Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana, is a culturally-rich city and a very popular tourist destination. If you are planning to visit this amazing city anytime soon, make sure that you do visit the five getaways mentioned in this post.
Popularly known as the ‘City of Nawabs’, Hyderabad is the capital of the state of Telangana. The rich cultural heritage of this city is very much evident in the history of India. Right from its mouth-watering delicacies to the large number of tourist destinations around, there is something for everyone in the city.
Not only for tourists, but the city of Hyderabad is also very well connected to every major city in the country by air. You can find several flights from Hyderabad to Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and other popular cities from the domestic section of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad. Whether you are visiting this ‘pearl capital’ of India anytime soon or live here, here is a list of 5 nearby places that you should surely consider visiting.
The historical city of Warangal in Telangana is around 150km from Hyderabad and is one of the most popular weekend getaways from the city. After Hyderabad, Warangal is the 2nd largest city in Telangana. The city was the capital of Kakatiya dynasty between the 12th and 14th century, and many of the beautifully carved monuments from the era still stand strong. Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillar Temple and Bhadrakali Temple are some of the most popular tourist spots.
Around 150kms from the city of Hyderabad is Vemulwada, one of the most popular pilgrimages in the state of Telangana. Founded in the Chalukya dynasty which ruled the area between 6th and 12th century, the place is famous for the Rajarajeshwara Swamy Temple who is believed to be an incarnation of Shiva. Idols of Siddi and Sri Raja Rajeswari Devi accompany the presiding deity that is locally known as Rajanna.
If you love forts, Bidar, a place around 150kms from the city of Hyderabad is where you should be. Some of the top tourist spots in this area include the Bidar Fort, Choukhandi, Bahmani Tombs and Khwaja Mahmud Gawan Madrasa. The place is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. You can take any GoAir or Jet Airways flight to Hyderabad and then travel to Bidar by road.
If a short one-day trip is what you are interested in, the Nagarjunasagar can be a great choice. The spot is usually filled with locals on the weekend looking to spend solitary time away from the deafening clamour of the city. The place has a 124-meter high dam along with Nagarjunakonda. Rides on steamboat are very popular too. If you are planning to stay for a day or more, you can find good hotels in Machrela and Mriyalguda.
- Anantagiri Hills
Located in the Ranga Reddy district of Telangana is a small hill station known as Anantagiri Hills. It has one of the dense forests in the state and is also the birthplace of river Musi. The hill station is around 75kms from Hyderabad and has a host of medieval fort structures, ancient caves and temples to keep you entertained.
While there is no shortage of tourist spots in and around Hyderabad, the ones mentioned above are some of the best if you are looking for a quick getaway. No matter if you are flying to Hyderabad just for the weekend or planning to enjoy a long stay, try to visit as many of these places as possible to experience this rich city at its best.