A one day trip can be the perfect break for when you have been tied down with work all week and there is little scope of taking a long vacation. These short trips can be a refreshing break from the daily monotony of a schedule. It is also economical and saves a lot of time by eliminating the need for intensive planning and packing. All you need to do is fuel up and just hit the road. Here are our top picks for one day road getaways near Hyderabad.

1. Osman Sagar Lake

A favourite tourist spot for people of Hyderabad is Osman Sagar Lake. It is an artificial lake which provides drinking water to Hyderabad. As the water is used for drinking, no boating is done on this lake. But the lake and its surroundings offer spectacular green cover and relaxation.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 22 km.
  • Things to do: Sightseeing.

2. Chilkur Balaji Temple

The 500-year-old Chilkur Balaji Temple is among the most sacred pilgrimage sites around Hyderabad. The temple is also known as ‘Visa Balaji’, as devotees who cannot travel to Tirupati, come here to seek blessings.
As per a legend, devotees have to perform 11 pradakshinas for fulfilling a wish, and if that wish is fulfilled, they must return to do 108 pradakshinas. It is the only temple in India that does not accept any money and does not have a hundi.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 24 km.
  • Things to do: Historical, Worship.

3. Sanghi Temple

Another religious place to visit near Hyderabad is Sanghi Temple. It’s a temple complex built in the Chola-Chalukya style architecture.
The temple is built on top of a hillock and has many small temples dedicated to various gods and goddesses within the complex. There is a garden in the temple complex where special flowers and plants are grown to be used in the poojas.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 25 km.
  • Things to do: Historical, Worship.

4. Keesara Gutta

Keesara Gutta is one of the top religious sites near Hyderabad. It has the famous Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple. There are a number of ruined shrines around the temple dating back to the 5th century. This recently renovated temple is great for a one-day picnic from Hyderabad.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 30 km.
  • Things to do: Historical, Worship.

5. Sri Rama Chandra Temple

This 13th-century temple is famous for its film shootings. The temple has a large 7 storey tower with an idol of Lord Vishnu in sleeping position at the gateway of this tower.
For Tollywood movie fans, this temple in Ammapalli is a huge hit, as it has featured in many movies. It is also believed that movies will be a hit by the blessing of Lord Rama. The temple is a favourite one-day visit near Hyderabad.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 30 km.
  • Things to do: Worship.

6. Ramoji Film City

If you want a whole day of fun and thrill, Ramoji Film City near Hyderabad is perfect for you. This colossal film city is the largest in the world and can accommodate around 50 film studios.
The overwhelming range of activities that you can do will surprise you i.e. take guided tours and see real film locations, adventure sports, toy train rides, stroll in lush Japanese Garden, see 4D shows with outstanding visual and sound effects.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 35 km.
  • Things to do: Entertainment Shows, Adventure Sports, Rain Dance, Bird Park, Butterfly Park, Amusement Park, Water Rides.

7. Wargal Saraswati Temple

This temple near Hyderabad is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati Devi, the goddess of learning. Parents send their children to this temple for Aksharaabyasam, a religious function, where the child is introduced to learning by making them practice writing letters and alphabets before they are sent to school.
The occasion is celebrated on Vasanta Panchami, which is attended by many families and devotees. Religious festivals like Navratri are celebrated with much festivity in this temple.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 52 km.
  • Things to do: Worship.

8. Bhongir Fort

Also called Bhuvanagiri Fort, Bhongir Fort is a popular weekend getaway from Hyderabad, which promises adventure and fun. This 12th-century fort is built on a huge rock on top of a hill.
There is a moat encircling the fort, trap doors, armoury and a huge underground chamber, believed to lead to Golconda Fort, 50 km away. The steps leading to the top of the fort are steep and take around 1 hour to climb. The top commands a scenic view of the surro0undings.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 54 km.
  • Things to do: Historical, Adventure, Trekking.

9. Rachakonda Fort

The 14th century Rachakonda Fort is an ideal retreat for adventure seekers in Hyderabad. It’s a powerful fortress, made of stones, and having mighty defence and strong fortification.
The fort is in a ruined state, but the hills around the fort provide scenic views of the surrounding countryside. The fort is also a great spot for trekking and adventure.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 61 km.
  • Things to do: Trekking, Historical, Adventure.

10. Yadagirigutta

Among the top, one-day trips from Hyderabad is this pilgrimage town near Hyderabad, which is famous for the Yadagirigutta Temple. The chief deity of the temple is Narsimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This cave temple is built 300 feet high on a large hillock.
There is a mythological story associated with the temple, according to which Lord Narsimha took five avatars, which can still be seen in the sculpted idols inside the temple.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 66 km.
  • Things to do: Worship.

11. Ananthagiri Hills

Going to Ananthagiri Hills is the most scenic one-day outing from Hyderabad. Ananthagiri Hills is a small hill station near Hyderabad. The hill is covered by dense forests and is the source of water for Hyderabad city.
There are many trekking paths in the forest, which lead trekkers deep into the jungle. Inside the forest, there is an ancient temple and a pond. Visitors can trek up from the temple to the viewpoint on the hill.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 79 km.
  • Things to do: Trekking, Worship.

12. Jain Temple- Kolanupaka

This 2000-year-old Jain temple is one of the most important Jain pilgrimage sites in India. The temple has beautifully carved idols of Jain tirthankaras.
The idols seem to have been carved out of special stones. The majestic architecture of the temple, along with intricately carved sculptures on the temple walls is a marvel in itself.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 81 km.
  • Things to do: Historical, Worship.

13. Singur Dam

The Singur Dam, constructed across Manjeera River, is among the most favourite places for a one-day trip from Hyderabad. The dam provides water and hydro-electricity to Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
The reservoir has a large population of crocodiles and attracts many migratory birds in winter. The lush greenery around the dam is a delight for nature lovers and bird watchers to this reservoir.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 92 km.
  • Things to do: Nature, Sightseeing.

14. Medak Fort

Medak Fort is a historical site near Hyderabad perfect for a one-day outing. This 12th-century fort is built on a small hill, and you have to climb 500 steps to reach the fort.
Though the fort is in ruins, it is a classic example of architectural beauty. This huge fort has giant stone entrances, sculptures, bastions, a pond, barrack and a warehouse. There’s a mosque too, built by Qutub Shahi rulers.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 95 km.
  • Things to do: Heritage, Sightseeing.

15. Medak Church

The Medak Church is Asia’s largest church and world’s second largest church. The church is so large that it can accommodate 5000 people at a time.
The gothic architecture of the church, with its colourful stained glass windows having scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, tall tower, soundproof roof makes it a top attraction for a one-day trip from Hyderabad.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 96 km.
  • Things to do: Heritage, Worship.

16. Mahabubnagar

Mahabubnagar, a town near Hyderabad is more famous for diamond mining. The famous Kohinoor diamond was mined near Mahabubnagar. It was a strategic location, for which many battles were fought.
Two of the most prominent rivers of South India, Krishna and Tungabhadra flow through Mahabubnagar. There are several historical sites and tourist hotspots near Mahabubnagar, which makes it an ideal weekend getaway from Hyderabad.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 105 km.
  • Things to do: Historical, Heritage, Nature, Jurala Dam, Koilkonda Fort And Koilsagar Dam, Gadwal Fort, Lalitha Someswara Swamy Temple – Somasila, Kolhapur, Alampur, Pangal Fort, Chandraghad Fort, Khilla Ghanpur / Ghanpur Fort, Jatprole / Jetaprolu.

17. Bidar

Bidar is another top tourist destination for a weekend trip from Hyderabad. The history of Bidar goes back to the 3rd century when it was ruled by powerful dynasties. The kings and rulers made significant contributions to the historical and cultural landscape of Bidar.
The rulers of those dynasties erected great monuments, tombs, palaces, royal gardens, temples, and forts, whose spectacular ruins can still fill one with an overpowering sense of awe and mystery.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 140 km.
  • Things to do: Historical, Heritage, Bidar Fort, Mahmud Gawan Madarsa, Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple, Basavakalyan, Chaukhandi of Hazrat Khalil Ullah, Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib, Papanash Shiva Temple.

18. Warangal

The second largest city of Telangana, Warangal is among the most popular one-day travel destinations from Hyderabad. Warangal was conquered and ruled by many powerful dynasties. Remnants of those kingdoms can still be found in many places in Warangal.
It is a place with many types of attractions, from ruins of powerful forts, sacred temples, wildlife sanctuaries, lush gardens, serene lakes, tribal fairs and festivals and a lot more.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 149 km.
  • Things to do: Historical, Heritage, Thousand Pillar Temple, Warangal Fort, Bhadra Kali Temple, Ramalingeswara Temple, Jain Temple, Sri Veeranarayana Temple, Musical Garden & Planetarium, Siddeswara Temple, Ramappa Lake, Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple.

19. Karimnagar

Karimnagar is one of the best places to visit near Hyderabad. This town was ruled by many dynasties in ancient times. It holds an important place in the history of Telangana state.
Its soil is very productive and famous for rice cultivation. It has many tourist sites like historical forts, dams, temples, and natural surroundings.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 162 km.
  • Things to do: Historical, Heritage, Wildlife, Kondagattu Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Lower Manair Dam, Nagunur Fort And Temples, Vemulawada, Elgandal Fort, Ramagiri Fort, Molangur Fort, Jagityal Fort, Kaleshwaram, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple – Nampally Gutta.

20. Nagarjuna Sagar

Among the best one-day trips from Hyderabad is Nagarjuna Sagar. Though famous for its dam, it’s also is an ancient place with great archaeological splendour and historical attractions.
Once, it was a centre for Buddhist teachings. It’s also rich in natural landscapes like wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, lakes, temples etc. You can spend a whole day here and not get bored even for a moment.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 166 km.
  • Things to do: Nature, Sightseeing, Historical, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Nagarjuna Konda, Ethipothala Falls, Anupu, Laxmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple, Amravathi, Nagarjuna Sagar Sanctuary, Srisailam.

21. Nizamabad

Nizamabad, a town near Hyderabad, is also one of the best places where you can go for a one-day picnic. There are many places near Nizamabad, which are rich in history and culture.
It was ruled by many kings and was influenced by diverse cultures. Besides two large dams, there are places rich in natural beauty and architectural heritage.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 175 km.
  • Things to do: Historical, Heritage, Nature, Wildlife, Sriram Sagar Dam, Ashok Sagar / Jankampet Lake, Nizamabad Fort, Nizam Sagar Dam, Domakonda Fort, Sri Laxmi Narshima Swamy Temple – Jankampet, Ali Sagar Dam, Khilla Ramalayam – Dichpally, Sri Neelakanteshwara Temple, Sarangapur Hanuman Temple.

22. Khammam

Among the most scenic weekend getaways from Hyderabad is the town of Khammam. Located on a tributary of river Krishna, Khammam is rich in coal and iron ore. It is also rich in natural beauty, as Godavari River flows through the town, giving it lush green forest cover.
Khammam is also bordered by the Dandakaranya forest of Bastar region in Chattisgarh state. You can find many forts, wildlife sanctuaries, temples, Buddhist sites, which are its top tourist attractions.

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 198 km.
  • Things to do: Nature, Historical, Heritage, Khammam Fort, Nelakondapalli, Kusumanchi Temples, Kinnerasani Dam, Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary, Bheemuni Paadam Waterfalls.


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