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5 interesting weekend getaways from Hyderabad

Hyderabad: The never ending trails of the architectural pasts to experiencing the serenity of valleys, drenching in the salty sea waters or soaking in the religious rituals, Hyderabad can delight you in more ways than you can imagine!

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If you have explored all that is good in Hyderabad, maybe it's time to step out and explore some more nearby places near Hyderabad.


1. Kurnool

Kurnool the capital of former Nawabs. It is the headquarters of Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. The city is often referred as The Gateway of Rayalaseema. Kurnool is on NH7 and well connected to major towns and cities. It is 210km from Hyderabad.



Attractions:
  • Konda Reddy Fort
  • RajaVihar Center
  • Ayyappa Swamy Temple
  • Jagannatha Hill, anjanaya statue
  • Shirdisai Baba Temple in old bus stand
  • Tungabhadra River Bank

How to get there: Take the NH 44 to get to Kurnool.


Estimated Time: 5 hours


2. Karimnagar

Karimnagar is famous for its ancient temples. It is situated on the banks of the Manair River. It is otherwise known as 'City of Granites'. One of Karimnagar's ancient arts is the making of the Silver Filigree.

Karimnagar was once the hub of vedic learning. You can definitely explore a lot from cultural beauty to historical spots.


Attractions:
  • Lower Manair Dam
  • Nampally Gutta
  • Ujvala Amusement Park
  • Manthani Reserve Forest
  • Elgandala Khilla
  • Mallareddypet Waterfalls

How to get there: Take the Karimnagar-Hyderabad Highway to reach your destination. Karimanagar is located at a distance of 164 kms from Hyderabad.


Estimated Time: 3 hours

3. Hampi

Hampi, a temple town in northern Karnataka, is one of the most significant tourist places of attractions. It is also known as Pampa Kshetra. It was a part of the Mauryan Empire back in the third century BC. Rich in art and culture, the city is filled with ancient temples, dating back to the Vijayanagara Empire. There are lot of majestic temples, aquatic structures and royal embellishments of the times of yore.


Attractions:
  • Chandramauleshwara Temple of Lord Shiva
  • Malyavanta Raghunathswamy Temple
  • Hazara Rama Temple
  • Hemkuta Group of Temples
  • Krishna Temple
  • Vittala Temple of Lord Vishnu

How to get there: Hampi is about 380km southwest of Hyderabad. Buses travel via Raichur and Gangavathi before reaching Hospet. Get down at Kamalapura Village that will appear after Gangavathi and before Hospet.


Estimated Time: 7-10 hrs.

4. Aurangabad

The city is known for its medieval monuments and tumultuous history. Aurangabad caves are twelve rock-cut Buddhist shrines located on a hill running roughly east to west, close to the city of Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The city is a tourism hub, surrounded by many historical monuments, including the Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as Bibi Ka Maqbara and Panchakki.


Attractions:
  • Ajanta Caves
  • Bibi-ka-Makbara
  • Ellora Caves
  • Daulatabad Fort
  • Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
  • Panchakki
  • Lonar Meteor
  • Aurangabad Caves

How to get there: The minimum time a train takes to reach Hyderabad from Aurangabad.


Estimated Time: Around 10 hours.

5. Gokarna

Gokarna literally, means 'Cow's Ear'. Gokarna is about a peaceful beach holiday. This place can give you the Goa experience in a lower budget. It is not just famous for temples but its lovely rocky beaches and hills. Located in Karnataka, Gokarna is an hour south of the Goa border. It's around 648 km from Hyderabad. A perfect getaway for couples and travellers seeking solace and tranquillity while they indulge in the serendipitous aura of the place.


Attractions:
  • Gokarna Beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Half Moon Beach
  • Kudle Beach
  • Mahabaleshwara Temple
  • Om Beach
  • Mirjan Fort
  • Shiva Cave

How to get there: You can take Hyerabad Kop Express from Hyderabad to Gokarna. Ankola Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Gokarna, located at a distance of about 20 km.

Estimated Time: 10-11 hrs.


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