Hyderabad, one of the largest and popular destinations located along the banks of the Musi River. Moreover, the beautiful city is famous for its historical monuments, religious places, museums, parks & gardens, artificial lakes and much more.
Hyderabad is surrounded by numerous heritage places and stunning hill stations which enable the people to experience a great holiday trip with their friends and family. There are some wonderful hill stations located near Hyderabad which are worth a visit.
Located at an elevation of 1300 metres, Araku Valley is one of the famous hill stations that are often referred as Andhra Ooty.
Spread over an area of 36 sq. kms, Araku valley is considered to be the home to a number of tribal communities and the tribal people are dressed in colorful attires. During the festival season, the tribals perform the Dimsa and Mayur dances for the people.
Tourists can also visit Borra Caves which is very to close to Araku Valley (35 Kms). Further, there is a tribal museum in the Araku Valley which holds a number of artifacts and displays related to Eastern Ghat Tribal Culture. Borra Caves is one of the deepest caves in India that is known for their stalactites and stalagmites.
The mustard flowers is popular in Araku Valley that changes the landscape of the valley from green to yellow in the months of November and December.
One of the beautiful destinations near Hyderabad is Ananthagiri Hills that is located at an altitude of 1168 metres above sea level.
At a distance of 30 Kms from Araku and 642 Kms from Hyderabad, Ananthagiri Hills is very famous for extensive coffee plantations, mango plantations, fruit orchards and numerous waterfalls.
There are number of tourist attractions located near the hill stations such as Ananthagiri Temple, Katki Waterfalls, Dolphin’s Nose, Nagasamudram Lake and so on. In order to offer good accommodation to the tourists, the Andhra Pradesh tourism runs a resort in the Ananthagiri Hills.
Situated at a distance of 460 kms from Hyderabad, the Horsley Hills is considered to be the sacred pilgrim centre in Andhra Pradesh.
Moreover, the hill station is rich with verdant vegetation like Allamanda, Gulmohar, Eucalyptus, Jacaranda and various other species. Further, the Horsley Hills was named after W.D. Horsley (Collector), who selected this hill station for his summer residence.
The fragrance of Sampangi flowers mesmerizes a large number of tourists and you can find a wide variety of flowers such as Reeta, Bay leaves, Beedi leaves, Mahogany, Sandalwood in the mountain ranges.
The atmosphere of the hill station is pleasant throughout the year and people can visit anytime in the year. Tourists can also find great range of wild animals like bears, wild dogs, jungle fowl, panthers, sambars sheltered in the forest.
Nestled on the southeast coast of India, Visakhapatnam is the second largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
It is important to know that Visakhapatnam is surrounded by three amazing hills named Sri Venkateswara Konda, Dargah Konda and Ross Hill.
Also known as the Jewel of the East Coast, the city holds enchanting waterfalls, beautiful landscapes, exquisite streams and lovely weather. Visakhaptnam is located at a distance of 624 Kms from Hyderabad and you can travel through bus, car or train easily.
Activities: Beach, Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Bird Watching Places of Interest: Bheemli Beach, Dolphin’s Nose, Gangavaram Beach, Kailasa Giri, Kondakarla Ava Beach, RamaKrishna beach
Other hill stations are :
Srisailam- famous for tourist destinations like Nagarjuna Sagar-Srisailam sanctuary, Kameshwari Temple, Srisailam Dam, and Uma Maheshwaram Temple.
Nallamala Hills- Here, you will get to see Krishna and Pennar Rivers culminating into foamy waterfalls, and visit man made Cumbum Lake and its surroundings.
Horsley Hills- Places like Gali Bandalu, Horsley Hill Zoo, and a 150-year-old giant Eucalyptus tree.
Dandeli- tourist can visit the tropical rain forest where they might get to see black panthers, Malabar giant squirrels, tigers, elephants, Deer, wild dogs, and crocodiles.
Lambasingi is also known as ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’.
Chikmagalur- This place is famous for its coffee estates as the place farms the beverage on a very large scale.