The busy capital of the newly formed state of Telangana is a beautiful place on its own. But, one cannot find the spirit of wild and adventure in their own city and so, I have made this list to help you plan your weekend getaway this monsoon.
1) Bidar :
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Bidar is a city which has an interesting historic significance and origin. Bidar is famous for its handcrafted handicrafts made out of metals. The city of Bidar owes its rich cultural heritage to the numerous dynasties which ruled over this splendid city.
Distance from Hyderabad : 150 kilometers.
Things to do in Bidar :
- Explore the complex Bidri fort.
- Shop for various Bidri handicrafts as souvenirs.
Places to visit in Bidar :
- Visit the tombs of Bahmani and Barid Shahi rulers.
- Visit the Gurdwara Nanak Jhira Sahib.
2) Belum caves :
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Belum caves are one of the longest natural caves in India with a length of 3229 meters. Musical sounds made by the ancient stalactites and stalagmites along the long passageways of the cave make up a beautiful symphony that one will fall in love with.
Distance from Hyderabad : 320 kilometers
Things to do in Belum caves :
- Explore the caves.
Places to see in Belum caves :
- The underground perennial stream “Patalganga”.
- Visit the ancient meditation hall used by Buddhist monks.
- Marvel at the giant Buddha statue near the entrance of the caves.
3) Adilabad :
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Adilabad is a small and a multicultural town which has been blessed with an beautiful green foliage. The town of Adilabad is beautiful and has a welcoming aura to it. One can visit the many natural attractions which lead beauty to this town.
Distance from Hyderabad : 300 kilometers.
Things to do in Adilabad :
- Trek to Pochera and Kuntala falls
Places to visit in Adilabad :
- Mavala lake
- Kawal wildlife sanctuary.
4) Badami :
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Badami is a historic and a spiritual city famed for its ancient rock cut architecture. Badami is famous for its four sandstone temples, all of which are architecturally unique from one another. Badami was previously known as Vatapi.
Distance from Hyderabad : 420 kilometers.
Things to do in Badami :
- Go temple hopping.
- Learn the ancient architectural archetypes of the sandstone temples.
Places to visit in Badami :
- Bhutanatha temple.
- Dattatreya temple.
- Agasthya Thirtha.
5) Horsley hills :
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Hoseley hills is a resplendent hill station situated at a height of 4300 meters above the sea level. Horsley hills captures the hearts of people with its cool climate, picturesque valleys and fresh air. The best part is that it is covered with a dense foliage of deciduous forest.
Distance from Hyderabad : 530 kilometers.
Things to do in Horsley hills :
Places to visit in Horsley hills :
- Gangotri and Mansarovar lakes.
- Highview point.
6) Pench national park :
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Pench national park is a famed tiger reserve which stands on the southern slopes of the Satpura range. This national reserve is built around the Pench river which flows through it.
Distance from Hyderabad : 660 kilometers.
Things to do in Pench national park :
- Go on forest safaris.
- Go on elephant rides.
- Enjoy nature walks.
7) Hampi :
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Hampi is a UNESCO declared world heritage site owning to the beautiful and ancient temple ruins that it houses. The village of Hampi is located inside the remains of the majestic Vijayanagara empire. This place holds the keys and secrets of a bygone era.
Distance from Hyderabad : 380 kilometers.
Things to do in Hampi :
- Engage in adventure sports like rock climbing.
- Go temple hopping.
- Learn the ancient history of Hampi.
Places to visit in Hampi :
- Virupaksha temple.
- The hazara Rama temple complex.
- Achyutaraya temple.
8) Guntur :
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The ancient city of Guntur is a bustling city which specialises in finding beauty in everyday life. One can visit many historic monuments in the center of the city surrounded by industries and farmlands on all sides.
Distance from Hyderabad : 267 kilometers.
Things to do in Guntur :
- Explore the numerous parks and caves.
- Try the famous Guntur delicacies.
Places to visit in Guntur :
- Visit Uppalapadu bird sanctuary.
- Explore the Kondaveedu fort.
- Visit the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple.
9) Gulbarga :
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The city of Gulbarga was once part of the Nizam dynasty named as Kalburgi. Gulbarga is dotted with numerous shrines and domes built in the style of Nizam architecture.
Distance from Hyderabad : 230 kilometers.
Things to do in Gulbarga :
Places to visit in Gulbarga :
- Explore Gulbarga’s old fort.
- Visit the grand Bahmani tombs.
10) Kurnool :
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The city of Kurnool is built on the banks of the river of Tungabhadra, giving it a tropical climate. Kurnool has a strong historic imprint left in the city’s monuments. Belum caves are situated near Kurnool.
Distance from Hyderabad : 210 kilometers.
Things to do in Kurnool :
- Explore the ancient architecture of the Uma Maheshwari temple.
- Understand the natural rock formation at Oravakallu rock gardens.
Places to visit in Kurnool :
- Visit the Rollapadu wildlife sanctuary.
- Explore the Konda Reddy fort.
11) Karimnagar :
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Karimnagar was once the hub of vedic learning and it still maintains its position as an important pilgrimage center as it houses many ancient temples. Karimnagar has been inhabited by people since the prehistoric times as proved by the excavations.
Distance from Hyderabad : 164 kilometers.
Things to in Karimnagar :
- Frolic with the deers in deer park.
- Buy local silver filigree work made by expert craftsmen as souvenirs.
Places to visit in Karimnagar :
- Explore Elgandal fort.
- Visit Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy temple.
12) Nagarjuna Sagar :
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Nagarjuna Sagar dam is an engineering marvel and an architectural feat. This dam is constructed on the Krishna river. Apart from this dam, Nagarjuna Sagar also houses historic Buddhist monuments.
Distance from Hyderabad : 160 kilometers.
Things to do in Nagarjuna Sagar :
- Learn the internal workings of the dam.
- Go for a boat ride from one side of the bank to the other.
Places to visit in Nagarjuna Sagar :
- Explore Nagarjuna hill.
13) Srisailam :
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Imagine a bustling city surrounded by a forest on sides. Now you know how the city of Srisailam looks like. The city of Srisailam houses an ancient temple of Lord Shiva. Due to this, this city has become an important place of pilgrimage.
Distance from Hyderabad : 210 kilometers.
Things to do in Srisailam :
- Explore the wildlife in the Ista-Srisailam tiger reserve.
Places to visit in Srisailam :
- Visit the Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna temple.
- Explore the Akkamahadevi caves which can be reached after an hour long boat ride.
14) Mantralayam :
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The town of Mantralayam is noted as the burial spot of an influential spiritual saint, Raghavendra Swami. It is located on the banks of the river Tungabhadra.
Distance from Hyderabad : 275 kilometers.
Things to do in Mantralayam :
- Visit the Raghavendra Swamy temple.
15) Warangal :
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This historic city was once the ruling seat of the powerful Kakatiya dynasty. The city of Warangal is riddled with ancient monuments reflecting the elegance and the beauty of the Kakatiya dynasty. Warangal offers something for every type of tourist to visit this beautiful city.
Distance from Hyderabad : 143 kilometers.
Things to do in Warangal :
- Explore Bhongir fort.
- Learn the ancient art in the Kolanupaka (Jain temple).
Places to visit in Warangal :
- Warangal fort.
- Bhadrakali temple.