Summers are at its peak, the big ball of fire is showing no mercy on us. It’s the best time to escape to a faraway land away from the mad crowd in order to find some solace and escape the scorching heat. And what better than a hill holiday on one of these upcoming weekends? Explore some hidden gems.
Here’s the list of the best hill stations near Hyderabad for the summer of 2015.
1. Ananthagiri Hills
Ananthagiri hills in Hyderabad is one of the favorite trekking destinations for the adventure seekers in Hyderabad. You can experience nature at its best.
How to Reach: It is at a distance of 8The Ultimate List of Weekend Getaways from Hyderabad1 Kms from Hyderabad. Nearest railhead is Vikarabad.
Things to do: Ananthagiri hills is the best place for novice trekkers. Enjoy a stroll in the ananthagiri forest offers great views of the valley and waterfalls. Camp at the Deccan Trail. Indulge in activities such as rock climbing, balancing boards, Spider web and Tarzan swing.
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2. Nagarjuna Sagar
Nothing can beat the heat better than the waters. Though not literally a hill station, but the three hills in Hyderabad surrounding the rivers with the majestic Nagurjuna Sagar Dam and water gushing through 12 gates as you pass is worth a view.
How to reach: 164 km away from Hyderabad via road. Or take a direct train from Hyderabad to Macherla (nearest railway station to Nagarjunasagar) that takes around 3 hours.
Things to do: Enjoy the breathtaking view of the dam surrounded by three mountains and the rivers. Take a boat trip to the island in Nagarjunakonda valley situated between the Nagarjunakonda Mountains. Stop over at the museum to have a look at the overwhelming collection of anciet Buddha temple. Ethipothala Waterfalls assures a bewildering view of the fascinating beauty of the cascade.
A religious hill station near Hyderabad, this place promises a fantastic drive to the temples and the caves where you can rediscover the mystical India.
How to reach: Srisailam is about 212 km from Hyderabad. There are buses connecting the town with Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur and Kurnool. The approximate travel time from Hyderabad to Srisailam is 4 hours.
Things to do: Visit the Ista Kameswari Temple- an adventurous drive across the forest to the temple would freshen you up. Take the rope way to reach the Akkamahadevi Caves. You would be spellbound by seeing how dark it is inside the caves as they are 80 feet deep.
4. Horsley hills
Horsley Hills is a perfect get away from the mad rush of the city and assures you one of the best views of nature. It is amongst the most serene hill stations around Hyderabad for a relaxed weekend.
How to reach: It is 149 Kms away from Hyderabad. The nearest railhead is Madanapalle Road (13kms away), connected by the Dharmavaram-Tirupati passenger & the biweekly 12732 Secunderabad-Tirupati Express.
Things to do: Trek to the top of the hill to relish the overwhelming views of astounding nature. Visit the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary and elephant reserve. Stop over to have a view of the Thimmamma Marrimaanu which is the world’s biggest banyan tree. Enjoy a boat ride on the Lake Gangotri. If traveling with Kids, visit the Horsley Hills Museum.
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Lambasingi is truly a hidden gem in South India which is often known as the Kashmir of South India. It’s a perfect place to beat the heat during summers near Hyderabad. If you wish to experience snowfall during winters in South India then this is the palace.
How to reach: Distance from Hyderabad is 571 Kms. Its best to take a train from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam and then hire a cab.
Things to do: Enjoy the beauty of nature in this cool and calm unexplored hill station. You could go camping and explore the coffee & pepper plantations which have been cultivated since the British Regime in India.
Dandeli is amongst the adventure hill stations near Hyderabad. Dandeli in western ghats is well-known for its varied culture and lush green environs. It’s a great hill station with salubrious climate throughout the year.
How to reach: Dandeli is at a distance of 595 Kms from Hyderabad. Board Hyderabad Kacheguda and deboard at Hubli Junction. Its a short drive away from Hubli junction to Dandeli.
Things to do: Dandeli being a tropical rain forest is ideal for trekking. It is famous for White water rafting and water sports. Visit the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary where you can view some black panthers, Malabar Giant Squirrels, Tigers, Elephants, Deers, Wild Dogs, and Crocodiles in their natural habitat. Dandeli is famous for the Kavala caves, Ulvi temple and Syntheri rocks.
7. Araku Valley
Araku Valley is popular hill station near Hyderabad for being a picturesque tourist spot and a chief coffee producing agronomic town.
How to Reach: It is at a distance of 706 Kms from Hyderabad. The nearest railhead is Araku. You could reach there via Janmabhoomi Express.
Things to do: Araku valley provides a splendid view of the Ananthagiri Hills. A short drive offers best views of coffee plantations on the Ghat route. Araku valley has a large number of waterfalls and do not miss the Damuku View point. Visit the Government Silk Farm, Mulberry Gardens and Araku Tribal Museum. Tyda park provides a great opportunity to spot wildlife up close.
Rested in the Nilgiri hills, Ooty offers the perfect destination to visit if you are looking for the unsurpassed vacation idea to beat the summer heat in south India. You will be fascinated by the unbeatable beauty this hill station has in store for you.
How to reach: Ooty is 850 Kms from Hyderabad. Board Shirdi Express (22601) at Secunderabad Junction and deboard at Coimbatore. Ooty is 85 Kms from Coimbatore.
Things to do: Kal banaga – famous as the stone house is a must visit. The Government Botanical Gardens display horticulture in diverse forms. There are quite a few places near Ooty such as Doddabetta which is 10 km away; Kalhatty Falls is 13 km away and Kandal Cross Shrine which is close to the railway station.
So, which hill station near hyderabad would you head to beat the heat?
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