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The Best Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad

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The technology hub of India and the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad is quite fascinating in itself. With its rich heritage, architectural splendor, and iconic cuisine, this once-princely state make for an interesting exploration. While the city does reflect the culture and tradition of both states, it is still a melting pot of various cultures. To truly experience Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in their own elements, step beyond the city limits of Hyderabad and explore these majestic places in the vicinity. Make use of a licensed and trusted car rental in Hyderabad and head to any of these destinations for a quick getaway or a relaxing trip over a weekend.

Ananthagiri Hills

For those seeking some fresh air and some adventure in a natural environment, then Ananthagiri Hills is the perfect place to go to. At only a couple of hours drive from Hyderabad, you can reach this densely forested area. These hills on the Eastern Ghats wrapped in misty clouds and abundant foliage make for a sensory treat, away from the city’s chaos. These hills are homes to the native tribes of Eastern Ghats and you might get a chance to explore their folk art and community traditions if you visit the tribal villages. If you like trekking then you will surely enjoy every moment walking the nature trails on this sloping terrain. The Katiki Waterfall, Musi River, Araku Tribal Museum, and the Borra Caves are few of the significant sights to see here.

Nagarjuna Sagar

Known for the massive man-made dam on the Krishna River, this place has evolved as a popular tourist spot. The dam sits right on the border of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and is about three-hour drive from Hyderabad city. It is said to be the world’s largest masonry dam ever built with 26 Sluice gates and a width of 16 Km. But the highlight of Nagarjuna Sagar is its surrounding greenery which complements the cascading white waters of the dam. You can spend an entire day in the freshness of the water by taking a boat ride or enjoy a stay at one of the resorts that have grown up around the catchment area.

Warangal

For the history buffs, the weekend warrants a drive to Warangal. This historic town is the second biggest in the state of Telangana. This was the erstwhile seat of the powerful Kakatiya Dynasty. The town is now characterized by its ruins and relics of ancient palaces, forts, and monuments which still exude royal vibes. The Warangal Fort is the most popular and prominent monument that you can explore. Featuring four ornamental pillars at the entrance, the premise features a Shiva temple, a grand fortress, and a huge courtyard dotted with stone relics.

Pakhal Lake and Wildlife Sanctuary

If you are near or in Warangal, then drive for another hour and you can reach the scenic locale of the Pakhal Lake. Since this is a little longer drive, it is better to get an SUV rental in Hyderabad for larger groups of families so you can enjoy a comfortable journey.

This water body, built by the Kakatiya rulers, is as serene as much as it is clear. There is a wildlife sanctuary adjacent to the lake area which is rich in flora and fauna and definitely calls for a tour. While the lake is home to shoals of freshwater fishes, the forests give shelter to Nilgai, Chital deer, Indian leopard, jackal, sloth bear, porcupine, bonnet macaque, and many species of reptiles.

Srisailam

If you are seeking divinity, then this pilgrim town where you want to be. Sitting in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, this holy town sits on the banks of the Krishna River. The temples and their divine aura along with the surrounding natural landscape just adds to the beauty of the place. Don’t miss out on some of these landmark sites of Srisailam:

  • Brahmarambika Mallikarjuna Temple which enshrines one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva.
  • Bhramaramba Devi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Parvati.
  • Patal Ganga- a stream of the Holy Ganges which flows underground inside a cave.
  • Srisailam Tiger Reserve – a huge area of forested land.
  • Srisailam Dam and viewpoint for a panoramic view of the town.
  • Nallamala Forest for trek and safari.
  • Chenchu Lakshmi Museum for exploring tribal art and culture.

Vijayawada

If you are looking for a healthy mix of urban environment and ancient traditions, then Vijayawada is where you might want to be. This is the third largest city of Andhra Pradesh and is a splendid combination of art, history, nature, sprinkled with modern civilization. With forts, natural bounties, and delicious local cuisines, Vijayawada is sure to make your trip worthwhile.

Here are some of the must-do things in Vijayawada-

  • Take a trek to the Kondapalli Fort and its surrounding reserve forest known for waterfalls and scenic trails.
  • Explore the granite caves of Undavalli or the 5th-century Mogalarajapuram Caves
  • Visit the Kanaka Durga Temple.
  • Shop till you drop at Besant Road and MG Road.
  • Make a trip to Bhavani Island on the Krishna River and spend a relaxing day at a riverside retreat.

On your next weekend, forgo the routine dinners and movie-nights and explore any of these unique places.

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