The capital of Telangana, Hyderabad is a beautiful city with a regal history. While there’s much to see and do in the City of Nizams, there’s plenty of options for those who wish for quick weekend getaways as well. From temples, caves to waterfalls and hill stations, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Located about 272km from Hyderabad, Guntur is an amalgamation of historic monuments co-existing with modern structures. While there are several museums, parks and nature reserves to be explored in Guntur, the temples, forts and caves here steal the limelight. Places you must not miss in Guntur are: Agastyeshwara Temple, Guttikonda Caves, Sitanagaram – a small village on the banks of Krishna river, Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary – home to 40 species of migratory birds such as white ibis and pelicans and Kondaveedu Fort.
Located 365km south of Hyderabad, Belum Caves are the largest and longest caves open to the public in the Indian sub-continent. The caves are 3,229 meters long and are mostly known for their surreal looking stalagmites and stalactites formations. It is said that Buddhist monks meditated here for years; you must explore the long passages, galleries and spacious caverns here. Believed to have been formed over thousands of years by constant flow of underground water, Belum Caves is an incredible natural phenomenon.
Located 305km north of Hyderabad, Adilabad is a historic city popular for attractions such as Mavala Lake, Shivaram Wildlife Sanctuary, Kuntala Waterfall and the Pochera Falls. While the waterfalls are huge and super deep, Shivaram Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its unparalleled natural beauty and exotic species such as fresh water crocodiles. Sathnala Dam and Kadam Dam are other popular places to visit in Adilabad.
Nagarjuna Sagar dam
Located 153km from Hyderabad, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, built across Krishna river, is the largest masonry dam in the world. The dam is 490 feet tall and 1.6 km long; an epic example of modern architecture in India. Especially a delight during monsoons, the mesmeric panoramic beauty around the dam is what makes it worth a visit. Also, the museum located on Nagarjunakonda, a small island in the middle of Nagarjuna Lake, is an absolute delight for history buffs. The museum is home to relics such as jewellery, coins, and statues of the excavated Buddhist civilisation; they present an insight into the lives of the Buddhist people who lived here centuries ago.