Secunderabad is the twin city of Hyderabad and is located in Telangana state, India. Secunderabad was established in the year 1806 and was named after Sikandar Jah who was the third Nizam (or ruler) of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. The beautiful city was established as a military garrison for the British government and it is divided from Hyderabad by Hussain Sagar Lake. A vacation in Secunderabad will always be overwhelming and might be a bit confusing, but no worries I have made it easy for you by presenting you with some of the best places you can explore so you can enjoy your time in Secunderabad. Let’s start our exciting tour to Secunderabad, India!
1. Golconda Fort
Golconda means a round shaped hill, and the fort is listed as an archeological treasure by the Archeological Survey of India. It was built at an altitude of more than 400 feet (122 meters), on a hill, in around the 13th century by Kakatiya kings. Sound and light shows are arranged in the fort, in the evening and are a pleasure to watch. The world famous Kohinoor diamond was also found here.
Address: Khair Complex, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana
Website: Golconda Fort
2. Hussain Sagar Lake
Hussain Sagar Lake geographically divides Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah Wali developed the lake in the year 1562 and you can find many water sports here, such as boating, skiing, and parasailing. In the center of the lake, there is a 52.5 foot (16 meter high) Buddha statue made of white granite, which enhances the beauty of the lake. Sunsets watched here will be pleasant to the heart and at night, the light around the lake makes it look like a diamond studded necklace.
Hussain Sagar Lake
Address: Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad, Telangana
Website: Hussain Sagar Lake
3. Birla Mandir
This temple is devoted to the god Venkateshwara and it is situated on the Kalapahada hills. It was constructed by Raja Baldev Birla and made of white marble in a perfect blend of Rajasthani and south Indian architectural style. The temple gives amazing views of Hussain Sagar Lake, Birla Planetarium and Lumbini Park, from above. Swami Ranganathananda wished for the temple atmosphere to remain peaceful for meditation, so the temple does not have traditional bells.
Address: Hill Fort Rd, Ambedkar Colony, Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana
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There is no place on earth like Konaseema. This is the delta area of the Godavari River and it is replete with stunning landscapes and coconut groves. It is a treat for the eyes and nature lovers will fall in love with the scenery. Konaseema is surrounded by the Godavari River on two sides and the Bay of Bengal on the third. The region shows off the gifts of mother nature and a visit to the lighthouse and surrounding mangrove forests are some of the must-dos in this relaxing area.
Address: Secunderabad, Hyderabad.
5. Saidanimba Tomb
Saidanimba Tomb was constructed by Abdul Haq Diler Jung, in 1883. This gorgeous structure is close to Tank Bund Road and flaunts a perfect blend of Qutub Shahi and Mughal architectural styles. It is also known as Saidani Maa Ki Dargah. It is the finest example of architectural grandeur, in Secunderabad.
Address: Saidanima Tomb, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Jeera, Bhoiguda, Secunderabad, Telangana
6. St. Mary’s Basilica
St. Mary’s Basilica was built in the year 1850 and, at the time, was the largest church in Hyderabad state. The church began with the work of Fr. Daniel Murphy and other Irish Catholics of the British army. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is the finest example of Indian Gothic architecture. The church has four bells, brought from Italy, in 1901.On every 5th of September, the main feast is celebrated here with all its grandeur.
St. Mary's Basilica
Address: Sarojini Devi Road, Secunderabad, Telangana
Website: St. Mary’s Basilica
Lepakshi is a village with two important archaeological sites - the Veerbhadra Temple and the Lepakshi Nandi. The Veerbhadra Temple is dedicated to Veerbhadra and was built by the Viranna and Virupanna brothers. It is a good example of Vijayanagara architectural style. Lepakshi Nandi features an impressive statue of the god Shiva’s bull and it is located 656 feet (200 meters) from the temple. It is the largest Nandi in India and measures 14.8 feet (4.5 meters) high and 27 feet (8.23 meters) long. It is positioned in such a way that it faces the Shivalinga, inside the temple.
Address: Lepakshi, Military Dairy Farm Road, Sai Nagar, Kanajiguda, Bowenpally, Secunderabad
8. Trimulgherry Fort
Trimulgherry Fort was built in the year 1867, in the British military station area of Secunderabad. The fort is surrounded by a very deep canal, 4.82 kilometers (3 miles) in length. The Trimulgherry Fort was initially used as a garrison fort and was later converted into a military hospital. The fort includes barracks, mess houses, arsenals, stables and military offices.
Address: Cantonment, Secunderabad
Website: Trimulgherry Fort
9. Ujjain Mahakali Mandir
The Ujjain Mahakali Mandir Temple was built in the year 1815 by Sri Suriti Appaya making it over 200 years old. It is dedicated to the goddess Kali and has been the most revered temple in Andhra Pradesh, from the very beginning. The Bonalu Festival is held here, annually and is celebrated with intense and eager enjoyment. Thousands of devotees visit this temple and pray on the principal days of worship, which fall on Sunday and Monday.
Ujjain Mahakali Mandir
Address: Subash Road, General Bazaar, Kalasiguda, Secunderabad, Telangana
Website: Ujjain Mahakali Mandir
10. Birla Planetarium
Birla Planetarium was constructed in the year 1985 and is a must visit place in Secunderabad. The planetarium features shows with marvelous visuals and sound effects. A 160 million-year-old skeleton of a Kotasaurus has recently been added to the collection of the planetarium and is one of the main attractions, here.
Address: Ambedkar Colony, Khairatabad, Hyderabad, Telangana
A peaceful journey...
Apart from above-listed places, there are other great sites to explore in the beautiful city of Secunderabad. After you visit Secunderabad, you will be overwhelmed by its richness of nature and monuments. If you really want to see and enjoy these places and more, then I recommend visiting Secunderabad once in your life to learn more about this rich and amazing city.
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