Yes, travel plans have effectively been ruined for most part of the year. However, now that the country is slowly planning to reopen in bits and pieces, one can hope that travel (at least domestic) will soon be possible. Indeed, there can be no better way to resume travelling than via short road trips. We curated a list of road trips we think you should definitely take if you are in Hyderabad.
Located 160 km from Hyderabad, this place is a treat for all nature lovers. This dam is located on the Krishna river and surrounded by various Buddhist monasteries in the area. There is also a wildlife sanctuary here. That apart, you can head to this place to witness its many beautiful waterfalls.
This city is a storehouse of Neolithic culture. It is believed to date back to the Paleolithic Age and various excavations have unearthed multiple valuable stones and artifacts from the area. About 52 km from Nalgonda is Phanigiri, considered to be a very popular Buddhist site. While here, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Bhuvanagiri Fort, a 12th century structure constructed by a Chalukya ruler.
If you want a road trip with smooth roads and no bumps or potholes, head over to Karimnagar! About 163 km from Hyderabad, this place was once known as the ‘seat of Vedic learning’. It is home to a variety of forts out of which the Nagunur Fort and Temples is absolutely a must-see. While you are here, you can also witness the splendour of the Lower Manair Dam. Another beautiful tourist spot in Karimnagar is Vemulawada, which was the capital of the Chalukya rulers in the area and is located along the banks of the Mulavagu stream.
Perhaps one of the shortest road trips from Hyderabad, Ananthagiri Hills is the ideal place if you are looking for a weekend amidst nature. While these hills are generally associated with the Araku Valley, there are several other visit-worthy spots close to it. These include the Bhavanasi Lake, Musi River and Katiki Waterfalls. Ananthagiri is also home to a tribal museum which exhibits the cultures and traditions of the tribes in the Eastern Ghats. If you have a little bit of time at hand, you can also stop by the Borra Caves.
Warangal is Located about 140km from Hyderabad, Warangal is perhaps most well-known for the fort, a storehouse of the rich history and culture of the area. This place also has the beautiful Kakatiya Rock Garden, which is a lovely place for relaxing and lounging about. You must also check out Medaram village which hosts Asia’s biggest biennial tribal fair known as ‘Sammakka Sarakka Jatara’ which is a riot of colours and culture.