Hyderabad was founded in the year 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, who was a ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, which was later captured by the Mughals and later by the Nizams who ruled the place for a very long time.
The city since time immemorial is well known for its diamond and pearl trade and still keeps its legacy strong. The city has plenty of sights to see within its vicinity which are a perfect mixture of the rich heritage and culture of the city.
Some of the well-known monuments of the city are the Charminar, Chowmahalla Palace and much more. From the rule of the Nizams, the city has grown to large extent and offers ample opportunities for many young professionals. However, the city has a very humid climate due to its closeness to the Bay of Bengal and summers tend to unbearably hot. But wait, there are small surprises which are kept hidden, like the hill stations near the city.
Have a look at some of the well-known hill stations which are not only the perfect places to help you escape the heat but are also a getaway from the hustle and bustle of a city life.
1. Ananthagiri Hills
Located at distance of approximately 78 km from Hyderabad, is this peaceful hilly retreat of the Eastern Ghats. Ananthagiri Hills is wrapped in coffee plantations and is haven for those who love to trek and seek adrenaline rush through a large number of streams, seasonal waterfalls and varieties of flora. This quaint hill station is one of those places which offers a picturesque rejuvenation.
2. Horsley Hills
Fondly known as Andhra's Ooty, Horsley Hills gets its name from the British collector who built his home atop the hill sometime around the year 1870. In contrast to the surrounding drylands, the place has ample amounts of greenery and offers brilliant views of the Eastern Ghats. It is one of those places which would take you close to Mother Nature and leaves spellbound with her magic, which cannot be described in words or images but only through experience.
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Srisailam is a place which offers a perfect mixture of spirituality with nature. The place is abode to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and is at the same time one of the best examples to prove, how the place is home a wide range of flora and fauna. The place is surrounded by dense forests and a number of cave shrines which attract a large number of visitors.
Fondly called the Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh, Lambasingi is situated admits the beautiful and lush forested Eastern Ghats and is the abode of a forgotten tribal community. The place is well known for its coffee plantations which are considered as one of the best plantations of the country.
An interesting geographical marvel is that, this place experiences temperatures below 10 degree Celsius which sometimes leads to the formation of snowfall when its neighbours are sweating due to the unbearable heat.
5. Araku Valley
Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam is one of the most gorgeous hill stations close to the City of Pearls. The valley is well known for its lush greenery and rich biodiversity. The valley is surrounded by dense forests, coffee plantations and much more; the place is also the abode for a large number of indigenous tribes. The Araku Valley is still one of those places which is on the path of being recognised as a very popular tourist getaway which attracts visitors from far and near.