Known For : The Borra Hills and Caves Araku Tribal Museum Musi River
Set amid the Eastern Ghats, Ananthagiri is a beautiful retreat where majestic hills in the backdrop flirt with clouds all the time.
Best Time: October to March
Spread over an area of 130 square kilometres, the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary was set up in 1952 which was the hunting ground of the then Nizam. Named after the Pocharam Lake which was formed here after the Pocharam Dam was constructed on the River Allair between 1916 to 1922, this place is a scenic beauty with all the surrounding hills. The dreamlike beauty of the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary takes many tourists and travellers by surprise.
Medak Fort is situated in Telangana, 96 kms from Hyderabad and stands strong as an architectural masterpiece of the bygone era. Currently, the fort is mostly in ruins but it is still an important tourist attraction of the city.
The abode of Narasimha, Yadagiri Gutta is one of the most popular and frequently visited Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is also renowned as Laksmi Narasimha Temple and witnesses a rush of not less than 5000 to 8000 pilgrims every single day! These devotees come here to seek the great lord's blessings, offer him their vows and prayers, perform poojas and Abhishekams, and carry out the Sasawata Kalayanam.
Built in the Gothic Revival style, Medak Cathedral is one of the most gorgeous and striking churches in India. It is believed that the mosaic tiles of six different colours used in the construction of the church were imported from Britain.
Kulpakji Jain Mandir is an ancient temple considered to be of great significance to the Jain community. It is believed that the original idol of Lord Adinath was installed here. The temple complex houses idols of eight Jain Teerthankaras as well. The temple architecture with stunning stone carvings draws tourists in large numbers.
Located about 30 kilometres away from Hyderabad, the famous Chilkur Balaji Temple is located in the small picturesque village of Chilkur and is a favourite pilgrim spot. The temple is situated on the banks of the Osman Sagar Lake, near the Vikarabad Road. The presiding deity at the Chilkur Balaji temple is Lord Balaji Venkateswara, along with Sridevi and Bhoodevi accompanying him. The temple houses the Visa Balaji or the Visa God, otherwise famous 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. The belief finds its roots in an incident when a few students who had their Visa applications rejected, came and prayed here only to have their applications accepted. The steps to pray for a visa here include a usual prayer and three rounds of pradakshina around the temple, followed by 108 rounds after getting the Visa.
Sri Vidya Saraswathi Shani Temple complex has shrines dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi, Lord Shani, Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva. The complex was built by a scholar in the field of astrology and an ardent devotee of the Goddess. The temple has a famous Victory Pillar which bears the sculptures of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lord Laksmana, and Goddess Lakshmi.
Rachakonda Fort is situated in the Indian state of Telangana, 56 kms from Hyderabad. Constructed around 1360 AD, the fort is a masterpiece of the Kakatiya dynasty. It also offers a beautiful 360 degree view of the surroundings.
Located in the slightly silent and remote region of Chilkur in Hyderabad in the state of Telangana, Mrugavani National Park is the most popular weekend getaway for the locals and a common favourite destination of the tourists. Sprawling over a vast area of 1211 acres, the park houses a whopping 600 species of animals and plants. The park was declared a National Park only in 1994 and has been a hit ever since. In addition to birdwatching and jungle safaris, the park also houses a tall tower that lets you take a look at the mesmerising view of the wildland below. Besides providing the experience of witnessing exotic species of flora, fauna and avifauna; the national park also has a jungle resort which allows you to unwind and relax amidst nature. If you are in or around Hyderabad, Mrugavani National Park is a must-visit destination that should not be missed.
A place that is perfect for all the lovers of cinema and Bollywood! Set up by Ramoji Rao, the head of Ramoji group in 1991, the Ramoji Film City is a beautiful holiday get away with cinematic themes, a little outside the city of Hyderabad. There is so much for everyone to see, learn and experience as you walk the theme park. It is also certified as the World's largest Filmstudio Complex by the Guinness Book of World Records spread over an area of 2500 acres. Ramoji Film City is one of the foremost destinations of India that attracts millions of people every year 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. It can accommodate 20 film units at one go and has various shooting locations including London Street, Hollywood signage, Japanese gardens, airport, hospital, landscapes and buildings as well as laboratories.
A majestic structure that reflects the relics of 12th century is a Fort of Bhuvanagiri or Bhongir constructed by Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya, a Chalukya ruler. Sprawling over an area of 40 acres, this fort is nestled atop of a hill nearly 500 feet above the ground level. Renowned for its impressive architecture and geometric structure, the fort is oval shaped and comprises of two entry points.
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.
Keesaragutta Temple is a Hindu temple situated on the hill of Keesaragutta in Secunderabad. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his companions Bhavani and Shivadurga. Lord Laxmi Narsimha and Lord Rama with his wife Sita have different shrines dedicated to them. A huge pristine Hanuman idol stands right beside the temple.
Around 50 km away from Warangal city is the beautiful Pakhal Lake which is spread over an area of 30 sq km. Set amidst the lush green forests and hills, the human-made lake forms a highly picturesque location.The lake also borders a wildlife sanctuary located at its shore. The chirping of birds mingled with rejuvenating breeze and tranquillity makes it a favourite spot for picnics and nature enthusiasts.
Situated in Madhapur area of Hyderabad, Shilparamam is a traditional crafts village created with the idea to preserve and conserve traditional crafts. The village has been set amidst cascading waterfalls and lush greenery; it has sections designated to depict each region of the country. Besides, it has a rock museum, rural museum, a recreational area and boating activities for visitors.
Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park, i.e. KBR National Park is situated in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad City, Telangana. KBR park boasts of rich flora and fauna and provides a pleasant respite from the din and chaos of the city. Also known as Chiran Fort Palace, the park is divided into conservation zone where entry is restricted and visitors zone where tourist entry is regulated. It is a sprawling 390 acres of lush green land and is often described as the jungle amidst the concrete jungle.
So, here is our list of places to visit near Hyderabad within 100 kms for your last minute weekend trips. Let us know in the comments below how many you have covered!!