Unwind! 9 Awesome Weekend Getaways From Hyderabad!

The mad rush hours. The unabating noise. The daily strife to survive and flourish. It can all get too much sometimes. It helps to take it slow on the weekends and be a part of endless serenity and small pleasures that remote places bring with them.
If you live in Hyderabad, here are a few fantastic weekend getaways from Hyderabad that pause, reconnect and rejuvenate.

 

1. Kurnool - Historic place near Hyderabad

Seated on the edge of Tungabhadra river, Kurnool still bears some imprints from its rich history. One can find Paleolithic rock paintings here and trace history back to 11th century at this town. The biggest attraction here besides Srisailam and Mantralayam are the Belum caves that have exquisite stalactite and stalagmite formations.

What to See: Mahanandi for its thick forests and Oravakallu Rock Garden for its natural rock formations.

Distance from Hyderabad: 213 kilometers.

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2. Guntur - For a quiet and peaceful weekend

Guntur makes for a power packed weekend getaway from Hyderabad. There are a number of tourist attractions in Hyderabad - from museums to natural sites, forts and caves too. Located not too far from the city is a bird sanctuary that is a haven for exotic birds from all over the world.

What to See: Kondaveedu Fort for its elaborate stupas and Undavalli caves.

Distance from Hyderabad: 267 kilometers.

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3. Adilabad - Famous for its waterfalls

A Nizam city by heart, Adilabad is a beautiful city that seems to have one foot stuck in yesteryear even today. Today, it harmoniously harbors a multicultural society but it was once a strong bastion of the Nizams.

What to See: Kawala wildlife sanctuary and Mavala Lake.

Distance from Hyderabad: 303 kilometers

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4. Hampi - A popular tourist place near Hyderabad

Literally a ‘champion’ of the past, Hampi’s rich history is unsurpassed by any other village in India. Experience the wealth of the once flourishing capital of the Vijayanagara empire at this UNESCO World Heritage Site where you will be able to see ruins dating back to 3rd and 5th century BC. Hampi is an ideal weekend destination near Hyderabad for history lovers.

What to See: Achyutaraya Temple, Chandramauleshwara Temple, Hazara Rama Temple Complex etc.

Distance from Hyderabad: 377 kilometers

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5. Karimnagar - heritage tour destinations near Hyderabad

Nestled on the banks of Maniar river, Karimnagar’s champion attraction is Elgandal fort which has been built on a hill. This town has been inhabited since pre historic times and bears many remnants of that era still.

What to See: Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple, Dharmapuri, Kondagattu and Mukteshwara Swamy Temple. Maniar Dam and Deer Park are interesting sites too.

Distance from Hyderabad: 165 kilometers.

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6. Warangal - Weekend fun just a few hours away

Known for its rich heritage, Warangal is a town that hides many historical treasures. It was once ruled by the Kakatiya dynasty which was known for its impressive monuments and intricately made temples. Visiting this place is like a visit back in time.

What to See: Bhadrakali Temple, Warangal Fort, Swayambhudevi Aalayam temple.

Distance from Hyderabad: 148 kilometers.

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7. Bhadrachalam - for the religious people

Bhadrachalam is a great option if you want to feel spiritual and witness mythological history in every corner. Located on the banks of Godavari River, this place is an important pilgrimage for Hindus and has been home to the Paleolithic man too. Lord Rama is said to have visited this town and taken retreat in the forest close to this town.

What to See: Pranasala, Bhadrachalam Temple

Distance from Hyderabad:325 kilometers

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8. Nagarjuna Sagar - Ideal place for a family weekend

The mighty dam is just part of the charm of this lovely place. This place too has important historical roots and was once a prominent center of Buddhist teachings. The immensity of the dam hits you only once you lay eyes on it. And beyond it you see unbelievable sunsets and scenes that clear your mind of the clutter. It’s a beautiful experience to spend time at the lake that is made by the overflow of the dam. Certainly one of the most popular weekend getaways from Hyderabad.

What to See: Nagarjuna Kinda for Buddhist excavations and Nagarjuna lake.

Distance from Hyderabad: 165 kilometers

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9. Srisailam - Hill station near Hyderabad

The blessings of the local god Mallikarjuna have made this hill station an electrifying combination of ethereal and celestial. Besides the honor of visiting one of the 12 jyotirlinga, you will also be able to enjoy simplicity and peace at this religious retreat. Take the cable car or just drive through the forest for a refreshing experience.

What to See: Akkamahadevi caves, Srisailam Gopuram and Ista Kameswari temple.

Distance from Hyderabad: 212 kilometers

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Have you been to any of these destinations? how was your experience? Have we missed your favourite weekend getaway from hyderabad? Comment below and let us know!

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