Hyderabad is famous for its delicious biryani and historic places. While there are lots of things to see in Hyderabad, there are also many places around the city to explore on weekend road trips from Hyderabad.
A weekend getaway with friends or family filled with fun, laughter and food is an excellent way to spend a short holiday. Here are some of the best places to see on weekend getaways or road trips from Hyderabad.
Situated just 83 kilometres away, Nalgonda is a popular weekend getaway from Hyderabad. It is known for its many ancient ruins. Prominent among them is the 10th century Bhongir Fort, as well as the Rachakonda and Devarakonda forts. You can also visit the nearby ruins of a Buddhist monastery and pillared hall at Nandikonda Village, or the Sri Laxminarsimha Swamy and Chhaya Somalingeswara Temples.
Distance from Hyderabad: 83 km
Just 108 km from Hyderabad, Mahabubnagar was once known as Palamoor. It was controlled by the Chalukya and then the Satavahana dynasties and is filled with splendid places to see. Among these, are the Farahabad Palace. Located near the Nallamala hills in the Eastern Ghats, it includes a mosque and many opportunities nearby for hiking and camping. You can also check out the Mahabubnagar’s Mallela Theertham Waterfalls and the 800-year-old Pillalamarri banyan tree.
Distance from Hyderabad: 108 km
Bidar is located 146 km from Hyderabad. Located on top of a hill in the north-eastern part of Karnataka, this rocky city is known for historical and religious sites. One of the most famous places to see is the ruins of Bidar Fort. It is often used as a filming location for movies. You can also check out the Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple, the Bahamani Tombs, the Rangeen Mahal, and the Taraksh Mahal.
Distance from Hyderabad: 146 km
Warangal, which is located about 150 km away from Hyderabad, is also filled with historic sites. Once the seat of Kakatiya Dynasty, it is known for the majestic 13th century Warangal Fort and its temple architecture. The best examples are the 12th-century Bhadrakali Temple, Thousand Pillar Temple and Ramappa Temple, which are adorned with intricate sculptures and carvings.
Distance from Hyderabad: 150 km
164 km from Hyderabad is the city of Karimnagar. It is a popular weekend holiday destination from Hyderabad and is known for its stunning architecture. The city is situated along the Lower Manair Dam. You can also visit the Elagandal Fort and Shivaram Sanctuary which are near Karimnagar.
Distance from Hyderabad: 164 km
Nagarjunakonda is one of India’s most important Buddhist history sites. Located 165 km from Hyderabad, it is named after Nagarjuna, a 2nd century South Indian Buddhist master, and once drew students from as far as China and Sri Lanka. The area is dotted with various landmarks. The town is also located near the scenic Nagarjunasagar dam, which is the world’s tallest masonry dam.
Distance from Hyderabad: 165 km
One of the largest cities in the state of Telangana, Nizamabad is a popular getaway from Hyderabad. It is known for the 10th century Nizamabad Fort, which was built by the Rashtrakuta Kings. There are also lots of interesting ancient temples, such as the Kanteshwar Temple. You can also see the Bada Pahad Dargah, as well as various trekking trails and waterfalls nearby.
Distance from Hyderabad: 176 km
8. Mallela Teertham
This stunning Mallela Theertham waterfall is located about 185 kilometres from Hyderabad. It is in the heart of the Nallamala forest and can be accessed by climbing down some steps. The area is known for its picturesque views and fascinating rock formations.
Distance from Hyderabad: 185 km
This historic town is located about 200 kilometres from Hyderabad. It is home to various archaeological sites, including a mud fortification wall covering 100 acres, where many amazing Buddhist artefacts have been found. The town is also known for its many historic Hindu temples which attract devotees from around the country, especially during the festivals of Dusshera and Vijayadashami.
Distance from Hyderabad: 200 km
Located at a distance of 212 km from Hyderabad, Gulbarga is also in the state of Karnataka. Once controlled by the Nizams, much like Hyderabad, it is just 4 to 5 hours away. There are many amazing ancient Islamic buildings to see here. Among them, are the Gulbarga Fort and the Jumma Masjid and the tomb of the Sufi saint Khaja Bande Nawaz. You can also visit the Chandrampalli Dam and the Basaveshwara temple.
Distance from Hyderabad: 212 km
The beautiful town of Srisailam is located 213 km from Hyderabad. It is filled with various Hindu temples, including the Bhramaramba Devi Temple and the Ishta Kameshwari Temple. You can also visit the nearby Srisailam Dam, Nallamala Forest, and the Akkamahadevi Caves, which can be reached by either boat or a rope bridge.
Distance from Hyderabad: 213 km
Kurnool located 219 km from Hyderabad is about 4 hours away. Once the capital of Andhra Pradesh, it is set on the Tungabhadra River. One of the top attractions in Kurnool is the Belum Caves, some of the largest in the country. You can also see the Oravakallu Rock Garden, the Konda Reddy Fort, and the Tomb of Abdul Wahab. There is also the Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary, which is a paradise for bird lovers.
Distance from Hyderabad: 219 km
Mantralayam is an extremely popular pilgrimage destination located 247 km from Hyderabad. It is the burial place of Guru Raghavendra Swami, an influential Hindu saint, and is now a temple. Hordes of devotees flock here each year. There are also many other religious sites like the Anjaneya Swamy temple, Manchalamma temple, Alampur and Kowthalam.
Distance from Hyderabad: 247 km
The town of Guntur located 266 km from Hyderabad, is a popular weekend getaway and road trip from Hyderabad. It is known for its many parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Among these are the Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, which is known for migratory birds like painted storks and spot-billed pelicans, and the Ethipothala Falls. You can also visit the Harith and Suryalanka Beaches.
Distance from Hyderabad: 266 km
One of the most popular road trips from Hyderabad, Vijayawada is perfect for a weekend getaway. There are various religious sites you can visit, such as the Kanaka Durga and Mangalagiri Temples, the Hazarat Bal Mosque, as well as Amravati, Gudivada and Ghantasala. Also, see the Kondapalli Reserve Forest and the Mogalarajapuram Caves.
Distance from Hyderabad: 274 km
Located in the Osmanabad district of Maharashtra, Tuljapur is a popular pilgrimage destination. It is 296 km from Hyderabad and is known for the 12th century Tuljabhavani Temple, which is dedicated to the goddess Bhavani. The town really comes to life during the annual Tulja Bhavani fair at Navaratri, as well as the festivals of Makar Sankranti, Gudi Padwa.
Distance from Hyderabad: 296 km
Adilabad is situated about 303 km from Hyderabad and is a popular destination for trekking. You can experience this splendid landscape at the Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, Pranahita Wildlife Sanctuary, Sivaram Wildlife Sanctuary, and Mahatma Gandhi Park, all of which are nearby. The town is also known for its pilgrimage sites, such as Basar Saraswati Temple and Gudem Satyanarayana Swamy Temple.
Distance from Hyderabad: 303 km
18. Belum Caves
If you’re looking for a mix of history and adventure, then head to the Belum Caves. Around 320 kilometres from Hyderabad, it is known to be the largest and longest cave in the country, at a length of 3229 metres. The caves are of great geological and historical importance, as they are filled with amazing natural formations, as well as remnants of civilization from as early as 4,500 BC.
Distance from Hyderabad: 319 km
Located 327 km from Hyderabad, Eluru is an ideal weekend escape. This peaceful green city dates all the way back to the 2nd century. It is full of fascinating sites, such as a replica of Holy Land of Israel, and the Gaja Vallivari Cheruvu Tank and its Buddha statue. There are also many religious sites, such as the Sanivarapupeta Galigopuram.
Distance from Hyderabad: 327 km
Hampi, located 370 km from Hyderabad, was once the centre of the Vijayanagar Empire. Its many ancient monuments, including the massive Virupaksha Temple, were once part of the world’s second-largest medieval city. They are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the Hampi Bazaar and explore the ruins of this once great city set along the banks of Tungabhadra River.
Distance from Hyderabad: 370 km
Located 400 km from Hyderabad, Pattadakal is slightly further away than these other places for road trips from Hyderabad. It was once a major town of the Badami Chalukya dynasty. Known primarily as a ‘temple town,’ it is full of charming and ancient temples you can visit. Among these is the massive Virupaksha Temple (pictured) built by Vikramaditya, the Kasha Vishwanath Temple, the Jain Temple, and the Galaganatha Temple.
Distance from Hyderabad: 400 km
Badami, located 418 km from Hyderabad, is famous for its amazing cave temples and other historic sites. These are the ruins of the Chalukya dynasty who ruled over south India from 6th -12th century. Here, you can visit the Badami Fort, Bhootnath Temple and the gorgeous Buddhist rock-cut cave temples.
Distance from Hyderabad: 418 km
23. Maredumalli and Rampachodavaram
Madredumalli and Rampachodavaram are both known for their amazing waterfalls. Located 430 km from Hyderabad, here you can see the Jaltaringini Waterfalls, Swarnadhara, Amruthadhara Waterfalls and Rampa Waterfalls which are all fed by the waters of the Godavari River. It’s best to visit in the monsoon to see the waterfalls in full force.
Distance from Hyderabad: 430 km
24. Horsley Hills
The amazing landscapes at Horsley Hills are filled with lush green forests and majestic mountains which makes it an excellent candidate for road trips from Hyderabad. This popular weekend destination is located 528 km from Hyderabad. You can visit the Talakona Waterfalls and the nearby Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as various temples, and the Rishi Valley School.
Distance from Hyderabad: 528 km
Filled with beautiful beaches and splendid temples Visakhapatnam is 588 km from Hyderabad. Located in the Araku Valley, it is known for the Visakha Utsav which takes place in December and January. You can also visit the Lighthouse, VUDA Park, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Visakha Museum and Matsyadarsini (an aquarium).
Distance from Hyderabad: 588 km
Are there any other exciting road trips from Hyderabad that we’ve missed? If so, be sure to share them in the comments below.