An erstwhile seat of the Nizams, the metro city of Hyderabad serves as the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The present-day city is a healthy mix of modern urban trappings, ancient traditions, architectural splendor, and generations-old culinary heritage that is famous at home and abroad, inhabited by various communities, turning Hyderabad into a melting pot of cultures. Its location also makes it central to some of the most magnificent travel destinations around. To truly experience the gems of this heart of the Deccan Plateau, you must step outside the city limits and see what treasures this entire region holds. With plenty of beaches, mountains, forests, and historical sites nearby, you can easily make several day trips to visit various places near Hyderabad.
With Savaari’s car rental service in Hyderabad, you can easily and comfortably explore these destinations, from long drives to weekend getaways from Hyderabad. Save & share this handy infographic curated by Savaari for a quick weekend getaway from Hyderabad. The roads are calling where are you?
Savaari’s Curated Places to Visit near Hyderabad
- Vizag/Vishakhapatnam – Oldest port cities
- Vijayawada – The city of victory
- Gandikota – The Grand Canyon of India
- Srisailam – Sacred ancient shrine
- Kakinada – Second Madras and Fertilizer city
- Warangal – One of the Heritage cities of India
- Tadoba National Park – The Land of Tigers
- Ananthagiri Hills – Ooty of Telangana
- Nagarjuna Sagar – World’s largest masonry dam
- Gulbarga – The stony land
- Bidar – A medieval getaway
Vizag/Vishakhapatnam – Oldest port cities
Also anglicized as Vizag, Vishakhapatnam is one of the oldest port cities of India with the oldest shipyard in the country. Located on the Bay of Bengal, the city houses historical and maritime exhibits from its colonial days and boasts a beautiful coastal landscape, coupled with a rich cultural past.
Why do we recommend visiting Vizag?
Vizag is a gift for those living in the landlocked city of Hyderabad, who often seek the shores. With the vast expanse of the bay on one side and the verdant hills of Eastern Ghats on the other, the city serves as a complete destination for all kinds of outdoor activities, whether it’s just lazing on the clean beaches or scaling the rolling hills of Araku Valley nearby.
Why should you travel to Vizag by road?
Vizag serves as one of the most scenic road trip destinations from Hyderabad. On a road trip from Hyderabad to Vizag, you’ll leave the metro life behind and slowly shift into the quieter small towns and into the lush foothills of the Eastern Ghats before landing on the coast, while passing popular towns like Vijayawada and Rajamahendravaram en- route.
A trip to Vizag is ideal for?
- Road trip by the coast, explore ancient Buddhist sites & virgin beaches
- You should visit here if you are calmness, beauty, serenity, virgin mountains, green lushes, sea coast, and cool breeze all in place near Hyderabad.
[Book a cab from Hyderabad to Vishakhapatnam]
Vijayawada – The city of victory
Translated as the Place of Victory, Vijayawada is the third largest city of Andhra Pradesh. From ancient caves and historical sites to a hilly landscape with magnificent water bodies, Vijayawada is a complete showcase of nature and culture. Despite its urban development, the city has never lost its heritage.
Why do we recommend visiting Vijayawada?
Vijayawada is a wonderful destination for a short trip, where you can get a bit of nature, history, and art clubbed into one. With rivers, waterfalls, ancient caves, hills and bluffs, and historical monuments, there’s something to see and do for every kind of traveler, without ever getting bored.
Why should you travel to Vijaywada by road?
Although Vijayawada is a city, a road trip from Hyderabad to Vijayawada feels like a nice change of scenery from the metro, as you move away from the posh suburbs and into the small towns of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Yet, you never feel you are away from civilization. Interspersed with nature and tourist hotspots, the drive is quite interesting.
[A detailed road trip guide from Hyderabad to Vijaywada]
A trip to Vijaywada is ideal for?
- 2-3 days trip from Hyderabad, if are looking to dig deep into history & want to visit another major city of India like a tourist.
- You should travel here if: You want to see an urban center without mainstream commercialization, which also holds onto its past traditions.
[Book a cab from Hyderabad to Vijaywada]
Gandikota – The Grand Canyon of India
Gandikota is a small, scenic village in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh and is recognized for its steep gorges and canyons. With massive mounds of limestone and sandstones dotting the river banks, Gandikota’s landscape is unique and akin to America’s Grand Canyon. Though gorgeous, it’s less commercialized which makes it worthwhile.
Why do we recommend visiting Gandikota?
You may or may not see or have seen the Grand Canyon, but Gandikota offers you its own version of the Arizonian holiday. Flanked by dense forests of the Eastern Ghats, the mountains of red sandstone, limestone, and quartz, have morphed since prehistoric times, with the Penna River cutting right through it, with the entire site yielding a ruddy-golden glow. It’s a sight that you cannot miss.
Why should you travel to Gandikota by road?
A road trip from Hyderabad to Gandikota is one of the best road trips in south India from Hyderabad. The route is dotted with old towns, the countryside of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and wide expanses of nature. On your way, you can also explore the towns of Kurnool and Mahabubnagar, before you leave civilization behind and get absorbed into nature.
A trip to Gandikota is ideal for?
- 2 days trip from Hyderabad by car, camping, and trekking tours.
- You should travel here if you are looking for one of the best road trips from Hyderabad but you don’t want to go anywhere mainstream.
[Book a cab from Hyderabad to Gandikota]
Srisailam – Sacred ancient shrine
One of the most famous pilgrim towns of Andhra Pradesh, Srisailam is a sacred Hindu site for housing one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Additionally, thanks to the hills of the Eastern Ghats, its geographical location and landscape add to its beauty and serenity, coupled with pleasant weather most times of the year.
Why do we recommend visiting Srisailam?
Nestled on the banks of the Krishna River, the ancient temple town, surrounded by natural beauty, makes for a great destination for a refreshing break. With the enchanting landscape of forests, rivers, waterfalls, caves, and wildlife, steeped in mythology, Srisailam is the perfect place for outdoor and spiritual experiences.
[Also read: A detailed travel guide on Srisailam]
Why should you travel to Srisailam by road?
A road trip from Hyderabad to Srisailam is quite a rejuvenating journey. Far from the city’s hustle and noise, the roads shift into the quieter rural areas and into the thickets of the Nallamala Forest, making you leave all your urban worries behind.
[A detailed road trip guide from Hyderabad to Srisailam]
A trip to Srisailam is ideal for?
- Pilgrimages, camping trips, a quick drive from Hyderabad.
- You should travel here if: You want to do some wildlife exploration or need a spiritual break.
[Book a cab from Hyderabad to Srisailam]
Kakinada – Second Madras and Fertilizer city
Kakinada is an old port town on the eastern corner of Andhra Pradesh. Sitting on the Bay of Bengal, the town exudes an old-world charm in a contemporary setting, but without the expected commercial trappings. There’s a bit of industrialization, some colonial architectural grandeur, and a scenic seascape, making it a complete destination.
Why do we recommend visiting Kakinada?
Kakinada is blessed with ancient relics, old dockyards, mosques, churches, and temples, each of which is fascinating to the urban traveler. And being on the sea, there’s a lot of opportunity for water-based activities and tours.
Why should you travel to Kakinada by road?
A road trip from Hyderabad to Kakinada is a very different kind of journey. Not only do you get to cross into another state, but you also get to see a great change in landscape, weather, and local culture.
A trip to Kakinada is ideal for?
- Offbeat weekend getaways from Hyderabad
- You should travel here if you want to visit an old, non-commercial beach town.
[Book a cab from Hyderabad to Kakinada]
Warangal – One of the Heritage cities of India
Recognized as the cultural capital of Telangana, Warangal was once the kingdom and seat of the legendary Kakatiya dynasty. Dating back to the 3rd century, the city boasts a rich historical legacy and serves as a significant historical destination. Warangal is one of the must-visit places near Hyderabad to learn more about the history of the mighty kingdom of Kakatiya.
Why do we recommend visiting Warangal?
Warangal’s cityscape is characterized by relics of ancient forts and palaces, temples, and monuments, which speak of the city’s glorious past and also give off an air of old royalty and instantly take you back in time. Steeped in art, culture, and history, Warangal definitely merits a trip.
Why should you travel to Warangal by road?
A road trip from Hyderabad to Warangal makes for an interesting ride through the rustic countryside and small towns, where time slows down and you get to see more of the sky than a skyline. You can also add to your cultural experience by visiting other towns like Raghunathapally, Bibinagar, Jaggaon, etc. on the way.
A trip to Warangal is ideal for?
- One day trip in Hyderabad by car, heritage tour, family picnic spot.
- You should travel here if you are a history and/or architecture buff and ancient haunts are your appeal for a vacation.
[Book a cab from Hyderabad to Warangal]
Tadoba National Park – The land of Tigers
Far away from civilization, in the remote areas of Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, lies the dense forests of Tadoba, which is a protected national park. Known for its Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, these forests are home to Royal Bengal tigers and are a popular safari destination in the region.
Why do we recommend visiting Tadoba National Park?
The wilderness of Tadoba makes for a great wildlife vacation. You can do forest treks, jungle camping, and safari rides, and experience the delicate balance of beauty and danger. Rich in flora and fauna, these forests are soothing to your sense. And if you are lucky, you might spot the big cats.
Why should you travel to Tadoba National Park by road?
A road trip from Hyderabad to Tadoba is quite a long but scenic one. The roads traverse the entire northern part of the state and then move into the dense forests of the eastern borders of Maharashtra. The shift from the hot and humid urban locales to the tranquility of the wilderness can be truly enchanting and de-stressing at the same time.
A trip to Tadoba National Park is ideal for?
- 4-day road trip from Hyderabad, a trip with kids, short vacation, safari rides.
- You should travel here if you are looking for a wholesome jungle adventure but in a less-frequented place.
Ananthagiri Hills – Ooty of Telangana
Not to be confused with the Ananthagiri Mountains of Andhra Pradesh, this quiet little hill town sits in the Vikarabad district of Telangana, at a quick drive from Hyderabad. With hills and valleys, and uninterrupted open skies, Ananthagiri Hills make for a perfect retreat from the busy city life. The forest areas are also home to some native tribes which add to the town’s cultural history.
Why do we recommend visiting Ananthagiri Hills?
Surrounded by verdant, rolling hills with densely wooded areas, Ananthagiri Hills boasts an incredible natural environment that can stimulate your senses, which escalates during the monsoon. You can walk the nature trails, camp under the stars, do night treks, or explore the local folk communities and their traditions.
Why should you travel to Ananthagiri Hills?
A road trip from Hyderabad to Ananthagiri Hills is a short and sweet one. Just outside the city limits, the roads change and become slightly winding as the altitude rises slightly and joins the hilly terrain.
A trip to Ananthagiri Hills is ideal for?
- Romantic weekend getaways from Hyderabad
- You should travel here if you are looking for weekend getaways from Hyderabad in summer or seeking a better escape from the city rains during the monsoons.
[Book a cab from Hyderabad to Ananthagiri hills]
Nagarjuna Sagar – World’s largest masonry dam
Nagarjuna Sagar is synonymous with the eponymous masonry dam that sits across the Krishna River. The dam and its catchment area straddle the state borders of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The man-made dam is considered to be the world’s largest masonry dam with 26 sluice gates and spanning 16 KM in width.
Why do we recommend visiting Nagarjuna Sagar?
Apart from the dam and its immediate vicinity, which is undoubtedly gorgeous, Nagarjuna Sagar also enjoys a beautiful natural environment. The contrast of deep green vegetation around and the white, frothy waters of the dam, are surely a sight for the sore eyes. You can sit and enjoy the freshness of the ambiance or take a boat ride along the catchment, or relax at the nearby resorts.
Why should you travel to Nagarjuna Sagar by road?
The road trip from Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar is not a long one but you can see the shift in the skyline and even the landscape. Along the route, the Ramoji Film City makes for an excellent pit stop, where you can have limitless fun and entertainment before unwinding at Nagarjuna Sagar.
A trip to Nagarjuna Sagar is ideal for?
- Day trips, weekend trips, picnics.
- You should travel here if you are looking for something different to do over a weekend and want to get away from the city for a little while.
[Book a cab from Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar]
Gulbarga – The Stone land
Traditionally known as Kalaburagi, the city of Gulbarga is an important center of Sufism in South India. The city has thrived on the marvels of its golden age, which goes back to the 6th century. The city is divided into old and new parts, each showcasing medieval-era structures and modern establishments, respectively. Its iconic monuments and delectable cuisine put Gulbarga on the map for many modern explorers.
Why do we recommend visiting Gulbarga?
Gulbarga stands as one of those iconic old cities with strong Islamic and Hindu influences in equal measure, making its cityscape very stunning. With old forts, mosques, and temples on one side, and colorful festivals and tourist attractions on the other, Gulbarga promises an entertaining time for every visitor. Gulbarga is one on the must-visit places near Hyderabad to experience a cultural blend of the strong religions of India.
Why should you travel to Gulbarga by road?
From one historical city to another, the road trip from Hyderabad to Gulbarga is quite interesting. Although there aren’t any major locations on the way, you can see how the culture shifts from Telangana to North Karnataka in a matter of hours.
A trip to Gulbarga is ideal for?
- Weekend trips, budget trips from Hyderabad
- You should travel here if you have an interest in the Sufi history of India. Or want to see another historical destination a short drive from Hyderabad.
[Book a cab from Hyderabad to Gulbarga]
Bidar – A medieval getaway
Bidar, a small district in northern Karnataka, is rich in history. This district includes the site of Rashtrakuta’s original capital, as well as Basavakalyan, formerly known as Kalyani. It was the capital of the Western Chalukyas and the Kalachuris. Bidar, on the other hand, is well known as a magnificent medieval metropolis and the capital of the Bahmani and Barid Shahi kingdoms.
Why do we recommend visiting Bidar?
The fort, the cannons, palaces in ruins, the magnificent tombs and the massive monuments, all combine to make a visit to this place truly memorable. Though the most prominent landmark here is the Bidar Fort, another frequently visited tourist spot is the Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib Gurudwara. People of all faiths come here to get water from the holy spring that is said to possess healing powers.
Why should you travel to Bidar by road?
A road trip from Hyderabad to Bidar makes for an interesting ride through the rustic countryside and small towns. Where time slows down and you get to see more of the sky than a skyline. Visit places like Madhapur, Sangareddy, and Bhudera near Hyderabad on the way to Bidar and enhance your cultural experience.
A trip to Bidar is ideal for?
- Sightseeing, picnic spot, long drives.
- You should travel here if you are a history buff and want to see another historical destination on a short drive from Hyderabad.
[Book a cab from Hyderabad to Bidar]
Each of these destinations around the city of Hyderabad is iconic and exotic in its own way. With their endless treasures, all of them make for an unforgettable travel experience. With our Savaari car rentals, you can make these road trips more comfortable, where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey, while our expert drivers help you discover hidden gems on your trip and make it an exciting experience.