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Places to Visit in Hyderabad


Located in the state of Andhra Pradesh in the southern part of the country of India, the city of Hyderabad houses a number of places of interest. Starting from historical places of visit to the beauty of nature, the city has all. On one side, the age old monuments along with the museums portray the glorious past of the city whereas, on the other, the beauty of the place gets reflected from its lakes, parks and landscaped gardens.

Places to See in Hyderabad




Charminar

Charminar Category : History & Culture
One of the major historical sites worth visiting in the city of Hyderabad is the Charminar. Situated in the heart of the city, Charminar stands at the height of 46 m and is popularly called the Arc de Triomphe of the East.

The monument was built in 1591 AD by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. The history of the monument establishes Charminar as an important symbol of brotherhood and communal harmony. The markets surrounding Charminar are very popular and are frequently visited by tourists from different parts of the country. More...


Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid Category : Religious
One of the oldest and biggest mosques in the country, this mosque was built by Md. Quli Qutub Shah during his reign. Almost 10,000 worshippers can be accommodated simultaneously in this huge structure. The arches are carved from a single piece of stone and important verses of the Holy Quran are written on them as well as on the doors. At the entrance are the marbled graves of several rulers of the city, such as the Asaf Jahi kings and the Nizams. This holy structure of Muslims is an epitome of the architecture during the reigns of these kings.More...


Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort Category : History & Culture
Golconda Fort is situated in Golconda, which is 11 km from Hyderabad. It was built in the 13th Century by the Kakatiyas. The fort complex is situated at 400 feet above sea level. It has four forts, each adorned with royal halls and apartments, mosques, temples, stables, etc. The architectural beauty of the fort is enhanced by the ornate gates, pavilions, domes and entrances. The fort is famous for its sophisticated acoustic system. Tombs of the Qutub Shahi kings are engraved in the fort. More...


Salar Jung Museum

Salar Jung Museum Category : History & Culture
Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad has a rare collection of beautiful pieces of fine arts, tapestries, jade artifacts, weaponry, painting, sculpture and much more. The third largest museum in India, Salar Jung museum is named after Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III who was the Prime Minister of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad. Some of the prized possessions of the museum include Tipu Sultan’s wardrobe, swords of Aurangzeb, Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings and furniture collection from the time of Napolean. The museum also has a great collection of Qurans (holy book of Muslims) from across the world in different fonts and proportions. The various clocks in the clock room of the museum show you time in style. More...


Nehru Zoological Park

Nehru Zoological Park Category : Wild Life
This 380-acre zoo, located close to the Mir Alam Tank in Hyderabad, is managed by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. It has over a hundred species of animals, birds and reptiles, including some rare ones like the Asiatic lion, Indian rhino, gaur, panther, crocodiles, orangutan, pythons, etc. Different types of kangaroos, deer, nocturnal birds, owls and antelopes also reside here. Migratory birds are attracted to the artificially created embankments. The park also offers boat and ferry rides.



Warangal Fort

Category : History & Culture
Warangal Fort is situated 12 kilometers from Hanamkonda in Warangal city in Andhra Pradesh. It was constructed in the 13th century by the Kakatiya dynasty. Warangal is to the north east of Hyderabad, 150 kilometers from it. The two cities are linked by road and rail. Warangal Fort is in southern Warangal. More...

Char Kaman

Category : History & Culture
Char Kaman refers to four different arcs made in the city of Hyderabad by Mir Momin. These arcs are situated at few meters at the four different roads of the city which intersects at a place where a blue colored fountain is situated. The arc to the North of the fountain is named as Machli Kaman, to the South of the fountain is called Charminar Kaman, to the East of the fountain is called Kali Kaman and the one to the West of the fountain is named as Kaman Sher Dil.

Falaknuma Palace

Category : History & Culture
The last Nizam of Hyderabad built the Falaknuma Palace, which housed the most expensive art objects, tapestries and carpets, in addition to the largest single-man collection of diamonds. Here the Nizam received their Majesties, the late King George V and King Edward VIII of England. The museum has a very unique collection of jades. The dining table in the palace can seat up to 100 people at a time. More...

Qutb Shahi Tombs

Category : History & Culture
The Qutb Shahi Tombs lie close to the Golconda Fort in the serenely landscaped Ibrahim Bagh. The beautifully adorned tombs of the members of the royal family and the tranquil garden in which they are placed are an important itinerary among the excursions from the Secunderabad. More...

Paigah Tombs

Category : History & Culture
Paigah tombs in Hyderabad are located at Santoshnagar, 10 kilometers from the city center. The tomb is a wonderful piece of architecture. It has got marvelous carvings of marble.The Paigah tombs of Hyderabad are basically the tombs of the Paigah noble family and are constructed according to the generations. The Paigah noble family enjoyed a close intimacy with the the Nizams. They thereby used to have a conspicuous position in the society. More...

Shilparamam

Category : History & Culture
Shilparamam, located at Madhapur village showcasing the various art forms and handicrafts of various artists from all over the country. Birla Planetarium is situated on a hill near the Birla Temple and offers educational shows as well offers a fine view of the city.

Laad Bazaar

Category : History & Culture
Laad Bazaar is one of the famous shopping destinations in Hyderabad and also among the popular attractions of the city. Pearls and Hyderabadi traditional dresses and accessories can be found here in a large variety.

Birla Mandir

Category : Religious
The exquisite architecture of this temple invites admiration of all the tourists on a trip to Hyderabad. It is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. The illuminated sight of the temple looks divine during the evening. More...

Chowmahalla Palace

Category : History & Culture
One of the most ancient heritage buildings of Hyderabad, the Chowmahalla Palace is a must-see. 'Chahar' or 'chow' means four, and mahal means palace; hence the name stands for "four palaces".The building belonged to the Nizams of the state, and was used to host ceremonial functions such as accessions, receptions of the British generals, etc. More...

Chilkur Balaji Temple

Category : Religious
Better known as the Visa Balaji Temple in Hyderabad, it is one of the oldest Hindu temples of Lord Balaji, and is situated by the Osman Sagar Lake. The temple is not under the control of the government. Interestingly, it doesn’t have a donation box or hundi, and doesn’t accept money from the devotees. There is only one common entrance and no special arrangements for VIPs. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple, which is just 14 km from Mehdipatnam in Hyderabad. More...

Lakes in Hyderabad:
Category : Nature
  • Hussain Sagar Lake - Featured with varied water sports and boating, this lake has got a statue of Buddha standing on the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’, which is considered to be amongst the biggest monolithic statues in the world.

  • Osman Sagar Lake - Even called as Gandipet, this lake situated on the city’s outskirts is a famous picnic spot. Sagar Mahal, one of the heritage buildings stand there overlooking this lake.

  • Himayat Sagar lake- The Himayat Sagar lake is one of the beautiful lakes dotting the Hyderabad region. Himayat Sagar lake makes for an ideal weekend picnic spot.

  • Mir Alam Tank- Mir Alam Tank is a small lake in Hyderabad. The tranquil surroundings of Mir Alam Tank will bewitch you by its ethereal beauty.
  • Secret Lake or Durgam Cheruvu - People mainly visit this lake located near Shilparamam Crafts Village behind Jubilee Hills for boating.

  • Shamirpet Lake - This lake along with the deer park located there forms a good picnic spot. Comfortable cottages and forest lodges with accommodation facilities can even be booked by contacting the Forest Department of Andhra Pradesh.

Museums in Hyderabad
Category : History & Culture
  • Birla Science Museum or Birla Planetarium - Equipped with modern Japanese technology, this planetarium is situated on Naubat Pahad.

  • Salar Jung Museum - Famous for housing one of the highest one-man antique collections in the world, this museum displays items like Mughal miniatures, Persian carpets, Japanese lacquer ware, Chinese porcelain and some famous statues.

  • Andhra Pradesh State Archaeological Museum - Built in the year 1920, this museum exhibits some of the unique pieces of art and antiques. Its building reflects the Indo-Saracenic architectural style.

  • The Health Museum- It was set up at Hyderabad in the year 1948 and is situated at a stone's throw from the Public Gardens. The kind words of praise from Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru which reads, "A very fine and healthy museum. I wish other cities had something like this" greets the eager visitors into this land of wonders.
  • The Nizam's Silver Jubilee Museum - Located within Purani Haveli, this museum houses last Nizam’s mementos and gifts. Vintage cars like Mark V Jaguar, Packard and Rolls Royce are even exhibited there along with gold models of varied buildings of the city.

Amusement Parks in Hyderabad

Category : Fun & Entertainment
The city has even got some places for amusement. If you want to enjoy some amusement rides with your family or friends, following are the places that you need not miss:
  • Elles World - This amusement park located near Gandipet has got fun rides meant for children as well as adults.

  • Treasure Island - Located over 60 acres area at Gandipet, this fun place includes activities like go-karting, horse riding, swimming, disco, billiard and many more.

  • Ocean Park - This 20-acre, beautifully gardened park is situated at Gandipet. It has many water slides and pools, which are the main attraction during summers. Other amusements are rides such as cars, super loop, roller coasters, tora tora, swinging ship and slam bombs. Jet skiing, trains, and video games are also popular. The park is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Entry fee is Rs. 150 for adults and Rs.100 for kids.

  • Indira Park- It is a public park located in the heart of the city, at the Dolaguda residential locality. It is managed by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority. The famous Hussain Sagar Lake is situated just beside the park. The park is famous for a rock garden spread over two acres, and includes a lion king, a termite house, cobras, butterflies, and elephants. The lush green sandalwood trees add to the beauty of the park. One of the major attractions is a manmade desert.

  • Snow World - Being the country’s 1st park based on the theme of snow, this amusement park provides opportunity to its visitors to enjoy a fun day at -5° C as well as artificial snow fall.


Getaways from Hyderabad


  • Alampur:Located at a distance of 200 km from Hyderabad, Alampur is famous for its marvellous temples and remnants of some ancient temples. It is famous for the nine temples known as Nava Brahma temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva. These temples were built by the Badami Chalukyas, who reigned for about 200 years, starting from the middle of the sixth century.

  • Vijayawada: Siutated around 265 kilometres from Hyderabad, Vijaywada is located on the banks of Krishna river. One of the busiest railway junctions in India, it is also known as the business city of Andhra Pradesh. It holds tremendous religious significance for Hindus as well as Buddhists. The main places of worship in Vijaywada include the Kanaka Durga Temple, St.Mary's Church, Gunadala Matha Shrine. Besides, there are plenty of other attractions like the Rajiv Gandhi Park, Victoria Museum, Mogalarajapuram caves, Hazrat Bal Mosque, Kondapali Fort etc.

  • Bhadrachalam: Lying about 320 kilometres from Hyderabad, Bhadrachalam is a popular religious spot.Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit this holy town every year, especially during the time of Ramnavami. It is famous for a temple dedicated to Lord Rama.

  • Nagarjunasagar and Nagarjunakonda: Located in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, Nagarjuna Konda is about 156 kms from Hyderabad. It is a pilgrimage spot for Buddhists, housing the relics of a Buddhist civilisation dating back to 3rd Century A.D. The chief draw is a partly ruined statue of the Buddha. The other major attractions in Nagarjuna Konda include a waterfall, a massive dam and a museum. Excavations at Nagarjuna Konda have led to the discovery of an ancient civilization. The museum, located in the center of man-made dam Nagarjuna Sagar houses many of the relics from these excavations.

  • Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary: Located at a distance of about 112 kms from Hyderabad, Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary has earned plaudits for its beautiful landscape. Spread over an area of about 860 square kms, it is named after the man-made lake Pakhal lake. Established as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1952, it famous for its wide range of flora and fauna. The main animal species include the leopard, sambhar, nilgai, sloth bear, spotted deer, mountain gazelle, four horned antelope etc.

Tourist Destinations Near Hyderabad



One can make excursions from Hyderabad to the nearby regions. There are many enthralling places in the vicinity to the capital of Andhra Pradesh with an array of travel attractions.

Warangal

There are many places in Warangal that are bound to leave you with great memories. Warangal, located around 200 km from Hyderabad was once the hub of Telugu culture. The Warangal Fort is known for its wonderful architecture.

Nagarjunasagar

Another famous destination is the Nagarjunasagar, which is located 150 km from Hyderabad. With world's tallest masonry dam across river Krishna, Nagarjunasagar is a popular tourist destination of South India. Apart from this, other worth visiting attractions in the place are the island museum of Nagarjunakonda and the beautiful waterfalls of Ethipothala.

Keesaragutta

Keesaragutta is another popular destination, situated about 35 km from Hyderabad. It is a historic temple village and was once the capital of the great Vishnukundin dynasty.

Basar

Basar in Andhra Pradesh is located 240 km from Hyderabad. It is situated on the banks of the mighty Godavari River, in Adilabad district. It is famous for the only Saraswati temple in South India.

Pochampally

Yet another destination known as Pochampally is located in Nalgonda district and it is situated about 35 km from Hyderabad. This lovely village is renowned in the country for its gorgeous, hand-woven silk and cotton saris.

Last Updated on : September 11, 2014