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Hyderabad, ‘The city of Pearls’ is a place with a lot of significance in terms of historical value. Apart from the rich history that it holds, the city’s topography presents varied domains like beautiful lakes, low lying hills, rich flora and fauna. The city is a beautiful blend of northern and. southern cultures and Hindus and Muslims of the country. This makes the city an ideal place to visit, and the city’s whereabouts are also exuberant with a lot of serene places to retreat for a weekend. Here is a list of a few weekend gateways from Hyderabad.
Green Acres Hyderabad
Green acres are the organic farms, just 65 Kms from Hyderabad and a perfect location to take a breather from your regular day life. The mood of the place is quite refreshing and away from pollution due to its eco-tourism concept. One can camp under the open sky, enjoy bonfires in the night, take a nature walk, do rock climbing, and indulge into bird watch. All these activities are based here with an eco-friendly concept.
Time to visit - September- March Nearby Places - Bhongir Fort, Yadagirigutta, Surendrapuri and Kolanpak Time to visit - October to February Nearby places - Srisailam By Rail - Bhongir Railway Station By Air - Hyderabad International Airport
Mallela Theertam is at a distance of 185 Kms from Hyderabad. This is an exotic waterfall site inside Nallamala forest and a wonderful getaway near Hyderabad. The aura of the place is amazingly refreshing with a rich flora and fauna around. The height of the falls is 150 ft. The summers however are dry with very less water in the falls. One can also indulge into trekking, river crossing, and sliding, camp fire activities here.
Time to visit - October to February Nearby places- Srisailam By Rail - Markapur Railway Station By Air - Rajiv Gandhi Airport Hyderabad By Road - Nearest towns are Narsaraopet and Kurnool
Deccan Trails Vikarabad
Vikarabad is located at a distance of only 50 Kms from Hyderabad and an ideal getaway near Hyderabad for nature lovers. These are beautiful resorts, with a variety of things to do. Rock Climbing, Commando Nets, Burma Bridge, Spider's Web, Tarzan Swing, Archery are few such activities. The location is an ideal camping site lying in Anantagiri Hills and forest reserves. The serenity of the place can be felt throughout the stay, letting one unlax from daily routines.
Time to visit - October to February Nearby Places - Ananthapadmanabha Swamy temple Time to visit - October to February By Road - From Hyderabad- Vikarabad - Ananthagiri road By Rail - Srikakulam railway station at a distance of 3 km. By Air - Vishakhapatnam Airport
Kuntala falls were named after, Shankuntala , who was a character from the play of Kalidasa. Kuntala falls are the highest falls of the state lying within Sahyadri range. The place has a natural charm that emerges straight from its dense forests. The forest has a rich plant life and an array of animal life. Close to the falls is Someshwara Swami temple where Shivaratri is celebrated with a great conviction.
Best Time to visit - After July Bus stand – Public bus is available till Neredikonda. Hire a private vehicle from here. By Rail - Adilabad Railway Station at 57 Kms By Air - Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at 280 Kms
Papikondalu to Bhadrachalam
Papikondalu is a series of mountains with strikingly beautiful environments and a place for perfect weekend. On your way, you get a chance to visit Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuary. Riverside camping, trekking and boating are other wonderful activities to indulge in. Papikondalu can be reached by taking a boat from Bhadrachalam.
Nearby Places - Perantalapalli and Pattiseema Best Season - October to March Nearest Railway Station - Rajahmundry, 61 Kms from Papikondalu Nearest Bus Stand - Kotipalli bus stand / Gokavaram bus stand/ Kakinada bus stand By Air - Hyderabad International Airport
Horsley hills are beautiful hill stations located in Chittoor. The vicinity here and around Horsley hills foster tranquil weathers and beautiful hillocks. There are a variety of exotic trees, amongst all these trees forests are thickly covered with eucalyptus. The hills lie at a distance of 520 Kms. Mallamma Temple and Rishi valley school are two major attractions at the place.
Best Season - December to February. Nearest Railway Station - Manapalle railway station situated at 43 km from Nearest Bus Stand - Chittoor and Piler By Air -Tirupathi Airport at 165 Kms and Airport at Bangalore 160 Kms away
Nagarjunasagar is located at 150 Kms from the city of Hyderabad. This is a dam built on Krishna river. The name Nagarjuna comes from a famous Buddhist monk. This is the tallest stonework Dam of the world. The surroundings of this place are very exotic and an ideal place for a weekend gateway. The beautiful landscapes surrounding the dam are strikingly beautiful. The dam builds a very large man-made lake, which is also the third largest man-made lake of the world. You can reach Nagarjunakonda Island via Nagarjunasagar Lake. There is an interesting museum that preserves artifacts from 2nd century AD nearby. The place is also important as a Buddhist centre. The Holy place is also of immense archeological importance and historical value.
Nearby Attractions - Ethipothala waterfalls, Srisailam Wildlife Reserve Best Time to Visit - August to February Nearest Railway Station - Macherla railway station, around 24 Kms from Nagarjunasagar Nearest Bus Stand - Nagarjuna Bus stand. From Nagarjuna bus stand, hire a cab to reach the city centre which is 13 Kms from the bus stand. By Air - 3 hours drive from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Srisailam is a revered hill town pilgrim centre of Lord Shiva situated 211 Kms from Hyderabad. Srisailam is situated in Rishabgiri Hills on the riverside of Krishna. Ancient temples and a wildlife Sanctuary are major attractions of the place. The beautiful surroundings make these locations all the more enticing. Bhramaramba Devi Temple, Hathakesvara Temple, Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Sakshi Ganapati Temple, Shikaresvara Temple Srisailam Dam and Nallamala forest are a few places worth visiting in Srisailam.
Best Time to Visit - October to February. Nearest Railway Station - Markapur railway station at 62 Km Nearest Bus Stand - Narsaraopet and Kurnool By Air - Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at 195 km
Warangal is 148 Kms from Hyderabad city. Warangal is a place to explore and is an excellent location for a short weekend trip. Warangal has a great history to tell along with brilliant temples and charming lakes. If you like to visit archeological sites and monuments, Thousand Pillar Temple, Ramappa Temple, Warangal Fort and Ghanpur Group of Temples are sure to gladden you. Musical Garden, Rock Garden, Regional Science Centre and Etunagaram Wild Life Sanctuary and the lakes of Warangal are a few more places of delight for the tourists.
Best Time to Visit - October to March. Nearest Railway Station - Warangal Railway Station Nearest Bus Stand - Warangal APSRTC Bus Station By Air - Warangal Airport at 6.84 Kms Related Article: Hyderabad City Tour