Let’s make ‘Into the woods’ the theme of your next trip, be it a quick weekend getaway or a long holiday in Hyderabad. Isn’t it the best way to deflect from the monotonous path and find solace amidst nature? Set out on a journey to Ananthagiri Hills, a beautiful place that is not too far away from the metropolitan city, yet surprisingly distant from its hustle and bustle.
About Ananthagiri Hills:
Nestled in one of the dense forests in Telangana, Ananthagiri Hills is situated near Vikarabad district, around 90 kms away from Hyderabad. It is one of the best road trips from Hyderabad. Known as one of the earliest habitats, it is the place where the famous Musi River originates. The rustic ambiance of the place and its many attractions like elegant waterfalls, ancient caves, scenic trekking trails, camping sites, indigenous wildlife, rivers, streams, and an ancient temple make Ananthagiri Hills popular among nature lovers, adventure junkies, wildlife enthusiasts along with religious tourists.
Best time to plan an Ananthagiri Tour:
The forest area offers pleasant weather throughout the year, with winter temperatures ranging from 13 to 25 °C. The best time to plan a trip to Ananthagiri Hills is during the monsoon season, when nature, drenched in the rains, assumes a refreshing aura. The rainwater breathes life into the mountainous streams and waterfalls that look impressive in their full glory. This kind of weather is perfect for sightseeing. Nevertheless, the ideal time to enjoy adventurous activities like trekking and rock climbing is between the months of October and February. Don’t you think you should be booking flights to Hyderabad already?
Things to do in Ananthagiri Hills:
From trekking, kayaking, and camping to visiting Lord Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple and marveling at the charisma of Ananthagiri’s natural attractions, here’s what you can expect from an Ananthagiri Hills Tour.
Trek the Ananthagiri Hills:
The lush green hills crisscrossed with natural streams inspire many trekkers to follow the jungle trails and feel nature. Ananthagiri Hills is one of the best trekking places in Hyderabad, known to offer picturesque views, great bird watching experience (the area is home to 270 species of birds), and peaceful camping sites. The refreshing cool breeze contributes to an easy-going trek. You can catch sweeping views of the mesmerizing hills from Godamguda Viewpoint. How about night camping and stargazing amid raw nature? Yes, you could also plan a night camp in Ananthagiri Hills!
Visit Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple:
Also known as Ananthagiri temple, it is the main attraction in Ananthagiri Hills. In fact, the hills are named ‘Ananthagiri’ after this temple. It is one of the famous temples in Telangana dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is worshipped here in the form of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy. According to Hindu scriptures, the temple is installed by Rishi Markandeya in Dwapara Yuga. However, the construction of the main temple was commissioned some 400 years ago by Nizam Nawab, and this temple stands as a symbol of religious harmony.
Kayaking the Nagasamudram Lake:
Located at a distance of around 15-20 km from the Ananthagiri hills, Nagasamundram Lake or Kotipally reservoir is a soothing spot perfect for spending some ‘me-time’ amid nature. You can enjoy picnicking and camping by the lakeside, or go kayaking or boating along the lake during sunset hours and let the tranquility of the lake and the beauty of the sunset consume you! You’ll also find several food stalls around the lake in case you wish to gorge on some snacks after kayaking the lake!