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iXiGOers Apr 11 2013

What are the popular weekend getaways from Hyderabad?

Kasturi Saikia Apr 11 2013
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Hyderabad, capital of the dynamic state of Andhra Pradesh, is strategically located to have numerous beautiful places close at hand. A host of exciting destinations packaged with interesting places and beautiful locations await you. Be it a history buff, nature lover or an adventure aficionado, these places will not disappoint any of you. So, pack up your bags and get ready for a refreshing weekend retreat away from the bustling crowd of the city. Make your pick from the following places:

Ananthagiri hills (90 km)

Ananthagiri hills, located some 90 kilometers away from Hyderabad is an enchanting place for trekking and other adventurous activities. Nearest town from Anantagiri is Vikarabad, 10 kilometers away. The best way to reach the hills is by road from Hyderabad. Besides, it is better to have your own transportation because there are limited options for public transport from Vikarabad. 

A trekkers' paradise, Ananthagiri offers some of the best trails that you will ever find anywhere. The forests here are not so dense and you stroll without getting lost. The vast landscapes and the blue overhead sky meeting at the horizon is quite a sight at the beautiful Ananthagiri hills. 

For further information about Ananthgiri hills, it exact location and the places nearby, you can check out the Ananthgiri page on out website.

Warangal (144 km)

Steeped in the historic legacy of Oruguallu or Ekasilanagaram and dotted with astounding structures erected by the Kakatiyas, Warangal is a history buff's paradise. Fine temples reflecting brilliant architecture spruce up the appeal of the place manifold. Warangal is famed for a massive hillock said to have been carved out of a single block of stone. Largely inhabited by farming communities, it used to be the capital of the mighty Kakatiyas. Over 200 years of the Kakatiya rule has resulted in the construction of grand buildings of tremendous historical value. The most well known ones include Warangal Fort and the Swayambhu Temple. Warangal's natural beauty is no less impressive and the Parkhal Lake and wildlife sanctuaries are a living evidence of this fact.

Located some 144 kilometers away from Hyderabad city, Warangal is easily accessible by road or rail. By road one would take some 2 hours, 10 minutes to reach this historic city. Frequent bus services are available from Hyderabad for a minimum fare of INR 500 and a round trip by train would cost a maximum of INR 4500.

Nanded (278 km)

This bustling town on the banks of river Godavari houses the magnificent Sachkhand Gurudwara. The city is moving towards being more urban gradually, giving a modern twist to its varied royal history. Guru Tegbahadur Singh, the 10th and last Sikh Guru, came to Nanded in his final days. It is here that he declared the the Guru Granth Sahib would be perpetual guru for the Sikhs, and he himself their last. The Hazur Sahib Gurudwara (also known as Sachkhand Gurudwara) is a result of Nanded's encounter with Guru Teg Bahadur Singh. There is also a monument made at the site where he breathed his last. The city has a rich heritage of rulers and dynasties, contributing to the fact that a multitude of religious and cultural communities co-exist here. It has also seen several literary writers emerge, like Vishnupant Sesa and Vaman Pandit, who wrote in Sanskrit. For several tourists throng to Nanded every year, it has seen an increase in commercial activity and development. It boasts a mall and cineplex, a sign that this city is on its path to modernity.

Nanded is located 278 kilometers away from Hyderabad and one can reach this historic city by road or rail. By road, you will take some 5 hours to reach Nanded. 

Hampi (372 km)

Located 372 kilometers away from Hyderabad, Hampi is an enchanting place warped in the glorious past of the Vijayanagar empire. To reach this destination from Hyderabad the best way is by road. You can hire a cab for somewhere between INR 7,000 to INR 10,000.

Hampi is a popular tourist destination that is home to around 500 marvelous historic monuments. Imperial palaces, temples and forts can be seen standing in pride holding tales of the past in every brick. It is said that during the rule of the Vijayanagar empire, diamonds were sold on the streets, more specifically in a street named Pan Supaari Street. The street is now marked by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for tourists to see. The 'Hampi Utsav' that takes place in the first week of November is worth a visit. It is a cultural extravaganza of music and dance and to increase visual delight, when the monuments and the ruins are lit up.

The Hampi travel guide page will help you plan a perfect trip to this marvelous place laden with ruins of the medieval age. 

Horsley Hills (520 km)

Horsely Hills is a pleasant summer retreat in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Perched at an altitude of 4100 ft, the place offers splendid sceneries and numerous activities that you can enjoy. Located some 520 km away from Hyderabad, the journey to Horsely hills is as alluring as the hill station. Dense grove of Eucalyptus, Gulmohar, Mahogany, Jacaranda, natural sandalwood and many other exotic trees pave your way to this hill retreat. 

If you are a true adventure lover, get ready for an absolutely pulsating treat. Adrenaline pumping activities like Zorbing, Rappelling, Trekking, Running Bungee, Rock Climbing and many more can be enjoyed here to the fullest. 

To get more information on the places located nearby and the exact location of Horsely hills you can check out the, Horsely hills page.

With these many options to spend a wonderful weekend away from the bustling city of  Hyderabad, there is no reason for you to wait any longer. Pack your bags and get ready to enjoy another fun-filled weekend. 



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