Vacations are very much needed in a world like today, where the work pressure always goes over the head on a daily basis. Weekend getaways are one of the best ways to bust the pressure and to make some beautiful memories away from the hustle bustle of everyday life!!
Hyderabad is quite the hub for professionals, but where there is too much of work pressure, the need for good destinations for a break also arises automatically. Many people claim that Hyderabad doesn't have enough weekend getaways nearby when compared to Bangalore or Mumbai, But there are actually a bunch of really beautiful places that qualify as really nice gateways after an exhausting week at work.
Here, we have compiled a list of few of those places near Hyderabad that can be opted for a visit over a weekend, to ease off the pressure of the busy, exhausting weekdays. These weekend getaways from Hyderabad are sure to satisfy your thirst for a much-needed short vacation.
1. Ananthgiri Hills: Let's go meet nature
Want a one day road trip to escape from the city lights and find some me time??
Then Ananthgiri Hills is one of the best places to go for!!
Ananthagiri Hills is a beautiful place with refreshing greenery, amazing view points and adrenaline pumping mountains. It has a famous hindu temple,Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple located in this forested region. It houses one of the dense forests in Telangana region. It has a few Ancient caves, medieval fort like structures and ancient temple which narrates the history of the earliest human habitat areas in South India. It is a much sought after place, which is covered, by red soil and ideal for some adventure sports. The roads are in good condition, which takes you into the dense forests with beautiful trees and streams all along the way.
What to do/see: Pay a visit to the the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple.
It is a popular destination for trekking as there are 2 trekking trails in the forests, one that begins from the temple and another that begins about 0.5 kilometres from the temple, towards Kerelli.
Near the lighthouse if you take a 2 km diversion, you can reach the topmost point in the region, which offers an mind blowing view point.
You can also visit to Nagasamudram Lake or Kotapally Reservoir at a distance of around 20 km from Ananthagiri hills and you can experience the kayaking rides here !!
Distance from Hyderabad: 80 km
Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/jNWAJLasM1r
When to visit: June to October
How to reach: I would suggest for a bike trip as no one wants to miss the beautiful scenic road to Ananthgiri hills from Hyderabad. However, You can also opt for a bus/cab/Train to Vikarabad from Hyderabad and from there it's just 10kms away!
2. Nagarjuna Sagar: A dam on the Krishna River
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is one of the world's largest and tallest Masonry dams built across the Krishna river. Nagarjuna sagar stands on a site which was once a capital of an old dynasty and the center of Buddhist teachings in South India.
What to do/see: You can look forward to viewing panoramic scenery around the dam. The lake created by the dam is the third largest manmade lake. Nagarjuna Konda, where the ancient Buddhist excavations have been relocated, is in middle of the waters of Nagarjuna Sagar and can be reached by boat.
This tourist place near Hyderabad is flocked by hordes of visitors during the monsoon season when all the gates of the dam are opened and splendid views of the water falling through the 26 gates from a height of over 100 meters.
Distance from Hyderabad: 185 km
Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/8DR297tFhiH2
When to visit: August to February
How to reach: Bus/Train/Cab
3. Srisailam: One of the Twelve Jyotirlingas
Did you know?
Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple at Srisailam is the only temple in India which is revered as both Jyotirlinga and Shakti Peeth.
The historical town of Srisailam has had a prominent place in the Hindu religion since ancient times, Located in the centre of Nallamala forest in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, this town has the temple of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and as one of the eighteen Shakti Peethas of goddess Parvati. Shiva is worshiped as Mallikarjuna, and is represented by the lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Brahmaramba.
What to do/see: One can visit the Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple on top of the hills.
Many devotees take a dip in the Patala Ganga which is considered to be holy and can be reached by a ropeway.
Another major attraction here is the Akkamahadevi Caves, an hour-long boat ride away from Patala Ganga.
Distance from Hyderabad: 357 km
Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/nJSrV2z1nxK2
When to visit: November to March
How to reach: You can reach Srisailam by Bus/Cab from Hyderabad. Bike trip might be risky considering the ghats.
4. Warangal: Monuments from the Kakatiya Dynasty
Warangal once served as the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty which was established in 1163. The monuments left by the Kakatiyas include fortresses, lakes, temples and stone gateways which, in the present, helped the city to become a popular tourist attraction. The Kakatiya Kala Thoranam was included in the emblem of Telangana by the state government.
These attractions make it a perfect place to visit near Hyderabad that takes you back in time.
What to do/see: The historical Bhadrakali Temple, dedicated to the eight-handed goddess Bhadrakali, lies in heart of the city and has a huge lake nearby.
Warangal Fort, with its massive stone gateways called Kakatiya Toranas and many pillars surrounding the Swayambhudevi Aalayam temple, is a must-visit attraction here.
The star-shaped Thousand Pillar Temple, located quite near the station, is an ancient heritage site that represents the sculptural beauty of Kakatiyan heritage.
You can also visit the laknavaram lake at a distance of just 70 km away from this city to experience mesmerizing views.
Distance from Hyderabad: 200 km
Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/r1G5T2mMdBy
When to visit: October to February
How to reach: You can opt for Bike trip, but make sure you start early in the morning so that you can reach Warangal in around 4hrs, take some rest and visit some places in the town then head towards Laknavaram. And while return to Hyderabad start around 2 - 3 PM from Warangal so that you can avoid lonely roads on your way in the night. Otherwise you can also opt for Bus/Train/Cab .
5. Suryalanka: Escape to the untouched sea shore
We’re sure most of you might have visited Suryalanka since it’s a popular beach in Telangana. Located at Bapatala in the Guntur district it’s a just a 5-6 hour drive from Hyderabad. sprawling fields and coconut trees combined with the beach vibes can be a great escape from the hustle of the city life . Experience the exquisite sunrise/sunset at the beach and indulge in some bay-side activities.
What to do/see: You can go for fishing with the local fishermen to experience the real fun.
Enjoy in beach-side games while you are there. Get into the water if you know swimming.
Distance from Hyderabad: 320 km
Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/dFuhhGrgU3K2
When to visit: November to March
How to reach: Preferred mode of travel is Bus/Cab/Train.
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