Westerners might not be aware that it’s not Hollywood that produces the most movies around, it’s actually India. Indian cinema is huge with some people being familiar with “Bollywood” cinema but a second place to that is “Tollywood”. The amalgamation of “Telugu” and “Hollywood”, Tolly produces the second most amount of film in India behind Bollywood and a majority of those films are produced in the Ramoji Film City or places nearby. The Ramoji Film City is open to movie makers and tourists alike so if you’re in the area and you’re curious about Indian film, here is a guide to Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad.
Things to do
Ramoji Film City is a massive complex that is just as much for film production as it is for tourism and fun. The site has a lot of great things on the huge 1666-acre (647-hectare) complex, including hotels, theme parks, and of course movie sets. The massive park allows for massive amounts of people to come by and Ramoji Film City brings in over 1 million guests per year. There is a range of sets guests can see as well as 47 different sound stages, temples and even its own railway.
Film City Tour
One of the biggest attractions at the Ramoji Film City is, of course, taking a tour of filming ground! The tour operates out a vintage bus, where you’ll be chauffeured around the massive complex and taken to different filming locations and destinations. Check the spots where some famous Tollywood celebrities shot some iconic scenes and explore the world through various film sets! Princess Street is designed to be an “international” avenue with houses and cityscape while North Town is made to look like a typical Northern Indian city. Explore the Japanese Garden and lounge in the pagodas then moments later step back in time to Mughal Empire at the elaborate Mughal Garden.
Sahas Adventure Park
Taking cues from places like Universal Studios, Ramoji Film City has its own amusement park on-site. The Sahas Adventure Park makes you feel like you’re part of your own film or are a stuntman with the sheer amount of adventure you can have here. Ride ATVs through the mud, play a few rounds of paintball or bungee jump off a cliff all on the same day. All those activities just scratch the surface of what you can do at Sahas Adventure Park.
What to eat
Located in the Sitara Luxury Hotel, Galaxy is an upscale restaurant offering amazing multi-course meals, some of which were inspired by celebrities. A different variety of cuisines are on the menu, so you’ll find something you’ll certainly like.
Inspired by Hollywood, Jimmys Drive-In offers some western fast-food style dishes such as burgers and fries. They also have a menu of some spicy Indian favorites for the casual dining atmosphere.
Sangam specializes in some delicious South-Indian style vegetarian dishes. The restaurant is organized in a buffet-style and is a perfect choice or vegetarians with an appetite.
Things to buy
With some sets on-site inspired by the Mughal Empire why not pick up some souvenirs inspired by the era at Meena Bazaar. Pick up some jewelry and gems or artifacts inspired by the era and feel like you took a step back in time to a traditional Mughal bazaar.
Wild West souvenirs
Feel like a cowboy and step into the shoes (or boots) of someone living on the frontier. This souvenir store is inspired by the western cowboy aesthetic where you can find everything from wide-brimmed hats to some leather goods.
Movie magic memorabilia
After a day of exploring your favorite movie sets, why not pick up a little something inspired by the movies made here? Pick up something for your home or even just a simple souvenir like a t-shirt, hat or stationary.
The Ramoji Film City is wheelchair accessible and has options for people with limited mobility. Some activities in Sahas Adventure Park may not be accessible but access to the tours are.
Privacy and restrooms
There are a number of restrooms and places for privacy on the premises, including a designated area for women with breastfeeding children. There are also female security officers on-site as well as changing rooms.
How to get there
From Hyderabad take the Vijayawada Highway and follow the signs. You’ll reach the park within an hour.
The nearest railway stations to the park are Secunderabad Station, Kacheguda Station, and Nampally Station.
Taxis from the airport and from the park are readily available, with most, if not all taxi operators available to bring people to and from the park
How to get tickets
Tickets can be bought online ahead of time as well as in-person when arriving at the Ramoji Film City. Information on tickets prices can be found on their website here
Where to stay (from USD 108)
If you’re looking for a place to stay that’s a little outside the area and not in the heart of all the action, Tara Comfort Hotel is up for consideration. Enjoy a great luxurious stay here with a full-spa service available, as well as tennis courts and three different types of restaurant options. All rooms are air-conditioned, and they come with a TV, minibar, and free toiletries. Guests can enjoy the fitness center on-site as well as a games room with billiards.
Ramoji Film City- Tara Comfort Hotel
Address: Corporate Sales Office, Dolphin Hotels Limited, Samrat Building, Ramoji Film City
Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle
Ramoji Film City information
Ramoji Film City
Address: Ramoji Film City Main Rd, Hyderabad, Telangana 501512, India
Opening hours: 9am - 5:30pm (daily)
Price: 13 - 32 USD
Website: Official Website
Department of Tourism: Visit Hyderabad
News and updates for Ramoji Film City: Metro Shuttle Service Launched to Ramoji Film City
Hyderabad Ramoji Film City Day Tour
Duration: 8hrs - 10hrsDuration
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