactites and stalagmites can be seen which appear surreal and some of them even produce musical sounds. 

    Activities: Exploring the caves’ interiors and appreciating the natural beauty of these formations is sure to engage you during a trip to Belum caves. As one views the various structures that were also once inhabited by monks, one is filled with awe at the spiritual ambience of the place.

    Location: To the south of Hyderabad, in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh

    Distance: 319km

    Best time to visit: August to December

  • 17Machilipatnam

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    The port city of Machilipatnam stands at the mouth of the Krishna River, just before it enters the Bay of Bengal. It was once a flourishing centre of sea trade and fishing place near Hyderabad.

    Attractions: Various temples and religious places are located in this city, which include Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, Sri Nageswara Swamy Temple¸ Sri Ramalingeswara and Sri Ranganayakaswamy Temples. Pilgrimage sites like Dattashram, Panduranga Swamy temple, Anjaneya Swamy temple and Sivaganga Temple are visited by thousands of devotees each year during religious festivals.

    Activities: One can head to the Manginapudi Beach which is a fishing hamlet on the city outskirts. Its waters are shallow and the scenery in the backdrop is relaxing, just what one looks for on a day outing.

    Location: Coastal Andhra Pradesh, south-east of Hyderabad

    Distance: 384km

    Best time to visit: October to March

  • 18Pattadakal


    A World Heritage site, Pattadakal stands on the banks of the Malaprabha River. This village in Karnataka is an important tourist destination due to its famed Chalukya monuments and temples which display amazing craftsmanship.

    Attractions: There are a series of ten temples, including a Jain sanctuary, in Pattadakal built in different architectural styles. The largest of all the temples here is Virupaksha temple which is full of intricately made sculptures – a sight to behold for their splendor and magnificence.

    Activities: History buffs, photography enthusiasts and travellers with a keen eye for ancient architectural marvels as well as spiritual souls will have plenty to keep them occupied during a long weekend getaway from Hyderabad to Pattadakal.

    Location: Karnataka’s Bagalkot district, 22km from Badami

    Distance: 398km

    Best time to visit: January to April

  • 19Adilabad


    Adilabad is a small town of Andhra Pradesh and is home to a multicultural society. This tourist place lies North of Hyderabad.

    Attractions: Mavala Lake, built during the Nizam period, is just on the outskirts of Adilabad and has a park next to it. Kuntala and Pochera Falls are natural attractions in this region. Shivaram Wildlife Sanctuary is around 66km from here and one can spot marsh crocodiles in the River Godavari flowing here.

    Other sanctuaries located in the area are Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary and Pranahitha Wildlife sanctuary which are apt choices if one wishes to sight wild beings.

    Location: North of Hyderabad

    Distance: 303km

    Best time to visit: October to March

  • 20Rajahmundry

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    This urban tourist spot is a major pilgrimage site with many temples built on the Gadavari River’s edge, and boasts of being listed in the best tourist places to visit near Hyderabad. Rajahmundry is also considered the cultural capital of Andhra since the state’s language, Telugu, is said to have originated here.

    Attractions: The River Godavari, with its three long bridges and several ghats and parks on its banks, is the prime attraction here. ISKCON temple, Markandeya temple and Kotilingeshwara temple are all sited on the river’s edge and can be visit during a day trip to the city.

    Activities: Go for a boat cruise on the Godavari River to get a different view of Rajamundry. 

    Location: Eastern coastal Andhra Pradesh, on the banks of River Godavari

    Distance: 399km

    Best time to visit: December and January

  • 21Badami


    Previously known as Vatapi, Badami is famed for its rock cut temples and is located in a narrow valley at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone projection that surrounds the Agastya Lake. Badami is well-known for its 4 sandstone cave temples which differ architecturally from each other.

    Attractions: There are several striking, stone carved temples found here including the Bhutanatha temple, the Dattatreya temple, the Mallikarjuna temple, temple of Banashankari, Agasthya Tirtha, temples of Goddess Yellamma, Mallikarjuna, Datttreya and Virupaksha – all built over several centuries.

    There is also a dargah, a Buddhist cave, and a Jain temple situated here. Apart from these, you can visit the Badami Fort situated on top of the hill which provides the entire view of the ancient town below.

    Activities: During a longer weekend getaway from Hyderabad to Badami, one can look forward to seeing cave temples, gateways, forts, inscriptions and sculptures. This site is sure to leave its visitors spell-bound with its unmatched architectural uniqueness. 

    Location: In Bagalkot district of Karnataka

    Distance: 418km

    Best time to visit: September to February

  • 22Maredumilli and Rampachodavaram

    Maredumilli and Rampachodavaram

    Both Maredumilli and Rampachodavaram are well-known picnic spots due to the waterfalls that are located here. These cascades brim with rain waters soon after monsoons and are located within forest areas, making it a pleasant outing to head with friends and family.

    Attractions: Jalatarangini, Amrutdhara and Swarnadhara waterfalls near Maredumilli are quite popular attractions with groups of tourists. Rampa waterfalls and a Shiva temple nearby are the popular destinations in Rampachodavaram.

    Location: East of Hyderabad, near the coast

    Distance: 430km and 451km

    Best time to visit: Soon after monsoons

  • 23Andhari Tiger Reserve, Chandrapur

    Andhari Tiger Reserve, Chandrapur
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    Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is located in the state’s Chandrapur district. Andhari River and Kolsa Lake are major water bodies here where birds and animals head to for splashing around. The Nationaal Park is a must see place to visit near Hyderabad for wildlife enthusiasts on a weekend getaway and one can spot them easily at this site, which makes it a popular place for photography.

    Attractions: Tigers are the major attraction of this animal park. Other than these, there are several species of wild flora and fauna to be sighted here.

    Activities: Jungle safari in open-topped jeeps and mini-buses is possible for those visiting this national park. There is a high likelihood of spotting a large number of unique birds around the Kolsa Lake. 

    Location: Central India, near Nagpur in Maharashtra

    Distance: 431km

    Best time to visit: February to May

  • 24Horsley Hills

    Horsley Hills
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    The picturesque Horsley Hills is a hill station that stands at a height of 4,312 feet above sea-level and with its cool climate, its perfect for a weekend getaway around Hyderabad. Fresh air, stunning views of the surrounding hillocks and thick forests that are a natural treasure trove of deciduous flora and fauna - Horsley Hills offers these and a quiet escape from the city life.

    Attractions: The main tourist attractions around Horsely Hills are the Gangotri and Mansarovar Lakes, Highview Point, Gaalibanda, Environmental Park and the Horsley Hills Museum.

    Activities: Adventure activities like zorbing, rappelling and trekking are conducted here which can be tried on your trip to this quiet retreat. Close by Horsley Hills is the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary and elephant reserve where one can expect to catch sight of wild creatures.

    Location: On the south of Andhra Pradesh, near the border with Karnataka

    Distance: 528km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

  • 25Pench National Park

    Pench National Park

    Pench Tiger Reserve stands on the Southern slopes of the Satpura Range. This national park has the River Pench flowing through it and is said to be the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’.

    Attractions: Wild creatures in their natural habitat are the major attractions of Pench National Park Tour.

    Activities: Going for jungle safari to see birds and animals including tiger, leopard, sloth bear, chital, hyena, barking deer, peafowl, pheasant, drongo and robin among others, is the prime activity one can look forward to here. Elephant rides and nature walks on some earmarked jungle trails can also be done.

    Location: Southern Madhya Pradesh, bordering Maharashtra

    Distance: 662km

    Best time to visit: February to April

    As you run through this list of weekend destinations around Hyderabad, you would come to realize the wholesome cultural and natural heritage that is part of Andhra Pradesh. With a rich historic background, most of these places are significant due to their religious sites and ancient monuments. Going for a holiday to any of these places is going to be a welcome break from city life that Hyderabadi travellers look forward to.

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