Weekend getaways from Hyderabad
A densely populated metropolitan city teeming with offices and temples alike, Hyderabad has its fair share of history and culture. Endearingly called the Pearl City, Hyderabad offer a wide range of tourist attractions, ranging from heritage monuments, lakes and parks, gardens and resorts, museums, and what not! It is primarily known for its heritage buildings constructed during the Qutb Shahi and Nizam eras. They showcase Indo Islamic architecture influenced by Medieval, Mughal and European styles.
Yadagirigutta: Yadagirigutta, also known as Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, is a popular Hindu temple devoted to Lord Narsimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is situated over a hillock in the Nalgonda district, Telangana and is at a distance of around 60 km from the capital city of Hyderabad. Many city dwellers seeking a refreshing time during the weekend and thus avail Hyderabad to Yadagirigutta cabs. This unique and pleasant hillock enjoys moderate climate throughout the year, thus making it all the more alluring. The place witnesses a heavy rush of devotees- an average of 5000 – 8000 pilgrims each day, while the crowd grows substantially during weekends, holidays, and festivals. The temple town offers facilities for accommodation of pilgrims, and it also hosts a number of restaurants.
Mantralayam: Mantralayam is one of the important pilgrimage centres in South India which houses the original ‘samadhi’ of the noted Vaishnava saint Sri Raghavendra. Situated at a distance of 360 km from Hyderabad, it lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra River at the border of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Mantralayam is also popular for Manchalamma Temple near the Samadhi Temple, inside the Mantralayam Mutt complex. Hyderabad to Mantralayam cabs are easily availbale in case you want to some divine ambience as respite from the humdrum city life. It is a custom at Mantralayam that the devotees offer prayers at the Manchalamma Temple before visiting the Samadhi Temple. Other nearby attractions include, Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple, Chinna Tumbalam, Bichchali, and Alampur. This small and peaceful town should ideally be visited during August and September.
Srisailam: Srisailam is reputed to be one of the most ancient kshetras in India. The shrine of God Mallikarjuna is picturesquely situated on a flat top of Nallamalai Hills. Situated on the right side of the River Krishna in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, this has been a popular centre of Saivite pilgrimage for centuries. The nearest airport is Hyderabad, at a distance of 230 km, from where buses ply to Srisailam every day and a high frequency. The main temple is a huge complex consisting of separate temples of Mallikarjuna and Bhramaramba, several sub shrines, mandapas, springs, etc. Book Hyderabad to Srisailam taxi and enjoy a relaxed weekend with your dear ones. The Srisailam Tiger Reserve, sprawling over 3568 acres, is one of the largest tiger reserves in India. Srisailam Dam and Nagarjunasagar Dam are also located in the reserve area. You can also take a boat ride through the Krishna River with sceneries, forests and hills all around to reach the Akkamahadevi Caves.