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Road Trip Guide: 56 Incredible Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad within 500 Kms

The Definitive Road Trip Guide to weekend getaways from Hyderabad. Everything to plan your travels in South & Central India - things to do, places to see..

When I had first thought of 52 Photowalks in 2015, my biggest challenge was to figure out what would I shoot every week? There is plenty to shoot if you are just a photographer looking to grow your skill, but not when you are looking to shoot for a story that would eventually have to become an interesting blog post, a destination in itself. That is how began my quest for forgotten forts and lost temples. Every Sunday that I was in Hyderabad and not travelling, we would set off  – map in my pocket – at 5:30 AM.

And, that is how came about this Hyderabad Road Trip Guide.

56 Road Trip Destinations from Hyderabad that are the quickest and the best weekend getaways from the city. All within the driving distance of 500 Kilometres.

Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad within 100 Kilometres

1. Bhoodan Pochampally

Distance from Hyderabad | 42 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – February. Anytime, but summers tend to be very hot.
Trip Duration | Day Trip

Bhoodan Pochampally, a cluster of villages an hours drive from Hyderabad, is where the famous Ikat weave comes from. The jagged triangles of the typical Ikat pattern is probably the most loved and recognisable of Indian textile patterns.  So head to Bhoodan Pochampally not just to shop directly from the cooperative but also for a glimpse into the village life of  these Telangana weavers.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Bhoodan Pochampally

  • Telangana Tourism’s Rural Tourism Complex
  • Weaver’s Colony
  • Pochampally Lake

Tourist Places around Bhoodan Pochampally

  • Ramoji Film City

Getting There | Hyderabad to Bhoodan PochampallyTake the NH65. You can also take the Sagar Road.

2. Bhongir Fort

Distance from Hyderabad | 48 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – February. Cooler months of winter.
Trip Duration | Day Trip

In Bhuvanagiri (which has now come to be Bhongir) stands a fort, aloof and proud, on a monolithic rock almost the size of a hill. Just getting to this 10th century fort involves scaling this rock, which is a climb of nearly three hours alternating over rough cut steps hewn into the stone and a bit of scampering about, making Bhongir a hotspot for the adventure seekers of Hyderabad.

Things to Do at Bhongir Fort

  • Trekking
  • Rapelling

Tourist Places around Bhongir Fort

  • Yadagirigutta

Getting There | Hyderabad to Bhongir Fort | Take the NH163 towards Nalgonda.

3. Wargal

Distance from Hyderabad | 52 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration |
Day Trip

Of the few temples in India dedicated to the Goddess of Knowledge, Saraswati; two are to be found in Telangana itself. First of these being the ancient Gnana Saraswati Devi Temple in Basara, while second and newer one is in the town of Wargal in Siddipet. Besides the Veda Pathashala (School of Vedic Instruction) that resides here at the Vidya Saraswati Temple, it is the rite marking the start of a Hindu child’s formal education – Aksharabhyasam – that is drawing people to this temple today.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Siddipet

  • Wargal Sri Vidya Saraswati Temple

Getting There | Hyderabad to Wargal | Take the Karimnagar Hyderabad Highway via Shamirpet towards Siddipet.

4. Yadagirigutta

Distance from Hyderabad | 62 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – February.
Trip Duration | Day Trip

Yadagirigutta has to be the most popular road trip from Hyderabad. Ask a local about quick getaways from Hyderabad and Yadagirigutta would be the first suggestion you will hear. Its popularity comes from the temple on a hillock smack in the middle of this town in Nalgonda district. Built entirely in stone, the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is probably the only temple to have as its presiding deity, three different forms of Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Vishnu.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Yadagirigutta

  • Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
  • Pathagutta Temple (Old Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple )

Tourist Places around Yadagirigutta

  • Surendrapuri Mythological Park

Getting There | Hyderabad to YadagiriguttaTake the NH163 via Bhongir.

Suggested Itinerary | Bhongir – Yadagirigutta can be done together over a weekend with Yadagirigutta as the base.  Or even Yadagirigutta – Kolanupaka.

Where to Stay in Yadagirigutta | Telangana Tourism  run Haritha Hotel Yadagirigutta.

5. Kolanupaka

Distance from Hyderabad | 78 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – February.
Trip Duration | Day Trip

Once a significant centre of Jainism, Kolanupaka’s major draw is its endearingly beautiful Jain Temple that is over two thousand years old.  The Manastambha of this temple has engraved into it inscriptions from the 1125 AD hinting at its past glory. There is also a Someswara Swamy Temple from the Kakatiya Era whose courtyard serves as a museum of ancient stone sculptures.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Kolanupaka

  • Kulpakji Jain Temple
  • Someswara Swamy Temple & Museum

Tourist Places around Kolanupaka

  • Yadagirigutta

Getting There | Hyderabad to Kolanupaka | Along the NH163 beyond Bhongir and Yadagirigutta.

Travellers Tip | The Kulpakji being a Svetambara Temple, it is advisable to dress in white if you plan to go inside the temple.

6. Ananthagiri Hills

Distance from Hyderabad | 80 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – October. Monsoon for the greens. 
Trip Duration
| Weekend

Hyderabad’s very own hill station (or as close to it as it gets), Ananthagiri Hills in Vikarabad is a lush green canopy of forests, clear fresh water streams and mist laden mornings. A popular spot for camping, star gazing, forest treks and bird watching, Ananthgiri Hills is the best possible weekend getaway from Hyderabad for the nature lovers who love exploring the outdoors.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Ananthagiri Hills

  • Forest Trails
  • Birding
  • Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple

Tourist Places around Ananthagiri Hills

  • Nagasamudram Lake (Kotepally Reservoir) for Kayaking

Getting There | Hyderabad to Ananthagiri Hills | Take the ORR to get on to the Chevella Road towards Vikarabad.

Where to Stay in Ananthagiri Hills |  Telangana Tourism run Haritha Valley View Resort. For a more intimate experience, the camping site run by Deccan Trails is a good choice.

7. Medak

Distance from Hyderabad | 80 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration | Weekend

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Medak Church

From crowded tourist landmarks to forgotten lakes and heritage discovery, there is more to Medak than meets the eye. While the Medak Church which is this district’s most popular landmark and Asia’s largest diocese is believed to be second only to the Vatican. There is also a fort, a lake and a wildlife sanctuary here with a deer breeding centre that allows visitors to drive through a four kilometre jungle trail to spot the Chital, Barasingha and the Sambar Deer.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Medak

  • Medak Fort
  • Medak Church
  • Pocharam Dam & Lake
  • Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary

Tourist Places around Medak

  • Edupayala Vana Durga Bhavani Temple
  • Manjeera Dam

Getting There | Hyderabad to Medak | Take the NH44 and at Kompally turn left to go via the Narsapur Forest Range for a scenic drive.

Where to Stay in Medak | At the Medak Fort in the Haritha Heritage Hotel run by Telangana Tourism.

READ: A Trinity of Faiths & more: Medak

8. Nalgonda

Distance from Hyderabad | 100 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – February. Nalgonda Summers are sweltering.
Trip Duration |
Day Trip

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Along the trek route to Devarakonda Fort

From the mysterious Chaaya Someswara Swamy Temple – that derives its name from the presence of a mysterious shadow, Chaaya, that remains undisturbed all day, inside the main temple on the presiding deity’s idol – in Panagal to its lesser known Green Onyx twin; Nalgonda abounds in ancient temples, buddhist sites and sprawling forts almost in ruin.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Nalgonda

  • Panagal Tank (Udaya Samudram)
  • Panagal Chaya Someswara Swamy Temple
  • Pachala Someswara Swamy Temple & Museum

Tourist Places around Nalgonda

  • Devarakonda Fort
  • Rachakonda Fort
  • Phanigiri & Gajulabanda Buddhist Sites

Getting There | Hyderabad to Nalgonda | Take the NH65 to Narketpalli and then head right towards Nalgonda. Alternatively one can take the Sagar Road.

Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad within 200 Kilometres

9. Pillalamarri, Mahbubnagar

Distance from Hyderabad | 105 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
June – February.
Trip Duration |
Day Trip

Pillalamarri (Telugu for banyan tree and its children) isn’t just the name of a famous Banyan Tree but of the village – where it stands – itself. This seven hundred year old Giant Banyan Tree spread over four acres of land just outside the city of Mahbubnagar is so popular with tourists, that it now has a deer park and science museum for the children who come there.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Pillalamarri, Mahbubnagar

  • Banyan Tree
  • Science Museum
  • Deer Park

Tourist Places around Pillalamarri, Mahbubnagar

  • Gadwal
  • Alampur
  • Mahbubnagar

Getting There | Hyderabad to Pillalamarri |Take the Nh44 till Jadcherla and from there on head right onto the NH167 to get to Pillalamarri, Mahbubnagar.

Where to Stay near Pillalmarri | Gadwal Haritha Hotel run by Telangana Tourism.

10. Pillalamarri, Suryapet

Distance from Hyderabad | 132 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
June – February.
Trip Duration |
Day Trip

This small village just off the busy Hyderabad – Vijayawada Highway and its popular pit stop destination – Suryapet, doesn’t boast of an olden Giant Banyan Tree like the other eponymous village mentioned previously. And, is not to be confused with that. This Pillalamarri in Nalgonda District, on the other hand, boasts of two ancient temples from the Kakatiya Era. Some say that beautiful adorned pillars of these Shiva temples have inspired an entire range of jewellery.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Pillalamarri, Suryapet

  • Pillalamarri Shiva Temples
    • Sri Erakeswara Temple
    • Sri Nameswara Temple
  • Pillalamarri Lake

Tourist Places around Pillalamarri, Suryapet

  • Phanigiri Buddhist Site

Getting There | Hyderabad to Pillalamarri |Take the NH65 and just before Suryapet head left.  Use Google Maps to guide you towards Pillala Marri Rural.

11. Warangal

Distance from Hyderabad | 145 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
June – February.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

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In the courtyard of Ramappa Temple

Warangal is not just the second biggest city in the state today but was once the flourishing capital of the Kakatiyas  making it a hotspot for heritage lovers. From magnificent medieval temples like the Ramappa Temple to the lyrical Thousand Pillar Temple, this 12th century city is most definitely The Heritage City of Telangana. Also popular here is the Lakanavaram Lake, with its holiday island and the yellow suspension bridge leading to it fast becoming the star of many a travel videos.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Warangal City

  • Thousand Pillar Temple
  • Warangal Fort
  • Khush Mahal
  • Bhadrakali Temple

Tourist Places around Warangal

  • Ghanpur Group of Temples
  • Ramappa Temple & Lake
  • Lakanavaram Lake

Getting There | Hyderabad to Warangal | Take the NH163 via Bhongir.

Where to Stay in Warangal | At the Haritha Kakatiya Hotel, which is probably the best Telangana Tourism run hotel in the State.

READ: Top 5 Places to Visit in Warangal

12. Bidar

Distance from Hyderabad | 145 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration |
Day Trip

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Bidar Fort

If you love visiting places of historic significance and can’t get enough of architecture, Bidar – just across the state border in Karnataka –  is the one road trip destination from Hyderabad you can’t miss. This little town has  exactly sixty one listed monuments. No less! The most prominent landmark here is the Bidar Fort, which was built by the first sultan of the Bahamani Dynasty.  And, the most frequented is the Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib Gurudwara. People of all faiths come here, even straight from the Hyderabad airport just to get the water from the holy spring that is said to possess healing powers. 

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Bidar

  • Bidar Fort
  • Chaubara
  • Madrasa Mahmoud Gawan
  • Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib

Tourist Places around Bidar

  • Chaukhandi of Hazrat Khalil Ullah
  • Bahamani Tombs, Ashtur

Getting There | Hyderabad to Bidar | From the ORR, take the NH65 till Zaheerabad and then head right.

READ: The City of Whispering Tombs: Bidar

13. Nagarjuna Sagar

Distance from Hyderabad | 150 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – October. Monsoon is when the flood gates open.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

India’s tallest masonry dam, the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in Nalgonda district  – which took twelves years to finish – is almost fifty years old now and  still considered to be one of the largest dams built in Asia in the recent times. If that isn’t enough to make you want to go watch the twenty six flood gates when open, there is also a Buddhist island and a waterfalls nearby.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Nagarjuna Sagar

  • Nagarjuna Sagar Dam

Tourist Places around Nagarjuna Sagar

  • Ethipothala Falls
  • Nagarjuna Konda Buddhist Site & Museum

Getting There | Hyderabad to Nagarjunasagar | Take the ‘Sagar Road’ past Devarakonda.

Where to Stay in Nagarjuna Sagar |  The Haritha Vijay Vihar Hotel run by Telangana Tourism. It offers beautiful views of the lake.

14. Karimnagar

Distance from Hyderabad | 165 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – September. Monsoon for the dramatic clouds.
Trip Duration | Weekend

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Elgandal Fort

READ: Road Tripping through Karimnagar

Undoubtedly Telangana’s most striking fort, Elgandal Fort is yet another little known destination that isn’t too far from Hyderabad. Perched precariously on the edge of a hill the beautiful Teen Minar – which oscillate when shaken – have to be the Elgandal Fort’s most stunning feature. Karimnagar is also peppered with quite a few other forts, ancient temple ruins and Buddhist sites even. This is the one road trip that promises a packed weekend!

You can also hear me talking about the road trip to Karimnagar for The Musafir Stories, here.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Karimnagar

  • Molangur Fort
  • Elgandal Fort
  • Lower Mannair Dam
  • Nagunur Temple Ruins

Tourist Places around Karimnagar

  • Vemulawada
  • Kondagattu Anjaneya Swamy Temple
  • Dhulikatta Stupa
  • Manthani
  • Raikal Waterfalls

Getting There | Hyderabad to Karimnagar |Take the Hyderabad – Ramagundam Road or the NH163 to go via Siddipet. Alternatively, you can also take the NH44 and go right from Kamareddy.

Where to Stay in Karimnagar | Haritha Hotel Kondagattu run by Telangana Tourism.

READ ALL STORIES FROM KARIMNAGAR

Town of Hymns: Manthani

Lost in Time: Nagunur Ruins

15. Nizamabad

Distance from Hyderabad | 175 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – September. For the rain washed landscape.
Trip Duration | Weekend

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Armoor

A ancient temple that is a Ramayana place, where Lord Rama is believed to have stopped  – during the course of the Ramayana – right after meeting Hanuman for the first time on his way to wage war on Ravana. With lakes both expansive and small, nestled between hills or sitting serenely behind boulders and extensive gravity defying rock formations with hidden cave temples inside, Nizamabad truly is an explorer’s delight.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Nizamabad City

  • Sri Kanteswar Temple

Tourist Places around Nizamabad

  • Domakonda Fort
  • Dichpally Ramalayam
  • Ashok Sagar
  • Ali Sagar
  • Armoor Rock Formations

Getting There | Hyderabad to Nizamabad |Take the NH44 straight to Nizamabad.

Where to Stay in Nizamabad | Haritha Indur Inn in Nizamabad City, run by Telangana Tourism.

READ ALL STORIES FROM NIZAMABAD

A Song of Stone: Dichpally Ramalayam

Of Rocks and Hidden Temples: Armoor

16. Jetprole, Kollapur & Somasila

Distance from Hyderabad | 175 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – February.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Jetprole, Kollapur and Somasila are small villages within minutes of each other along the left bank of the River Krishna. These little hamlets are significant in that, here is where all the ancient temples that were in danger of being submerged – when the Srisailam Dam was being built – were brought to and put back together stone for stone as they were originally. Somasila is also with popular with nature lovers for the scenic river bed is just ideal for a restful camping experience.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Jetprole

  • Madana Gopala Swamy Temple
  • Group of Shiva Temples

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Kollapur

  • Kollapur Palace (Chandra Mahal)
  • Madhava Swamy Temple

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Somasila

  • Riverside Camping
  • Lalita Someswara Swamy Temple

Tourist Places around Jetprole, Kollapur & Somasila

  • Srirangapuram Ranganayaka Swamy Temple
  • Alampur

Getting There | Hyderabad to Jetprole, Kollapur & Somasila | Take the NH765 straight to Somasila or take the NH44 to Pebbair and then go left towards Kollapur.

Where to Stay in Jetprole | Recently inaugurated Haritha Hotel Jetprole, run by Telangana Tourism.

Suggested Itinerary | Do the Alampur – Jetprole – Kollapur – Somasila – Gadwal circuit over a long weekend of temple hopping, ending with a quick spot of shopping for handlooms.

17. Khammam

Distance from Hyderabad | 195 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – February.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

From prehistoric rock paintings to historic temples from the era of the Kakatiyas – who built many temples in the region dedicated to the Lord Shiva, Khammam does have a few destinations that make a road trip to Khammam worth it. The two twelfth century temples  in Kusumanchi are just as exquisite in their architecture as other better known Kakatiya temples like the Ramappa Temple and the ones in Ghanpur. It was also here in Khammam, in Nelakondapalli that numerous Buddhist antiquities and even coins dating as far back as to the Ikshvakus were unearthed. And, the Stupa that still stoically stands here is the testimony to this region’s erstwhile significance.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Khammam

  • Khammam Fort
  • Nelakondapalli Buddhist Site
  • Kusumanchi Shiva Temples – Sri Ganapeshwara Alayam & Mukkanteswara Alayam

Tourist Places around Khammam

  • Bhadrachalam

Getting There | Hyderabad to Khammam | Take the NH65 to Suryapet and head left to Khammam.

Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad within 300 Kilometres

18. Pakhal Lake

Distance from Hyderabad | 205 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – February. After the rains and when it is cooler.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Built in the thirteenth century by a Kakatiya king for the farmers in his kingdom, this lake tightly enclosed by forest land which is today the Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary, has to be the most picturesque lake in Telangana. Besides this  clear azure lake frequented by birds of beauty there is also the Bheemuni Paadam Waterfall nearby. The waterfall is said to fall from a rock shaped like the mythological Bheema’s Foot. Hence the name!

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Pakhal 

  • Birding
  • Camping
  • Pakhal Lake
  • Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary

Tourist Places around Pakhal

  • Bheemuni Padam Waterfalls

Getting There | Hyderabad to Pakhal Lake | Take the NH163 and head right via Warangal.

19. Basara

Distance from Hyderabad | 210 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

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A Nirmal Painting of the Basara Gnana Saraswati Devi in Nirmal

Home to one of the few Saraswati temples in the country, Basara is popular  as a pilgrimage centre for all those seeking knowledge. Especially families bringing their children – before they start their journey of formal education – for their Aksharaabhyaasam, the Hindu rite of initiation into education. It is believed that the origins of the Gnana Saraswati Devi Temple here can be traced back to Veda Vyas, the author of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, himself.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Basara

  • Sri Gnana Saraswati Devi Temple

Tourist Places around Basara

  • Nizamabad
  • Nirmal

Getting There | Hyderabad to Basara |Take the NH44 via Nizamabad.

READ: Artisan Villages of Telangana: Nirmal

20. Raikal Waterfalls

Distance from Hyderabad | 212 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – March. After the rains.
Trip Duration |Day Trip

This waterfall tucked away in the forests of Raikal in the Karimnagar district made an appearance on the tourist radar only recently when a few State Government officials got there with the intention of popularising it. This little known waterfall can only be accessed through a trail in the forest and takes a good two and a half hours to reach. But the trek along with the picturesque tiered waterfall makes for that perfect active holiday in quick reach from Hyderabad.

Things to Do  in Raikal

  • Forest Trek
  • Raikal Waterfalls

Getting There | Hyderabad to Raikal Waterfalls | Take the NH44 to go via Nizamabad or go via Siddipet along the Vemulawada Road.

Suggested Itinerary | With an extra day to spare, one can do Karimnagar – Raikal Waterfalls together, on one road trip.

21. Srisailam

Distance from Hyderabad | 215 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Nestled deep in the Nallamalla Forests of Andhra Pradesh is a temple dedicated to the God and Goddess, Shiva and Parvathi – enshrined as Sri Mallikarjuna and Bhramaramba. Significant not just for Shaivaites but also for the followers of Shakti, the Mother Goddess. For, this is the only temple in the country which is both a Jyotirlinga Kshteram and a Shakti Peetham. Owing to its scenic setting and its religious importance, Srisailam is counted amongst the important tourist destinations of South India. From going on a Safari in the Tiger Reserve to going down a ropeway to the backwaters of the River Krishna from where one can take a boat to reach hillside caves shrouded in medieval mythology. There is much to do here for families.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Srisailam

  • Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple
  • Srisailam Dam

Tourist Places around Srisailam

  • Paatala Ganga
  • Akkamahadevi Caves
  • Srisailam Tiger Reserve
  • Mallelatheertham Waterfalls

Getting There | Hyderabad to Srisailam | Take the NH65 to get to Sagar Road and from there the NH565 to Kesinenipalle. Head right here to take the NH765 through the Nallamalla Forest before dusk for the final leg of the journey.

Where to Stay in Srisailam | Haritha Hotel Srisailam run by AP Tourism.

22. Gulbarga

Distance from Hyderabad | 220 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

The city of flowers and gardens, well that is what Gulbarga means in Urdu. It was once part of the Hyderabad State under the Asaf Jahis. Today Gulbarga is in Karnataka and is known as Kalaburagi, which is Kannada for Stone Fort. It does have a huge fort and various other monuments across town which together boast of an incredible amount of Islamic art, from detailed calligraphy to the typical floral and geometric patterns; but this town is still called Gulbarga. What draws me to this city though is that, intriguingly enough, it is a Sufi City. And, evidence is in the fact that this primarily Islamic town is also home to an ancient temple dedicated to a Hindu Philosopher Saint.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Gulbarga

  • Gulbarga Fort
  • The Haft Gumbaz Tomb
  • Sharana Basaveshwara Temple
  • Buddha Vihar

Tourist Places around Gulbarga

  • Malkhed Fort

Getting There | Hyderabad to Gulbarga | Take the NH65 till Humnabad in Karnataka and NH50 from there on to Kalaburagi.

23. Alampur

Distance from Hyderabad |220 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – February. 
Trip Duration |
Weekend

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Sangameswara Temple

The temple town of Alampur in the Mahbubnagar district of Telangana is renowned for its Ashtadasa Shakti Peetham, the Jogulamba Temple. But there is more to this sleepy little town that is only a few hours from Hyderabad. It is believed to be the Western gateway to Srisailam, one of the important pilgrimage centers for Shaivites in the country. Probably owing to just the number of Shiva Lingas that there are here in Alampur and of course the many temples dedicated to some of them. The town of Gadwal, from where come the famous handloom sarees that go by the same name is also enroute Hyderabad to Alampur.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Alampur

  • Jogulamba Temple & The Navabramha Temple Complex
  • Sangameswara Temple
  • Papanasi Group of Temples

Tourist Places around Alampur

  • Gadwal

Getting There | Hyderabad to Alampur |Take the NH44 straight to Alampur.

READ: South India’s City of Moksh: Alampur

24. Kaleshwaram

Distance from Hyderabad | 260 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

The town of Kaleshwaram is synonymous with the Kaleshwaram Temple and together with Srisailam and Draksharamam, is said to give Andhra Pradesh the moniker Trilinga Desam, meaning the Land of Three Lingams. What sets apart this temple town is that the presiding diety of this temple isn’t just Lord Shiva but also Yama (the Hindu God of Death) along with him, sharing the same pedestal in the sanctum sanctorum of the main temple. And they even share a name! – Kaleshwara Mukteswara Swamy.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Kaleshwaram

  • Kaleshwaram Mukteswara Swamy Temple

Tourist Places around Kaleshwaram

  • Karimnagar
  • Warangal

Getting There | Hyderabad to Kaleshwaram |Take the NH163 via Warangal.

Where to Stay in Kaleshwaram | Haritha Kaleshwaram Hotel run by Telangana Tourism.

25. Kawal Tiger Reserve

Distance from Hyderabad | 265 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – February. 
Trip Duration |
Weekend

If the number of poaching cases that are recorded here at the Kawal Tiger Reserve in Telangana are to be an indication, we know just how many vulnerable species there could be in there. Not taking into consideration implementation of and adherence to conservation laws, of course. Nevertheless, the Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary is a good place to go on a wildlife safari and a road trip to Adilabad makes it to the list just for that chance to spot a panther.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Kawal Tiger Reserve

  • Jungle Safari

Tourist Places around Kawal Tiger Reserve

  • Raikal Waterfalls

Getting There | Hyderabad to Kawal Tiger Reserve | Take the NH44 via Nizamabad. Alternatively one can also take the Hyderabad – Karimnagar Highway.

26. Mantralayam

Distance from Hyderabad | 265 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – February.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Mantralyam is an important pilgrimage centre for the believers of Sri Raghavendra Swamy, a seventeenth century Hindu saint who is renown for his Dvaita  – duality of the soul – Interpretation of the Upanishads. He is also popularly believed to be the reincarnation of the mythological Prahlad, a prince who invoked the Narasimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu through his ardent devotion.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Mantralayam

  • Sri Raghavendra Swamy Math

Tourist Places around Mantralayam

  • Adoni Fort
  • Kurnool
  • Alampur

Getting There | Hyderabad to Mantrlayam | Take NH44 till Mahbubnagar and then go  via Raichur by taking the NH167.

27. Amaravathi

Distance from Hyderabad |  270 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – February. Summers in the Guntur and Krishna District are scorching.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

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Dhyana Buddha of Amaravathi

Amaravathi.  The ancient Buddhist Town in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur District. This hitherto forgotten little town, together with Vijayawada, Guntur and Tenali is going to be the new capital of the fragmented state of Andhra Pradesh – Amaravati. That in itself calls for a road trip to Amaravathi. To see it, now, before it transforms into yet another urban sprawl.

The Place for Immortals, that is what Amaravathi means. And, it does seem to ring true here. For this ancient town was once the capital of the Satavahanas sometime between the first and third centuries! Also, it is equally significant for both Hindus and Buddhists today. While the Buddhist Stupa is from the Ashokan Period, the Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple is one of the five Pancharamam Kshetrams of Lord Shiva.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Amaravahti

  • Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple (Amararamam)
  • Maha Chaitya Stupa & Archaeological Museum
  • Amaravathi Buddha

Tourist Places around Amaravathi

  • Vijayawada

Where to Eat in Amaravathi | Puris at the shack outside Amaralingeswara Swamy Temple.

Getting There | Hyderabad to Amaravathi | Take the NH65 and go right towards Nalgonda. This is the shortest route to Amaravathi via Miryalguda. Alternatively take the NH65 all the way to Vijayawada and then go back right to Amaravathi.

Suggested Itinerary | Do a Vijayawada – Amaravati road trip, with Vijayawada as a base.

28. Vijayawada

Distance from Hyderabad | 275 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – February. 
Trip Duration |
Weekend

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The city of Vijayawada as seen from Gandhi Hill

Vijayawada is the trade capital of Andhra Pradesh. But what really puts this rapidly developing city on the tourist radar is the Kanaka Durga Temple. Legend has it that the Goddess Durga chose to make Indrakila her permanent abode, making this temple atop the Indrakeeladri hill  – right in the centre of town – one of the prominent pilgrimage places in the country. It is also believed that it is here on the same hill that Arjuna performed his penance for Lord Shiva.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Vijayawada City

  • Kanaka Durga Temple
  • Prakasam Barrage
  • Gandhi Hill
  • Undavalli Caves

Tourist Places around Vijayawada

  • Mangalgiri
  • Amaravathi
  • Machilipatnam

Must Eat in Vijayawada: Idlis at Babai Hotel.

Getting There | Hyderabad to Vijayawada |Take the NH65 straight to Vijayawada.

29. Kuntala Waterfalls

Distance from Hyderabad | 270 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – December. Monsoon and after.
Trip Duration |
Day Trip

Telangana’s highest waterfalls, the Kuntala falls descend from a lofty two hundred feet gushing down a rocky precipice only to flow away gently into the Sahayadris. Add to this, the fact that these waterfalls are easily accessible – only takes a short hike down into forest – makes the Kuntala Falls the state’s most popular tourist destination and getaway from Hyderabad. Also, less than twenty minutes away are the Pochera Falls. Yet another gorgeous waterfall set against a picture perfect backdrop of the verdant forests. Further adding to this destination’s appeal.

It is said the Kuntala Falls get their name from the mythological Shakuntala and that it was here that King Dushyant fell in love with her, which led to their Gandharva Wedding – the ancient Hindu equivalent of a live-in relationship.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Kuntala Waterfalls

  • Kuntala Waterfalls

Tourist Places around Kuntala Waterfalls

  • Pochera Waterfalls
  • Gayatri Waterfalls
  • Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary

Getting There | Hyderabad to Kuntala Waterfalls | Take the NH44 straight to Kuntala Falls.

Suggested Itinerary | Do the Kuntala and Pochera Falls together on a day trip.

30. Bogatha Waterfalls

Distance from Hyderabad |  275 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – December. Monsoon and after.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Counted amongst the best Waterfalls in Telangana, the Bogatha Falls along the River Godavari fall not from a great height. But from all along the crest in several parallel streams making a wide pool at the foot  of the waterfalls.  And a dip in this natural pool surrounded by water streaming down from all around, with the forested hills forming a distant backdrop can be quiet an experience. One needs to walk through the forest to reach the falls.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Bogatha Waterfalls

  • Hike
  • Swim

Tourist Places around Bogatha Waterfalls

  • Kaleshwaram
  • Bhadrachalam
  • Warangal

Getting There | Hyderabad to Bogatha Waterfalls | Take NH163 via Warangal.

31. Mangalagiri

Distance from Hyderabad | 280 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – February.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

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Mangalagiri Sarees

The famous temple town of Mangalagiri is also known for its beautiful handloom textiles that go by the same name as the town. And, the majestic temple of Panakala Narasimha Swamy looking over the town from atop a hill, the other equally beautiful timeless temples here and the colour blocked Mangalgiri sarees, all of it makes for  a good enough reason to do a quick road trip to this laid-back town near Vijayawada.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Mangalagiri

  • Panakala Narasimha Swamy Temple
  • Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
  • Shop for Mangalagiri Sarees

Tourist Places around Mangalagiri

  • Vijayawada
  • Amaravathi

Getting There | Hyderabad to Mangalagiri | Take the NH65 till Vijayawada and then head right.

Suggested Itinerary | Vijayawada – Mangalagiri can be done together over a weekend.

32. Yaganti

Distance from Hyderabad | 300 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – February.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

The Yaganti Uma Maheshwara Swamy Temple was built by Harihara Bukka. Yes, the very same of the brothers duo Hakka Bukka who built Hampi and founded the glorious Vijanagara Empire. Set against a sheer rock cliff, this temple is nothing less than stunning. And, believe it or not but the Nandi ( Lord Shiva’s mount) in hewn into rock is said to be growing year on and year. With even the Archaeological Survey of India having confirmed to the veracity of this!

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Yaganti

  • Sri Uma Maheshwara Swamy Temple
  • Sri Ventakeswara Swamy Cave Temple
  • Agastya Cave
  • Potluri Veerabrahmendra Swamy Cave

Tourist Places around Yaganti

  • Belum Caves
  • Mahanandi
  • Ahobilam
  • Orvakal Rock Formations

Getting There | Hyderabad to Yaganti | Take the NH44 till Kurnool and then head left to take the NH40 to reach Yaganti via Banaganapalli.

Where to Stay in Yaganti | There are AP Tourism run Haritha Hotels at Kurnool, Belum, Mahanandi Ahobilam and Oravakallu. Choose your hotel depending on your itinerary and route.

Suggested Itinerary |Mahanandi -Yaganti is the usual circuit but one can also do Yaganti – Belum Caves – Ahobilam – Mahanandi – Orvakal over a long weekend with Kurnool as a base.

33. Tuljapur

Distance from Hyderabad |300 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Tuljapur is a small town in Maharashtra famous for being home to Tuljapur Bhavani. The very same goddess – an avatar of the Goddess Parvathi –  who, as legend has it, appeared in the great warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji’s dream and gifted him a sword to overthrow the Muslim invaders. Which is why the Maratha Empire’s founder’s celebrated  sword was called the ‘Bhavani Talwar’. Consequently making the twelfth century Tuljapur Temple a very important place of worship for the Marathas.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Tuljapur

  • Tulja Bhavani Temple
  • Kallol Tirth

Tourist Places around Tuljapur

  • Pandharpur
  • Solapur

Getting There | Hyderabad to Tuljapur |Take the NH65 till Naldurg and head right towards Tuljapur.

Suggested Itinerary |  Tuljapur – Solapur – Pandharpur – circuit can be done over a weekend, with Solapur as the base.

Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad within 500 Kilometres

34. Chirala Beach

Distance from Hyderabad | 305 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – March. Or till June if you love the Summer Sun.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Chirala is best known for being a beach town and is one of most popular road trip destinations in Andhra Pradesh. Little wonder then that the Bay of Bengal coastline here is dotted with numerous beach resorts.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Chirala

  • Ramapuram Beach (Chirala Beach)

Tourist Places around Chirala

  • Vodarevu Beach
  • Suryalanka Beach

Getting There | Hyderabad to Chirala|Take the NH65 or Sagar Road till Pidguralla and from there on take the SH45 to get to  Chirala Beach.

35. Bhadrachalam

Distance from Hyderabad | 310 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Dakshina Ayodhya, Bhadrachalam which was once part of Dandakaranya – the setting for a significant portion of the Hindu epic Ramayana is popularly considered to be the Ayodhya of the South. From being the place where Sita spotted the Golden Deer and was later abducted by Ravana to being home to the only temple in the country where the presiding deity is Vaikuntha Rama, Bhadrachalam is an exceptional temple town not just for the devotees of Rama but for everyone who loves Indian Mythology.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Bhadrachalam

  • Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple
  • Parnasala

Tourist Places around Bhadrachalam

  • Papikondalu
  • Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary

Getting There | Hyderabad to Bhadrachalam |Take the NH65 to Suryapet or Kodad and from there on head to Bhadrachalam via Kothagudem.

Where to Stay in Bhadrachalam | Bhadrachalam Hotels & Resorts run by Telangana Tourism.

36. Mahanandi

Distance from Hyderabad | 310 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Usually temples are built for Shiva, rarely ever for his mount, the bull, Nandi. But here in Mahanandi, a village surrounded by the hills of Nallamalla in Kurnool, there are nine shrines believed to be built by the Nanda Dynasty in the tenth century. All of them dedicated to Nandi, the gate keeper of Kailasa, Lord Shiva’s abode. Giving this village its name, Mahanandi. There is also the Mahanandeswara Swamy Temple here – with Lord Shiva as its presiding deity – which predates even these by a good three hundred years.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Mahanandi

  • Mahanandeswara Swamy Temple
  • Group of Nandi Shrines

Tourist Places around Mahanandi

  • Kurnool
  • Ahobilam
  • Orvakal Rock Formations
  • Yaganti
  • Belum Caves

Getting There | Hyderabad to Mahanandi | Take the Nh44 till Kurnool and then the NH40 via Nandyal to reach Mahanandi.

Where to Stay in Mahanandi | There are AP Tourism run Haritha Hotels at Kurnool, Belum, Mahanandi Ahobilam and Oravakallu. Choose your hotel depending on your itinerary and route.

Suggested Itinerary | Mahanandi -Yaganti is the usual circuit but one can also do Yaganti – Belum Caves – Ahobilam – Mahanandi – Orvakal over a long weekend with Kurnool as a base.

37. Solapur

Distance from Hyderabad | 315 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – March.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Beside a fort that looks more like an ornate stone temple than just a sturdy old stonghold, here in Solapur is also the Siddheshwar Temple. An important pilgrimage centre for the people of the Lingayat faith, it marks the place  where Lord Shiva – as Mallinath from Srisailam – met the Kannada mystic poet and Lingayat Saint, Siddheshwar. Solapur, is also a definite bucket list destination for every birding enthusiast. For, the Great Indian Bustard which was once a common sight in Maharashtra is today an extremely rare bird, an endangered species. And, the wildlife sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of this erudite looking  brown white bird is only a half hour drive out of the city of Solapur.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Solapur

  • Solapur Bhuikot Fort
  • Siddheshwar Temple

Tourist Places around Solapur

  • Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary
  • Pandharpur
  • Tuljapur

Getting There | Hyderabad to Solapur| Take the NH65 via Zaheerabad straight to Solapur.

Suggested Itinerary |  Tuljapur – Solapur – Pandharpur – circuit can be done over a weekend, with Solapur as the base.

38. Suryalanka Beach

Distance from Hyderabad | 320 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
November to February.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Suryalanka near Bapatla is yet another beach town in Andhra Pradesh popular as a quick weekend getaway from the chaos of city life. It is also probably the first town in the state to be developed by the Tourism Department as a beach destination, for the red roof beach villas dotting the beach scape have long been its most recognisable feature.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Suryalanka

  • Suryalanka Beach (Bapatla Beach)

Tourist Places around Suryalanka 

  • Vijayawada
  • Chirala Beach
  • Vodarevu Beach

Getting There | Hyderabad to Suryalanka Beach |Take the NH65 to Vijayawada and from there get to Suryalanka via Guntur. Alternatively, take the Sagar Road to go via Narsaraopet.

39. Belum Caves

Distance from Hyderabad | 325 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October to February.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

The stalactite formations inside Belum Caves, the second largest cave system in the country are incredible. From a natural arch that resembles a lion’s head to one that looks like a cobra with a thousand hoods, they are to be seen to be believed. Even the caves themselves are quiet intriguing, there is one that looks like a meditation hall complete with a bed and pillow and another  whose stalactite pillars produce musical notes when struck! And to commemorate the fact these caves were once used by the Buddhist and Jain monks – as evidenced by the relics that were unearthed here, there is also a beautiful golden statue of The Buddha just outside the caves.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Belum

  • Belum Caves
  • Buddha Statue

Tourist Places around Belum Caves

  • Kurnool
  • Gandikota
  • Yaganti
  • Tadipatri

Getting There | Hyderabad to Belum Caves | Take the NH44 till Kurnool and then head left via Yaganti to get to Belum Caves.

Where to Stay at Belum Caves |AP Tourism run Haritha Hotel Belum. Choose your hotel depending on your itinerary and route.

Suggested ItineraryGandikota – Belum Caves – Tadipatri.

40. Machilipatnam

Distance from Hyderabad |  340 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – February.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

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Chilakalapudi Sri Panduranga Swamy Temple

Masulipatnam or Machilipatnam as it is now known was once the first port of call on the Coromandel coast for the European traders vying for a hold on India and it’s trade. This coastal town in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh often overlooked by travellers makes for the perfect day trip destination from Vijayawada or even as an interesting detour for those heading to Vijayawada. From beaches to shopping, churches to temples, Machilipatnam has much to offer to those looking to explore the lesser known towns on the eastern coast. 

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Machilipatnam

  • Sri Panduranga Swamy Temple, Chilakalapudi
  • Manginapudi Beach
  • Machilipatnam Harbour

Tourist Places around Machilipatnam

Must Try in Machilipatnam: Bandar Laddu

Getting There | Hyderabad to Machilipatnam | Take the NH65 via Vijayawada.

Suggested Itinerary | One can also do a Vijayawada – Machilipatnam – Amaravati road trip, with Vijayawada as a base.

41. Ahobilam

Distance from Hyderabad | 360 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – May. Avoid the monsoon if you plan to trek.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Accessed variously through forest treks and jeep rides, Ahobilam is an important pilgrimage centre in Kurnool and the only place in the country where all the nine forms of Lord Narasimha are worshipped. It is believed that the entire Nallamalla Forest Range in the Eastern Ghats are a personification of the Serpent King, Adishesha – on who reclines Lord Vishnu. With Ahobilam being the centre while Tirupati and Srisailam form the head and tail ends respectively. For me, Ahobilam packs together a perfect sense of adventure along with a dose of Indian Mythology and religion.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Ahobilam

  • The Nine Shrines
    • Jwala Narasimha (Upper Ahobilam)
    • Ahobilam Narasimha Swamy Temple  ( Main Shrine,  Upper Ahobilam)
    • Malola Narasimha (Upper Ahobilam)
    • Kroda Narasimha (Upper Ahobilam)
    • Karanja Narasimha  (Upper Ahobilam)
    • Bhargava Narasimha  (Lower Ahobliam)
    • Yogananda Narasimha (Lower Ahobliam)
    • Kshatravata Narasimha  (Lower Ahobliam)
    • Pavana  Narasimha (Upper Ahobilam)
  • Ugra Sthambam
  • Prahlada Mettu

Tourist Places around Ahobilam

  • Yaganti
  • Mahanandi

Getting There | Hyderabad to Ahobilam | Take the NH44 till Kurnool and head left onto the NH40 to get to Ahobilam. Alternatively, one can also take the Sagar Road and the NH565 via Markapur.

Suggested Itinerary | Ahobilam- Yaganti – Mantralayam. One can also add Kurnool, Belum Caves and the Orvakal Rock Formations to the itinerary.

42. Tadipatri

Distance from Hyderabad | 360 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

The twins temples of Tadipatri are striking symphonies in stone to say the very least. These fifteenth century temples are crowded with sculptures and pillars the extent of whose detailing is unbelievable. Built in the Vijayanagara architectural style, reminiscent of Hampi, one of the temples has musical pillars while the other has a stone chariot much like the iconic ones at the Vittala Temple, Hampi. It is also said that a  tunnel from the Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple goes directly to Tirupathi.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Tadipatri

  • Chintala Venkataramana Swamy Temple
  • Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

Tourist Places around Tadipatri

  • Gandikota
  • Belum Caves

Getting There | Hyderabad to Tadipatri |Take the NH44 to Gooty and head left from here onto the NH67 to get to Tadipatri.

Suggested Itinerary | Tadipatri – Gandikota – Belum Caves. With Gandikota as the base.

43. Bijapur

Distance from Hyderabad |365 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |July – March.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Yet another Sufi Town in Karnataka, Bijapur or Vijayapura (City of Victory) has a mosque, mausoleum or some remnant of striking Islamic architecture every where you look. Of these the  Ibrahim Rouza and Gol Gumbaz are the most dramatic, to be etched into memory from the very first glance. Must be something to live in the constant  shadow of history!

This erstwhile capital of Adil Shahi Dynasty is one of the five splinter states that was carved out of the Bahamani Kingdom over five hundred years ago.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Bijapur

  • Ibrahim Rouza
  • Gol Gumbaz
  • Jama Masjid
  • Taj Bawdi
  • Bara Kamaan
  • Gagan Mahal
  • Asar Mahal

Tourist Places around Bijapur

  • Badami
  • Pattadakal
  • Aihole

Getting There | Hyderabad to Bijapur |Take the NH65 to Humnabad and from there head left on NH50 to Vijayapura.

44. Gandikota

Distance from Hyderabad | 365 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – February. After the monsoons, in cool weather.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

The Gandikota Canyon has by now gained an iconic status thanks to its internet fame of being likened to the Grand Canyon. But, this is one destination that is worthy of all the hype that it has received. The naturally cut gorge of pink granite rock bed by the fast flowing River Penna is most definitely a visual spectacle. The Grand Canyon of India does promise an eventful weekend, from camping under the stars by night to going exploring among the medieval remains scattered across town by day, there won’t be a boring moment here.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Gandikota

  • Gandikota Fort
  • Gandikota Penna River View
  • Madhavaraya Swamy Temple
  • Small Mosque

Tourist Places around Gandikota

  • Belum Caves

Getting There | Hyderabad to Gandikota |Take the NH 44 to Kurnool and then head left towards Gandikota via Yaganti.

Where to Stay in Gandikota | Gandikota Haritha Hotel run by Ap Tourism.

45. Pandharpur

Distance from Hyderabad | 385 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Panduranga, Pandarinatha is an oft heard refrain, but Pandharpur in Maharashtra, where resides the Lord Panduranga rarely makes an appearance on the lists cataloguing  the important pilgrimage centres or religious destinations of the country. But it does make its appearance in the Hindu scriptures, both in the Puranas and the Upanishads. And, it is said that the scriptures say – Pandharpur is three times Pushkar, six times Kedarnath, ten times Varanasi and n times Srisailam (all counted amongst the foremost of pilgrimages), when it comes to spiritual fruition!

There are two ancient temples here, in Pandharpur, dedicated to both the Lords Vishnu and Shiva, one each. The better known one is the Shri Vitthal Rukmini Mandir, whose presiding deity is none other than Panduranga or Vitthal – a form of Lord Krishna and an avatar of Lord Vishnu – who gives this temple town its name.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Pandharpur

  • Shri Vitthal Rukmini Mandir
  • Shri Pundalik Mandir
  • Kaikadi Maharaj Math

Tourist Places around Pandharpur

  • Tuljapur
  • Solapur

Getting There | Hyderabad to Pandharpur | Take the NH65 via Solapur to Mohol. Then head left onto the Pandharpur – Tuljapur – Solapur Road.

Suggested Itinerary |  Tuljapur – Solapur – Pandharpur – circuit can be done over a weekend, with Solapur as the base.

46. Hampi

Distance from Hyderabad | 385 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit | 
October – January. Hampi is scorching in the Summer.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

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Ugra Narasimha Swamy

Acres and acres of ancient ruins that look like they are straight out of the epic Mahabharata greet you in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once the capital of the largest Hindu Kingdom on earth, Hampi is where the brothers Hakka and Bukka founded the Vijayanagar Empire. Monolithic chariots, sprawling elephant stables, stunning temples, colossal sculptures of gods, all made of stone and spread over an area that can be explored along a two kilometre trail across town are the major attractions of this temple town.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Hampi

  • Vijaya Vitthala Temple
  • Krishna Temple
  • Virupaksha Temple
  • Hemakuta Hill
  • Mustard Ganesha
  • Ugra Narasimha & Badava Linga
  • Lotus Mahal Complex
  • Elephant Stables
  • Mahanavami Dibba
  • Hazara Rama Temple

Tourist Places around Hampi

  • Daroji Bear Sanctuary
  • Badami
  • Pattadakal
  • Aihole

Getting There | Hyderabad to Hampi | Take the NH44 to Mahbubnagar and the NH167 from there to Raichur. From here go via Kallur to Hampi.

Suggested Itinerary | Hampi – Badami – Pattadakal – Aihole Circuit can be done in four days or over a long weekend. With Hospet, Hampi or Badami as a base.

47. Aihole

Distance from Hyderabad |  390 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit | 
October – January. Coolers days for exploring.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

If you decide to go temple hopping in Aihole, you just might never get done. There are that many and more ancient temples – dating all the way back to the fourth century through to the twelfth century –  in this little village in Karnataka.  Aihole, along with Badami and Pattadakal are renown for their temple architecture. While Pattadakal is already a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the other two are yet to receive this status.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Aihole

  • Aihole Fort
  • Meguti Hill (Buddhist Cave Temple & Jain Temple)
  • Ravana Phadi Cave Temple
  • Durga Temple
  • Lad Khan Temple
  • Hucchimalli Temple
  • Gaudargudi Temple
  • Konti Gudi Temples
  • Jyotirlinga Temple Complex
  • Mallikarjuna Temple Complex
  • Galaganatha Temple Complex

Tourist Places around Aihole

  • Badami
  • Pattadakal
  • Hampi

Getting There | Hyderabad to Aihole |Take the NH44 to Mahbubnagar and the NH167 via Raichur to Aihole.

Suggested Itinerary | Hampi – Badami – Pattadakal – Aihole Circuit can be done in four days or over a long weekend. With Hospet, Hampi or Badami as a base.

48. Badami & Pattadakal

Distance from Hyderabad |  400 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit | 
October – January. Coolers days for exploring.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

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Inside the Pattadakal Group of Monuments

The Badami Cave Temples are like no other. Sitting serenely golden on the banks of the River Agastya, Badami is will leave you awe stuck not just because of its incredible architecture. But also because of how the naturally beautiful surroundings create the perfect setting for an incredible aesthetic experience. While the temple complex in Pattadakal still have a few functioning Hindu temples, the entire group of monuments have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Badami

  • Bhutnatha Temple
  • Badami Cave Temples
  • Badami Fort

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Pattadakal

  • Group of Monuments at Pattadakal

Tourist Places around Badami and Pattadakal

  • Mahakuteswara Group of Temples
  • Aihole

Getting There | Hyderabad to Badami & Pattadakal | Take the NH44 till Kandoor and then the NH167 via Raichur to reach Pattadakal and then Badami after a further twenty five kilometres.

Suggested Itinerary | Hampi – Badami – Pattadakal – Aihole Circuit can be done in four days or over a long weekend. With Hospet, Hampi or Badami as a base.

49. Tadoba Tiger Reserve

Distance from Hyderabad |  420 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
April – May. Though hot, it is tiger spotting season.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park, Tadoba is the first sanctuary that comes to mind if it is a tiger that you want to see for real. Besides going on a safari in this star of Indian national parks, one can also visit the Tadoba Lake and a tribal shrine dedicated to the God Taru – the local god for the adivasis who still live here deep in the forest.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Tadoba Tiger Reserve

  • Tiger Safari
  • Tadoba Lake
  • Tribal Shrine

Tourist Places around Tadoba Tiger Reserve

  • Nagpur
  • Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary (Tiger Reserve)

Getting There | Hyderabad to Tadoba Tiger Reserve | Take the Sirpur-Kaghaznagar Road to get to Tadoba via Chandrapur. Alternatively, one can also take the NH44 till Adilabad and then head right.

50. Maredumilli

Distance from Hyderabad |  420 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – February. Monsoon for the overwhelming green. After for the treks and waterfalls.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

You will be lost in all the green. If it is a taste of the rarely explored Eastern Ghats that you seek then a road trip to Maredumilli and Rampachodavaram has to be number one on your travel bucket list. Surely, driving through thickly forested hills with the walls of green crowding out even the sky,  a valley, a view point, a waterfall clamouring for your attention at every turn, cannot be an experience that one would want to easily miss?

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Maredumilli

  • Camping
  • Trekking
  • Coffee and Pepper Plantations
  • Jalatharangini Waterfall
  • Amrutadhara Waterfall
  • Manyam View Point

Tourist Places around Maredumilli

  • Rampachodavaram Waterfalls
  • Lambasingi

Getting There | Hyderabad to Maredumilli | Take the NH163 till Yadagirigutta and then head right to reach Maredumilli via Bhadrachalam.

Where to Stay in Maredumilli | There are a few eco lodges inside the Maredumilli Reserve Area. The most popular choice being Vana Vihari Eco Centre run by the Forest Department.

51. Nellore

Distance from Hyderabad |455 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – February.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

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Sriharikota Road through Pulicat Lake

Also known as Talpagiri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, this seventh century Pallava Temple in Nellore is much like the famous Srirangam Temple. Not just in how it looks, the Gopurams and the colours set against the blue of the sky but also the presiding deity, Ranganatha Swamy. Who is but an incarnation of the Lord Vishnu reclining on the Serpent King Adisesha. Besides the usual humdrum of a smaller city and this beautiful temple, Nellore also has a popular beach to offer as as tourist attraction. The Mypadu beach is known for its uninterrupted stretch of coconut trees along the coastline.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Nellore

  • Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple
  • Mypadu Beach

Tourist Places around Nellore

  • Tirupati
  • Pulicat Lake
  • Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary
  • Tada Falls

Getting There | Hyderabad to Nellore | Take the NH65 to Nalgonda and from there head right towards Miryalaguda to reach Nellore via Ongole. Alternatively, one can also take the NH44 till Kurnool and then head left towards Nandyal to reach Nellore via Ahobilam.

Where to Stay in Nellore | Haritha Beach Resort at Mypadu run by AP Tourism.

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Pulicat: Go, Flamingo Go!

Into The Jungle: Ubbalamadugu

52. Dindi

Distance from Hyderabad |455 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
July – January. Monsoon and after.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

This small village in East Godavari is stunning. Little surprise then that Dindi is dotted with river side resorts today. From soaking in the vibe of this laid-back coastal Andhra village to wandering along the River Godavari or heading to the closest beach when the mood hits you, Dindi is as close to perfect as it gets for an idyllic holiday. So look no further if it what you seek is a getaway that promises to rejuvenate you  for getting back to the city grind. Or, may be not!

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Dindi

  • Godavari River Cruise

Tourist Places around Dindi

  • Antarvedi

Getting There | Hyderabad to Dindi | Take the NH65 to Vijayawada and then head left towards Eluru, to reach Dindi via Tanuku.

Suggested Itinerary | Dindi – Antarvedi over a leisurely weekend.

53. Antarvedi

Distance from Hyderabad |480 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
All year round.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

Antarvedi has held a place of prominence through the epochs. For the legends say that during Tretayuga, it was Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Hanuman who worshipped the Lord Narasimha here. In Dwaparayuga, it was Arjuna’s turn. And today in Kaliyuga, he is still worshipped and revered, albeit in a temple constructed hundreds of years ago.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Antarvedi

  • Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
  • Antarvedi Beach

Tourist Places around Antarvedi

  • Dindi
  • Rajahmundry

Getting There | Hyderabad to Antarvedi |  Take the NH65 to Vijayawada and then head left towards Eluru, to reach Antarvedi via Palakollu.

Suggested Itinerary | Dindi – Antarvedi over a leisurely weekend.

54. Lepakshi

Distance from Hyderabad |480 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – January.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

The adorable smiling monolithic Nandi (a bull who is Lord Shiva’s mount) carved out of granite, is easily one of the most recognisable sculptures in India and synonymous with Lepakshi. The Lepakshi temples are a prodgious testimony  to the architectural splendours of the Vijayanagar Empire.This myth-shrouded village in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh is also believed to be a Ramayan place in popular culture. For legend has it that, the mythological bird from Ramayana, Jatayu, fell here in Lepakshi when Ravana sliced his wings. And, it was Lord Rama who said to him “le pakshi” – rise bird; giving this area its name.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Lepakshi

  • Lepakshi Nandi
  • Shri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple
  • Lepakshi Temple

Tourist Places around Lepakshi

  • Bangalore
  • Puttaparthi

Getting There | Hyderabad to Lepakshi | Take the NH44 via Anantapur.

55. Kakinada

Distance from Hyderabad |495 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – February.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

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Uppada Beach

Often overlooked in favour of its more popular neighbour Rajahmundry, Kakinada is a perfect alternative for  a coastal Andhra  – Konaseema – holiday. Here too, you will find the steady stream from the River Godavari keeping you company as you drive along the tree lined roads. And, besides the temples of the Pancharaamam circuit, there is also the peaceful Uppada Beach and the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. Did you know, the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the largest stretch of mangrove forest in the country?

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Kakinada

  • Coringa Wildlife  Sanctuary
  • Uppada Beach
  • Samarlakota

Tourist Places around Kakinada

  • Draksharamam
  • Annavaram

Getting There | Hyderabad to Kakinada | Take the NH65 to Vijayawada and  head left towards Eluru to reach Kakinada via Rajahmundry.

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Road Tripping through Konaseema

Artisan Villages of Andhra Pradesh: Uppada

56. Chitradurga

Distance from Hyderabad | 500 Kilometres
Best Time to Visit |
October – February.
Trip Duration |
Weekend

From being home to the oldest rock formations in the country to being the tiniest city in the state of Karnataka, Chitradurga is one great off-the-grid road trip destination from Hyderabad. Though not on the tourist radar yet, Chitradurga with its boulder strewn landscape, valley views, deep green ponds of water, ancient temples and a historical fort is well worthy of being included on that bucket list.

Things to Do | Places to Visit in Chitradurga

  • Chitradurga Fort
  • Obbavvana Kindi
  • Ekanatheshwari Temple

Tourist Places around Chitradurga

  • Chandravalli Caves

Getting There | Hyderabad to Chitradurga | Take the NH44 to Kurnool and then the NH167 via Bellary to Chitradurga.

 

An award winning photographer, an independent travel writer and the blogger behind Map In My Pocket, I love telling passionate stories about off-the-grid road trips, art and craftsmanship, culture, food, cities, et al and I hope this blog serves as a guide and inspiration to travel near or far from wherever you are. Thanks for coming along on this visual journey with me, I do hope you enjoy the ride. 🙂

9 comments on “Road Trip Guide: 56 Incredible Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad within 500 Kms

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