For most people, Diwali is a time to meet and greet family and friends, exchange sweets, clean their houses, buy new clothes, light lamps and enjoy the festivities at home. However, for many others, it is a time to embark upon trips and explore someplace new. Diwali is a 5-day celebration with the third and fourth days – Lakshmi Puja and Govardhan Puja – being public holidays. Diwali 2017 dates are October 17 to October 21 with most people in India having holidays on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20. This means that Diwali 2017 comes with a long weekend and an opportunity for a welcome break from your hectic routine. For those of you who live in the beautiful city of Hyderabad, you are blessed with some amazing getaways that are perfect for the weekend. From hill stations to historic delights, Hyderabad is surrounded by stunning locales with visiting with your family. So, here are some of the best places to visit near Hyderabad on Diwali 2017 long weekend.

Warangal

Warangal

Warnagla is located in the state of Telangana and is known for its historic significance. There are a number of 13th and 14th century monuments that were carved during the Kakatiya dynasty as Warangal was its capital during that time. The historic Warangal Fort and Thousand Pillar temple are excellent tourist spots worth checking out. Several other ancient temples too stand in this region and make for great excursions.

Hyderabad to Warangal distance: 146 km – approximately 3 hours 20 minutes by road

Srisailam

Srisailam

Known for its marvellous Sri Mallikarjunaswamy temple, Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh is perfect for those who like history, architecture and have a slightly religious bent. The Srisailam Dam and Akkamahadevi caves are other amazing attractions worth visiting here.

Hyderabad to Srisailam distance: 218 km – approximately 4 hours 50 minutes by road

Anantagiri Hills

Anantagiri Hills in Araku Valley, Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Anantagiri Hills in Araku Valley, Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

A delight for trekkers, Anantagiri Hills is located in Vikarabad in the Ranga Reddy district of Telangana. The surrounding dense forests and wonderful weather make the Anantagiri Hills perfect for a vacation amidst nature.

Hyderabad to Anantagiri distance: 81 km – approximately 2 hours 10 minutes by road

Hampi

hampi

And then there are the majestic ruins of Hampi in Karnataka that take you back to the time when the Vijayanagara Empire was in all its glory. The historic ruins that include the Hindu Virupaksha temple and the Hampi Bazaar are worth visiting for anyone who likes Indian history and ancient architecture.

Hyderabad to Hampi distance: 374 km – approximately 7 hours 45 minutes by road

Badami

Badami,-Karnataka,-India

This historic town of Badami in Karnataka was the regal capital of Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. Its red sandtone cave temples are absolutely marvelous and attract tourists from all over the world. While slightly offbeat, Badami is a great place to visit for those who are bored of the regular touristy destinations.

Hyderabad to Badami distance: 420 km – approximately 8 hours 35 minutes by road

So, this Diwali, give the usual shenanigans a break and visit someplace new with your family. After all, festivals are all about spending time with your loved ones. And all these places near Hyderabad sure do make for a memorable long weekend trip.