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When the hectic city life wears you out, the best part of the week a.k.a the weekend comes to your rescue! Now if you’re wondering which direction you should head on to escape the crowd and immerse yourself in nature, we’ve got you covered!

We have created a series of blogs called ‘Weekend Escapes’ where we tell you about 5 of our most loved destinations near you that would be perfect for a weekend getaway!

So read on to find out more about places that are not too far away from Hyderabad for that much needed weekend escape!

1. Ananthagiri Hills

For that much needed respite from your busy schedules, head over to the all year round pleasant weathered Ananthagiri Hills, which is the closest hill station from Hyderabad city, situated at a distance of only 80 km! Nestled amidst the Eastern Ghats, Ananthagiri is a trekker’s paradise with trekking trails that run through lush hilly forests and summits that provide views to die for! That’s not all, Ananthagiri houses numerous medieval fortresses, monolithic caves and ancient temples set along the vast expanse of green hills against clear blue skies! Do visit the Anantha Padmanaswamy Temple, unique rock formations in Borra Caves, the serene Nagasamudram Lake or if you’re feeling a little extra adventurous, then book a camping trip to spend the night under the stars!

2. Mahbubnagar

If your idea of a weekend getaway is to explore forgotten ruins and ancient monuments and soaking in the solitude at magnificent temples, then Mahbubnagar is where you need to be! About 140 km from the city, is Mahbubnagar, which was once quite famous for the glittering Golconda Diamonds. One of the major and a very interesting attraction would be the 700 year old banyan tree, the roots and branches of which have spread over three acres! In addition to the above, do visit the whimsical Mallela Theertham Waterfall, the ruins of the historical Koilkonda Fort, the ancient Gadwal Fort, the serene Pedda Cheruvu Lake and the intricately carved Alampur Jogulamba Temple and Jataprolu Temple!

3. Bidar

A historical town built in the Deccan region on your way to Karnataka is Bidar, which is around 150 km from Hyderabad city. Packed with great architectural marvels and ancient structures, Bidar is a quiet town that is rich in culture and heritage! Bidar is another striking destination that you should head to if you’re looking to be transported back in time to catch glimpses of the prehistoric period! On your sightseeing journey, do visit the Bahamani Tombs, the walls of which are engraved with religious verses, wall paintings, intricate carvings and beautiful tile panels! Another favorite tourist spot is the ancient Bidar Fort that showcases the architectural marvels of the Deccan Kings. Also, do visit the Papnash Shiva Temple and the Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple which you can reach only by walking through the Narasimha Cave which has a continuously flowing stream with waist high water! Apart from the above, you can also indulge in shopping for Bidri handicrafts, wooden carved artifacts and sandalwood products amongst others!

4. Kurnool

218 km from Hyderabad, head over to the quaint town of Kurnool to take a walk down history lane! This town is packed with historical imprints such as the remains of an ancient fort constructed by the Vijaynagar Empire and a striking palace constructed by the king of Kurnool. Kurnool is also a land of numerous temples such as Venugopalaswamy Temple, Nagareswarasawami, and Nava Narasimha Temple. Another interesting activity that you could engage in would be to traverse through Belum Caves, which is one of the longest caves in the country or take a cable car ride above thick, dense forests to reach Ista Kameshwari Temple and Akkamahadevi Caves! The list doesn’t end here! You can also visit Srisailam Dam, the Srisailam-Nagarjuna Sagar Tiger Reserve and if you’re visiting during the months of November or December, you can also enjoy the Car Festival in town!

5. Guntur

Known for its large Chilli Market and being a growing textile hub, Guntur can be an interesting weekend getaway destination from Hyderabad city. About 270 km from the city, Guntur houses South India’s only Buddhist pilgrimage center, Nagarjunakonda! Apart from this you must include in your sightseeing itinerary, a boat ride in Nagarjunasagar Dam, which is the world’s largest masonry dam and later trek up the Kondaveedu Hills to enjoy captivating views of lush valleys from the Kondaveedu Fort built in the 13th century! Apart from this, you can visit Kotappakonda to get a panoramic view of the hills, Mangalagiri Temple and Amravathi Caves!

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