The weekend is here and if you’re still worried about what to do we have a list for you! So gear up know the most happening weekend getaways around Hyderabad.
1. Hampi 375 kms from Hyderabad
Hampi is the city of intriguing ruins of ancient palaces and forts built during the Vijayanagara Empire. The city was noted for its magnificent monuments and splendid architecture. Hampi is a classic case of decline of a glorious history due to negligence and non-maintenance. Hampi is now a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986 and many efforts have been taken to restore the lost glory of the place.
2. Nagarjunsagar 178 kms from Hyderabad
Nagarjunasagar is a site of spectacular man-made marvel flanked by equally enchanting panoramic vistas of lush green surroundings. Lying in the Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh, the most popular landmark of the town is world’s tallest masonry dam Nagarjunasagar dam built over Krishna River.
With the capacity of irrigating around 10 acres of land, this modern architectural grandeur is a sight to behold. Other than that, the town is also renowned for much the talked about the excavation of Buddhist Civilization. An island named as Nagarjuna Konda lying amidst the man-made lake is a site where the relics of such great significance are preserved. In fact, the town got its present name from a Buddhist saint and scholar Acharya Nagarjuna. The town of Nagarjunasagar or Vijayapuri as it was earlier known is today blessed by the Mother Nature in full glory. Visit this absolutely bewitching site to connect yourself with nature and various aspects of Buddhism.
3. Bidar 140 kms from Hyderabad
If you enjoy a city tinted in the shade of past and glorified with rich culture and heritage, then Bidar is just your kind of place. Situated in the state of Karnataka, Bidar is a city with great historic significance.
Once considered to be the most flourishing cities of South India, especially between the 11th and 16th century, today Bidar is packed with specimens of great architectural marvels adding charm to the city. Being the center of power of many great kingdoms such as Chalukyas, Allauddin Khilji, Muhammad bin Tughluq etc. has enriched the city that showcases the architectural legacy of their rulers. Apart from this, Bidar is also packed with variety of flora and fauna along with Godavari and Krishna River gurgling through the city. Presence of temples, mosques and tombs also glorifies the spiritual aspect of the city making it popular among pilgrims. All in all, Bidar is a wholesome package for vacationers and holiday makers providing all the core ingredients for an amazing trip.
4. Nalgonda 106 kms from Hyderabad
Nalgonda is a city with deep rooted rich history and equally intriguing cultural heritage. With its roots going back to Paleolithic Age proved by enough evidence excavated from Yeleswaram, Nalgonda also displays the hints of Neolithic culture with further unearthing of sling stones and other such objects.
The city derives its name from a combination of two Telugu words ‘Nalla’ and ‘Konda’ meaning ‘Black Hills’. In fact, today the city of Nalgonda presents a colourful blend of diverse religious cultures and traditions reflecting the beautiful past of the city that was once ruled by several Hindu and Muslim rulers at different points of time. The city is also renowned for its strong political taste which was mainly established under the reign of Mauryas, however it was during the rule of Satavahanas that the trade with Roman Empire commenced. At present this amazing place called Nalgonda is blessed with the footprints left behind by several great kingdoms and dynasties that called this place their home.
5. Kurnool 215 kms from Hyderabad
A place of much historical value with beautiful surrounding areas, Kurnool, is a small town in Andhra Pradesh where much of history left its imprints.
Kurnool has in its domain remains of the palace of Gopal Raju (the last Hindu king), ruins of a medieval fort built by Vijaynagar Empire having ancient Persian and Arabic inscriptions and the summer palace built by Kurnool rulers during the 16th century. A town which blends religious and historical significance, it houses some of the most sacred of temples in its demesne such as the Peta Anjanyeswami temple, the Venugopalaswami temple, the new Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, to name a few . The Belum caves, Birla mandir, Oravakallu Rock Garden, Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary, Tomb of Abdul Wahab are other major attractions. The Kondareddy Buruz which is protected by the Ancient Monuments Preservation Act is also an interesting place to visit.