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One of the most interesting cities to visit in India is Hyderabad. Weekends are the perfect time to escape to one of the many places to visit near Hyderabad. Also Hyderabad’s proximity to other popular attractions like hill stations, religious sites, national parks, etc.

Makes it an excellent central point for discovering a lot of what Southern India has to offer. Along with the aforementioned reasons and being culturally rich, Hyderabad manages to cement itself as one of India’s top tourist destinations.

 

Here is the list of Best Places to Visit near Hyderabad

So, here is our list of Top Most Beautiful Places to Visit near Hyderabad for your last minute weekend trips. 

 

1. Ananthagiri Hills ( A Trekkers Paradise in Telangana)

 

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Set amid the Eastern Ghats, Ananthagiri Hills is a beautiful retreat 90km away from Hyderabad city. One of the earliest human habitat areas, Ananthagiri is a hill town of ancient caves, temples, medieval fort palaces that showcases the history of the area.

The place offers some of the best trekking trails and thus serves as a trekker’s paradise. Breathtakingly gorgeous and absolutely scintillating, the town oozes out charm mixed with the whiff of coffee aroma and beauty of exotic flora. With romanticism in every aspect of the region, it is a perfect place for honeymooners as well as family vacationers.

 

2. Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Timings : 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Time Required : INR 300 including entry fee and guide

Entry Fee : 2-3 hours

Location: https://shorturl.at/djlAX

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 travelers by surprise.

The Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary provides a trekking trail which stretches over for 4.5 km and passes through the thick forest growth. It makes up for a thrilling experience for the tourists who get to enjoy the ambience of the forest along. The thin branches of the trees intertwine with each other making the jungle appear very thick.

Tourists can wash their feet in the water flowing from the nearby dam. As exciting as it sounds, care needs to be taken while enjoying the trek. The place offers an experience which is fun-filled, exciting, and adventurous. It is likely to provide the best getaway from the hectic life in the midst of tranquility and peace.

 

3. Medak Fort

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Location: https://shorturl.at/djF59

Timings : 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Time Required : 1 – 2hrs

Medak Fort is situated in Telangana, 96 km’s 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.

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4. Yadagiri Gutta

 

Time Required : 1-2 Hours

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

Location: https://shorturl.at/yFM23

Believed to be the abode of Lord Narasimha, Yadagiri Gutta is one of the most popular and frequently visited Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Located around 60 km away from the main city of Hyderabad, Yadagirigutta is extremely popular among devotees and is also known as Lakshmi Narasimha Temple and witnesses a rush of not less than 5,000 to 8,000 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.

Lord Narasimha is known as ‘Vaidya Narasimha‘ or doctor and it is believed that He cures anyone visiting the temple of any chronic or longstanding disease. The entire temple complex is made of stone and it spreads over an area of 14 Acres. Apart from its religious importance, the location of the temple atop a hill makes for some gorgeous views and refreshing escapades.

 

5. Medak Cathedral

 

Timings : Weekdays: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Sundays – 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Time Required : 1 – 2hrs

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

Location: https://shorturl.at/sxzSZ

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 colors used in the construction of the church were imported from Britain.

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6. Kulpakji Jain Mandir

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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 Tirthankaras as well. The temple architecture with stunning stone carvings draws tourists in large numbers.

 

7. Chilkur Balaji Temple

 

Timings : 5:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 hrs

Entry Fee : No entry fee

Location: https://shorturl.at/diFHI

Chilkur Balaji Temple is situated in the picturesque village of Chilkur, about 30 kilometers away from Hyderabad. It is also called the VISA Temple, and sits prettily on the banks of the Osman Sagar Lake, near the Vikarabad Road. It is believed that paying your obeisance to the presiding deity, Lord Balaji Venkateshwara, along with Sridevi and Bhoodev can grant your wishes of gaining a USA Visa!

The temple houses the Visa Balaji or the Visa God! 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.

Chilkur Balaji Temple or Chilkoor Balaji Temple, as it is sometimes referred to, is also reputed for being the oldest one in Telangana and is believed to have been built half a millennium ago during the time of Madanna and Akkanna, the uncles of Bhakta Ramadas. Chilkur Balaji is also the only temple in India which has continued to stay out of government control and which does not accept any monetary donations from its devotees. The temple is so popular that around 75,000 to 1,00,000 devotees visit the temple every week.

 

8. Sri Vidya Saraswathi Shani Temple

 

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Sri Vidya Saraswathi Shani Temple complex has shrines dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi, Lord Shani, Lord Ganesh 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 Lakshmana, and Goddess Lakshmi.

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9. Rachakonda Fort

 

Timings : 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Time Required : 1 – 2hrs

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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.

A great historical significance can be drawn from the way the fort has been constructed and layered over two adjacent hills. The typical structure of a fort with courtrooms and dorms does not exist here, it is more of defense walls, gateways and bastions that are still intact.

The trek can be done by beginners but prepare well, since the trail at some portions consists of one foot tall stone rocks and can get exhausting.

 

10. Mrugavani National Park

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Timings : Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday: Closed

Time Required : 1 Hour

Entry Fee : For Entrance: INR 10 Per Person
For Safari: INR 50 Per Person

Best Time to Visit : June to September

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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 favorite 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 mesmerizing view of the wildland below.

Besides providing the experience of witnessing exotic species of flora, fauna and avifauna; the Mrugavani 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.

 

11. Ramoji Film City

 

Timings : 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Entry Fee : General Guided Tour (without Food)- Adult: INR 900 & Child (3-12 years): INR 800. 

Ramoji Star Experience (with Food) – Adult: INR 1900 & Child (3-12 years): INR 1600

Location: https://shorturl.at/tuwCJ

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, Ramoji Film City is a spectacular getaway a little outside the city of Hyderabad. It is spread over 2500 acres and has been certified as the World’s largest Film Studio Complex by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Ramoji Film City 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. Being one of the most popular places to visit in Hyderabad, one can reach Ramoji Film City through a number of packaged tours and buses that leave regularly from the city.

 

12. Bhongir Fort

 

Timings : Monday – Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Entry Fee : For Adult: INR 10
For Children: INR 5

Built By : Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI

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A majestic structure that reflects the relics of the 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. In fact, the fort is also bastioned with fosse which makes it completely impregnable. Further, the fort also features underground chambers, secret places for weapons, trap doors and stables.

Two ponds and some deep wells are also found within the premises of the fort. Situated to the entrance of the fort is an idol of Sardar Sarvai Panappa, who served as the onetime ruler of this fort as well as the monarch of Goud community. To reach this amazing structure, tourists can either take the stairway or trek along the steep path.

 

13. Osman Sagar Lake

 

Best Time to Visit : October – March

Timings : Monday – Sunday: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Entry Fee : INR 5 Per Person

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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.

 

14. Keesaragutta Temple

 

Timings : 6:00 AM – 12:45 PM and 3:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Time Required : 2 hours

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

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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.

The Temple has a Veda Pathshala where the students learn shlokas, rituals and Hindu scriptures. Thousands of devotees travel to visit the temple every year during Mahashivratri, there is a grand celebration of 5 days and the temple is absolutely packed during that time.

 

15. Pakhal Lake

 

Timings : 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : No entry fee

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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 tranquility makes it a favorite spot for picnics and nature enthusiasts.

A man-made lake built during the Kakatiya Dynasty by the King Ganapati Deva in 1213 AD, it was made to serve the farmland activities. The creation of ancient times, even today, is seen performing its duty of providing water for irrigation. Approximately 3 Lakh acres of land is surviving over its waters. 

Located next to the Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary, established in the year 1952 by the makers of this lake, the Pakhal Lake also provides natural heaven to the wild animals amongst the range of low hills and a plateau with safe ambience. This is the reason; one even spots a wide range of species of flora and fauna near the lake.

 

16. Shilparamam

 

Entry Fee : For Adults – INR 40;
For Kids – INR 20

Timings : Monday – Sunday: 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Time Required : 1 Hour

Location: https://shorturl.at/kJT48

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, Shilparamam has a rock museum, rural museum, a recreational area and boating activities for visitors.

 

17. KBR National Park

 

Timings : Monday – Sunday: 5:00 AM – 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Time Required : 1 Hour

Entry Fee : For Adults – INR 20 
For Kids – INR 10

Location: https://shorturl.at/hsEU0

Located in the Jubilee Hills area of Hyderabad, KBR National Park, or Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Park, also known as Chiran Fort Palace is a world-famous national park. Boasting of picturesque beauty and a wide variety of flora, fauna and avifauna.

The park is also known as ‘jungle amidst the concrete jungle’ and was recently declared a National Park in 1998. The complex houses the Chiran Fort Palace, a Mor bungalow on a hillock, Gol bungalow, stables for pet animals, motor khana for the vehicles, several water tanks and wells, all of which are enveloped by a dense forest.

The park is a beautiful respite from the hustle-bustle of the city life and is frequented by locals and tourists alike; to unwind and rejuvenate in the surroundings of rich wildlife and bounteous nature.

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Raj Shekar

“I would travel down to hell and wrestle a film away from the devil if it was necessary.” “when people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films’.”