Formerly home to the mighty Chalukyas and Satvahanas, Telangana offers visitors a unique glimpse into cultural diversity. The Golconda Mines might be its most famous heirloom, but the state also has a rich historical significance in the story of India. If it is history, you are looking for, the magnificent Warangal Fort or Falaknuma Palace will interest you. Those hunting for new flavours will find everything from the delicious Haleem to a rejuvenating cup of Irani chai to keep them going. From temple destinations to the glamour of cinema, these are some of the best places to visit in Telangana. So, read on.

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1. Ramoji Film City

Home to the second largest film industry in India, Telangana also houses the largest integrated film city in the world – Ramoji Film City. Certified by Guinness Book of World Records, it offers a close quarter experience of the world of cinema. A fun, entertaining destination, complete with theme parks, luxurious hotels and villas, Ramoji Film City is among the most famous places in Telangana

  • Best Time To Visit: October to December
  • Ideal Duration: 1 day of stay 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad is the closest airport (41 km) from where a cab or bus can ferry you to the destination in an hour.  
    • By train: You can also travel by train to the Secunderabad City Junction (37 km) and take a cab to Ramoji Film City. 
    • By road: A cab from the city of Hyderabad is a simpler option. Just turn on to the Vijaywada Highway, which runs straight through to the film city. The Koheda Bus Stop on the Outer Ring Road is the closest stop to the location (8 km). 

2. Golconda Fort

Once known as Mankal, this magnificent fort housed the famed Koh-i-Noor and Hope diamonds. A spellbinding work of architecture, the Golconda complex includes four forts, eight gateways, and drawbridges that hide within them lost stories. If you do not lose yourself within its doorways, there is the history to contend with. Once a bustling centre for diamond trade, the fort’s vaults hosted some of the most famous diamonds ever to be discovered on earth. Any list of places to visit in Telangana would not be complete without this marvel. 

  • Best time to visit: September to March  
  • Ideal duration: 3-4 hours 
  • How to reach 
    • By air: A fair distance from the main city, the closest airport is Vijayawada International Airport (60 km), from where cabs can easily be hired for the journey. 
    • By train: Nampally Railway station (10 km) is the transit station for a trip by train. Cabs from the station are fairly regular. Another station is Malhour Railway Station, but has limited connectivity.  
    • By road: The fort complex is right on the path of National Highway 65, and can be reached by road quite easily. The closest bus stop is at Makki Darwaja (1 km) with frequent bus service. 

3. Warangal

An idyllic destination, Warangal is replete with history and architecture. A popular landmark is the 13th-century marvel of Warangal Fort. Any visit to the fort would be incomplete without a tour of the imposing gateway arch of four pillars, built of one single rock. If you are looking to escape from the bustle, a trip to Laknavaram Lake could cure you. Spread over 1000 acres, the lake is a wonderful respite from chaotic urban life. 

  • Best time to visit: October to March, a monsoon trip is also advised
  • Ideal duration: 1-2 days 
  • How to reach
    • By air:  The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (93 km). 
    • By train: Warangal is a junction city, with trains connecting to every major city in India. Cabs from the railway station are easily available to destinations. 
    • By road: The city is connected through National Highways 163 and 563, with buses and cab fares to Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad available. Warangal Bus Stand is the Main Bus Terminal (3 km) and connects to the entire district. 

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4. Nagarjuna Sagar

A day away from the city of Hyderabad is Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. The 407-feet tall dam stands on Krishna River. The dam is close to Nagarjunakonda, a historical site. You could also visit the Ethipothala Waterfalls. Standing 70-feet high, it is a sight to behold for anyone who loves nature. 

  • Best time to visit: September to March
  • Ideal duration: 1-2 days 
  • How to reach
    • By air: The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (153 km), and is easily accessible by cabs or buses. 
    • By train: To reach by train, you have to get down at the Macherla Railway Station (24 km), and take a cab to the dam. 
    • By road: The place is well-connected through roads to major cities like Nalgonda, Hyderabad, and Secunderabad among others. Buses are easily available till the Miryalguda Bus Station (58 km), and the National Highway 65 ensures faster connectivity. 

5. Yadagirigutta

Off the usual track is the small temple town of Yadagirigutta. Known for its Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, the town is a religious destination. Close to the temple town is Bhongir Fort, which sits on a unique monolithic rock structure. If you are looking for adventure, a rock climbing session at the fort might make your day. 

  • Best time to visit: September to March 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach 
    • By air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport remains the closest airport (90 km). 
    • By train: Train connectivity is easily accessible through the Bhongir Railway Station (11 km). 
    • By road: Buses and cabs are quite frequent in the region through the Inner Ring Road, or National Highway 163. The closest bus stop is Rayagiri (7 km)

6. Basara

Located on the banks of the river Godavari, Basara is a quiet scenic town. The town houses a rare religious destination in the temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. The temple is one of two such locations in all of India. Known for its Vasant Panchami celebrations, the temple town lights up on the eve with a special puja performed on the banks of the river. 

  • Best time to visit: February to March
  • Ideal duration: 1 day
  • How to reach:
    • By air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport remains the only accessible airport (208 km) for now. 
    • By train: There are trains that run to Basar Railway Station (3 km), and can be accessed from Nizamabad, Secunderabad, and Hyderabad.  
    • By road: The roads are the key connecting routes with buses and cabs available from Hyderabad, and Nizamabad. The main bus terminal is the Basar Bus Station (200 m). 

7. Bhadrachalam

While it is known as a temple town, Bhadrachalam is well known among Telangana tourist places for the natural wonder of the Bogatha waterfalls. Known as the Telangana Niagara, it is a hidden gem. Those interested in nature can pay a visit to the lovely Butterfly Garden for a quiet picnic amid the flowers. 

  • Best time to visit: June to November 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport is Rajahmundry Domestic Airport (187 km).
    • By train: Bhadrachalam Road Railway Station (39 km) ensures easy accessibility to all major cities, with cabs and private transport available to the town from the station. 
    • By road: The town is well-connected through the national highways, and easily accessible through buses from Bhadrachalam Bus Stand (2 km), cabs, or auto rickshaws. 

8. Kuntala Falls

The highest waterfall in the state, Kuntala is the perfect vacation spot. Among the ideal places to visit in Telangana for couples, the falls makes up for a triple treat alongside Pochera and Gayatri Waterfalls. These waterfalls rush through 1000 acres of igneous rock formations that are popular trekking destinations for adventure lovers. 

  • Best time to visit: June to October 
  • Ideal duration: 2 days 
  • How to reach
    • By air: The location is quite far from the city, and the closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad (320 km). 
    • By train: The closest railway station is that of Adilabad Station (51 km), with easy access to cities across the country. 
    • By road: Public transport is available until Neredikonda, beyond which private vehicles ply at easy fares. Nirmal Bus Depot is the closest available bus depot (43 km).

9. Vemulawada

The southern Kashi is known for its beautiful assortment of temples of Sri Raja Rajeshwara Temple, Bheemeswara Temple, and Pochamma Temple. For those in search of a different spirituality, Mallaram Forest offers a path. Mahashivratri is the right occasion to take in the celebrations that light up the town. 

  • Best time to visit: February to April  
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (120 km).
    • By train: Karimnagar Railway Station (38 km) is the closest terminal to Vemulawada. At the station, you can get a bus, or hire a taxi to the location. 
    • By road: The town is well connected by means of highways. The easiest route is through state buses, and private vehicles that connect with Hyderabad. Jagityal Bus Terminal (40 km) is the closest available bus terminal. 

10. Alampur

Surrounded by Nallamala Hills, Navabrahma Temples are the centrepiece of this town. Dating back to the 7th Century AD, the Shiva temples are icons of Chalukya architecture. A visit to the Jogulamba Temple, a key Shakti Peetha in Hindu mythology, is also recommended. For those with a deep interest in Hindu art and architecture, there is the archaeology museum to visit. 

  • Best time to visit: October to March  
  • Ideal duration: 1 day
  • How to reach
    • By air: The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi airport, which is 200 km from Alampur. 
    • By train: Alampur Road is the key rail route into the city (8 km). One can also get private vehicles and buses to Alampur from Kurnool. 
    • By road: All locations are minutes from the Alampur Bus Station (25 km). The town is well-connected by roads into the city of Hyderabad, and other major cities in the state. 

11. Medak

The green wildlife of Pocharam Sanctuary is among the most famous Telangana tourist places in the state. If the natural vibrancy does not draw you in, there is the historical Medak Fort. Built in the 12th century by Kakatiya Dynasty, the fort also boasts a massive 17th-century double-headed cannon called ‘Gandabherundam’. The town is also known for the serene Gothic Revival-styled Medak Cathedral. 

  • Best time to visit: October to March 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day
  • How to reach
    • By air: The town is closest to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (106 km).
    • By train: The town is accessible from Wadiaram (27 km) and Kamareddy (50 km) railway stations. Private vehicles or buses can transport you from the station to the destination. 
    • By road: Frequent buses run by Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) connect Medak Bus Depot (2 km) to the key cities in the state. The NH7 is the main artery through the city ensuring easy connectivity. 

12. Khammamthe

This historical city in Telangana was one of the key epicentres of India’s Freedom Struggle. This history traces back to 950 AD, the origin year of the city’s iconic Khammam Fort. For those seeking more idyllic locations, a trip to Lakaram Lake Park is recommended.

  • Best time to visit: With winters between October and March, it is the best time to visit the town.  
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport to Khammam is Vijayawada International Airport (154 km).
    • By train: The Khammam Railway Station (4 km) is a key station on the railroad, and is easily accessible. There are private cabs and buses available outside. 
    • By road:  There are regular buses to Khammam Bus Depot (4 km) from all major cities. The district is also well-connected to national highways NH 65, NH 16, and NH 30. 

13. Adilabad

The ‘White Gold City’ of cotton cultivators, Adilabad is a melting pot of cultures, languages and history. With its agrarian history, the city is also close to a range of natural formations like Kuntala Waterfalls, Pochera Waterfalls and Gayatri Waterfalls. The presence of Godavari River in close quarters ensures a pleasant tourist spot for visitors. 

  • Best time to visit: November to March 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach:
    • By air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad is the closest airport to the town. 
    • By train: The city is well-connected through railways by the Adilabad Railway Station (3 km). 
    • By road: Regular buses and private vehicles connect the city to the rest of the country. The National Highway 7 passes through the city as its main artery. Adilabad Bus Depot is the key bus terminal (2 km). 

14. Mahabubnagar

Mahabubnagar has an eclectic mix of nature, architecture, and history to keep you occupied. The city traces back to 6th-century BCE, and is best known today for Koilsagar Dam and Rajolibanda Dam. While they act as a great option for a weekend retreat, the 7th-century Jain Terracotta Temple at Alvanpalli is an architectural treat. 

  • Best time to visit: December to February 
  • Ideal duration: 2 days 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the main airport (70 km). 
    • By train: Mahabubnagar Railway Station (4 km) offers easy access and connectivity to all major cities. 
    • By road: The NH44 is the main road to the city, with state transport buses and private vehicles offering affordable fares. Mahabubnagar Bus Terminal (3 km) is the stop for state transport and private buses. 

15. Nizamabad

The city of Nizams is known for its historical structures and natural reservoirs. The 10th-century Nizamabad Fort is a key hotspot, and houses Raghunatha Temple built by Chatrapati Shivaji. For weekenders, the Ashok Sagar and Ali Sagar Reservoirs, with their adjoining trekking and picnic destinations, is the place to be.

  • Best time to visit: November to March 
  • Ideal duration: 2 days
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (226 km).
    • By train: The city is well-connected with trains running through the Nizamabad Railway station (2 km). 
    • By road: With state transport buses and private vehicles plying frequently on the NH 63, the town is easily accessible. Nizamabad Bus Depot is right outside the railway station for bus facilities into the town. 

16. Mallela Theertham

Located at the heart of Nallamala Forests, this waterfall is a blissful retreat. With healing properties, the 150-feet tall waterfall is perfect for camping. Trekkers and wildlife lovers also have the opportunity to spot tigers who roam in the region. The natural park around the waterfall makes it one of the best places to visit in Telangana for 2 days.

  • Best time to visit: October to March 
  • Ideal duration: 2 days 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International airport (159 km). However, vehicles only ply till the key diversion at Achampet. Beyond this, forest vehicles have to be used. 
    • By train: The closest railway station is Mahabubnagar Railway Station (149 km). Cars and buses are available to Achampet. 
    • By road: The falls are mostly accessible by road. With buses from Markapur Road and Srisailam ferrying passengers till the forest begins. The closest bus terminal is Jadcherla (133 km).

17. Bhongir Fort

Built in the 10th century, this fort is a testament to the architectural might of Telangana. A massive structure, it stands 500-feet above a hillock and is spread across 50 acres. For those interested in adventure, there is rappelling, rock climbing and mountain climbing camps to keep the adrenaline going.

  • Best time to visit: October to December 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (81 km). 
    • By train: The Bhongir Railway Station (2 km) is the closest railway access, with ferries available to the fort at easy fares. 
    • By road: The region is easily accessible by road, with buses and private vehicles available from Hyderabad (35 km). Buses can be hailed at Bhongir Bus Station (500 m).  

18. Ramappa Temple

Once praised by Marco Polo as the ‘Brightest Star in the Galaxy of Temples’, Ramappa Temple is a must-see. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has a distinctive architectural style, particularly known for its majestic red sandstone architecture. Each pillar on the temple is studded with dancers telling a story from Hindu mythology. 

  • Best time to visit: December to February 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the closest airport to the temple’s region, Warangal (230 km).
    • By train: Warangal Railway Station is 67 km away, and is a key junction for trains in the state. 
    • By road: The roadways to Warangal, and the temple, are easily accessible. NH 163 is the main route for most vehicles into the region. Bhupalnagar Bus Stand (25 km) is the most accessible bus terminal nearby. 

19. Salarjung Museum

A trip to Hyderabad would not be complete without a visit to one of India’s largest museums. Standing on the banks of river Musi, Salarjung Museum was once the ancestral palace of the Diwan of Hyderabad. The art collections housed in the museum are some of the rarest works present in India. With collections spread across two floors, the museum is worth a trip for art lovers. Many hotels in Hyderabad can be found near Salarjung Museum for ease of access. 

  • Best time to visit: November to February
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport to the museum is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (35 km).
    • By train: Kachiguda (4 km) and Nampally (4 km) are the main railway stations and less than 2 km from the museum. 
    • By road: Easily accessible by road, the museum is less than 1 km from the Hyderabad museum, and in the heart of the city. NH 85 and NH 44 are the main routes into the city. Hyderabad Central Bus Station is 1 km away from the museum. 
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20. Sri Rama Chandra Swamy Temple of Ammapalli

This 700-year-old temple is not just popular among devotees, but also among filmmakers. Believed to be lucky, many popular films have been shot at this location. For people though, it is the temple to Lord Rama, and holds powers. Dating back to the 13th-century, the temple complex is known for its unique architecture and peaceful surroundings. 

  • Best time to visit: January to March 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: Located close to Hyderabad, the temple is close to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (12 km). 
    • By train: The Umdanagar Railway Station (9 km) is the closest railway access. Ferry from the station to the temple is easily available. 
    • By road: The temple can be reached through the Outer Ring Road, turning into the Shamshabad road. There are buses and private vehicles plying from Hyderabad city. Sri Rama Nagar Bus Terminal is 14 km away from the temple. 

21. Ananthagiri Hills

Hyderabad’s favourite weekend retreat is located 90 km from the city. The hills hide a vast wildlife sanctuary that is a trekker’s delight. The opportunity of camping in the hills ranks it among the popular places in Telangana to visit for couples. Nagasamudram Lake in the heart of the hills offers a spectacular view during the monsoons. The hills also hide small fortifications, caves, and structures that are favoured by explorers. 

  • Best time to visit: August to October
  • Ideal duration: 2 days 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: A little away from the city, the closest airport to Ananthagiri Hills is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (83 km). 
    • By train: The Vikarabad Railway Station is the closest accessible railway point (9 km). 
    • By road: The hills are easily accessible by road, with vehicles using the Vikarabad-Tandur road. Shankarpally Bus Station (42 km) offers closest access to the foothills. 

22. Wargal Saraswati Temple

Located on a hillock, the temple is a rare dedication to the Goddess Saraswati. A popular religious destination, it is often the first choice of parents whose children are starting school. The hillock also has several other temples, including one to Lord Shani. The Shiva Temple is a rare work of architecture, with the main deity’s room present below ground level. 

  • Best time to visit: January to March 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport to Wargal is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (80 km).
    • By train: The closest railway station is the Secunderabad Railway Station (46 km) from where a private vehicle or a bus can be hired. 
    • By road: The temple is well-connected by road and has easy access to state buses and taxis. The main route is through the Karimnagar-Hyderabad Highway connecting to Utkoor Mogdumpoor road. The temple has a bus stop of its own, with the Wargal Bus Stop 2 km away.  

23. Singoor Dam

Built on the river Manjira, the dam is the major source of drinking water for Hyderabad city. For bird lovers, the reservoir is the hotspot for several water birds. The reservoir has been declared a wildlife sanctuary and is also home to more than 1,000 crocodiles. The 18th-century Ramalingeswara Temple situated nearby by offers a refuge to the spiritual seekers. 

  • Best time to visit: October to February for the migratory birds 
  • Ideal duration: 4-6 hours 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The Bidar Airport is the closest airport terminal (54 km) but has limited flights. 
    • By train: The Bidar Railway Station offers the closest access with taxis and private vehicles available to the dam (46 km).
    • By road: The main road of access is the Nizampet-Bidar Road that connects the region to the main city of Hyderabad and other regions in the state. Taxis and buses are easily available from the Woxsen College Bus Stand (47 km).

24. Bhongir Fort

Located 800 metres above sea level, the Bhongir Fort combines heritage with adventure. The 10th-century fort is an impressive sight and also a popular trekking haunt. Offering a panoramic view of the entire city, the fort stands on top of a massive hill. Adventure hunters visit the location for rappelling, mountain climbing, and hiking getaways from the city. 

  • Best time to visit:  October to December 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the closest air terminal (86 km). 
    • By train: The Bhongir Railway Station (3 km) is the closest train station, with frequent transportation available to the fort. 
    • By road: There are many buses and private vehicles available from Hyderabad, with the NH 163 being the main route. The fort is 800 m from the main Bhongir Bus Stand. 

25. Charminar

This icon of Hyderabad is a matter of national pride. Constructed in 1591, the structure takes its name from its four recognisable pillars. For travellers, the structure offers a site of architectural beauty, with access to the colours and flavours of the Laad Bazaar around it. Shopping at the Laad Bazaar and the Choodi Bazaar (Bangle Market) is not to be missed. 

  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Ideal duration: 4-6 hours 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the best option for air travellers (19 km).
    • By train: The Nampally Railway Station (4 km) is the closest railway terminal to the monument. Taxis and rickshaws are easily available to Charminar from here. 
    • By road: The Hyderabad Bus Station is barely 3 km away from the monument. It is also well-connected with auto rickshaws and bus facilities available. 

26. Makkah Masjid

One of the largest mosques in India, it was built by Mohammed Quili Qutb Shah in the 15th century. Built in its granite sandstone, the mosque’s size and architecture makes it an icon. While it is popular for its historical and religious importance, its location close to the Charminar, Laad Bazaar and Choodi Bazaar makes it popular with tourists and shoppers alike.  

  • Best time to visit: October to February  
  • Ideal duration: 4-6 hours 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport to reach from is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (19 km).
    • By train: The Nampally Railway Station (4 km) offers the key access to the centre of the city. 
    • By road: The mosque is less than 2 km from Hyderabad Central Bus Station. Auto rickshaws and taxis ferry passengers frequently to the location. 

27. Nehru Zoological Park

Among the most popular destinations in Hyderabad, this zoological park houses rare, protected wildlife. Lovers of nature can enjoy a quiet time in the sanctuary, along with spotting some rare animals like the Indian Gaur, Asiatic Lions, antelopes, and deers. Housing more than 1500 species, the park also hosts wildlife safaris promising close encounters with animals. 

  • Best time to visit: January to March 
  • Ideal duration: 4-7 hours 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The park is located at a short drive from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (21 km). 
    • By train: The Nampally Railway Station is the closest railway station (7 km), and is a junction for the main city.  
    • By road: Close to the main city, the park is accessible by public buses, rickshaws, or taxis. Charminar Bus Stop (4 km) is a stone’s throw from the park. 

28. Shamirpet Lake

An artificial lake, this reservoir has become a popular photography haunt. Well planned and cared for, Shamirpet Lake is also located close to a deer sanctuary. Wildlife lovers can spend some time watching these beautiful animals drink water. For couples, there is the added attraction of a quiet boat ride to enjoy time. 

  • Best time to visit: August to December 
  • Ideal duration: 5-6 hours 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (42 km). 
    • By train: The Secunderabad Railway Station is the closest train terminal 25 km away. 
    • By road: The lake is well-connected to the main city, and is just 27 km from Secunderabad. It is also easily accessible by bus or private vehicles. You can take a bus from Shamirpet Temple Bus Stop.

29. Spanish Mosque

The mosque is named so because of its unique Moorish architecture. Built in the beginning of the 20th century, its rare Spanish-Moorish style makes it a one of its kind in India. The mosque is also located at a stone’s throw from the Necklace Road and Hussain Sagar Reservoir for better views. 

  • Best time to visit: October to February 
  • Ideal duration: 2-3 hours 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport remains Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (37 km). 
    • By train: The closest railway station for access is the Secunderabad Railway Station (4 km). 
    • By road: Located just off the Minister Road, the mosque is accessible by auto rickshaws, buses, or private vehicles. Begumpet Police Lines Bus Stop remains the closest bus terminal for tourists to the mosque. 

30. Devarakonda Fort

Constructed in the 13-14th-century, the fort is an impressive sight. A popular attraction for history-loving folks, Devarakonda Fort was built by the Padma Nayaka Veluma Kings. Two temples to Lord Rama and Lord Shiva add a touch of spirituality, which is heightened by the scenic reservoir within.

  • Best time to visit: August to December
  • Ideal duration: 4-6 hours 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at 104 km. 
    • By train: For train travel, you will have to disembark at the Nalgonda Railway Station (62 km), and hire a rickshaw or take a bus to reach the fort. 
    • By road: The fort is close to the Devarakonda Bus Stop (1 km), and state bus transport as well as private vehicles can be hired from Nalgonda or Hyderabad. 

31. Rachakonda Fort

This small ruined fort might not look much, but it hides a very well-constructed defensive bastion. Built in the 14th century, Rachakonda Fort is a trekker’s delight. Built on a mountain top, the fort offers a stellar view. The Dasavatara sculptures in the nearby Pattabhigutta offer an insight into the Kakatiya art forms. 

  • Best time to visit: October to March  
  • Ideal duration: 4-6 hours 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: It is easy to reach the fort from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (57 km).  
    • By train: Chityala is the closest railway station at 55 km, and has taxis and auto rickshaw services to the fort. 
    • By road: The fort is a short drive from Hyderabad, and can be reached using the Nagarjunasagar Highway towards Ibrahimpatnam. There are private vehicles and buses available. The closest bus station is at Tallapalliguda (17 km).

32. Chaya Someshwara Temple – Panagal

This 11th-century temple is an example of how creative architecture can be. The temple gets its name from the shadow of the three ‘Gopurams’ cast on the Shiva Linga in the main temple. This shadow does not fade in any season, or time of the day. The temple also stands a stone’s throw away from Panagal Reservoir, with its scenic beauty. 

  • Best time to visit: January to August 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (107 km). 
    • By train: The closest railway station is the Nalgonda Railway Station (5 km), with easy access to state bus and private transport. 
    • By road: The temple is situated close to both Hyderabad road, and Nakrekal Road, making it easily accessible by cars, state buses, or private vehicles. A key stop, and station, for the temple is Nalgonda Bypass Bus Stop (12 km).

33. Jurala Dam

Standing on Krishna River, this 1045-feet tall dam is a key hydroelectric project in the state. For travellers though, the dam is a scenic distraction from the urban chaos. The dam is also located close to a deer park that is home to more than 100 deers. Parthasarathi and Ramalayam Temples close by add to the spiritual effect of this inspiring project. 

  • Best time to visit: August to December
  • Ideal duration: 4-6 hours
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest air terminal is at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (117 km). 
    • By train: The dam is accessible by train from the Gadwal Railway Station (20 km), from where auto rickshaws or buses can be hired. 
    • By road: The project is 19 km away from the Gadwal township, and has frequent buses and rickshaws plying to it. Buses are available from the Kothakotta Bypass Terminal (35 km).

34. Koilkonda Fort

If you like the idea of exploring an abandoned fort surrounded by quiet forest streams, Koilkonda is the place. The 16th-century fort of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty is known for the seven gates that guard the entrance. Well structured, the fort is a symbol of powerful architecture. With surrounding forests and scenery, it is a popular trekking destination. 

  • Best time to visit: October to March  
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The best option for air travellers is Rajiv Gandhi International AIrport (116 km). 
    • By train: The closest railway station is Mahabubnagar Railway Station (26 km), and has rickshaws and bus facilities till 3 km to the foothills. 
    • By road: The fort is located just off the NH7, and well connected through roads with rickshaws, taxis, and buses available. Mahabubnagar Bus Stop (26 km) ensures bus access and facilities to the fort. 

35. Koilsagar Dam

With facilities for camping, rappelling, and fishing, Koilsagar Dam is a perfect weekend getaway for every Hyderabadi. A key irrigation centre, it is located between two mountains on the beautiful Peddavagu River. For adventurous souls, a trek up the mountains is recommended. 

  • Best time to visit: August to January  
  • Ideal duration: 1-2 days 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (116 km). 
    • By train: The closest railway station is the Mahabubnagar Railway Station (37 km).
    • By road: Located 23 km on the Raichur road, the dam is easily accessible from Hyderabad by private vehicles, state transport buses, or cars. Mahabubnagar Bus Stop (34 km) is the closest accessible bus terminal. 

36. Chowmahalla Palace

A stone’s throw away from the Charminar, this magnificent palace complex was built in the late 18th century. With its polished chandeliers, high architecture, massive complexes and marble flooring, the palace is a testament to the glorious past. Built as a replica of Shah of Iran’s Palace, Chowmahalla has been awarded the UNESCO Asia Pacific Merit Award. 

  • Best time to visit: July to October  
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: Close to the city, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the choice for air travellers (24 km). 
    • By train: The closest railway station is the Nampally Railway Station (5 km), the key junction in the state. 
    • By road: In the heart of the city, the palace is well-connected by roads and has frequent bus, and auto rickshaw facilities. Hyderabad Central Bus Station is 3 km away. 

37. Taj Falaknuma Palace

Constructed by an Englishman, Falaknuma Palace has a replica of the Windsor Castle ceiling inside. Now turned into a hotel by the Taj Group, it also houses a billiards table the same as one in the Buckingham Palace. With its frescoes, massive library and a jade collection, the palace is a treasure trove for history buffs. It is also a great place for couples to visit on their trip to Hyderabad. 

  • Best time to visit: December to March  
  • Ideal duration: 4-6 hours 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the closest airport (23 km). 
    • By train: The Nampally Railway Station (10 km) offers easy access through buses or private vehicles. 
    • By road: The palace is at the centre of Hyderabad, making it accessible through all the main roads and highways into the city. Falaknuma Bus Terminal is 2 km away from the palace. 

38. Gadwal Fort

Huge walls and moats surround this massive 17th-century fort in Gadwal. Constructed by Pedda Soma Bhupaludu, the fort is also home to 32-feet long cannon. The fort is also a religious destination for the three majestic temples – Chennakesava, Ramalayam and Sri Venugopala. 

  • Best time to visit: October to March 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport remains Rajiv Gandhi International airport (167 km).  
    • By train: The Gadwal Junction (3 km) is the closest railway station, with more than 40 trains passing through every day. 
    • By road: The fort is located 15 km from National Highway 44, and easily accessible by car. Kothakotta Bypass Bus Terminal offers access by state transport (52 km).

39. Sri Lalitha Someswara Swamy Temple

This temple complex dates back to the 7th century, and consists of 15 temples in one complex. Once located in the old Somashila Village, it was moved to a hillock under threat of floods. An auspicious temple, it is known for miraculous powers during Pushkar Snanam, which happens once in 12 years. 

  • Best time to visit: October to March  
  • Ideal duration: 4-6 hours 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport remains Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (158 km) from where cabs and buses are available. 
    • By train: The Jogalumba Halt Railway Station is the closest train access at 99 km, and has taxi and auto rickshaw facilities. 
    • By road: The temple is accessible by road through the NH 44 and Kollapur road, and can be reached via taxis, private vehicles, or state buses. Kurnool Bus Terminal (100 km) is the best place to find buses and private vehicles for the trip. 

40. Kollapur Palace

Built in the late 19th century, the palace stands on the banks of the Krishna River. With its large wooden doors, Gothic architecture, the palace is a treat for tourists. The nearby Madhava Swamy Temple adds to this architectural experience with its delicately carved pillars. The palace’s grand staircase and arches are a true sight for history buffs. 

  • Best time to visit: March to August 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The main airport to use is at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (158 km).
    • By train: The railway station to use would be Wanaparthy Road Railway Station at 67 km. 
    • By road: The palace is easily accessible through the NH675 via Kollapur road. There are buses and private vehicles easily accessible. The palace is less than 600m from Kollapur Main Bus Stand. 

41. Sriram Sagar Dam

One of the largest water projects in the state, Sriram Sagar Dam is a sight to behold. Standing on the Godavari River, the dam also offers boating facility in the nearby reservoir. The dam is close to Sri Rama Swamy Temple, which gives the reservoir its name. 

  • Best time to visit: June to September 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The only airport of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is quite a distance off (264 km). 
    • By train: The closest railway station is Nizamabad Junction at 57 km, and has cab and auto rickshaw facilities to the dam. 
    • By road: The dam is easily accessible from Doodgaon Bus Stop (8 km) to go into the main city. There are also private vehicles available for hire. 

42. Nizam Sagar Dam

Nizam Sagar Dam has been visited by personalities such as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. From 1923, the dam has become a popular picnic spot for its scenic sights. You can also choose to take a boat ride through the Manjiri River on your visit. A historical sight, it combines beauty with functional aesthetic. 

  • Best time to visit: June to September 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the closest airport (175 km).
    • By train: Kamareddy Railway Station (56 km) is an important junction, and is closest to the dam’s location. 
    • By road: The dam is well-connected by road, though the NH 44, which passes through it. Cabs, private, and state buses are easily available. Nizamsagar Bus Stand (6 km) ensures easy passage through state and private buses. 

43. Domakonda Fort

An 18th-century construction, Domakonda Fort is known for high arches and a unique circular plan. With moats and a strong defensive construction, the castle has a palace known for its glass work. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, within the castle also attracts devotees from across the country. 

  • Best time to visit: September to March 
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the best choice for air travellers (162 km). 
    • By train: Kamareddi Railway Station (21 km) offers easy transport to the palace, and can be accessed by train. 
    • By road: The palace lies just off the NH 44, and is easily reached by state transport, or private vehicles. Sangameshwar Bus Stop (4 km) is accessible for state or private buses. 

44. Nagunur Fort and Temples

Dating back to the 7th century, the town of Nagunur has been ruled by Chalukyas and Kakatiyas. The heritage of their massive forts, along with a plethora of temples is a hidden secret. The fort is home to several temples to Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Trikuta Temple, and Ramalingala Gudi Temple, which highlight the architecture and sculpture of their time. 

  • Best time to visit: September to February  
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The easiest route by air is through Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (246 km). 
    • By train: The closest railway station is the Karimnagar Railway Station (10 km). 
    • By road: There are taxis, buses, and private vehicles available to ferry passengers to Karimnagar, and from there to Nagunur. Buses can be taken to and from Nagunur Bus Stop (4 km).

45. Elgandal Fort

A hidden marvel, Elgandal Fort is a stronghold from the 16th century. Within the fort is a hidden secret of four minarets that are a replica of the famed Charminar. Another architectural marvel in the fort is the Doh Minaar, near Brindavan tank, which can oscillate with a little force. For adventure lovers, the hilltop also serves as a preferred trekking spot. 

  • Best time to visit: August to December
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The closest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (246 km). 
    • By train: Karimnagar Railway Station (18 km) offers access to Karimnagar Town, from where the fort is a short drive away. 
    • By road: NH 44 is the main route from Hyderabad by private vehicles, buses, or cars. Elgandal Fort can be reached a short walk from Kammanpur Bus Stop (4  km).

46. Ramagiri Fort

Built in stone, the Ramagiri Fort is a favourite among trekkers. Sitting atop Ramagiri Hills, the fort still has four forge-welded cannons that were once the main defence. The forest around the fort is filled with medicinal plants that have made it a retreat from work stress. The Medicinal Plants Conservation Centre close by may offer a learning experience. 

  • Best time to visit: November to March  
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The fort is quite a drive from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (246 km). 
    • By train: Peddapalli Junction (24 km) is the closest railway junction, and is a short drive from Ramagiri Fort. 
    • By road: The fort is 20 km from Peddapalli Bus Stop, and is accessible by taxi, or private vehicles. 

47. Jagtial Fort

Legend goes that it was built by two Englishmen, Jack and Tal, which explains its name. With four inbuilt ponds, and large doors operated by pulleys, the fort has the makings of a European castle. This heritage site also has four massive cannons that were once its main defence.

  • Best time to visit: September to March  
  • Ideal duration: 1 day 
  • How to reach: 
    • By air: The airport to use is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (236 km). 
    • By train: Katlakunta Railway Station (14 km) offers furthest access to the fort’s location. 
    • By road: The fort is situated 55 km off Karimnagar Town, and is accessible by cars, or buses. Buses are easy to find at Jagtial Bus Station (2 km) from the fort. 

Telangana is a state that combines historical legacy and aesthetic beauty. From the beautiful architecture of Chowmahalla Palace and Charminar to the spiritual peace of Sri Lalita Someshwara Temple or Rama Chandra Swamy Temple, there is something for everyone. With its inviting location, and hidden retreats, Telangana offers much for the tourist to explore.