10 Best Weekend Getaways From Hyderabad That Not Many People Know About


A lot of people think that Hyderabad is a boring place to live in, that there is nothing to explore around here. But that is so untrue. If you don't mind traveling a bit further than the immediate places like Bidar, Ananthagiri Hills, etc. then you will end up having a lot of fun.

After all, you have both Maharashtra and Karnataka to explore along with Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for a short weekend getaway. And after living for 3 years in Hyderabad for my job, I can certainly say that there is no shortage of places for a nice weekend getaway.

So, if you are looking to escape Hyderabad for the weekend, here are a few places to head out to.

Pawna Lake

Pawna Lake. Picture Credits: Rachita Saxena

Photo of Pawna Lake, Maharashtra by Rachita Saxena


Dandeli. Picture Credits: Rachita Saxena

Photo of Dandeli, Karnataka, India by Rachita Saxena

Araku Valley

One of the hidden secrets of Andhra Pradesh, Araku Valley is a small hill station on the Eastern Ghats mountain region. This small town is surrounded by dense forest and experiences cold throughout the year and is particularly famous for its train ride which goes through numerous tunnels and lush green fields on the way.

A perfect getaway for people who want to head to the countryside, Araku Valley is perfect for nature lovers. And since it is just a couple of hours from Vizag, it can be easily reached from Hyderabad too.

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year

Activities to Do Here: Museums, Sightseeing, Viewpoints, Train Ride, etc.


Vizag. Picture Credits: Rachita Saxena

Photo of Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India by Rachita Saxena


Hampi. Picture Credits: Rachita Saxena

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rachita Saxena



Bapatla. Picture Credits: Rachita Saxena

Photo of Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Rachita Saxena


Kuntala Waterfall. Picture Credits: Rachita Saxena

Photo of Kuntala, Telangana, India by Rachita Saxena


Matheran. Picture Credits: Rachita Saxena

Photo of Matheran, Maharashtra, India by Rachita Saxena


Situated midway between Pune and Mumbai, Pawna Lake is one of the best places for a camping weekend trip from Hyderabad. Here, you can relax beside the lake and can also enjoy a few exciting activities like trekking to the Lohagadh Fort, Tikona Fort, etc. or you can paraglide into the sunset here as well.

As you are surrounding by the mountains and a reflective lake, it can be really refreshing from your daily hustle.

Best Time to Visit: Winter Season (October - March)

Activities to Do Here: Camping, Trekking, Paragliding, etc.

For all the adventure lovers out there, Dandeli is the perfect weekend getaway from Hyderabad. Situated in Karnataka, Dandeli is best known for camping and river rafting. So, if you are looking for weekend jungle safari or camping trip then this is the perfect place.

Kali river flows through this district and is extremely clean and pristine which makes it quite fun to do water activities here. So, if you are looking for some adrenaline pumping activities then Dandeli is the perfect place to head to.

Best Time to Visit: September to March

Activities to Do Here: Camping, Jungle Safari, Trekking, River Rafting, etc.

One of the best places to visit for history buffs, Hampi is a UNESCO heritage site and has a lot to offer. Here, you can walk around to explore the ruins of the Vijaynagara empire. You can also cross the Tungabhadra river to head to other monumental sites like the Anjaneya hill and party at the Hampi island as well.

Apart from its historical and architectural significance, this place also offers the most amazing sunset views and can easily be covered on a weekend. So, make sure that you plan a trip to this amazing historical city to learn more about the kings of Karnataka.

Best Time to Visit: November to February

Activities to Do Here: Cycling, Exploring, Hiking, Partying, etc.

A small village in Andhra Pradesh, next the Pennar river, is the famous Gandikota which is also known as the Grand Canyon of India. This place was earlier ruled by the Reddy kings and also has a grand fort which is still visited by tourists around here.

Perfect place for camping, Gandikota is quite famous for its canyon view and sees a lot of people during the weekends. So, you can pack your tent and head to this amazing place and spend a night under the bright twinkling stars here.

Best Time to Visit: October to February

Activities to Do Here: Boating, River Crossing, Hiking, Trekking, Fort Exploration, etc.

Tired of heading to the same old, crowded beaches? If yes, then Bapatala is the perfect coastal town for you to check out this weekend. Located at a distance of just 350 km, this place is perfect if you are looking for some peace and quiet as not many tourists come here.

You can come here to simply relax on the beach and make the most of your quiet weekend.

Best Time to Visit: October to February

Activities to Do Here: Sightseeing, Water activities, Sunbathing, etc.

If you are looking for a 1-day weekend getaway then Kuntala is the perfect place for you. Situated at a distance of 270 km, this small village in Adilabad district has a lot to offer in terms of waterfalls and countryside sightseeing.

So, you can plan a day trip to this place and start early to reach the famous Kuntala waterfalls. You can spend a couple of hours here, in the water or exploring the nearby area and make it more of a short hiking trip. And if you have a little time then you can head to the other waterfalls in the Adilabad district like Sahastrakund Waterfall, Pochera Waterfalls, and so on.

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year

Activities to Do Here: Boating, Hiking, etc.

Another popular place to head to from Hyderabad is Matheran which is extremely great during the monsoon season. In Matheran, you can spend a night and explore all the viewpoints here which will give you a magnificent view of the western ghats.

And if you are lucky then you can also experience the Toy Train which runs from Neral to Matheran and offers a scenic journey to everyone on board.

Best Time to Visit: October to February

Activities to Do Here: Trekking, Hiking, toy Train Ride, etc.

A popular hill station in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar makes a perfect weekend getaway from Hyderabad and is a perfect place for nature lovers. With so many amazing viewpoints, waterfalls, forts, etc. to explore here, you won't even notice when your entire weekend will pass away.

Also, make sure that you try the famous Strawberry Ice Cream Shake and Jam here as this is the strawberry capital of Maharashtra.

Best Time to Visit: July to February

Activities to Do Here: Sightseeing, Hiking, Trekking, etc.

A coastal town beside the Bay of Bengal, Vizag is a port city and also one of the main naval bases. But the best part about Vizag is that you get beaches and mountains in the same city. Yes, you heard me right!

This really makes you wonder why Vizag isn't such a popular traveler destination but well, this only means that this place isn't as crowded as other popular tourist spots. So, you can truly relax and enjoy on the beaches here. Yarada and Rishikonda beaches are two places that you absolutely have to visit when exploring Vizag.

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Activities to Do Here: Exploring Zoo, Beaches, Town, etc.

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