11 weekend getaways from Hyderabad

11 Hangout Places in Hyderabad – Time to get the Hyderabadi Swag!

If you live in Hyderabad, then Biryani, Charminar and Golconda Fort is a matter of daily affair and best hangout places in Hyderabad but for first timers these are the essentials to get the Hyderabadi Swag. 

However, living in Hyderabad is not just breathing the air of the city, it’s an emotion.

The food, the people and anything else associated with the city.

Charminar in Hyderabad
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But occasionally, we need a getaway from everything that is regular. However good the regular schedule may be, a change is always welcomed.

Here are some of the best Hangout Places in Hyderabad

For your convenience we have segregated these 11 places according to their distance in 3 parts (within 150 km, within 250 km, within 320 km).

Best Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad (within 150 km)

As these places are nearby and can be reached in lesser time we have curated these under “Best Weekend Getaways

1. Ananthagiri Hills (81 kms from Hyderabad)

Google Map Location – Hyderabad to Anantagiri Hills.

Ananthagiri Hills
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Ananthagiri Hills which are 82 km away from Hyderabad city is the perfect weekend getaway for nature lovers and trek enthusiasts. One can literally feed their eyes with this soothing beauty.

Main attractions include Anantha Padhbanaba Swamy Temple, Kayaking & Waterfalls at Kotipally Reservoir, Ananthagiri Hills Lake and Ananthagiri Hill Top. Waterfalls at Kotipally Reservoir which is just 20 km away from the main hills, is visible only during the monsoon.

Best way to get here is either in self-driven cars or bikes in order to enjoy the scenery on the way. We suggest you take multiple stops in between to capture the beauty of the serene lands and paddy fields. We strongly recommend you to visit this place in the monsoon season with your own packed food for the one day trip as there are limited options for good food uphill.

 

2. Medak – Medak Fort (96 km from Hyderabad)

Google Map Location – Hyderabad to Medak Fort.

Medak FortCredits: Tourism-Telangana

Located 96 km from Hyderabad, this fort holds of great archaeological importance and best destination for a one-day outing with friends and family. Built in the 12th century by King Pratapa Rudra of the Kakatiya dynasty, the fort is built 90 meters high and spread over spectacular 100 acres on the hilly regions.

The once huge fort now stands in a dilapidated condition. The whole structure is on top of a hill. However, in the past, this fort was the symbol of architectural prowess by the Kakatiyan rulers. It needs some level of physical dexterity to climb the 500 steps before you feast your eyes with the man-made marvel of the past.

The architecture of Medak fort has influences from Hindu and Islamic art. It has three main doors namely, Gaja Dwaram, Simha Dwaram and the Prathama Dwaram. The main entrance has the two-headed Gandabherundam. The fort houses a barrack, a small lake, and a warehouse.

It is a perfect place to visit for a day’s trip. The roads can be best enjoyed on cruiser bikes. It is always great to leave early in the morning to avoid the traffic rush. Apart from that, there’s a special charm of traveling early in the morning.

3. Mahbubnagar (109 km from Hyderabad)

Google Map Location – Hyderabad to Mahbubnagar.

Mahabubnagar
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Mahabubnagar, which is 109 kms away from Hyderabad is very attractive for history and religious enthusiasts as it is named after the former Nizam of Hyderabad. Famous temples in the vicinity include Alampur, Jetaploru, Srirangapur and Umamaheshwarm.

In the midst of Nallamalla Forest is Mallela Theertham waterfall which is at its best flow in between October to February. Nallamalla Forest has Krishna River flowing through it. Rajolibanda Dam is another place for sightseeing. There is also a 700 year old banyan tree which is called as the Pillala Marri Giant Banyan Tree which is a must visit as it’s spread over 3 acres of land.

4. Warangal (145 kms from Hyderabad)

Google Map Location – Hyderabad to Warangal.

Laknavaram lake
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Warangal is located 145 kms away from Hyderabad, which was once known as Oorugallu (Ooru means one, Kallu means stone), because the entire city is said to be carved out of one single rock. Warangal was ruled by the Kakatiyas from 12th to 14th centuries during which they’ve constructed spectacular temples and forts making it the ultimate travel destination.

They include the famous Thousand Pillar Temple, the Warangal Fort, four massive stone gateways, the Swayambhu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and the Ramappa temple which is situated near the Ramappa Lake.

Ramappa Temple
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Other popular attractions include the Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakhal Lake and Laknavaram Rope Bridge to mention a few. Eturnagaram Wild Life Sanctuary is popular among families as it is also located on the banks of Godavari River whereas Pakhal Lake is best known for bird watching and photography along with fishing and boating. If you are feeling a little adventurous, do not forget to visit Laknavaram Rope Bridge especially for the sunrise and sunset to capture beautiful pictures

October to March is the best season to visit Warangal by road, transiting in car or bike is convenient. If you happen to visit Warangal in February, make sure you attend Medaram Jatara which is a tribal festival that attracts thousands of tourists.

 

5. Bidar (146 kms from Hyderabad)

Google Map Location – Hyderabad to Bidar.

Bidar Fort
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Bidar which is 146 km away from Hyderabad is a town located in Karnataka. It boasts of a glorious history and past as it was ruled by several dynasties and its history dates back to the time of Mahabharata. Bidar is famous throughout the world for its Bidri artifacts which are made out of bamboo and alloy composing of zinc and copper.

Major tourist attractions include Bidar Fort which was built in 1430 by Ahmad Shah, several tombs of rulers like Bahmani Rulers, Barid Shahis, Madrassa of Mahmud Gawan, Chaubara, Guru Nank Basavakalyan and Humnabad, and Mahals which include The Rangin Mahal, Solah Kambh Masjid, Gagan Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, Royal Pavilion and Tarkash Mahal.

Best season to visit Bidar is post-monsoon season i.e. between October and March.

If you are in Hyderabad we suggest you to visit these places, these are the most Popular Hyderabad Points of Interest.

Tourist Places Near Hyderabad (Within 250 Kms)

Within 250 Kms these are the most popular Tourist places in Hyderabad which gets lot of attention throughout the year.

6. Nagarjuna Sagar or Nagarjunakonda (153 Kms from Hyderabad)

Google Map Location – Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam.

Nagarjuna Sagar or Nagarjunakonda, Nalgonda
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Nagarjunakonda, which is named after the Buddhist Monk Nagarjuna, is located 153 Kms away from Hyderabad. This place has great historical significance and is a pilgrim spot, as Nagarjuna, Buddhist Monk, is said to have lived here around 2nd century AD.

It is also one of the best weekend getaways if you plan on visiting the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam / Waterfall, Nagarjunakonda Caves / Museum, Dhamma Nagarjuna and Kaman Bazaar. It is also said that the lake created by this dam is one of the largest manmade lakes. This place is a perfect tourist destination for families and history enthusiasts.

There are several caves in this place which are mesmerizing and demands good shoes to explore them. A pair of extra clothes is recommended if you plan on enjoying the lake and dam.

 

7. Karimnagar (164 Kms from Hyderabad)

Google Map Location – Hyderabad to Karimnagar.

Karimnagar, located 164 km away from Hyderabad, is a historical site. If you are a history buff, then you would love the ruins of the Satvahana dynasty. It was the capital from 230 BCE to 220 CE of the Satvahana kings.

Jagtial Fort, Hyderabad
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Jagtial Fort, located at 50 km from Karimnagar, has a history of over 1000 years. Once a stronghold of the Polasa kings, this place now stands in ruins. But the ruins attract a lot of people to visit the archaeological site. The best time to visit this place is in the winter season.

 

8. Srisailam (214 km from Hyderabad)

Google Map Location – Hyderabad to Srisailam.

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Srisailam which is located in Kurnool district is just 214 km away from Hyderabad. It has transformed into one of the famous pilgrim centers because of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple. Nevertheless, even if you are visiting this place on a weekend along with your friends for some adventure, it wouldn’t disappoint you. Drive or ride to the temples of Srisailam to freshen up your mind.

Credits: WayToIndia.com

Major attractions include the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple, Srisailam Dam, and Akkamahadevi Caves. In order to get to these caves, you need to either take the ropeway or a boat as there is no laid road. The best part about these caves is that they are 80 feet deep and pitch dark inside.

Best time to visit Srisailam is in the monsoon season!

 

9. Kurnool – Belum Caves (219 Kms from Hyderabad)

Google Map Location – Hyderabad to Belum Caves.

Belum caves in Hyderabad
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If you love exploring caves and these natural structures fascinate you, Belum Caves is the place where you would like to be. Located 319 km away from Hyderabad, this place can be reached by self-driven bikes, cars or public vehicles.

Located in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh it is the 2nd largest caves after Krem Liat Prah of Meghalaya. The pathway inside the cave is 3 km long, but only 1 km of it is accessible to tourists. There’s a point inside the cave that is 46 meters deep. This spot is called Pataalganga.

A mysterious underground stream flows through this place. This cave was discovered by Jain and Buddhist monks in different periods of time. An enormous statue of Lord Buddha can be found at the site which commemorates the role of the monks.

 

10. Gulbarga or Kalaburagi (231 Kms from Hyderabad)

Google Map Location – Hyderabad to Gulbarga.

Gulbarga Fort
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Gulbarga is located in Karnataka, 231 km away from Hyderabad which makes it the perfect weekend destination if you are thirsting for more of Nizami style forts and tombs. This place is greatly influenced and ruled by the Nizams which is pretty evident in the infrastructure of major attractions.

Jama Masjid is a must visit in Gulbarga as it was built in the 14th century with 80 domes mounting it.

Best season is the monsoon season as the temperatures are high during summer. An ample number of buses are available to Gulbarga from Hyderabad if you plan on commuting by public transportation else you can choose to drive or ride yourself down there.

 

Nearest Beach to Hyderabad (Within 320 Kms)

11. Surya Lanka Beach (319 km from Hyderabad)

Google Map Location – Hyderabad to Surya Lanka Beach.

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If you wish to spend your weekend on the shore of mesmerizing beaches and have no time to go all the way to Goa, then you should definitely visit Suryalanka and Vodarevu beaches which are just 320 km away from the city of Hyderabad. This is ought to be a two-day trip as it takes minimum 7 hours to reach here.

It is just a 40-minute drive from Suryalanka beach to Vodarevu beach. If you haven’t visited these underrated beaches yet, what are you waiting for? Make sure you visit these beaches along with your friends and family this weekend.

 

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