At a distance of 66 km from Hyderabad, 85 km from Nalgonda & 91 km from Warangal, Yadagiri Gutta is a popular pilgrimage town in Nalgonda district in the state of Telangana situated close to Warangal highway. It is famous for Yadagirigutta Temple, abode of Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This cave temple is situated at an altitude of 300 feet on a large hillock. Yadagirigutta was earlier known as Vedagiri because it is believed that Lord Vishnu kept all the Vedas at this sacred place. This is one of the top tourist places to visit near Hyderabad and also one of the popular one day trip from Hyderabad. The official name of this place was recently changed to Yadadri by Telangana government.
This temple has five forms of Narasimha. According to the legend, Sri Yadava Maharishi son of Sri Rushyashrunga Maharishi had performed great penance for Lord Narasimha Swamy. Impressed with his penance, Lord Narasimha appeared before the sage and took five Avatars known as Jwala Narasimha, Yogananda Narasimha, Ugra Narasimha, Gandaberunda Narasimha and Lakshmi Narasimha. They later manifested themselves into finely sculpted forms that later came to be worshiped as Pancha Narasimha Kshetram.
In the sanctum of this hill temple Jwala Narasimha, Gandaberunda ...
Distance from Hyderabad: 66 Kms
Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 30 km from Hyderabad and 5 km from Shamshabad Bus Stop, Sri Rama Chandra Swamy Temple of Ammapally is a very ancient Temple and famous for film shootings. This is also one of the most visited among Hyderabad tourist places.
The Rama temple was built by Vengi kings in 13th century but the idol was 1000 years old. The temple is adorned with a large seven-story tower which is quite famous among Telugu movie fans. There is a large image of Lord Vishnu is sleeping posture above the gateway of the tower.
The tower is followed by the main temple with a large corridor around the temple. The Idols of Rama, Sita and Laxmana and its Makara Thoranam are beautifully formed from single black rock. Anjaneya, usually accompanying Lord Rama, is not seen in the garbhagriha. Instead, Anjaneya Swamy idol is placed near the Dwaja Sthambam facing Sri Rama.
There is a large temple pond which is very ancient. The pond is surrounded by porticos and once it provided shelter to the pilgrims. The surroundings of the pond are filled with coconut trees. There is a mandapa opposite to the temple.
Tollywood film industry loves Ammapalli Temple and they believe that movies recorded here would become hits with the blessings of Sri Sita Rama Swamy.
Sri Rama Navami is celebrated with great passion at this temple every year (Apr).
In order to reach the temple from Hyderabad city ...
Distance from Hyderabad: 30 Kms
Adventure / Trekking | Hill Station
At a distance of 7 km from Vikarabad Bus Stand, 79 km from Hyderabad and 48 km from Sangareddy Bus Stand, Ananthagiri Hills are located at Vikarabad of Ranga Reddy district in Telangana. It is being developed as a small hill station and it's also famous destination for a day trip due to its proximity to Hyderabad. Anantagiri is one of the top Tourist places in Telangana and also one of the popular tourist places to visit in Hyderabad.
The Ananthagiri forest is one of the dense forest areas in Ranga Reddy District. The hills are the main water source for Osmansagar (Gandipet) and Himayathsagar which provide drinking water to Hyderabad. Ananthagiri Hill is the birthplace of Musi river, which flows through Hyderabad. The small reservoir, the lush green jungle, the jungle trail are added attractions to this place covered by thick vegetation and beautiful streams with fresh water.
Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu is one of the prime attractions in Ananthagiri hills. The hills are named after this temple as Anantagiri Hills. It was built by Nizam Nawabs, 400 years ago and has big historic importance. According to the legend, Markandeya Maharshi did penance for the darshan of Lord Vishnu. Then Lord Vishnu appeared to him as Anantha Padmanabha Swamy in a cave. The main temple ...
Distance from Hyderabad: 79 Kms
At a distance of 52 km from Hyderabad, 80 km from Medak and 61 km from Siddipet, The Saraswati Temple situated on a hillock at Wargal village in Medak District of Telangana is the most famous Saraswati temple in the state after Basara. This temple is famous for Aksharaabyasa for children. It is one of the popular pilgrimage sites around Medak & Hyderabad.
The Wargal Saraswati Temple is one among the few temples of goddess Saraswati in Telangana. Also known as Sri Vidya Saraswati Temple, it was built by Sri Yamavaram Chandrashekhara Sharma. The temple foundation stone was laid in 1989. On 1992 Sri Vidya Nrusinha Bharati Swamy has laid the foundation to the statues of Goddess Sri Vidya Saraswathi Devi and Lord Shani. Now it is maintained by Kanchi Mutt.
The Wargal Temple is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati Devi. The garbhagriha is located at a level nearly equivalent to the third floor. The Goddess is seen to be in full glory decorated with a lot of jewels and garlands and adorned in a saree. There is an idol of Goddess about 10 feet high in front of the temple, which is a magnificent piece of art.
The other temples in the complex are Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi, Lord Shanishwara and Lord Shiva. There are two Vaishnava Temples here, which are almost in ruins as of now. These two Vaishnava Temples are said to have been built during the reign of the Kakatiya rulers. A huge ...
Distance from Hyderabad: 52 Kms
Lake & Backwater
At a distance of 63 km from Medak, 37 km from Sangareddy and 92 km from Hyderabad, The Singur or Singoor dam is located near Sangareddy town of Medak district in Telangana. This is one of the scenic tourist places to visit near Hyderabad.
Constructed across the river Manjeera, the dam provides drinking water to Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Construction of the Singur dam was started in 1979 and completed in 1989. The large water reservoir was assigned for production of hydro electricity and also to provide drinking water to nearby Hyderabad and Secunderabad cities. The dam has gross storage capacity of 30 Tmc.
This is one of the popular tourist destinations in the vicinity of Hyderabad. The deep waters of the reservoir are home to about 1000 crocodiles. It is also declared as a national wildlife reserve with a lot of water bird population. Boat ride is also available at the reservoir. The best time to go there is between October and Feb, which is also when migratory birds come and make Manjira reservoir their home for a while. This offers ample opportunities for bird lovers.
Sri Ramalingeswara Temple is situated in Nandikandi village which is located at 24 km from Singur dam is the another attraction. This temple was built during the period of Chalukya dynasty. In the central hall of this temple, there are idols of Lord Bramha, Vishnu, Narasimha, Shiva, Varaha ...
Distance from Hyderabad: 92 Kms
Adventure / Trekking | Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 2.3 km from Medak Bus Station and 95 km from Hyderabad, The Medak Fort is situated in Medak town of Telanagana State. This is an important historical site around Hyderabad.
The fort was built in the 12th century during the reign of the Kakatiyan ruler, Pratapa Rudra. The fort was originally known as Methuku durgam, which denotes cooked rice. The fort was the command post for the rulers of Kakatiyas and also for the Qutub Shahis who ruled the area.
It is a huge structure located on the top of a hill. One has to climb more than 500 steps to reach the top of the fort, which occupies 100 acres on the hilly area. Medak Fort is noted for its architectural magnificence. The architecture of the fort represents a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles. The main entrance proudly displays the double-headed Gandabherundam of the Kakatiyas. It has three main entrances, the Prathama Dwaram, the Simha Dwaram- that has two snarling lions at the top of the entrance and the Gaja Dwaram or Elephant's Entrance that has a sculpture of two elephants interlocked on both sides. The huge boundary walls of the fort have several bastions carved from the rocks and boulders of the hillock.
The fort houses a small lake, a barrack and a warehouse. The fort has a 17th century mosque that was constructed by the Qutub Shahi rulers. Although the Fort is in ruin state, it still holds the glory of the history hence it is one of the important historical sites to visit. It provides an ...
Distance from Hyderabad: 95 Kms
Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 1.5 kms from Medak Bus Station and 96 kms from Hyderabad, Medak Cathedral is the largest church in entire Asia and second largest in the world after Vatican. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit in Telangana and among the prime place to visit on a Hyderabad tour.
The Cathedral built in Gothic style was inaugurated in 1914 and completed in 1924. The main tower of the church is 175 feet high and the cathedral can accommodate 5000 people at a time. There are 3 magnificent stained glass windows depicting the life of Jesus Christ. The farmers toiled to erect the church and Thomas Edward Harding, the architect, left no stone unturned in building the cathedral. The tile's design is an intricate one in six colours red, brown, black, yellow, chocolate and grey.
The roof of the church is sound proof made by hollow sponge material and it has an impressive style of vaulting. A window depicts the birth scene of Jesus, angels, Prophet or Issaiah, Mary and astrologers. The left side of the church bears the painted crucification scene and in the center the ascension of Jesus is painted bright.
It is said that when the nizam of Hyderabad discovered that the church would be higher than Charminar, he made an effort to reduce the height of the church.
Buses from Hyderabad to Medak usually start from Jubilee Bus Station.
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Distance from Hyderabad: 96 Kms
Adventure / Trekking | Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 1.3 km from Bhuvanagiri Railway Station, 54 km from Hyderabad, 74 kms from Nalgonda, and 11 km from Yadagirigutta, The Bhongir Fort is situated in Bhongir (also called as Bhuvanagiri) in Nalgonda district of Telangana. It is situated between Hyderabad and Warangal. This is a popular Hyderabad getaway for a short trip and important historical site around Hyderabad.
Bhongir Fort was built in 12th century by the Western Chalukya ruler Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI and was thus named after him as Tribhuvanagiri. This name gradually became Bhuvanagiri and subsequently Bhongir. The Bhuvanagiri Fort is located on a huge monolithic rock. The hill upon which the fort itself is built is about 500 feet high and spread on about 40 acres of land.
The Bhongir Fort is a unique egg-shaped construction with two entry points protected by huge rocks, so the fort was considered practically impregnable by invading armies. A moat encircles the fort and the place itself has a huge underground chamber, an armory, stables and trap doors, among others. The hilltop gives a wonderful bird's eye view of the surrounding area. The old steps from bottom to top of the hill are in good shape and can have thrilling experience by climbing this hill.
The fort is associated with the rule of the iconic queen Rudramadevi and ...
Distance from Hyderabad: 54 Kms
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 1.2 km from Rachakonda, 66 km from Nalgonda Bus Station and 61 km from Hyderabad, Rachakonda Fort is situated in Rachakonda Village in Nalgonda district of Telangana.
The Rachakonda Fort was constructed in 14th century by Recherla Singama Nayak from Padma Nayaka dynasty who ruled the region of Rachakonda. The Fort was the capital to the Rachakonda region. The region was first ruled by Kakatiyas, Padma Nayakas, Bahmani Sultans, Qutub Shahi and finally Nizams.
The Rachakonda fort is a good example of medieval Hindu fort architecture. It is a structure made of large stones. The fort built as a two story structure was constructed without using any mortar. The hills surrounds the Fort also provide good opportunity for trekking and provide panoramic view of the plains below. At the entrance, there are gateways made of stone pillars and horizontal beams. The exterior walls of the building are built with stone and the interiors are layered with mud. The structure of Rachakonda Fort was strategically developed as a defensive bastion with strong fortifications. Recently, a 6 feet Shiva Lingam was found when unidentified people started digging for treasure at Rachokonda Fort.
The Dasavatara sculptures in a cave near Pattabhigutta and the five temples in the town are excellent specimens of Kakatiya art and architecture.
Due to its proximity to Hyderabad, Rachakonda Fort has now become the excellent weekend spot for the people of Hyderabad. Presently, ...
Distance from Hyderabad: 61 Kms
Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 83 km from Warangal and 81 km from Hyderabad, the 2000 years old Jain Temple of Mahavira is located in Kolanupaka village (also called as Kulpak) in Nalgonda district. The temple is decorated with beautiful images of Tirthankaras and it's one of the important Jain pilgrimage sites in the country. It is also a popular place to visit around Warangal & Hyderabad. Kulpakji is an important pilgrimage center for Swetambara Jains of South India. This is one of the popular one day trip near Hyderabad and among the prime place to visit on a Hyderabad tour.
According to the mythological legend, the main temple of Kolanupaka is said to have been built by Emperor Bharata, son of King Dushyanta and Queen Sakuntala. Jainism was prevalent in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana before the 4th century and Kolanupaka was one of the prominent centers of Jainism from early times. About 20 Jain inscriptions have been found there. It is said that Kolanupaka flourished as Jain center during the Rashtrakutas period.
This temple has three main idols of Gods, called as Tirthankars. These are of Lord Rishabha, Lord Neminath and Lord Mahavir. The statue of Lord Mahavir has been made out a single jade and is about 140 cm in ...
Distance from Hyderabad: 81 Kms
At a distance of 24 km from Nampally Railway Station & 18 km from Golconda Fort, Chilkur is a small village on the banks of Osmansagar that houses famous 500 Years old Sri Balaji temple. This is one of the most popular tourist places in Hyderabad.
Also, famed as 'Visa Balaji', this deity at Chilkur showers blessings on the devotees who for any reason are unable to go to Tirupati. As per the local legend, anyone desirous of seeking a wish fulfillment from Chilkur Balaji must first make 11 pradakshinas at the temple and after it's granted, one must return to perform 108 pradakshinas as a way of expressing gratitude. It is also the only temple in India that does not accept any money from the devotees and does not have a hundi.
Approximately, 15,000 to 20,000 devotees visit the shrine during the week, but on Fridays and Saturdays, the temple gets close to 100,000 devotees. Many of whom come to pray to Balaji for visas to travel or move to the US and other Western countries.
Timings: 5 AM to 9 PM.
Distance from Hyderabad: 24 Kms
At a distance of 30 kms from Nampally Railway Station, Keesara Gutta is known for the famous Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple. This is one of the popular pilgrimage sites to visit around Hyderabad.
The presiding deity of the Temple is Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy accompanied by Sri Bhavani and Sri Shiva Durga. The temple is recently renovated. Around this temple, there are a number of ruined shrines in the Gupta architecture of fifth century. There are scores of meter-high lingas the phallic symbol around the main deity. To Hindus, these lingas signify life and fertility. The base of these lingas is set in a base structure that signifies the womb.
A nice park is laid down recently at bottom of this temple.
Timings: Not Available
Distance from Hyderabad: 30 Kms
At a distance of 25 kms from Nampally Railway Station (near NH9 towards Vijayawada) Sanghi Temple is a picturesque complex with 15 feet tall sacred Raja Gopuram. It is situated in a hillock called as Paramanand Giri. This is one of the popular pilgrimage site & tourist place to visit around Hyderabad.
There are 3 tall gopurams seen at the foot of the hillock. The presiding deity of the complex is Lord Venkateshwara, 9.5 feet tall structure. The majestic temple complex is built in the Chola-Chalukya style of architecture.
There are small temples inside the complex dedicated to Padmavati, Shiva, Rama, Anjaneya, Ganesha, Navagrahas, Goddess Ashtalakshimi, Durga and Kartikeya. There is also a Pavitra Vanam or a holy garden in the temple complex where special leaves and flowers are grown for performing poojas.
Timings: 8 AM to 12 PM & 4 PM to 8 PM.
Distance from Hyderabad: 25 Kms
Lake & Backwater
At a distance of 22 Kms from Nampally Railway Station & 11 km from Golconda Fort, Osman Sagar Lake, popularly known as Gandipet is an artificial lake constructed over River Musi. The reservoir occupies a total area of around 30 sq km. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Hyderabad.
It was built in 1920 to provide drinking water source for Hyderabad, and also saving the city from floods. It is named after Osman Ali Khan, The Last Nizam of Hyderabad. The road over the reservoir gates offer good views and cool breeze.
There are a couple of parks attached to the lake, one at the entrance and the other one close to the reservoir road. Though no official boating facilities are available in the lake as this is used for drinking water purpose, small private boats and coracles do operate in the peak monsoons near the northern end of the park.
The post monsoon season is the best time to visit. Admission to the lake is free.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 6 PM
Distance from Hyderabad: 22 Kms
At a distance of 35 km from Nampally Railway Station, Ramoji Film City (RFC) is situated near Hayathnagar on NH9 towards Vijayawada. This is the world's largest integrated film studio complex and also a popular tourism and recreation center. This is a popular getaway from Hyderabad to spend a full day.
Ramoji Film City is spread over a vast area of about 2500 acres, is a major film-making facility in India. Owned by film producer and media baron Ramoji Rao, the construction of RFC was completed in 1996. The Film City has been certified by Guinness World Records as the world's largest film studio complex. It can accommodate about 50 film units at the same time. The outdoor locations and lush greenery of Ramoji Film City attract tourists as well. The studio has produced films in a number of languages, including Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Oriya, Marathi, Bengali and international films.
Ramoji Film City is a popular family getaway in Hyderabad. It also serves as the perfect destination for corporate events and lavish weddings. The dramatic film city is a best option if you want to spend a fun day with a number of rides and recreational activities. It also has two hotels, Tara and Sitara for the guests to stay in. Some of the major attractions of the spectacular film city are Sun Fountain, Japanese Garden, Angel's Fountain, Jail, Princess Street, Eureka, Airport, Railway Station, Temple, Gardens, Ramoji Tower and Film World.
There is also a south ...
Distance from Hyderabad: 35 Kms