Known as the City of Pearls and Nizams, Hyderabad has a lot to offer to tourists. What better way to enjoy an evening at Charminar with a steaming cup of Irani Chai at Nimrah cafe.
As a travel junkie, all you need to do is book your hotel, refuel your car or motorbikes and get onto that road trip to create some mind-boggling memories. Hyderabad’s location adds as a brownie point as there is ut about thirty places you can rejuvenate your body and soul post a hectic week at work.
The village of Hampi is situated inside the remains of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. A UNESCO World Heritage Site is among the best places to visit near Hyderabad since it houses the ancient Virupaksha Temple besides several other monuments from the bygone era which holds great regards in historical backgrounds. It remains an important religious center to date.
Attractions in Hampi:
Several Hindu temples with Vedic mythology on display inside among the most prominent of these are Achyutaraya Temple, BadaviLinga, MalyavantaRaghunathaswamy temple, and Chandramauleshwara Temple.
The Hazara Rama Temple Complex, although ruined, is famous for its intricate carvings and inscriptions depicting the story of Ramayana. The Vittala Temple Complex the most renowned among 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 (all you budding photographers this one’s for you)and appreciating the ancient architecture. There are huge boulders on the edge of the River Tungabhadra flowing into the adjacent village border. This region is frequented by adventure tourists to practice rock climbing and bouldering since granite rocks are ideal for their exploratory activity.
In the northern part of Karnataka at a distance of 377km with Hospet being the nearest major town. A train to Hospet and then a taxi to the location would be an ideal way to travel.
Best time to visit: October to February
South India is loved for many things right from its rich Dravidian history, to breathtaking coasts or its delectable cuisine! But one thing never associated is snow. When we think of snowfall, we promptly think of Nainital and Manali. But South India isn’t always dry and humid! A small village in Andhra Pradesh, called Lambasingi, is where you can catch sprinkling of snow (if you’re lucky!). These quaint valleys and freezing temperatures, make Lambasingi the only place in the southern region that receive snowfall.
Besides the ethereal beauty, this place is home to an isolated tribal community, working on pepper and coffee plantation offers a beautiful sight to behold.
Perched 1000 meters above sea level, this misty hill station in Visakhapatnam’s Chintapallitown is fondly known as the ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’. Another name for Lambasingi is ‘KorraBayalu’, in translation means “if someone stays out in the open at night, by morning they would freeze like a stick!”
Throughout the year, the tiny village is covered with an ethereal white mist that swirls and moves with the wind, but in the winter (from November to January), the temperature in Lambasingi goes as low as zero degree Celsius, with bouts of snowfall intermittently.
Best time to visit: November to January
Adilabad a small town in Andhra Pradesh is home to a multicultural society.
Mavala Lake, built during the Nizam period, is on the outskirts of Adilabad and has a park next to it. The Kuntala and Pochera Falls are natural attractions in this region. Shivaram Wildlife Sanctuary is around 66kilometers from here and one can spot marsh crocodiles in the River Godavari flowing here. Other sanctuaries in the area are Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary and Pranahitha Wildlife sanctuary if one wishes.
Stroll around lakes, Explore flora and fauna in wildlife sanctuaries, Visit parks and waterfalls and many more.
Location: North of Hyderabad
Distance: 303 km
Best time to visit: October to March
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 GurudwaraJhiraSaheb 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 blackbucks 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 the 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 the 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 MallelaTheertham. 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.
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 ChandralaParameshwari temple at Sannati village, Deval, and Ghanagapur villages. The other attractions are Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah, Jama Masjid, Jevargi, SharanaBasaveshwara Temple and Narayanapura Dam. This place is perfect for an activity-packed weekend. You must try JoladaRotti, Malpuri, and HooranaHoligeare 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
The 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.
This urban tourist spot is a major pilgrimage site with many temples built on the Godavari 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.
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 visited 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
These places offer affordable staying options so you can bury the idea that trips mean a huge expenditure. If you are traveling on 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!
Best time to visit: December and January