Hyderabad, the city of the Nizams is one of the tourist hotspots of incredible India. From the placid palaces to the rich culinary dishes, you have lot to explore here. But besides these, the outskirts of Hyderabad also has a lot in store for the travellers. Plan a road trip to unravel the golden history at these places.
Hyderabad to Kurnool
This is one of the most beautiful spots of Andhra Pradesh. Kurnool, the former capital of Andhra lies at the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Visit the banks of River Neeva and Hundri to spend some silent moments, listening to the ripples of the crystalline waters. The hundreds of years old Belum Caves are the second largest and longest caves of the country while the Konda Reddy Fort is rare of its kind, carved with Persian and Arabic inscriptions. The Rollapdu Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for bird lovers; it is a natural shade for hundreds of colourful and melodious avian species.
Hyderabad to Hampi
Just at 373 kilometres from Hyderabad lies the historic city of Hampi. This world heritage site used to the empire of Krishnadeva Raya and was known as the Vijaynagara kingdom. The ruins of the empire still exhibits the rich culture of the place; amongst numerous Hindu shrines, the Virupaksha Temple is still intact and glorious. The Hazara Ram Temple depicts stories from the Great Indian epic, Ramayana. The Badavi Linga, Achyutaraya and Chandramauleshwara Temples are must visits to experience peace and serenity. If you love adventures, go for rock climbing at the banks of the Tungabhadra River, which is also a famous sunset point of Hampi.
Hyderabad to Badami
From natural bliss to architectural wonders, Badami is a complete package of entertainment. The Badami Caves, four in number, depict the architectural expertise of ancient times, while the Jain, Buddhist Temples along with the presence of a Dargah makes it a pilgrimage for all religions. Relax at the banks of the Agastya Lake, listening to the ripples of the crystalline waters or get a panoramic view of the whole city from the Badami Fort, which is located at a hilltop.
Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar
As you approach Nagarjuna Sagar, the gushing sound of the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam flowing out of its 12 gates greets you. You can enjoy a pleasant boat ride over the river to the Nagarjunakonda Valley or visit the museum to check out the ancient Buddhist relics. The Ethipothala Waterfall rejuvenates your heart and mind with its spellbinding beauty.
Hyderabad to Gulbarga
Gulbarg was ruled by the Nizams and hence the monuments of the place represent the magnificence of Islamic architecture. Spend some time in peace and solitude at the Jama Masjid andat the tomb of Sufi Saint Khaja Bande Nawaz or boost your adrenaline with trekking and camping at the Bhima River Island. Gulbarg also has the Chandrampalli Dam where you can witness the wild river. The Sharana Basaveshwara Temple is a must visit to see the local style of worship.
Hence Hyderabad is not the only tourist destination of Andhra Pradesh. Pack your backs on go on a road trip to its nearby cities to unravel a beautiful past of India. Plan your South India tour which includes various destinations like Kerala, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad, Karnataka, Ooty, Coimbatore, ISKON Temple and may more.
Sophia Perterson is a blogger and writes about travel. She loves to explore new places. Hyderabad is a beautiful and popular destination of India, located in India’s deep southern part. Hyderabad has become a prominent tourist destination of India as it provides panoramic beauty to its visitors.