PLACES NEAR HYDERABAD
1) Pocharam dam reservoir
110 km. from Hyderabad, 15 kms from medak town on the medak-yellareddy road. A nice drive (car/bike) of 100 km on the Hyderabad - Narsapur - Medak road takes you to medak town.15 km from medak is the Pocharam lake. A nice place to have a picnic as well as camping. You can go play in the water also, but it will be muddy or thorny at some places.
2) The Koil sagar reservoir
The Koil sagar reservoir stretches across the Peddavagu, a minor tributary of the Krishna River. The western stretch of this picturesque reservoir is surrounded by high hills, making it a beautiful spot and is a treat for sore eyes during sunrise and sunset. 133 km from Hyderabad on the Bengaluru highway.
3) Orvakkal rock gardens
230 km from hyderabad, on the kurnool-kadapa highway. these rock formations will blow your mind away. A lake is the middle of these rock formations and completes the picture for a perfect scene.
4) Kuntala falls
Kuntala Waterfalls is claimed to be the highest waterfall of Andhra Pradesh. Kuntala Waterfall, set amid the Sahayadri mountain range in Andhra Pradesh, presents a wonderful vista with its gushing waters. Through the dense forests, River Kadam flows and tumbles gushing at Kuntala from the height of 45 meters, creating the astounding waterfall.
5) Mallelateertham falls
Literally meaning a 'Shower of Jasmines', Mallelateertham is a waterfall showering from a height of about 110 ft just about 180 km away from Hyderabad on the route to Srisailam From the entry gate a descend of about 500-600 ft takes you to the spot which seems like a spring burst out of the seams of the heavens.
6) Ethipotala falls
Another popular spot, near Nagarjuna sagar dam, Ethipotala falls is a 70 ft high river cascade, on the chandravanka river. The course of the chandravanka river after the falls is also very beautiful flowing through an amazing canyon. The base if the falls is a crocodile breeding centre so obviously you cant get into water.
7) Suryalanka Beach
Suryalanka Beach is located in Guntur district is a well known beach with a wide and spacious shore. The waters of the Bay of Bengal are crystal blue and offer a soothing calmness in this area. This beach is widely known as it is the nearest beach from Hyderabad. Frequent buses are available from Guntur to Bapatla where this beach is situated.
8) Bidar fort
Bidar fort is 130 Kilometers from Hyderabad. The Bidar Fort in Karnataka is a beautiful creation from red rock of the then ruler of Karnataka which is surrounded by a triple-moated wall.
9) Devarkonda fort
Devarakonda fort in Nalgonda District was a formidable stronghold of the Recherla velama Kings, this fort now stands amidst ruins. A place worth visiting by antiquity lovers. The fort is surrounded by seven hills with some great rocks and boulder and few patches of dry deciduous forest. Distance from Hyderabad: 115 KM. The best part of it is the exotic location of the waterbody in the fort.
On the southern bank of River Krishna lies the temple town of Srisailam. It is famous for the Mallikarjuna Swamy temple which is the most celebrated temple of Andhar and Telengana and has its ancient roots in 6th century Vijayanagar. The ruler King Harihara Raya is credited to have built this great temple. Also the temple is considered to be one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples devoted to Shiva.
Kurnool is the old capital of Andhra Pradesh and is a lovely place which captivates you. It lies on the southern bank of river Handri and Tungabhadra, which flows through the state of Andhra Pradesh. This city is also considered as one of the entry points to major Hindu pilgrimage places such as the Shrine of Peta Anjaneyaswami, Birla Mandir, Nagareswarasawami, etc making it a cultural hotspot of the region.
Located at a distance of 300 km from Hyderabad, Adilabad provides tourists a wholesome experience with its historical temples, monuments and stunning waterfalls like the Kuntala Waterfalls situated near the Sahyadri mountain ranges. The Pochera waterfalls is situated in the thick forests where the river Godavari cascades from a height of 20 meters.
13) Belum Caves
The Belum Caves is one of nature’s rare wonders, not only is it the largest and longest cave measuring 3,229 mtrs which is open for tourists in India, but it is also well known for its stalactite and stalagmite formations. Belum Caves with its long corridors and fresh water galleries was formed naturally by the constant flow of underground water. The caves reach its deepest point known as Pataalaganga.
A UNESCO world heritage site, Hampi used to be the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire. It lies on the banks of river Tungabhadra in Karnataka. The remnants of the palaces, temples and royal buildings, and reflects the affluence and splendour of the Vijayanagar Emperors.
Located west of Godavari River, Rajahmundry is considered to be the cultural capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is said that Telugu originated from Rajahmundry. The original rulers of the region were the Chalukyas. It has many temples like the ISKCON Temple, Markandeya Temple, Kotilingeshwara temple, etc. Moreover, an evening spent on the banks of the river Godavari is well worth the visit.
Charminar is the most important landmark in the city of Hyderabad. The monument was erected when Quli Qutb Shah shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad. The monument got its name from its structure as it consists of four minarets. The monument looks amazing during the night when it is illuminated. Towards the north of Charminar, there are four gateways known as Char Kaman which are constructed in the cardinal directions. The structure was intended to serve as a Madrasa or a Mosque. It is mainly built of Indo-Islamic architecture along with the incorporation of Persian Architectural elements.
Hussain Sagar Lake
Hussain Sagar Lake is one of the largest man-made lakes situated in Hyderabad. Renowned for its monolith of Lord Buddha placed right at the center of the lake, the place is famously known as a Tank Bund, a popular spot of tourist attraction. Hussain Sagar Lake, Asia's largest artificial lake, has 3 km long dam wall and connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Serving as a major tourist attraction for the city, it is also popular for other activities such as fish culturing, water sports and boat rides etc. Installed after years of successive disaster, the statue was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in the year 1993.
Golkonda Fort is a massive fortress, whose ruins stand proudly even today, displaying the glory of its rich past and some untold sagas of the city's history. The place oozing charm is a must visit. Situated 11km from Hyderabad, Golconda Fort once served as the capital of ancient Golconda Kingdom. However, the fort became renowned and prospered under the rule of Qutub Shahi Dynasty. Being witness to several powerful dynasties and ruler, it has been world famous since ancient times for producing some of the finest gems the world has ever seen including Koo-i-noor, the Hope Diamond.
Once the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, the Chowmahalla Palace was built in Hyderabad. It is located near the famous monument, Charminar and Laad Bazar. The palace is designed very intricately and holds that Nawabi Charm in itself. The Chowmahalla Palace in the city of Nizam, Hyderabad, was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad during their reign. The palace is still the property of Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah, heir of the Nizams. Built over 200 years ago, the palace is well known for its unique style and elegance.
In close proximity to Charminar, this is a rather royal museum, situated in the heart of Purani Haveli housing the memorabilia and artifacts of the then Nizam of Hyderabad. These include 1930 Rolls Royce, Mark V Jaguar and Packard. Among all these treasures and riches of royalty, also find the flattering gold-furnished throne, used during the celebrations, coffee cups made of silver and studded with diamonds, a gold tiffin box with diamonds and more.
Osman Sagar Lake
On the outskirts of Hyderabad, also known as Gandipet is the Osman Sagar lake. Elless world, Ocean park and Treasure island surround this lake, making it a famous tourist destination. The water body was made by building a dam on Moosi River in the year 1920 by Mir Osman Ali Khan and the cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad find a water source in this lake. Spend some relaxed and enjoyable time here, with gardens and a pool, all making it an ideal spot for picnics.
Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad, India, and it is one of the largest masjids in India. Makkah Masjid is a heritage building in the old city of Hyderabad, close to landmarks of Hyderabad like Chowmahalla Palace, Laad Bazaar, and Charminar. The story of the name _ã?Mecca Masjid_ã? stems from how Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, had commanded that bricks be made from soil which was brought from Mecca, considered to be the holiest shrine of Islam.
Planning to go abroad since long, but the visa issue is just not getting fixed, is it? Have you walked your 3 circles saying your prayer at the 'visa temple' yet? On the banks of the Osman Sagar Lake, you will find a temple, you don't see everyday. The Chilkur Balaji temple houses the Visa Balaji or the Visa God, otherwise popular as a shining ray of hope and faith for US-Visa aspirants. It is believed that a visit to the temple, can grant the aspirants, a US Visa.
Ramoji Film city
Ramoji film city is a proud destination of India that attracts millions of people every year due to its unique and beautiful themes. It is said that a movie director can never leave without making a movie here, such is its inspiration. Set up by Ramoji Rao, the head of Ramoji group in 1996, the Ramoji Film City is a beautiful holiday get away with cinematic themes in the happening city of Hyderabad. There is so much for you to see, learn and experience as new treat comes towards you from every nook and corner.
Purani Haveli, one of the significant parts of Hyderabad's golden era is today known for its remarkable exhibits of artwork and talent. It is a beautiful structure comprising great surprises for history lovers. The city of Hyderabad is well known for its royal past and heritage, of which Purani Haveli forms an integral part. Displaying some of the most exquisite forms of craftsmanship, this palace was originally built to serve as the home to the Peshwa of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, Mir Momen.
Known as Kashmir of South India, Papi kondalu is a hill range in Khammam district, one should not miss while in this area. These hills are one of the most visited tourist attraction in Andhra Pradesh. The beautiful scenery all around blends with the lush green hills and sparkling skies. The river is clean and a wonderful place enjoy a boat ride. Papi Kondalu also has a wide variety of natural vegetation and wildlife, that spreads across three districts of Andhra Pradesh.
Salar Jung Museum
The Salar Jung Museum is located at Darushifa, on the southern bank of the Musi River, in Hyderabad. This is one of the three national museums in the country. The collection of the museum was sourced from the property of Salar Jung Family and it has a myriad collection of paintings, sculptures, carvings, manuscripts etc. The Salar Jung Museum is the third largest museum in India and it houses the biggest one-man collections of antique in the whole world.
ISKON is known all over for being some of the most beautiful, active, spiritual and religious centers in the country. One such ISKON temple can be found in the Nampally region in Hyderabad. The main deity in the temple is Lord Krishna. One can also see idols of Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Jagannatha Baladeva-Subhadra and Sri Radha Madana-Mohana. The temple carries out programs of Pujas and Aartis every day while on Sundays, special programs are organized.
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
Somewhere between the city of Hyderabad and a district called Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, is one of India's earliest and largest dams. It is also the second largest dam in the world, built entirely of rock. The attractions that one must not miss while here is a island in the reservoir called Nagarjuna Konda, a Buddhist museum and many excavations and relics related to the Buddhist civilization.
Durgam Cheruvu is lake site palace, located between Hyderabad high tech city and the lake. The lake site poses as an ideal place for family and friends gathering. The visitors here visit mainly for the astonishing sight of sunset the place offers. So, if you want to spend a beautiful and calm evening, the place's serenity gives the inner peace you need after a tiring day.
The only place in Hyderabad where it snows throughout the year, Snow World is quite a hit amongst the locals and the tourists alike. It is the World's biggest and the first snow-themed park in India. It only gets unique with snowfall produced of mineral water. Hence, this is one experience that you must not miss, while in Hyderabad. With almost 3 tonnes of fresh snow added every day, finding ground will not be as easy as you thought in this amusement park.
The Birla Mandir of Hyderabad is built on a hillock of Kalapahad. The temples are constructed completely out of marble brought from Rajasthan. The intricate marble carvings blending the South Indian, Rajasthani and Utkal temple styles of architecture are simply beautiful. Also, the view from its highest point is breathtaking.
B.M. Birla Planetarium and Science & Technological Museum
A one of its kind planetarium, the Birla Planetarium was inaugurated in 1985. With technological help from Japan, this planetarium has had some huge development. With periodical sky shows throughout the day, the theme is varied teaching us about various elements of the universe, such as comets, meteors, the cosmos, the eclipses. With its startling sound quality and the amount of information disseminated, Birla Planetarium and Science Museum is one of the places that a visitor should not miss in Hyderabad.
Nehru Zoological Park
With about a 100 species finding habitat here, the Nehru Zoological Park is one of the most enjoyed attractions in the city. Neighbouring the Mir Alam tank, it is also known as Hyderabad Zoo and houses the Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant as well as panthers, pythons, deer, and antelopes. Given the Proximity to the tank, countless migratory birds also find a second home here. The zoo also hosts safaris and educational shows.
The Toli Masjid is a flamboyant mosque, situated in the suburban area of Karvan, located nearly 2 km away from the Golconda fort. The masjid is one of the many gorgeous memorials in Hyderabad. It is a breathtakingly beautiful example of the architecture of Qutb Shahi. The masjid is embellished by two minarets of about 20 meters on either side.. It was constructed in 1671 by Mir Musa Khan Mahaldar, the known and renowned designer of Qutb Shah. The frontage comprises of five arches, each of which consists of lotus decorations in the spandrels.
AP State Archaeology Museum
AP State Archaeology Museum is now known as Telangana State Archaeology Museum. It is located in the public garden of Hyderabad. It is also one of the most ancient museums not only in Hyderabad but also in entire South India. The site where the museum stood was explored way back in the 19th century by the very well-known archaeologist named Henry Cousens. The architecture of the museum is one of its kind and has its own kind of beauty. It has adapted the Indo-Saracenic style.