For those of you who crave mini getaways from the city, there’s a whole list of places that you might want to check out. Whether you are up for a few lessons in history or want to explore your devotional side, Telangana has a lot to offer. From forts to waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries, museums, temples to churches, here’s your go-to-list for traveling around Telangana.
Hyderabad: The capital of the state and the home to the old city and lots of places to see. For sightseeing here, one day will never suffice. From the Charminar, to the Chowmahallah and Falaknuma Palace to the Qutub Shahi Tombs, a walk around Golkonda Fort etc – there’s so much for one to see and take in when you come to the city of pearls.
Adilabad: Known for its Nirmal Fort and the art and crafts that come with it. Adilabad is 290 km from Hyderabad and offers tourists a holistic experience with its historical temples, monuments and breathtaking waterfalls. The Pochera waterfalls located amidst a thick forest where the Godavari descends from a height of 20 m, is a sight to behold.
Ranga Reddy: For some filmy fun, there’s the Ramoji Film City, for some time with nature – there’s the Shamirpet Deer Park and Mrugavani National Park. There’s even adventure at Vikarabad as well as in Ananthagiri Hills. There are famous temples like the Chilkur Balaji Temple, Sanghi Temple, Keesargutta Temple and the likes to visit. It encircles Hyderabad, but to main Ranga Reddy it’s about 105 km away.
Mahbubnagar: For that peace and quiet by the seaside, your best bet is Dindi. There are always other sightseeing places like the Umamaheshwaram temple in the hills of Nallamala forests. Even Kollapur is a famous tourist attraction with architectural sites dating back to 2nd century BC. It is 96 km away from the city.
Warangal: A walk through of the splendor of the Kakatiya Dynasty… that’s what you get when you visit Warangal. From the 1000 pillar temple, to the Warangal Fort and the Khush Mahal and the Ramappa Lake – these places tell a story of the Kakatiyas like it is right out of a history book. Warangal is 145 km from the main city.
Karimnagar: If you’re into some wildlife spotting and crocodiles intrigue you, then the Sivaram Wildlife Sanctuary is for you. Then again, if you’re a history buff, be sure to check out the Nagunur Fort, Dhulikatta, Elgandal Fort, Ramagiri Killa, Molanguru Fort and the likes. Also if you like sceneries, then the waters of the lower Manair Dam are breathtaking and only 165 km away from the main city.
Khammam: When you’re in Khammam, 194 km away from Hyderabad, you have to make a stop at Bhadrachalam. It is important for its pilgrimage and is situated on the banks of Godavari River. It is believed that Lord Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana visited this town during their exile.
Medak: This town celebrates the various festivals of Telangana very lavishly, specially, the festival of Bathukamma. It is a nine day worship of patron goddess of womanhood, Maha Gauri. Apart from temples that one can visit, there is also the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary and the Medak Cathedral that one can check out. The Cathedral falls under the Diocese of Medal and is known to be the single largest diocese in Asia. Medak is 104 km north of Hyderabad.
Nalgonda: It is the birthplace of famous Telugu poet Pillamarri Pina Virabhadrudu and is the abode of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha. Nalgonda houses many tourist attractions like Yadagiri Gutta, Chaya Someswara Swamy Temple and Mellacheruvu. There are still traces of the Kakatiya dynasty in the city – especially in Mellacheruvu – one can see the splendid architecture. It is 101 km away from Hyderabad.
Nizamabad: Named after Nizam-ul-Mulk, the fourth Nizam, this city was earlier known as Indur and was the headquarters of the district. It houses a forest, Mallaram – an eco-tourism spot as well as the Nizam Sagar, a large reservoir located across the Manjira river and is 176 km away from the city. There is an archeological museum that showcased several artefacts that represent the past local civilization from the Paleolithic Era to the Vijayanagara Empire.