Known For : Charminar Golconda Fort Ramoji Film city
A city of contrasts, Hyderabad exudes an old-world charm of its own with the Old City (Charminar side), Hitech City (Cyberabad) and the other areas lying between the old and the new. The capital and the largest city of Telanaga, Hyderabad is home to stately mosques and noisy bazaars lined parallelly alongside swanky new office buildings and malls, and it is these very contrasts – these glimpses into the city’s rich past with inherent promises of an even better future –that make Hyderabad a city worth visiting. Maybe even more than once.
Best Time: September to March
Known For : Secunderabad Clock Tower Shamirpet Lake Hussain Sagar Lake
Located presently in the Indian state of Telangana, Secunderabad has been called the "Twin city of Hyderabad". The city, located on the northern part of the Deccan Plateau, was established in 1806 by the English as a cantonment after they defeated the Asaf Jahi dynasty. While Hyderabad has still retained the influences of the Nizam's rule in its culture and architecture, Secunderabad has a more English touch to it as it was under the British until 1948.
Located in the district of Warangal in Telangana, Medaram is a tiny village. With a scanty population of approximately 3000 people, the most noticeable thing about the dainty village is it's rich and vibrant aesthetics. Medaram is popular not only in India, but is a name known in the world due to its 'Sammakka Sarakka Jatara', which is Asia's biggest biennial tribal fair. It is a grand and pompous fair that attracts millions of pilgrims to the village. You can taste peculiar and true village life, even in the 21st century only at this magnificent village.
Inavolu Mallanna Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Mallikarjun Swami who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. It was built by the Karkatiya Kings in the 11th century. The astounding temple architecture with beautiful carvings on the pillars and the walls emphasise on the religious importance the shrine had during their reign. The annual Mallana Jatra is celebrated with great enthusiasm at the temple.
Warangal is prominent for the several remarkable lakes it has incorporated in its topography, it was also the former capital of Kakatiya dynasty. Laknavaram Cheruvu or Laknavaram Lake is a man-made wonder tucked away from civilisation in the Govindaraopet just 80 kilometres from Warangal, cradled by lush green dense forest cover and glorious hills. Laknavaram lake in the Bhupalpally district in the state of Telangana is locally famous by the name of Laknavaram Cheruvu. The lake amasses an area of over a whopping 10,000 acres.
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.
Known For : Nandikonda Mattapalli Panagal (Panagallu)
Nalgonda is a city in Telangana, with deep-rooted rich history and equally intriguing cultural heritage. With its roots going back to Paleolithic Age proved by enough evidence excavated from Yeleswaram, Nalgonda also displays the hints of Neolithic culture with the further unearthing of sling stones and other such objects. The city derives its name from a combination of two Telugu words 'Nalla' and 'Konda' meaning 'Black Hills'.
Best Time: November to February
Known For : Narsimha Swami Temple Khammam Fort Palair Lake
Khammam city, erstwhile known as Kammamet, is the fourth largest city in the Indian state of Telangana. It is located in the state of Telangana, approximately 200 km from the capital Hyderabad. A historically significant city, Khammam hosted many movements during India's freedom struggle. The Khammam Fort, which had periods of reign by both Hindu and Muslim leaders, is a famous cultural landmark of the city, and a popular tourist destination.
Best Time: October to March
Karimnagar is a flourishing city in the Indian state of Telangana, located at a distance of 164 km from the state’s capital, Hyderabad. It boasts of noteworthy architecture and vibrant history. The city has a remarkable influence of the Telugu as well as Persian cultures. Be it the picturesque Lower Manair Dam and the Mallareddypet waterfalls or the humanmade Nampally Gutta, Karimnagar has plenty of charming venues and activities for its visitors. It is also famous for its heritage sites such as Gandhi centenary Museum. Karimnagar is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to relive the bygone era.
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.
The magnificent structure of Ramappa Temple is situated about 77 kilometres away from the main city of Warangal, right in the heart of the ancient capital of the Kakatiya Dynasty. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is believed to have been constructed over a period of 40 years. It was built by General Recherla Rudra during the period of the Kakatiya ruler Ganapati Deva. The edifice of Ramappa Temple is an exquisite example of Kakatiya style of design and is covered in detailed carvings that depict the life in the olden times.
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.
Known For : Papi kondalu Hills Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Temple
Bhadrachalam can be a refreshing place to visit with a share of instances from the Ramayana, a glorious palace, a vibrant river and mystical terrain and surroundings. One of the major attractions of Bhadrachalam is the Sita Ramachandraswamy temple. One can also visit the Abhaya Anjaneya temple. The majestic River Godavari is found winding with its vast stretch of sand all throughout the town and is considered to be very holy. It can also be the host to a number of water sports that makes the river be a delightful experience.
Best Time: September to Apr
The Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in the Telangana region located about 110 kilometres from Warangal. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary due to its rich biodiversity by the former Hyderabad Government in 1953. The sanctuary has unique features spread across its length and breadth which one cannot stop praising.The Dayyum Vagu River flows through the sanctuary making it appear even more beautiful and separating it into two parts.