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Top 10 weekend getaways from Hyderabad

TGIF! Thank god it is Friday! After a hectic week of non stop work who doesn’t look forward to a weekend getaway. Two days of rest, fun and relaxation can do wonders for your mind and body, and give you that perfect breather required to start afresh on the following weekday with renewed energy.

Are you wondering what else, other than, lazing on your couch and watching movies, you can do on a weekend?  Well, find below the top 10 weekend getaways from Hyderabad. Chose your pick, or go for all every other weekend. The choice is yours. Each one of these weekend getaways s sure to keep you entertained.


Nagarjunasagar

Located about 165 kms away from Hyderabad, Nagarjunasagar is a dam on the Krishna River. The lake created by the dam is one of the largest in the world and offers a scenic view. Once a hub of Buddhist teachings, you can also reach Nagarjuna Konda, a site in the middle of the waters, where the Buddhist excavations are found. You can also avail of the boat ride to see the turbines of the hydroelectric power stations in action. The Nagarjunasagar wildlife sanctuary and the Ethipothala falls are other attractions.

Mahabubnagar

A popular weekend destination and located about 100kms from Hyderabad, Mahboobnagar gets its name from the Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Mahabub Ali. The erstwhile home to the famous Kohinoor Diamond, this town is fraught with temples, mosques and historical sites. Umamaheshwaram, Jetaprolu, Mecca Masjid and Jama Masjid include some of the religious sites. Pillalamari or the 800-year-old banyan tree is the most important attraction of this town. Watch its branches spread over more than a couple of acres. Besides these the Ghanpur Fort, Koilkonda fort and Koilsagar dam and Mallelatheertham falls are other attractions to visit around the town.

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Srisailam

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Photo of Srisailan reservoir by itsmaheshdesu


Located about 215kms from Hyderabad, this is the perfect weekend getaway. With tons of things to see and do, Srisailam, is a great blend of natural, historical and spiritual sites. You can visit the Mallikarjun temple, Srisailam dam and Mallelatheertham falls. Also, the Akkamahadevi Caves, can be reached by a long boat ride or a ropeway from the Patala Ganga. The Srisailam Sanctury is also not too far, if you would like to spot tigers.

Warangal

Located about 145kms away from Hyderabad, Warangal is a major city in the state of Telagana. The main sites of interest are the Warangal fort, Thousand pillar temple, Ramappa temple/lake and Bhadrakali temple. The architecture of the temples and forts is worth admiring. You can also visit the Ethurnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakhal lake and the Bheemuni Padam waterfalls at the outskirts of the city.

Nizamabad

Located about 175 kms away from Hyderabad, is a great weekend destination. The Sriram Sagar Dam and Nizamsagar Dam are a must visit. The Kanteshwar Temple, one of the oldest temples, is another major tourist attraction. Domakonda Fort,  Koulas Fort and Bada Pahar Dargah, are historical and religious sites a little away from the city.


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Kurnool

Located about 200kms from Hydrerabad, Kurnool is famous for the Belum caves. These caves are the longest in India, and have beautiful formations of stalagmites and stalactites. Other attractions in and around the city are, Konda Reddy fort, Oravakullu rock garden, Rollapdu Bird Sanctury, Kurnool fort and Mahanandi temple.

Nalgonda

About 85kms away from Hyderabad, Nalgonda has an air of the ancient. The ruins of an old Buddhist monastery are found in the Nandikonda Village. Bhongir and Rachakonda forts are both an hour’s drive from Nalgonda and rich in architecture and sculpture. Religious attractions include the Sri Laxminarsimha Swamy temple and Chhaya Somalingeswara temple.

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Karimnagar

Located 165kms from Hydreabad,  Karimnagar is perfect for those who have a keen interest in architecture. Jagatyala fort, Dhulikutta, Elagandal fort, Molangur fort and Nagunur fort bear testimony to its huge architectural legacy. For some time out with nature, visit the Lower Manair Dam.

Adilabad

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Photo of Adilabad Fort by travelling slacker

Located about 300 kms away from Hyerabad, Adilabad is the destination for trekkers and nature lovers. The Mavala lake, Pochera and Kuntala falls, Shivaram, Kawal and Pranahita wildlife sanctuaries, are green lush sites that warm your heart.  Adilabad is also known for various handicrafts, such as, toys and paintings. You might want to do a little shopping too as you enjoy your short holiday.

Hampi

Probably the furthest of all, located about 370kms from Hyderabad, Hampi is declared a UNESCO site. Known to be the where the Viajaynagara ruins are situated, it is the by far one of the most incredible tourist destinations of South India. Fraught with many temples, such as, Achyutaraya temple, Malyavanta, Hazara Rama and Badavi Linga, there is architectural and sculptural beauty abound. The town is strewn with boulders and a landscape ideal for rock climbing.

Make up your mind, keep your bags ready and now wait eagerly for next Friday.

Featured Photo of Charminar by Prasanth Photography


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