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    Hills in Hyderabad

    Day trips around Hyderabad need not be boring! The city is home to magnificent hills, musical waterfalls, and tranquil lakes. Even around the city, there are many places that are fun to visit and explore with family and friends. This list of five lovely tourist places near Hyderabad is perfect for a day trip that can be planned in a jiffy!

    Next time the weather gives you a pleasant surprise on a weekend, don’t just be a couch potato! Head out to these serene places and explore the most beautiful historical and natural wonders of Andhra.

    5. Nelakondapalli (Near Khammam) – Far away from the crowd

    Buddha monuments in Nelakondapalli

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    Nelakondapalli is an ancient Buddhist site featuring stupas and several viharas, wells, maha stupas, cisterns, and a bronze idol of Lord Buddha. Best for a weekend trip from Hyderabad, Nelakondapalli is also the birthplace of Bhakta Ramadas. It has several ancient temples around it, so there’s no dearth of places to explore around Nelakondapalli too.

    Suitable for: A short weekend trip

    Key attractions: Miniature stupa and Bhakta Ramadas Dhyana Mandir

    Hotels near Nelakondapalli: Hotel Vishnu Residency, Hotel Vishnu Paradise, and Hotel-S-Park

    Distance from Hyderabad: 200 km; takes 3 hours to reach


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    4. Rachakonda Fort – A ruined architectural marvel

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    As one of the most enchanting weekend getaways from Hyderabad—Rachakonda Fort is known for its two-story structure, medieval Hindu architecture, stone pillars, and the most amazing views of the valleys. Recently, an 8-feet high Sivalingam has been excavated from there which has started alluring tourists and archaeology buffs more.

    Suitable for: A short road trip

    Key attractions: Temples of Lord Shiva, Hanuman and Manimandapam along with a natural pond

    Entry: Free

    Distance from Hyderabad: 61 km; 1 hour 45 minutes’ drive

    3. Bhongir Fort – A walk down the history lane

    Bhongir Entrance near Hyderabad

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    Built on a monolithic rock—Bhongir Fort is a historical structure built by Chalukya ruler. This is a unique egg-shaped fort with almost ruined walls, underground chambers, an armoury, stables, and trap doors. Favourite among trekkers, this is also considered as one of the most visited tourist places around Hyderabad, particularly for a day trip.

    Suitable for: A short road trip

    Key attractions: The colourful idol of Sardar Sarvai Panapa—ruler of Goud community and the breathtaking views of the surrounding from the top

    Entrance charge: INR 5/person

    Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm

    Distance from Hyderabad: 50 km; it’s about two hour-long drive

    2. Mallela Theertham Waterfalls – A soothing and sparkling beauty

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    Cascading down from about 150 feet—Mallela Theertham is one of the most gorgeous waterfalls near Hyderabad. Bordered by thick Nallamala forest, the water of the fall plunges down on rocks resembling Shiva lingam. One of the most scenic places to visit around Hyderabad, Mallela Theertham can be visited round the year but monsoon is the best time.

    Suitable for: A short weekend trip

    Key attractions: Swim and play with water in the plunge pool. Do not forget to carry extra pair of clothes and footwear.

    Hotels near Mallela Theertham Waterfalls: Tiger Lodges inside Nallamala forests and The Mourya Inn about 60 km

    Distance from Hyderabad: 185 km, it’s 3 hours 20 minutes through Vatwarlapally. One needs to trek down 500 m on the approach road from the main road.

    1. Osman Sagar Lake – For the sparkling sunset vista

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    Popularly known as Gandipet, this serene lake is spread over 46 sq km and named after the Nizam of Hyderabad. This is one of the most popular day trip destinations near Hyderabad for ultimate relaxation and peace of mind. The lake is encircled by beautiful landscaped gardens—best suited for picnic, strolling, and witnessed a majestic sunset.

    Suitable for: A short road trip

    Key attractions: Enjoy boating, stunning sunset views and indulge in yummilicious snacks in the cafeteria of the resort

    Hotel near Osman Sagar Lake: A heritage house—Sagar Mahal, which is now converted to a APTDC resort offers stunning views of the lake

    Opening hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

    Entry fee: INR 5/person

    Distance from Hyderabad: 22 km; it’s an hour-long drive

    Whether you’re someone who likes sitting by a picture-perfect waterfall with your loved one or love exploring the mysterious ancient ruins, Hyderabad won’t disappoint you. We hope this blog helps you plan a quick trip around Hyderabad.

    Further Read: 8 Mesmerizing Hill Stations Near Hyderabad Waiting To Be Explored


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