Located on the banks of the Musi river, the historical city of Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana. In spite of its Nawabi culture, delicious cuisine of Hyderabadi Biryani, iconic Charminar and Golconda Fort, tempting bazaars and a lot more, the monotonous city life can still take its toll.
So take a refreshing break this weekend to break away from the hustle-bustle of Hyderabad and escape to one these amazing weekend getaways with your special ones. Or embark on an adventurous journey with your daredevil friends or go solo to experience some tranquility.
Distance from Hyderabad: 101 km
Mahbubnagar is the largest district in Telangana, in terms of the area covered, and was named after the 6th Nizam of Hyderabad - Mir Mahbub Ali. Mahbubnagar is one of the most popular weekend getaway from Hyderabad. The popular attractions to visit and explore in Mahbubnagar include Pillalamarri, Kollapur, Somasila, Jurala Dam, Koilkonda and Gadwal Fort and more.
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Distance from Hyderabad: 104 km
There are so many offbeat, unexplored and less-explored destinations near Hyderabad that it is truly a traveller's delight. Nalgonda is one such offbeat place where you can plan a trip over a weekend and get completely into the explorer's mode. Especially if you are interested in history, then there are numerous sites like the Rachakonda & Bhongir Forts to explore, There are numerous temples, ancient Buddhist sites, waterfalls like Ethipothala & Bheemuni Padam, and even a mythological museum.
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Distance from Hyderabad: 145 km
Located at the border of Telangana and Maharashtra, Bidar is a famous city and a favourite getaway for history enthusiasts. Geographically, the city is located in the north-eastern part of Karnataka & is a hilltop city, and therefore, referred to as the "crown of the state". Bidar is a treasure trove and a must-visit for every history lover ever with numerous heritage and archaeological sites. Visit the famous Bidar Fort (where some scenes of the Bollywood movie ‘Dirty Picture' were shot), Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple, Bahamani Tombs, and more.
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Distance from Hyderabad: 145 km
The legendary city of Warangal located in Telangana, was the former capital of the Kakatiya dynasty between the 12th & 14th century. So you can imagine how culturally & historically rich the place must be. The magnificent monuments dotted along the region, including the incredible Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillared Temple amongst many others, most in ruins though but are a must visit for every art, architecture, history and photography enthusiast.
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5. Nagarjuna Sagar
Distance from Hyderabad: 152 km
Nagarjuna Sagar is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Hyderabad, especially during the monsoons when the beauty of the place is a sight to behold. Located in the Nalgonda district of Telangana, Nagarjuna Sagar is one of the world's tallest and largest dams and is built across the Krishna river. History lovers can also take a boat ride to witness an ancient Buddhist site and ruins located on an island in the Krishna river not too far from here.
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Distance from Hyderabad: 163 km
One of the fastest growing cities in Telangana, Karimnagar is a historic city situated on the banks of the Manair river. It is frequented by many history enthusiasts given its famous historical monuments, most of which are now in ruins yet manage to attract many visitors. One can take a tour through the impressive forts and temples, such as Elgandal fort, Ramagiri fort, Nagunur fort, Molangur fort, Jagtiyal fort, Kaleshwaram and Lakshmi Narasimha Temples, and more. You can also visit the Manair Dam when in Karimnagar.
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Distance from Hyderabad: 175 km
If you are bored to travelling to the touristy and popular places, then planning an offbeat visit to Nizamabad is a refreshing option. Like other cities & old towns of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, this city too has a Nizam history, and those interested will find it exciting to unveil it with a visit to Nizamabad. Nizamabad Fort, Archaeological & Heritage museum, Ali Sagar Park, and Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the places to visit here.
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Distance from Hyderabad: 194 km
The city of Khammam in Telangana is a treasure trove for history and archaeology enthusiast. A study has found that the Paleolithic man roamed around the regions of Khammam district in the prehistoric era. Several rock paintings, Megalithic Dolmens, and numerous other pieces of evidence prove this. Khammam Fort, Lakaram Lake, Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary, archaeological sites of Nelakondapalli, are some of the places to explore when in Khammam.
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Distance from Hyderabad: 212 km
Often referred to as the gateway of Rayalaseema, Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh was the former capital of the state in the 1950s. It is blessed with rich historical and archaeological remains from bygone centuries. Prehistoric rock art and paintings from as far as 35-40,000 years ago, can be seen in some of the regions. Belum Caves is the most popular attraction, where relics from ancient times can be seen.
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Distance from Hyderabad: 214 km
Located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, Srisailam is a famous pilgrimage centre as it houses the Mallikarjuna Shiva Temple - which is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shiva temples in the country. Apart from this, Srisailam has lot of interesting places for an explorer, visit the Akkamahadevi Caves, Srisailam dam, Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Nallamala Forests and more for an adventurous visit to the holy town of Srisailam.
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