Hyderabad is huge and there are many places where one can spend one’s weekend with a lot of fun and adventure. Here’s a list of places which tops the list.
Ramoji film city
It has well-defined categories of entertainment suited for different ages from Eureka, the live shows, to getting a tour of a typical film studio, multi-cuisine restaurants, shopping venues, kids’ park, and even a bird park.
Nehru Zoological Park
A 50yr old zoo extending over 380 acres, this is a wonderful blend of ecological programmes, animal habitats, research facilities, and other such attractions. Being a well-equipped zoo, visitors can comfortably spend an entire day here enjoying several facilities such as toy train, kids park, hired bicycle rides (Rs.20/hour), walks around large aquariums with freshwater and marine life on display.
Biggest Baobab- The cave of 40 thieves
What to do: An interesting venue to listen to several legends from locals, ‘Haatiyon ka jhad’ as it’s popularly known is believed to have been the hideout for Ali Baba’s 40 thieves.
Where to eat: Since there are no eateries around this area, the visitors are advised to carry snacks and water bottles with themselves.
Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday
Good for: A good picnic spot for families and kids
Location: Not too far from the Golconda Fort, the centuries old Hatiyaan tree stands right opposite the Mulla Khiyali Mosque in the less frequented vicinity of Naya Quila.
Osman Sagar Lake/ Gandipet
What to do: There are a couple of parks attached to the lake, one at the entrance and the other one close to the reservoir road. Though no official boating facilities are available in the lake as this is used for drinking water purpose. The post monsoon season is the best time to visit. Admission to the lake is free.
Where to eat: Snacks, ice cream, beverages, etc are available in stores around the area.
Good for: The cool breeze and good view offered by the artificial lake are enjoyed by all
Distance (From Hyderabad – Nampally Railway Station): 22 Kms
Commonly Visited From: Hyderabad – Nampally Railway Station
Trip Duration: (From Hyderabad – Nampally Railway Station, Including Travel):
4 Hours/Half Day
Along a temple there are few steps which lead to hill area with a pushkarini and lots of ruined structures and a shiv temple. There is a standing statue of Lord Hanuman near the temple.
Ananthagiri is also popular for trekking and it offers many trekking and camping opportunities. There are two trekking trails in the forests, one that begins from the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple and another one starts 0.5 km from the temple, towards Kerelli. There is a viewpoint on the hill top which can be reached from the temple.
Nalgonda- Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
What to do: A famous dam in South India with 26 gates and a hydroelectric plant. The place also hosts waterfalls called Ethipothala, a 70 ft high river cascade created by a combination of three streams and Gowthama Buddha Museum.
How to get there: Take the Nehru Outer Ring road and use Exit 12 towards Ibrahimpattnam on Saidabad road that will lead you straight to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. The total distance between Hyderabad and Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is about 180 KM and can be covered easily in 3-4 hours depending on traffic conditions.
Good for: Sight-seeing, family and kid friendly, backpacking, historic, pilgrimage, trekking.
Where to stay:
- Haritha Vijay Vihar– a suite (Rs. 2500 per night on a weekday and Rs.3500 weekend including breakfast for double occupancy) that offers a beautiful view of the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and reservoir and the valley right from the balcony.
Where to eat: Since there aren’t any good restaurants around and even the food available at the Haritha Vijay Vihar isn’t all that great, the visitors are advised to carry food of their own.