Hyderabad as a city has a lot to offer to the tourists. There is the Charminar and a steaming cup of Irani Chai at Nimrah cafe is waiting for you. If you are already done with your city travel, you can visit some nearby places which can be accessed by car or bikes. If you love traveling by train or bus there are places too and it is just an overnight journey. All you have to do is to book the hotel tickets, refuel your car or motorbikes and leave for a road trip. Hyderabad’s location is another brownie point for people who love to travel on the road and has the bohemian spirit! There are almost thirty places that you can visit from Hyderabad, here are the top ten must-visit places that you can visit to rejuvenate your body and soul after a hectic week at work.
If you love Indian history and want to travel in a time machine of sorts then Bidar is a perfect choice. You can visit the magnificent Bidar fort, Bahmani tombs, Choukhandi and Mahmud Gawan Madrasa. The Gurudwara Jhira Saheb will simply take your breath away. You can take a dip in the cool water of the Amritkund located inside the Gurudwara before you take a peek at the large prayer hall. If you love animals and birds Bidar has a special offering for you too. You can spot black bucks and rare birds near the Blackbuck resort. If you are staying at the resort then you can book a safari and nature trek. You must carry a good camera, binoculars, and a wide sun hat. When you are at Bidar you must go to the marketplace and watch the Bidri artists making the unique Bidriware. This Persian art form with Indian influence is unique to Bidar. You can carry mementos back home and also good memories.
Warangal is situated just 143kms away from Hyderabad and it is a part of the newly formed Telangana state. It was once the ruling seat of Kaktiya dynasty and this evident through the ruins of beautiful fort and temples. If you are a historiophile and love ancient architecture then you must visit the Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillar Temple, Bhadrakali temple and the Ramappa temple. If you are traveling by your own car or bike you can stop at places like Bhongir fort, Pembarti, Jangoan and Kolanupaka (Jain temple) on your way to Warangal. Since it is a well-fortified city getting accommodation will not be tough and promise this trip will not burn a hole in your pocket.
Srisailam is located 213kms from Hyderabad and you can visit this place in coming monsoon or winter. It is the perfect weekend holiday spot with friends or family. A trek of the Akkamahadevi caves will be something to look forward to. You can access the cave via a ropeway or by boat. If you have a spiritual side then Srisailam has a host of temples to offer, namely the Mallikarjuna Temple, IshtaKameshwari temple and Mallela Theertham. Spend a relaxed evening near Srisailam dam. This place is very popular with tourists traveling from Hyderabad.
There are lots you can actually do at Guntur. If you are an active traveler with a lot of stamina then you can visit the Uppalapadu Nature Conservation, Ethipothala Falls, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Krishna Barrage, Mangalgiri and Viswa Nagar. If you love to enjoy a lazy weekend then Suryalanka beach is just right for you. A bath in the cool waters of the sea is a great way to beat the heat.
If you love nature and landscape then Papikondalu is the right choice. It is located on the holy Godavari river and it is 100 kilometers away from Rajahmundry. A ride on the luxury cruise is the main attraction of this place. This cruise will take you to places like Papi hills, Gandipochamma temple and Perantapalli Ashram and Temple. From the boat, you can get a view of the hills, the sunset, Devipatnam and the famed Polavaram project area. One day trip is enough for this place but if you enjoy solitude you can always extend your stay!
It is located just 164 kilometers from Hyderabad and it is a good option for a one day trip. You will enjoy a steamboat ride on the 124-meter high dam and get a view of the isolated Nagarjunakonda. You will get accommodation at Macherla or Mriyalguda from where you have to travel to Nagarjunasagar. Here you can enjoy the bliss of solitude away from human habitation and fill your lungs with fresh oxygen.
This is a place where you would like to ‘Eat, Pray and Love’. History buffs will love to visit the Bahmani fort and admire the architecture. Those who enjoy the countryside would love to have a peek at Chandrampalli village, the dam and Chandrala Parameshwari temple at Sannati village, Deval, and Ghanagapur villages. The other attractions are Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah, Jama Masjid, Jevargi, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple and Narayanapura Dam. This place is perfect for an activity-packed weekend. You must try Jolada Rotti, Malpuri and Hoorana Holige are the dishes you might try when you are visiting Gulbarga.
If the jungle and adventure beckon you then a visit to Dandeli is a must. Here you can enjoy white water rafting, nature walks, boating, bird watching and stay in camps at night. Adventure hungry souls should visit the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and trek to the caves located nearby.
Horsley Hills and Talakona
Green mountains of Horsley Hills will give you a panoramic view of nature and shutterbugs will go crazy here. It is located 528 kilometers away from Hyderabad. Here you can visit the Mallamma Temple, Talakona Waterfalls, and Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. You might like to extend the weekend at Horsely Hills or you might want to stay there forever!
Maredumalli and Rampachodavaram
Perfect time to visit these places is monsoon since these places are famous for waterfalls like Jaltaringini Waterfalls, Swarnadhara, Amruthadhara Waterfalls and Rampa Waterfalls. You have to trek to reach the waterfalls so you will have a chance to interact with nature and enjoy a bit of adventure. Nature has a lot to offer in these two places. Andhra Pradesh Forest Department has made provisions for accommodating and you must try the bamboo chicken once you are here.
These places offer affordable staying options so you can bury the idea that trips mean a huge expenditure. If you are traveling by your own transport it is even cheaper. These towns may be away from human habitation but have the necessary facilities. If you are struck by wanderlust after having a look at this list, all you have to do is to pack your bags and hit the road. So keep calm and discover new places and tickle your taste buds with new flavors!