5 weekend trekking destinations around Hyderabad


Biryani is the first thing that comes to our mind when we hear the name of the city of Hyderabad. I’m sure you all will agree with me on this. Won’t you!? Sunk deep in the marshlands of history, the old city of Hyderabad is reminiscence of the blending culture and traditions of the Mughals and the famous Nizams. However the culinary culture has a major influence of the Mughals. It is also known as “City of Pearls” as Hyderabad was historically known as the pearl and diamond trading centre. Not to forget it was originally named Baghnagar (City of Gardens) according to Andrew Peterson, a scholar of Islamic architecture. Present city of Hyderabad is said to be named in the honour of Hyder Mahal, a nautch girl in the courts of Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah.

The city not only boasts of its Biryani , but the formidably intricate Islamic architecture, serene lakes and lavish resorts, beautiful parks and gardens, museums, finger licking cuisine and a pleasing shopping experience in the famous bazaars, cannot be forgotten. Though the Charminar, the signature of this old city, sits majestic in the centre charming people, the glorious Golconda Fort is something you shouldn’t miss.
Take a break from the appalling traffic on the streets and take a leap into the wilderness of the places around. Scroll down and get to know about the same above. Here are five of my personal favourite destinations

Best trekking destinations around Hyderabad

Anantha Giri Hills

Ananthagiri Hills is one of the most popular trekking destinations from the city of Hyderabad. The trekking community of Hyderbaad takes pride in having a beautiful location in their city that is appropriate for a weekend trekking getaway It has one of the most dense forest areas located at Vikarabad of Ranga Reddy district in the Telangana state. Earlier it was just a remote location has now been developed as a small hill station to attract tourists. The thick woods and meandering streams of freshwater are home to the prime attraction of this place, Anantha Padmanabh Swamy Temple built around a cave. Rock climbing, rappelling and trekking are other adventure activities that can be done here. Camping here is also a good idea.

Distance from Hyderabad: 79 km
Best Season to visit: October to March   
Temple Timings: 5:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Bhongir Fort

The Bhongir Fort has been uniquely constructed in the shape of an egg with two entry points which are protected by rocks making it practically unassailable by the enemy armies. Though inviolable it was captured by Qutb Shahi kings. It is situated in Bhuvanagari in Nalgonda district of Telangana. Reaching the top of the fort is bit difficult as the steps are little steep but you get a spectacular panoramic view of the surroundings. The one hour trek takes you to a dive into the pond of history and adventure alike. The old steps are good in shape but one should take note that they can be tricky in the monsoons.

Distance from Hyderabad: 54 km
Best Season to visit: Monsoons
Place Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Horlsey Hills

Horlsey Hills is a perfect offbeat getaway from Hyderabad. It is an incredible spot and a picturesque place for trekking, camping or simply sitting and enjoying the bounty of serene nature at the Gangotri lake which sucks all the stress out of your mind. The whole length of  the road from Madanapalle to Horlsey Hills is prodigious and runs through dense blanket of Gulmohar trees, allamanda and eucalyptus.

Distance from Hyderabad: 525 km
Best Season to visit: Monsoons
Place timings: Anytime of the day


Srisailam is considered to be a holy place as it consists of many temples. It is even believed that the Krishna river contained ghee instead of water and still smells like one. Taking a bath in these sacred waters heals skin diseases they say. Apart from temples Srisailam is an excellent place with thick backwoods in case you are into trekking. To reach the caves of Akkamahadevi you can either take the boat or the ropeway. Srisailam boasts of 3586 acres of Tiger reserve making it one of the biggest Tiger reserves in India. That being said making a few photographs is a nice deal.

Distance from Hyderabad: 213 km
Best Season to visit: Monsoons and Winters
Place timings: Daytime

Narsapur Forest

A little forest of timber trees spread across 30 sq. km is situated in the Medak district. The 4-5 km expressway along which the forest extends has a lot of monkeys for the locals believe it is because of the Hanumana temple on the highway. The monkeys wait patiently to pick up the food thrown by people on the stretch. Thick woods, small ghat area and a lake make it an ideal spot for trekking 4-5 hours. Trekking, hill climbing and sitting by the lake is all you can do here.

Distance from Hyderabad: 45 km
Best season to visit: Monsoons and winters
Place timings: Anytime of the day


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