Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana, is a colorful mélange of culture, cuisine, and commerce. Magnificent monuments from the bygone-era with impressive architecture seem to be its defining feature. At the same time, the city buzzes with posh malls, pubs, clubs, restaurants, and multiplexes, all of which epitomize its vibrant and youthful side. For a traveler, this contrasting confluence results in an array of sights and experiences that are a delight to soak in and explore. Well, the only hitch is that you will have a tough time forming a list of the must-visit tourist places in Hyderabad. Indeed, there are just too many attractions to explore in this land of the Nizams and world-famous biryanis. So, which ones to head to?

Read on, as we reveal to you the hip and happening as well as classic tourist attractions in Hyderabad that deserves your attention on any day.

Places to Visit in Hyderabad with Family

Places to Visit in Hyderabad with Family | Charminar

Charminar

Visiting Hyderabad with your family and kids can be a memorable affair. Thanks to the numerous family attractions out there, you can be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking out the destinations for your itinerary. Here’s our curated list for the top attractions to explore in Hyderabad with family.

1. Charminar

Charminar is, undoubtedly, the most famous landmark in Hyderabad. Built over 400 years ago, this iconic four-storied structure built in typical Islamic style houses a mosque on the top floor. Though there are a number of stories related to the construction of this monument, the most widely believed one is that Charminar was built to commemorate the eradication of cholera. Another interesting legend about this historic edifice is that it has an underground tunnel that connects it to Golconda Fort, though the location of the tunnel remains elusive.

While you are in the Charminar area, don’t forget to treat yourself to a glass of Irani Chai and some Osmania biscuits from the nearby Nimrah Café and Bakery. Here’s our blog on the street food in Hyderabad for more details.

Location: Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar

Timings: 09:30 am to 05:30 pm; every day

Entry Fee:

Indian citizens – ₹5 per person

Foreign nationals – ₹100 per person

2. Golkonda Fort

Yet another famous historical monument you must visit with your family and kids is the Golkonda Fort. The medieval fort overlooks the city and remains a testimony to the grandeur of the bygone-era, even though the fort complex is in ruins now. Apart from its architectural beauty and historical significance, Golkonda Fort is also associated with some of the most famous diamonds in the world. For instance, the fort was once the address of the legendary Hope and Kohinoor diamonds, among others. The light and sound show held here every evening is something that you must not miss out on, especially if you are visiting the fort with your kids.

Location: Khair Complex, Ibrahim Bagh

Timings: 09:00 am to 05:30 pm; every day

Entry Fee:

Indian citizens – ₹15 per person

Foreign nationals – ₹200 per person

Light and sound show – ₹130 per person

3. Wonderla

If family fun is on your mind, there can be no better option than Wonderla Amusement Park. One of the most popular family destinations in the city, Wonderla is thrill and fun redefined! The amusement park has a plethora of land rides and water slides on offer to keep you thoroughly engaged for an entire day. The Wave Pool and the Rain Dance sections are among the most popular attractions of the park. The best part is that the park has a number of kids rides specially designed to keep the young brigade happy.

Looking for more places where fun is serious business? Here’s a list of some of the most popular amusement parks in Hyderabad. Check it out.

Location: Outer Ring Road, Exit No 13 Ravirala

Timings:

12:30 pm to 05:00 pm (Normal Season Weekdays)

12:00 pm to 06:00 pm (Peak Season* and Normal Season Weekend/Holidays)

Entry Fee:

Adults – ₹815 (Normal Season); ₹1015 (Weekends/Holidays); ₹1060 (Peak Season)

Children – ₹635 (Normal Season); ₹790 (Weekends/Holidays); ₹825 (Peak Season)

Senior Citizen – ₹610 (Normal Season); ₹760 (Weekends/Holidays); ₹795 (Peak Season)

Free entry for children below 85 cm in height

4. Hatiyan Jhad Baobab Tree

You must have read stories about Ali Baba and his 40 thieves in your childhood. Won’t it be fascinating to visit a hideout of one such gang? The incredible part is that this hideout is located inside a tree. Yes, you read that right! Hatiyan Jhad is a huge tree located inside the Naya Qila premises, about 1 km from the Golkonda Fort. Its trunk measures about 25 meters in circumference and has a large hollow cavity that is big enough to fit in 40 people. Legend has it that a band of 40 thieves used to hide inside this tree during the reign of the Qutub Shahi rulers. They used to come out at night to carry out their dishonest activities, until one day they got caught. Even today, you can slide down the tree and explore the hollow cavity inside. Sounds like a fun thing to do with your little ones, right?

Location: Naya Qila, Ibrahim Bagh

Timings: 10:00 am to 06:30 pm; every day

Entry Fee: N/A

5. Ramoji Film City

For sure, Ramoji Film City is one of the most attractive family destinations in Hyderabad. A one-of-its-kind attraction, it holds the distinction of being the largest studio complex in the world. The film city has featured in a number of Indian movies. Even the blockbuster movie Bahubali was extensively filmed here.  You can explore a number of artificial and natural attractions inside this studio complex that also boasts of an amusement park, two hotels, multi-cuisine restaurants, and various permanent sets. Sprawling over 2000 acres, it is truly a dream destination for everyone, regardless of age.

Location: Anaspur Village, Hayathnagar Mandal

Timings: 09:00 am to 05:30 pm; every day

Entry Fee: Packages differ. Check their website for details.

6. Nehru Zoological Park

Often referred to as Hyderabad Zoo, the Nehru Zoological Park is home to a rich assortment of animals, birds, and reptiles. Among the prime attractions of this sprawling 380-acre park are the Asiatic Lion, Indian Rhino, Bengal Tiger, Indian elephant, panther, python,  and antelopes. Safari trips within the park are sure to amuse you. With a Jurassic park, aquarium, tortoise house, butterfly park, and a train, the zoo holds much appeal for the kids as well.

Location: NH 44, Bahadurpura

Timings:

08:00 am to 05:30 pm (April to June)

08:30 am to 05:00 pm (July to March)

Closed on Mondays

Entry Fee:

Adults – ₹30 per person

Children (Below 12 years of age) – ₹15 per person

7. Salar Jung Museum

Salar Jung Museum takes pride in being one of the three National Museums in the country. The rich and diverse collection at the museum includes paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, carvings, carpets, metallic artifacts, furniture, and clocks from various countries of the world. One of the world’s largest personal collections, it also has Aurangzeb’s sword and a wardrobe of Tipu Sultan among its various precious exhibits. 

Location: Near Minar Function Hall, Darulshifa

Timings: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm; closed on Fridays

Entry Fee:

Indian citizens (adults) – ₹10 per person

Indian citizens (children) – ₹5 per person

Foreign nationals – ₹150 per person

8. Chowmahalla Palace

Located near Charminar, the Chowmahalla Palace is a complex of four palaces that served as one of the residences of the Nizams of Hyderabad. A visit to the magnificent palace will let you experience the grandeur of the Nizams and their lavish way of life. Does the history of locomotives interest you or your kids? The palace has a vintage car collection that includes Rolls Royce and other manufacturers.

Location: Motigalli, Khilwat

Timings: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm; closed on Fridays

Entry Fee:

Indian citizens – ₹80 per person

Foreign nationals – ₹200 per person

9. BM Birla Science Museum

One of the best places to visit in Hyderabad with kids, BM Birla Science Museum comprises a science center, planetarium, art gallery, and a museum. The dinosaurium is a recent addition to the center and has become an instant hit among kids in no time. While you are here, encourage your little ones to explore the various exhibits of the museum. They can also enhance their knowledge about the universe, stars, and other celestial bodies at the planetarium.

Location: Saifabad, Adarsh Nagar

Timings: 10:30 am to 08:00 pm

Entry Fee:

Museum – ₹50 per person

Planetarium – ₹50 per person

10. Ohri’s Gufaa

Fancy a unique dining experience with your family? Dine at Ohri’s Gufaa, a themed casual dining spot that welcomes you with its surreal decor and an element of mystery. As the name indicates, the interior of the restaurant has been designed in the form of a gufaa, which is the Hindi term for a cave. A highlight of the restaurant is that the waiters here dress as hunters in sync with the theme. The North Indian menu comprises of an eclectic mix of items that are great to taste. Make sure to try their Zafrani Phirni and Khubani ka Meetha, which are simply awesome. Your kids will just love this place!

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Location: 5-9-30/16-20, Ohri’s Cuisine Court, Basheer Bagh

Timings: 12:00 noon to 3:30 pm; 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Cost for two: ₹1000 (approx.)

11. Osman Sagar

Osman Sagar, also known as Gandipet Lake, is a serene artificial lake that was created during the rule of the last Nizam of Hyderabad. That is why the lake shares his name, Osman Ali Khan. The lake is a popular tourist destination where you can watch beautiful sunsets with your dear ones. It is also an ideal destination for enjoying a day-long picnic with your family and friends. Located about 25 km from the city center, Osman Sagar surely counts among the top weekend getaways from Hyderabad

Location: Ranga Reddy district

Timings: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm; every day

Entry Fee: ₹5 per person

12. Hyderabad Botanical Garden

Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy Botanical Garden, also known as Hyderabad Botanical Garden, is a sprawling green garden spread across 274 acres. With 600 species of plants and trees, the garden provides a soothing sight to the eyes. If you are a nature lover, you will be delighted to explore the various sections of plants, that include ornamental plants, fruit trees, medicinal plants, timber trees, bamboos, and aquatic plants among others.    

Location: Kothaguda Reserve Forest, Kondapur

Timings: 06:00 am to 06:30 pm; every day

Entry Fee: ₹10 per person

Places to Visit in Hyderabad for Couples

Places to Visit in Hyderabad for Couples | Hussain Sagar

Hussain Sagar

Hyderabad plays the perfect host to couples in love. The city is full of places, from lakes and palaces to romantic restaurants and bazaars, where cupid can work its magic on the lovebirds. All you need to do is head to these places with your partner. Here comes the list of the best places to visit in Hyderabad for couples.

13. Hussain Sagar

Considered to be one of the most romantic spots in the city, Hussain Sagar is a majestic man-made lake designed in the shape of a necklace. The lake offers stunning views of the huge Buddha statue that stands in the middle of the waterbody. It is an ideal destination to spend some lovely moments with your beloved. To flame your romance further, you can hire a trip on a ferry or a boat and begin exploring the magical views of the surroundings.

Location: Necklace Road

Timings: N/A

Entry Fee: N/A

14. Ferry Ride, Tank Bund

Tank Bund is one of the best places in Hyderabad to enjoy a lovely evening with your partner. You can take a ferry ride to the middle of the Hussain Lake where the statue of the Buddha stands. A ride over the waterbody, with your sweetheart near you, and the twinkling lights all around can lend a surreal feel to the whole experience. Do not miss out on this opportunity.

Location: Necklace Road

Timings: N/A

Entry Fee: N/A

15. Durgam Cheruvu

Spending time together can mean different things to different people. If your idea of the same is to sit at a peaceful location and talk to your beloved while looking deep into his/her eyes, Durgam Cheruvu is the perfect destination for you. The beautiful freshwater lake flaunts a well-manicured landscape and is simply perfect for a picnic date. You can also indulge in boating with your partner at this location.

Location: CBI Colony, Jubilee Hills

Timings: 09:30 am to 06:30 pm; every day

Entry Fee: N/A

16. Taramati Baradari

Once it was a sarai or a roadside inn, but today Taramati Baradari is one of the preferred romantic spots for the lovebirds in the city. There are several folklores associated with this monument. One such folklore has it that it was the place where a beautiful courtesan named Taramati used to sing and perform. The then king of the land used to listen to her songs sitting at the Golkonda fort that was 2km away from this place. Whether such stories are true is debatable, but one thing is sure – the place is perfect for a romantic date with your partner.

Location: Ramdev Guda, Ibrahim Bagh

Timings: 11:00 am to 06:00 pm; every day

Entry Fee: N/A

17. Stone Waters

What can be a better way to impress your sweetheart than a romantic dinner at a rooftop restaurant? Stone Waters is a great place to enjoy your food while overlooking the cityscape. The casual dining spot offers an extensive menu that includes Continental, Asian, and North Indian cuisines. Apart from the tasty food and the warm hospitality, cool decor and live music make it a preferred spot for the lovebirds of the city.

Location: Jubilee Hills

Timings:

12:00 pm to 12:00 am (Sunday to Thursday); 12:00 pm to 01:00 am (Friday and Saturday)

Cost for two: ₹1800 (approx.)

18. Dialogue in the Dark

Want to surprise your sweetheart with a memorable experience? Then plan a dinner date at Dialogue in the Dark. This restaurant offers a totally new concept – talking in the dark. The restaurant asks you to keep aside your watch, phone or anything else that may produce light before you enter the main dining space. You will be guided to your table and asked for your choice of food. While your food is yet to arrive at your table, you and your partner will be left in the dark to talk, to your heart’s content. No phone calls, no social media, and nothing to disturb you as you both engage in a romantic conversation. Interesting, isn’t it?

Location: Inorbit Mall, Hitech City

Timings: 12:30 pm to 04:00 pm and 07:30 pm to 10:15 pm; every day

Cost for two: ₹1300 (approx.)

19. Choodi Bazaar

During the day, the Choodi Bazaar is a crowded place where locals and tourists flock to and bargain. But visiting the marketplace at night can be a totally different experience. Walk through the old bazaar hand-in-hand with your sweetheart and shop for the various items on display or simply go on a window-shopping spree. You both can also try out the tasty street foods available in the many stalls here. An advantage of making this trip is that you will be able to view the Charminar in all its glory under the lights. Trust us, it can be quite different from what you feel looking at this monument during the day.

Location: Subhash Nagar, Badi Chowdi

Timings: 11:00 am to 10:30 pm; every day

Entry Fee: N/A

20. Moula Ali

Sometimes all you need is a serene spot to sit and talk and enjoy each other’s company. Moula Ali hill is the perfect destination to do that. It is also one of the best places in Hyderabad to see sunrises and sunsets. Plan an early morning or evening date and reach the hillside with your beloved to catch the sun in its beauty. You can also visit the famous Moula Ali Dargah that is located on top of the hill.

Location: Moula Ali

Timings: N/A

Entry Fee: N/A

21. Lumbini Park

Situated on the banks of the Hussain Sagar Lake, the Lumbini Park is a place that is regularly frequented by the lovebirds of the city. The lovely ambiance, the calmness, and the cool breeze blowing from the lake make this place a lovely spot to spend some time with your sweetheart. While you are here, you can also go boating with your partner. If you are there in the evening, do not miss out on the laser show.

Location: Opposite Secretariat New Gate, Khairatabad

Timings: 09:00 am to 09:00 pm; every day

Entry Fee: ₹10 for entry; ₹50 for the laser show

Places to Visit in Hyderabad with Friends

Places to Visit in Hyderabad with Friends | Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Food, fun, entertainment or shopping, Hyderabad has some great spots to explore with your gang of pals. Let’s take a look at the most frequented hangout zones in the city for the young brigade.

22. Snow World

A unique amusement park, Snow World is a great place where you can chill out with your squad. This park provides you with an amazing experience in sub-zero ambiance where you can have tons of fun. You can try your steps at snow dancing, get into an igloo, make a snowman, and engage in other games with your friends. The place also has refreshment facilities to take care of your hunger even as you play around.

Location: Lower Tank Bund Road

Timings: 12:00 am to 09:00 pm and 10:30 pm to 12:00 am; every day

Entry Fee:

Adults – ₹450 per person

Children – ₹250 per person

College students – ₹300 per person

School students – ₹250 per person

23. KBR National Park

Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park or KBR National Park is a real jungle situated in the heart of the concrete jungle. The park consists of 600 species of plants, more than 100 species of birds, and about 30 species of butterflies. It also has a number of animal species like the jungle cat, pangolin, small Indian civet, etc. A visit to the park is a great way to refresh your mind. It is also a nice spot where you and your friends can spend some moments in a green environment, which is rare to get in a city.

Location: Jubilee Hills, Road No-2

Timings: 05:00 am to 10:00 am and 04:00 pm to 07:00 pm; every day

Entry Fee:

Adults – ₹25 per person

Children – ₹10 for child

24. Eat Street

What can be a better way to spend time with your friends than indulging in lip-smacking delicacies? When you want to have some great food in a great ambiance, head out to Eat Street, one of the most popular culinary destinations of the city. Situated by the lovely Necklace Road, the food court offers a wealth of options to select from. The best part is that you can enjoy your food while overlooking the panoramic Hussain Sagar Lake.   

Location: Necklace Road, Hussain Sagar, Khairatabad

Timings: 08:00 am to 10:30 pm; every day

Entry Fee: N/A

25. Treasure Island

If you love going out for picnics with your friends, why not head out to Treasure Island? True to its name, the place is an island full of treasures as far as fun is concerned. You can engage in a number of activities with your buddies, such as go-karting, camel rides, and water slides and some indoor games as well. To keep you high on the spirits, the place has good options for refreshments. Play, refill your engine, and go back to all the fun and frolicking!

Location: Next to Golkonda Resort, Gandipet

Timings: 10:30 am to 02:30 am; every day

Entry Fee: ₹600 per person

26. Hard Rock Café

How about spending an evening with your pals, cracking jokes and laughing out over some finely mixed cocktails, live music, and great food? Hard Rock Café, the partying hub of every youngster in the city, is the place to be. From generous portion size to music performances to live sports screenings, everything about HRC is just cool. No wonder, it is counted among the best places to hang out with friends in Hyderabad.

Looking for more such partying places? You might want to check out our blog on the top 10 pubs in Hyderabad.

Location: GVK One, Banjara Hills

Timings: 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm; every day

Cost for Two: ₹2000 (approx.)

27. Inorbit Mall

Inorbit Mall definitely counts among the most popular hangout zones in Hyderabad. The conveniently located mall offers a ton of choices in terms of shopping and leisure activities. At the same time, the place also houses a wonderful food court where you can head to with your friends and get your fill. If movies are on your mind, the multiplex at the mall can cater to this need of yours easily. It is one destination where time simply seems to fly.

Location: Mindspace Madhapur Road

Timings: 09:30 am to 11:00 pm; every day

Entry Fee: N/A

Family tours, solo trips, romantic outings, honeymoons or backpacking trips, or hangout places, Hyderabad will never cease to surprise you with its plethora of attractions. So, check in at one of the hotels in Hyderabad and make the most of your visit. And do not – we say it again, DO NOT leave the city without tasting a plate of flavorsome Hyderabadi biriyani!