Travel special: Weekend gateways around Hyderabad to cool down this summer
Spending summers amidst all the noisy traffic, chaos and pollution is quite an ordeal. So, we get you six places that you can visit the next long weekend.
Just 120 kms from the city, lies Bidar, a quaint town in Karnataka. Perched on the Deccan Plateau, Bidar is fondly called the ‘City of Whispering Monuments’. The town is home to prominent, timeless Bahamani architecture and beautiful handicrafts. It is a cool haven that is brilliant for a short getaway.
This time of the year, Ananthagiri Hills is a heaven, thanks to its serene forests and beautiful lakes. Set in Vikarabad district, it is located just 80 kms from the city. The place boasts activities like kayaking, trekking and hiking - a delight for adventurers.
Located 210 kilometers from Hyderabad, Srisailam is a perfect getaway for nature lovers. With its dense forests, tiger reserve, temples, boat rides, dam and adventure sports, it is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway with family, kids and adventure groups, alike.
Gulbarga is home to the Jama Masjid, a 14th century old masjid built by the Mohammed Shah 1 of the Bahmani Sultanate. With 80 domes, it is regarded as one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in Southern India. Gulbarga, located 230 kms away, also features other historical monuments. It is a must travel destination for history buffs and trekkers.
While Hampi might not be the coolest place, it certainly is a place with important historical significance. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Hampi houses ruins from the 7th century. An ancient town that was once the Vijayanagara Empire’s capital, it accommodates a magnificent stone chariot, the Hampi Bazaar and the Virupaksha Temple. Located about 400 kms away, it would be the ideal destination for enriching knowledge and a lesson in history.