After a hectic week in the office, one longs for a refreshing weekend. In case you are in Hyderabad, you are spoilt for choices for weekend getaways near the city. Your weekend can actually be a gateway to explore the exemplary destinations that are mostly complimented by rich culture and impeccable architecture. Vivid delectable cuisine, rich tradition and of course ample of peace of mind follows you, once you choose to take a weekend escape near Hyderabad. There are about 7 destinations that are within a 100 to 200 kms distance from Hyderabad and more than 5 destinations are at a distance of 200 to 300 kms, which are ideal for a weekend getaway. Also, there are more than 15 destinations that are situated 300 to 500kms from Hyderabad that allure travellers to take up overnight journeys to witness something splendid. So basically, I can break this list into three sub-heads and you can pick your choice according to your availability of time and convenience.
There are destinations that are perfect for one of those days when you are running tight on money. A cheap trip is sometimes what you actually need; and I know you couldn’t agree more. Let us also learn about which are the budget places to visit near Hyderabad that guarantees absolute rejuvenation as well.
Forts and massive ruins are the main attractions in Bidar (Karnataka), which is situated at distance of about 147kms from Hyderabad. A quiet little place that is away from the deafening clamour of city life, at Bidar you can enjoy a walk down rich Indian history. As a traveller, you would be greatly interested in taking pictures here as it offers a number of picturesque frames that will certainly get ample of likes from your Facebook and Google plus friends. Bidar Fort, Bahmani Tombs, Khwaja Mahmud Gawan Madrasa and Choukhandi are the top places to visit in Bidar. Since you are travelling cheap, you might like to keep your food bill under control as well and that is why you may want to eat at Jyothi Udupi, which serves variety of sumptuous dosa at reasonable prices.
Ancient and mesmerizing! You will fall for Warangal, which is located about 143kms away from Hyderabad and is now a part of the newly formed Telagana state. Once the ruling seat of Kakatiya Dynasty, Warangal is famous for its temple architecture and its majestic fort. The main places of interest in Warangal are Warangal Fort, Bhadrakali Temple, Thousand Pillar Temple and Ramappa Temple. If you have decided to drive on your own, you can visit many places en route to Warangal from Hyderabad like Bhongir Fort, Pembarti, Kolanupaka (Jain Temple) and Jangaon. As it is a full-fledged city, you can find a large range of accommodation options here that offers great stay without burning a hole in your pocket. Warangal is certainly a break from the routine tourist destinations and can prove to be a great weekend escape.
Situated somewhere around 164kms from the city of Hyderabad, Nagarjunasagar is where all the action takes place over the weekend! Nagarjunasagar is ideal for one-day trips and is the best getaway from Hyderabad, unless you are willing to spend some solitary time here. Nagarjunasagar is basically famous for its 124m high dam and the isolated Nagarjunakonda. A steam boat ride is something that you shall enjoy her: however there aren’t any hotels in Nagarjunasagar or Nagarjunakonda, so you have to book accommodations in Mriyalguda and Machrela as they have many hotels in this region.
Nizamabad is a prominent tourist attraction in Telangana and situated 176kms from Hyderabad. The place is a reflection of rich Indian culture and offers a pleasant stay during the weekend break. Architecture and nature has been blended in perfect amount here and you shall love exploring the off-beat trekking trails that often lead to waterfalls. The ancient temple at Kanteshwar, which is believed to be 500 years old, is another major attraction in Nizamabad. Bada Pahad Dargah is yet another place that you must visit here. For a weekend Nizamabad is certainly a great idea.
Heritage is what keeps Karimnagar on its feet. Heart winning architecture dots the city and you shall love posing here and capturing frames that include amazing reflection of rich Indian culture. Karimnagar is situated around 164kms from Hyderabad and is a great weekend holiday idea for those who love architecture photography. Jagityala fort, Dhulikatta, Elagandal fort and Shivaram sanctuary are the places of interest in and around Karimnagar. You must shop for metal with a filigree work on it from here as a memoir.
Old world charm is what fascinates one in Nalgonda, which is situated about 83kms from Hyderabad. The prime attraction of the place is Nandikonda Village that preserves ancient ruins of Buddhist monastery and pillared hall. Other than that you can also visit Sri Laxminarsimha Swamy Temple and Chhaya Somalingeswara Temple. Beside the ancient ruins, Nalgonda is a quite little town that offers a laidback weekend holiday easing your mind and refreshing it thoroughly.
This destination is yet another popular weekend getaway from Hyderabad and is situated at a distance of 100kms. I like to call it the city of ‘Kohinoor Diamond’, as this is where the diamond originated. You shall find a number of temples that are worth a visit in Mahbubnagar and there is also a 700 years old huge Banyan Tree that you might be interested in seeing. Jama Masjid, Medina Masjid, Mecca Masjid and Umamaheshwaram, Mallelatheertham and Koilsagar are some of the best places to visit in Mahbubnagar.
These destinations that are situated at a distance of 200 to 300kms offer relief from the usual weekend trips. Let us learn how these destinations are different from the others.
You are guaranteed of an excellent holiday, if you have picked Vijaywada as your weekend destination near Hyderabad (274kms). There are many places in Vijaywada that you would enjoy visiting like Kanaka Durga (goddess of power) and Mangalagiri temple. There are several Buddhist sites such as Amravati, Gudivada and Ghantasala that one must visit in Vijayawada. Prakasham Barrage, Gandhi Hill, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Victoria Museum, Hazarat Bal Mosque, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Gunadala Matha Shrine, and Bhavani Island and the Kondapalli Reserve Forest are other major tourist attractions in Vijaywada. Make sure to buy toys made of Kondapalli wood as a memento from here.
Visit this beautiful place called Srisailam, situated about 213kms away from Hyderabad. It is a good idea to visit this place either during monsoon or in winters when the climate stays salubrious; it is in fact one of the best options for weekend holiday near Hyderabad. Mallikarjuna Temple, Srisailam Dam, IshtaKameshwari temple, Mallela Theertham and Akkamahadevi Caves are the best places to visit in Srisailam. There are two ways to reach these caves; one is by boat and the second by a ropeway. Eating and accommodatiom in Srisailam is quite cheap and within Rs. 1500 you can get a comfortable hotel for a stay.
Blessed with salubrious ambiance, Guntur (266kms) is a perfect weekend getaway from Hyderabad. There are a number of places that you can visit in Guntur like Amaravathi, Kondaveedu, Kotappakonda Trikutaparvatam, Mangalagiri, Downtown, Krishna Barrage, Uppalapadu Nature Conservation, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam & Ethipothala Falls and Viswa Nagar. One place that I would suggest you near Guntur is the Suryalanka Beach situated nearly 50kms from the city. It is indeed an ideal place to spend a weekend under the sun and on the sand. You can spend a lazy weekend in the Haritha Beach Resort that offers you exemplary services at affordable prices.
Ok, this weekend getaway is unlike others, for the reason that Mantralayam (247kms from Hyderabad) is the pilgrimage destination in South India. Come to Mantralayam for mental peace and solitude. You shall be surprised with the divinity of the place and thus Mantralayam is one place to pay a visit in Andhra Pradesh. Besides merely visiting the tomb temple of Raghvendra Swamy, you can actually be a part of the Evening Seva or you can also witness the beautiful sunset at Tungabadra River. Your weekend will be full of stories that you will love to bring back to Hyderabad after the trip to Mantralayam.
This city is from the cultural bank of Karnataka and certainly has what it takes to be a perfect weekend destination near Hyderabad (229kms). In Gulbaraga, architecture is the prime attraction with the Gulbarga Fort or the Bahmani Fort being the perfect example of it. Other than that you would enjoy a drive to nearby villages of Chandrampalli Village, where a beautiful dam is situated and Sannati Village, where the popular Chandrala Parameshwari Temple is located. Other than that Gulbarga has many tourist attractions like Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah, Jama Masjid, Jevargi, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, Narayanapura Dam and Deval Ghanagapur Village. There are a number of budget hotels and guest houses in Gulbarga that offers a pleasant and affordable holiday here. Jolada Rotti, Malpuri and Hoorana Holige are the things that you must try from the Gulbarga platter.
Kurnool brings you ancient relics and tranquil ambiance as a complimentary weekend gift. Situated at a distance of 213kms from Hyderabad, Kurnool is a paradise for history buffs. If you are in the city in November and December, you are likely to enjoy Car Festival here. Srisailam Dam, Kondareddy Burz or Kurnool Fort, Mahanandi, Birla Mandir, Belum Caves (Belum Village), Nallamala Hills, Ahobilam, Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary, Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Sanctuary, Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple and Saibaba Temple are the places of interest in Kurnool.
A divine destination, Tuljapur is situated at a distance of about 296kms in the state of Maharashtra. It is basically a pilgrimage as the city is known for the ancient Tulja Bhavani Temple. Therefore it is a perfect family weekend destination near Hyderabad and the best time to visit Tuljapur is during one of the festivals like these Makar Sankranti, Gudi Padwa, Lalita Panchami, Shriram Sasthi and Navratri. You can actually catch the city in high spirits at this time.
These long distance journeys may consume a little more time and money but they are certainly worth all the pain! Let us find out more about these destinations.
Probably a weekend won’t be enough to catch up with Hampi in detail. A beautiful city that boasts of the Vijayanagara ruins, Hampi is situated at a distance of 369 kms from Hyderabad and is amongst the best tourist destinations in South India. You will instantly fall in love with this place as it is nothing short of a dream destination. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you can easily imagine its worth and importance. Complimented with boulder-strewn landscape and clear blue sky most of the year, Hampi can bring to your weekend a refreshing twist! Achyutaraya Temple, Badavi Linga, Chandramauleshwara Temple, Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy, Hazara Rama Temple Complex, civil buildings, Harkuta Group of temples and view from the Mantagna Hills are a few attractions that makes your journey to Hampi unforgettable.
Trekkers, you are going to love this place! Adilabad is situated about 303kms from Hyderabad and is a lush green destination. Reckoned to be a pilgrimage centre near Hyderabad, however its splendid landscape makes it enjoyable for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. Handicraft (bell metal craft, toys and Nirmal paintings) is another prominent feature that might catch your eyes here. Basara, Utnoor and Keshlapur are the pilgrimage spots in Adilabad and Kuntala and Pochera are the trekking destinations. Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary, Mahatma Gandhi Park, Basar Saraswati Temple, Kadam Dam, Sivaram Wildlife Sanctuary, St. Joseph’s Church and Gudem Satyanarayana Swamy Temple are the places of interest in Adilabad.
A clean and green city, Eluru is an ideal weekend escape. It is located 327kms away from Hyderabad and is a peaceful destination that one would like to visit over a weekend. Besides sightseeing of places like Vengi, Vatluru, Denduluru, Kolleru, Dwaraka Tirumala, Sri Adikesava Embermannar Swamy temple and Gangeshwaralayam, do not forget to buy a carper here. Eluru is famous its woolen pile carpets and are excellent memoirs to carry back home.
You shall love Machilipatnam for its pristine beach and happy ambiance. Situated about 338kms from Hyderabad, Machilipatnam is perfect for a weekend break… Sea food, beach and scrumptious sweets, everything is ever-so-perfect here. Manginapudi Beach, Dattashram, Panduranga Swamy temple, Machilipatnam Church, Ghantasala, Agastheeswara Temple, Gudivada are the tourist attractions here. When you go back, do not forget to buy a piece from Kalahasti decorations and the Bandar Laddu and Bandar Halwa from Machilipatnam as a memento.
A World Heritage Site in Karnataka, Pattadakal is one of the best places that you must visit in India. Rich architecture, majestic heritage and splendid culture seem to envelop this beautiful city and also make it one of the best weekend destinations near Hyderabad. Pattadakal is situated 388kms away from Hyderabad and is one of those exotic Indian destinations that you always wish to capture in your lens. Virupaksha Temple, Sangameshvara Temple, Chandrashekhara temple, Shiva shrines, Papanatha temple, Jambulinga temple and Galganatha temple are the resplendent architectural marvels that you can witness in Pattadakal.
It is one of the largest cities of Maharashtra and is famed for its Siddeshwar Temple, which is situated in the midst of a lake. Solapur is 309kms away from the city and is ideal for weekend tour from Hyderabad. Spend some time exploring the temples around the city and enjoy delectable cuisine of Maharashtra. There are a number of Jain Temples in the city that can be included in your list of places to visit in Solapur. Phandharpur Temple, Akkalkot Temple, Barshi, Velapur, Karmala, Parasnath Jain Temple, Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary and Bhuikot Fort are the places that you must visit here.
Blending all the colours of Andhra Pradesh, Prakasam actually lightens up the mood of a traveller. Situated at a distance of 353kms from Hyderabad, at Prakasam you will be able to relax your mind amidst clean and peaceful ambiance. Visit places like Palair Resevoir, Swami Ayyappa Temple, Saibaba Ashram and Dhanayavi Gudem Park on your trip to Prakasam.
Situated on the bank of River Godavri, Rajahmundry (398kms from Hyderabad) is a top holiday destination in Andhra Pradesh. Rajahmundry is star destination for Tollywood (Telugu Film Industry) as some of the greatest Telugu movies have been shot here in a place called Pattiseema. If you are visiting Rajahmundry in the monsoon, you can taste the rare Pulasa Fish here. Also, you can witness the mesmerizing sunset from Pushkar Ghat and if in case you have visited Rajahmundry at the time of the annual Pushkaram, you will be able to see the unbelievable dive of thousands of people in the Godavari River.
Rock-cut Cave Temples are what come to one’s mind when Badami is mentioned. Situated 408 kms from Hyderabad, this gorgeous city is known for Buddhist caves, Badami Fort, Banashankari, Dattatreya temple and Mallikarjuna temple. If Badami is your choice for a weekend trip from Hyderabad then you are up for an unforgettable tour of your life.
Enter the divine zone Puttaparthi, situated 436kms away from Hyderabad; it is one of the must visit destination in Andhara Pradesh. Better known for its Asharam and as the home of Spiritual Guru Sathya Sai Baba, at Puttaparthi you can expect total rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul. Apart from Ashram there are many places that you would like to see like Hanuman Temple, Kalpa Vriksha (On the bank of Chitravathi River) and the Meditation Tree (On the hillock).
Absolutely scenic destinations that are 85kms from Rajahmundry and 428kms from Hyderabad respectively, Maredumalli and Rampachodavaram are amongst the best places to visit in Andhra Pradesh. Waterfalls are the major attractions of these naturally beautiful places and to get to one of these waterfalls, one has to trek. The trails are gorgeous and give a completely refreshing experience. Jaltaringini Waterfalls, Swarnadhara, Amruthadhara Waterfalls and Rampa Waterfalls are the main attraction of Maredumalli and Rampachodavaram. The best time to visit this place is during the monsoon season. Andhra Pradesh Forest Department has made provisions for accommodation here for which you have to make bookings in advance. Also, do not forget to try Bamboo Chicken when you are here.
Beautiful beaches, splendid temples and the mesmerizing Araku Valley, Visakhapatnam is 588kms from Hyderabad and is one of the best places for weekend as far as a short break is concerned. Although bustling with activity, the city is strangely peaceful. The best time to visit Visakhapatnam is in December and January, when the Visakha Utsav takes place. There are chances that you won’t be able to see all the attractions in Visakhapatnam over a weekend but here are places that you should see here: Rushikonda Beach, Dolphin’s Nose, Lighthouse, Kailasagiri, Beach Road, VUDA Park, Visakha Museum and Matsyadarsini (an aquarium), INS Kursura Submarine Museum, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Lawson’s Bay, Yarada, Bheemili, Tenneti, Sagar Nagar and Gangavaram beaches.
You will fall in love with Horsley Hills for the fact that it is gorgeous. Hemmed with lush green lace of mountains, Horsley Hills is one of the most popular weekend destinations from Hyderabad (528kms). An ideal place for a wonderful weekend, there are a couple of places that you can visit at Horsley Hills like Mallamma Temple and the Rishi Valley School;, in addition, one can visit the nearby Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary (87kms from Horsley Hills) and Talakona Waterfalls (120kms). One should however realize that visiting the wildlife sanctuary and the waterfalls is only possible if one extends one’s holiday time here.
If you are willing to travel far on the weekend, Dandeli in Karnataka is a perfect weekend getaway. It is situated 586kms away from Dandeli and is one action-packed destination. White water rafting, night camps, nature walks, boating and bird watching…you name it, and you get it here in Dandeli. Also, to enhance the fun of the weekend, you can visit Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and caves in the nearby region. WOW! Look at this huge list of weekend getaways near Hyderabad! We sure do live in an Incredible India! AND all you people living in Hyderabad, make sure to visit some of these gorgeous destinations to keep your weekend Alive and Kickin’. Also, if you have already explored some of these destinations, please share your experience in the comment box below.