As they say, South India is one of the most beautiful, naturally blessed locations in the world. Over here, you can find the majestic temples, the calm green backwaters of Kerala and a culture that is steeped in the worship of God and nature. So, visiting the south of India is always an enriching experience, no matter which state you choose to visit.
One among these is the state of Telangana and the area around its capital city of Hyderabad. Known for its spicy and delicious biryani and famous spots like the Charminar and the Golconda Fort, this place is one of the most active and exuberant places in the south. However, we all know that as much as we love city life, it can become a little too much sometimes. How much of the traffic, honking and non-stop bustle can we deal with? That is exactly why it is necessary to go off on a road trip whenever you find the time. Now that the new year time is here, there is every chance to plan a fun little road trip!
Do you want to know which destinations you can visit that are close enough to Hyderabad, to allow you to plan a road trip? Well then, scroll on and find out!
1. Hyderabad to Kurnool
Kurnool can be reached in just over three hours from Hyderabad. Taking a road trip to this beautiful place is a wonderful idea. It was the former capital of Andhra Pradesh and is located by the beautiful Tungabhadra river. The Neeva and Hundri rivers also flow through Kurnool, which make it one of the most picturesque places to visit near Hyderabad. Once here, you can visit the famous Belum caves. These caves are literally many centuries old and are also the second longest and largest caves in India! If you’re a bird and animal lover, head over to the Rollapdu Bird Sanctuary, where you can get to see a variety of colourful birds and animals. You can also visit the Konda Reddy fort, which is an important landmark of this town. If you visit this fort, take a look at the Arabic and Persian inscriptions inside, which are bound to mesmerise you and transport you to another era.
2. Hyderabad to Hampi
Hampi is a very culturally rich town and a World Heritage Site, located 373 km from Hyderabad. Once you get here by road, the atmosphere around you will put you at ease. The most intriguing part of this town is that it is located within the remains of Vijayanagara. There are a lot of Hindu temples in Hampi, which you can visit for some peace of mind. The most famous among these is the Virupaksha temple. You must also visit the beautiful Hazara Ram Temple, whose complex is well-known for its detailed inscriptions and carvings, both of which portray scenes from the epic Ramayana. Other temples to visit here are Badavi Linga, Achyutaraya and the Chandramauleshwara temple. Apart from visiting Hampi for religious purposes, people also flock here to click some beautiful pictures and take part in a bit of rock climbing, thanks to the amount of boulders lining the Tungabhadra river.
3. Hyderabad to Badami
Badami is one of the most beautiful places you can visit near Hyderabad. Located 420 km from Hyderabad, it takes anywhere between 7 to 8 hours to get here by road. Though the journey is long, the end result will be completely worth it. Besides, you can always switch seats with each other, so that only one person is not left to do the driving. Badami is a mixture of greenery and rough, majestic rocks. It is most popularly known for the four cave temples, all of which are architectural wonders. The Agastya Lake here is a natural beauty and you can simply sit down and lose yourself as you stare at it. Badami also houses a Jain temple, a Buddhist one and a dargah too. It binds religion together, amidst its beauty. The most stunning part of Badami is its fort. Simply called the Badami Fort, it is placed at the top of a hill and once you get there, you will be stunned by the stupendous view of the town spread out below. We’d recommend keeping your cameras ready to snap some gorgeous pictures of this town.
4. Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar
Located just 164 km away from Hyderabad, Nagarjuna Sagar is a great place to visit by road. Once you reach, you can visit the gushing Nagarjuna Sagar Dam as it flows out of 12 gates, surrounding the rivers. You can stroll along near the dam and even take a boating ride to Nagarjunakonda Valley, which for all intents and purposes, is an island in itself. Alternately, you can visit the museum for its display of all things Buddhist or simply sit back and revel in the magnificence of the Ethipothala Waterfall. This place is conveniently close to Hyderabad and is an ideal choice for a road trip or if you just want to go there and relax.
5. Hyderabad to Gulbarga
Gulbarga is 231 km from Hyderabad. It was a part of the Nizam dynasty and is a very culturally rich place to visit. The Islamic style of architecture is evident here, for those who love to study history and architecture. Over here, you can visit the famous Gulbarga fort. Inside the premises of the fort, you can find a variety of interesting buildings. The most popular one is the Jama Masjid and the second is the tomb of Sufi saint Khaja Bande Nawaz. Apart from that, you can head over to the island located close to the Bhima river, where you can enjoy activities like trekking and camping. The Chandrampalli Dam is also a site worth visiting, for its pure beauty, as is the Sharana Basaveshwara Temple.
What are you waiting for? Pick up that phone, call your friends and start planning the trip!