Known as the Pearl City, Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana. It was established by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 and the vibrant city continues to be an amalgamation of culture and traditions. Travelers can explore museums and visit heritage monuments. Gastronomes will enjoy the culinary delights Hyderabad has to offer, including the famous biryani. Pay a visit to the Charminar, which is home to a mosque and 45 prayer spaces. Another popular spot to visit when in Hyderabad is the Golconda Fort, which was originally a mud fort built by the Kakatiyas of Warangal and the Yadava dynasty of Deogiri. Tourists will marvel at its remnants and can espy the cannons used in the fight with Aurangzeb. Families with children can visit the Nehru Zoological Park, which has nearly 250 species of animals and birds. There are plenty of nearby destinations where travelers can escape to for a weekend break such as Guntur, Kurnool, and Gulbarga. Here’s a look at some popular weekend getaways near Hyderabad, India.
Vijayawada is a popular weekend getaway from Hyderabad as it is a five-hours’ drive. Situated on the banks of the Krishna River, this city in Andhra Pradesh has immense archaeological, historical and religious importance. The Gateway Hotel which is on MG Road is the perfect accommodation for travelers looking to stay close to the Vijayawada railway station and airport. While here, pay a visit to the Kanaka Durga Temple, which is 1.74 miles (2.8 km) from here. This temple attracts many pilgrims, especially during the holy festival of Krishna Pushkaram. You can also head to the Undavalli Caves and the Prakasam Barrage.
Bordering the Bay of Bengal and the Eastern Ghats, this city is one of the oldest ports in India. Popularly known as Vizag, it is 385 miles (621 km) from Hyderabad or a 12 hours’ drive. Visakhapatnam is a beautiful coastal destination with picturesque landscapes and beaches. You can stay at the Fairfield by Marriott Visakhapatnam, which is in KSR Prime area. Head to the Ramkrishna Beach, which is only 5.5 miles (8.8 km) from here. Those with children will enjoy a visit to the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park.
Guntur is a unique weekend destination that lies on the banks of the Krishna and is home to the largest chili market yard in Asia. It is a five and a half hours’ drive from Hyderabad and perfect for a weekend retreat. You can stay at the Vishnu Inn, which is in Chandramouli Nagar. This hotel offers free parking facilities on the premises for those with a car. Guntur is also a world-renowned textile and transport hub in India. It is also home to the only Buddhist pilgrimage in the Amravati region. Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary is located nearby where you can spot painted storks, spot-billed pelicans and more.
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Located in the Deccan region, this Indian town is the center of historical, cultural and religious ideologies. Tourists visiting Hyderabad can undertake a three and a half hours’ car journey to Nelakondapalli, which is replete with grand temples, Buddhist Stupas and other architectural buildings depicting the Mahabharata. Guests can rest at Hotel Grand Gayathri, which is on Wyra Road. This hotel offers a free Wi-Fi connection, which helps you locate nearby hot spots for local sightseeing. You can plan a day trip to the Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Bhaktaramadas Dhyana Mandiram or to the Buddhist Maha Stupa.
Kurnool is a small historical town in Andhra Pradesh, and it is 131.4 miles (212 km) away from Hyderabad. This beautiful weekend destination which is a little over a three and a half hours’ drive attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. The ancient remains of the Gopal Raju Palace is a popular tourist haunt as is the fort built by the Vijayanagar Empire depicting Arabic and Persian inscriptions. The Mourya Inn in Bhagyanagar Kurnool is a great accommodation. It also has a relaxing spa facility on the premises. The Belum Caves, where you can find stalactite and stalagmite formations and a 40-foot high statue of Lord Buddha is a popular tourist hot spot.
Pattadakal is 246.1 miles (397 km) from Hyderabad or a nine hours’ drive. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is on the western banks of the Malaprabha River. The KSTDC Hotel Mayura Chalukya in the Ramadurga Road locality is the perfect place to unwind. It offers a continental or vegetarian breakfast. If you are not in the mood to sit back and relax, pay a visit to the nine Hindu temples and one Jain temple here. The temple walls feature friezes from the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, and Panchatantra tales.
Situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra, this pilgrim village is close to Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district. Manthralaya is oft-visited by pilgrims as it was home to the Madhwa saint Sri Guru Raghavendra Swami, believed to be the reincarnation of Prahalad. Guests can enjoy a short stay at the Raghavendra Yatra Sadan, which is near the Hare Krishna Temple Lodge main road. The village is a five-hours’ drive from Hyderabad. Travelers will enjoy the scenic landscape during their journey. You can experience the amazing views of the elephants and chariots carrying the deity in and around the temple and mutt complex. Visit the Samadhi and the Manchalamma temples while here.
Raghavendra Yatra Sadan
Address: NEAR HAREKRISHN LODGE TEMPLE MAIN ROAD ,1ST LEFT
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Located only 109.1 miles (176 km) from Hyderabad, this historical city is a popular weekend getaway as it is just a three and a half hours’ drive away. If you are looking for a perfect blend of architectural marvels, rich history, and picturesque landscapes, Warangal beckons. Guests can choose between various sightseeing options ranging from Warangal Fort, Kush Mahal and the Thousand Pillar Temple to Sammakka Saralamma Temple, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries. After a hectic day in the city, you can enjoy a stay at the OYO 3420 Hotel Ashoka, which is in Hanumakonda area.
OYO 3420 Hotel Ashoka
Address: 6-1-242, Main Road, Hanumakonda
Gulbarga is a four and a half hours’ drive from Hyderabad and traveling 144.1 miles (232 km) will get you to this charming city in Karnataka. Gulbarga is also called Kalaburagi and is ideal for a short weekend trip. Guests can find comfortable accommodation at Citrus Hotel Gulbarga, which is on SP Office Road. If you are not in the mood to dine out, a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant Biso will come to your rescue. There is plenty to see in this city such as the Gulbarga Fort, Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah, and the Sharana Basaveshwara Temple.
Kyriad Hotel Gulbarga by OTHPL
Address: SP Office Road Main Road
Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry
Bidar is a beautiful hill station in Karnataka, and it is only 89.9 miles (145 km) from Hyderabad or a three-hours’ car ride. Stay at the Kasturi International in the Shivnagar neighborhood. Wander around in Bidar to explore the city’s architectural marvels. If you are planning a trip during January and February, you can also be a part of the local fair i.e. Veerabhadreshwara Jatra. There are various tourist haunts such as the Rangin Mahal, the Solah Kambh Masjid and the Gagan Mahal that you can visit.
Address: Udgir Road Opp to Petrol Pump,Shivnagar(North)
Enjoy a quiet weekend retreat near Hyderabad
Hyderabad promises a mesmerizing travel experience, which will create wonderful memories. With a fascinating and rich history, the vibrant city has plenty of great weekend getaway options such as the hill station of Bidar or the beach town of Vishakhapatnam. Enjoy a quiet retreat to recharge your batteries!
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