Rangareddy District, formerly known as K. V. Ranga Reddy District and Hyderabad (Rural) District, is the most populous district in the state of Telangana. The district encircles the city and district and also the city of Hyderabad serving as the administrative center.
Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple
One of the Hindu temples called the Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple is located in the beautiful hilly region of the Ananthagiri hills in Vikarabad, Rangareddy district of Telangana, India. This temple on Ananthagiri hills is dedicated to worship Lord Vishnu. Sri Nalapur Sitaram is the head priest of this temple. According to Hindu Mythology, Skanda Purana, it is believed that this Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple was constructed by the rishi Markandeya in the dwapara yuga on Ananthagiri hills.
The rishi Markandeya came here for yoga sadhana every day because the splendid and pleasant atmosphere of Ananthagiri hills attracted him. After his Yoga and meditation, Rishi Markandeya used to go to Kasi to take a holy bath in the river Ganges through a cave. During the dwadasi season, Markandeya couldn’t make it to Kasi in the early hours of the day. He was very upset with this and after seeing the rishi’s concerns, Lord Vishnu himself appeared in Markandeya’s dreams and arranged water from the river Ganges for the rishi’s bath. Markandeya was blessed to take a permanent place in the world as a river by lord Krishna who disguised himself as Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy. This river which is now popularly known as the river Moosi flows through Hyderabad. Markandeya initially took dharshanam of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy and converted a charka into Swamy. It is said that for the past four hundred years the Nizam Nawabs visited Ananthagiri hills for its peaceful atmosphere and would rest there. The main temple of Lord Padmanabha Swamy was built by the Hyderabad Nawab as Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy appeared in his dreams and asked him to build a temple for him. This temple is situated in the village of Ananthagiri at a distance of seventy-five kilometers from Hyderabad and five kilometers from Vikarabad. There are regular private transport operators and frequent buses between Vikarabad and Ananthagiri hills.
HOW TO REACH : Located nearly 85 km away from Hyderabad, Ananthagiri hills is well accessible by road transport.
Karmanghat Hanuman Temple
The Karmanghat Hanuman Temple is a very popular temple located at Karmanghat, on the way to Sagar road. This temple, dedicated to the Pawan Putra Hanuman, the greatest devotee of Lord Shri Ram is one of the oldest temples in the state capital, Hyderabad.
History of the Karmanghat Hanuman Temple:
This famous temple in Karmanghat was constructed in the 12th century A.D. according to the legend, when a Kakatiya ruler who was hunting after some time in the forest, felt tired and sat down to take rest under a tree. While resting, the king heard someone chanting the name of Lord Rama, the king got interested and went around trying to find who it was and as he walked further deep into the forest, he discovered an idol of Lord Hanuman. The stone idol was in a sitting posture and the voice was coming from within the vigraham. Having paid his respects, the humble king returned to his capital, and that very night, Lord Hanuman appeared in his dream and asked the king to construct a temple.
The Karmanghat Temple was constructed immediately and the succeeding kings of the Kakatiya dynasty ruled it well. Some 400 years later, Aurangzeb had ordered his armies to each and every corner of the country to destroy all Hindus temples. At this temple, Aurangazeb’s mighty armies could not even enter near the compound wall. After learning this, Aurangzeb, himself went there to wipe out the temple with a with a crow bar in his hand. When he reached the temple premises, he heard a deafening roar rumbling and the instrument slipped from his hands as fear overwhelmed him. Then he heard a thundering voice from the heavens saying Mandir todna hai raja, to kar maan ghat” which means, oh king, if you want to destroy this temple, then make your heart strong. The place got its name kar-man-ghat, after the voice from the heavens. And to this day, the main deity Lord Anjaneya sits in the temple peacefully meditating and bestows his blessing to his devotees, as Dhyana Anjaneya Swamy.
TEMPLE TIMINGS : All Days of the Week
Monday-Sunday 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 04:30 PM – 08:30 PM
Tuesday 05:30 AM – 01:00PM, 04:30 PM – 09:00PM
HOW TO REACH : It is located at a distance of nearly 12 kms from Mahatma Gandhi bus terminal of Hyderabad and well accessible by road.
The Keesaragutta Temple is a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Siva and his consorts Goddesses Bhavani and Sivadurga. The temple takes its seat at Keesaragutta in the Rangareddy district. The town is about 40 kilometers from Hyderabad and 10 kilometers from ECIL. The temple takes its authority on a small hill. It attracts scores of devotees on the day of Shivaratri.
History of Keesaragutta Temple:
Legend has it that Lord Sri Rama installed the Siva lingam in the revered shrine of Keesaragutta to atone for the sin of killing Ravanasura. Lord Rama chose this lovely valley with green pastures surrounded by magnificent hills and ordered Hanuman to bring the Sivalingam all the way from Varanasi, but Hanuman could not arrive on time and as the auspicious hour was approaching, the Lord Siva himself appeared before Rama and presented him a Sivalingam for installation. For this reason, the Shiva lingam in this temple is called Swayambhu Linga. The lingam is also called Ramalingeswara as it was installed by Lord Sri Rama.
Hanuman came with 101 lingams for choice from Varanasi and felt aggrieved at not having his lingam installed. Thus, he threw all over the area. Even to this day, many lingams are also found scattered outside the temple.
HOW TO REACH : Keesaragutta temple is located nearly 35 km from Hyderabad city and can be reached through road from ECIL ‘X’ Road.
The Sanghi temple is one of the most famous temples in Hyderabad. It is a very beautiful temple done in marble and the management has given a lot of importance to the environment. You can see this first hand as there are many trees and vegetation in and around the temple. Many Telugu films have been shot in this temple.
The stretch of the road to reach the temple is quiet good with a neatly laid two lane black tar road along the way with trees paving the path. The road to Sanghi gives an impression of a ghat road. And when you go further, a Hanuman Temple welcomes you. After the darshan, you can look on to a beautiful view of the city from the hilltop. The main deity here is Venkateshwara Swamy. The temple also houses Padmavati Devi. There are Navagrahas in the temple premises.
This enchanting Temple is located in Sanghi Nagar, some 25 kilometers from Hyderabad. It takes its position on a hillock known as the Paramananda Giri. The Raja Gopuram is 15 feet tall, and can be seen from several kilometers away. A little further in the premises, a long flight of carpet covered steps leads to the entrance of the temple. The first thing that catches your eye is the heavy, beautifully carved door that forms the main entrance. The majestic temple is built in the flawless Chola-Chalukya style of architecture. You can find three Gopurams at the foot of the hillock, which stand tall as if entering into the heavens.
TEMPLE TIMINGS : All Days of the Week
08:30 AM – 10:30 AM
04:00 PM – 06:00 PM
HOW TO REACH : The temple is located 35 km from Hyderabad, near Hyderabad-Vijayawada highway and well accessible by road.
Chilkur Balaji Temple
Our country is an incredible land, and a home for amazing cultural integration. People in India are briskly embracing technology, but deep inside, they are still rooted to their faith in god. Indians, of all age groups embark on a path of spiritual journey in the name of God and faith. One such temple standing high is the Chilkur Balaji Temple. The amazing deity of this temple is also known as VISA God. This name comes as a surprise for many but some people come to the temple with a belief that Chilkur Balaji is very powerful in helping people secure foreign VISAs.
This temple is located on the outskirts of the state capital, on the banks of the Osman Sagar Lake. The temple is definitely an epicenter of a great deal of spiritual energy. According to the history of this temple, almost all the IT professionals who visit the temple had received an opportunity to fly abroad within a year. The faith here is that if a you make a wish after 11 pradakshanas, then that wish comes true. And once the wish comes true, you will have to come back to do 108 pradakshanas around the entire temple.
Even the popular Wall Street Journal, amused with the belief, has written a full article on this temple. People from all sects visit this temple in hope of getting their wishes fulfilled. Another notable aspect of this temple is that it is one of the very few temples in the country, which does not accept any monetary donations in the Hundi. The management believes that the only fee the lord asks the devotees to make pradakshanas around the temple. It is a matter of sheer pride that our nation holds such rich heritage where beliefs and faiths in good are passed on from one generation to the other with or without any scriptures.
TEMPLE TIMINGS : Monday-Sunday
05:00am – 8:00pm
HOW TO REACH : Chilkur Balaji temple, located approximately 25 km from Hyderabad is accessible through road enroute Mehdipatnam.
Ananthagiri Hills is located 10 km from Vikarabad, Ranga Reddy district, Telangana, India. The hills are the main water source for Osmansagar and Himayathsagar. It is considered as one of the dense forests in Telangana region. Ananthagiri has a famous temple located in this forested region, which is also the birthplace of Musi River. It is situated at a distance of about 90 km from Hyderabad City and a popular destination for trekking and for those who love adventure. It is also considered one of the earliest human habitat areas in South India. Ancient caves, medieval fort like structures and ancient temple shows the history of the area.
It is a much sought after place, which is covered, by red soil and ideal for some adventure sports. Visitors rate it as one of most beautiful places for a weekend get away from Hyderabad. The road is in good condition, which takes you into the dense forests with beautiful trees and streams all along the way. Near the lighthouse if you take a 2 km diversion, you can reach the topmost point in the Vikarabad region, which offers an excellent view point. A trip to Vikarabad on a cloudy day with a little drizzle is simply an unforgettable experience and it is a poor man’s Ooty in summer.
For accommodation in Ananthagiri hills you can choose Hairtha Resort at Ananthagiri Hills which has a tariff of INR1500 per day and the second option is Deccan Trails. Haritha valley resort operates a restaurant serving both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines. The small reservoir, the lush green jungle, the jungle trail are all an added attraction to this place covered by thick vegetation, small rivulets and beautiful streams with fresh water.
HOW TO REACH : Ananthagiri hills is easily accessible road, located nearly 90 km away from Hyderabad.
Ramoji Film City
If you think nature is invincible, then so is Mother Nature’s creation! Situated at around 25 Kilometers from Hyderabad, the man made beauty, Ramoji Film City is spread over 2000 acres. It is a theme park created for film shootings. The place is a splendor and a popular family getaway. It also serves as the perfect destination for corporate events and lavish weddings. The dramatic film city is a best option if you want to spend a fun day with a number of rides and recreational activities. It also has two places, Tara and Sitara for the guests to stay in.
The film city puts offers a kaleidoscope of attractions. Some of the major attractions of the spectacular film city are Sun Fountain, Japanese Garden, Angel’s Fountain, Jail, Princess Street, Eureka, Airport, Railway Station, Action, Temple, Gardens, Ramoji Tower, Film World. Many films have been made in the film city and several filmmakers say that you can walk in with a plain script and complete a great movie here.
There is a stunt show and a technical show, in which blue screen is used to how the technicalities involved in filmmaking. This film city is counted as the world’s largest, most comprehensive and professionally planned package for film production. The management offers a wide variety of getaway packages, which makes it a perfect holiday for you to refresh and recharge. The daily tour around the film city begins at the Eureka, where you will find a heavenly mix of both Oriental as well as the Western culture. Adding fun to the visit are the stunt shows loaded with action and some colorful dance programs. The whole atmosphere is filled with gaiety. At Eureka you can also see the Moghul Gardens and if you go a little further you will find the Hawa Mahal. The film city is a world of fantasy and adding to its beauty is the wings bird park. Another feature that is a hit with people from all walks of life is the Ramoji Tower. The tower offers a fabulous aerial view of the film city. It also gives you a one-of-its-kind experience of 4D virtual reality.
HOW TO REACH : Ramoji film city is located nearly 35 km from Hyderabad city in Hayathnagar mandal and accessible easily through road by Hyderabad-Vijayawada highway.
Osman Sagar Lake
Osmansagar, also called Gandipet, is an excellent picnic spot located on outskirts of Hyderabad. Osmansagar is among the two lakes located on the city’s periphery region supplying drinking water to the city. Osmansagar is a beautiful lake located 20 km. west of Hyderabad. The lake is a man made reservoir created by constructing a dam across the Isa, a tributary of Musi River. The lake has an abutting bund with lush gardens, which provide an ideal ambience for an outing. The lake also houses a heritage building, Sagar Mahal, which was built as a resort by the Hyderabad Nizam and has been transformed into a lake resort by the department of Tourism.
Irrespective of whether it is summer or winter, the place is always crowded with streaming visitors. Mir Osman Ali Khan created this water body as part of the damming project of the river Musi in the year 1920. The idea was to supply drinking water for Hyderabad city. The lake spreads over an area of 46 sq.km and is the chief drinking water source for the twin cities.
Gandipet is a much sought after picnic spot for the people of Hyderabad and has been developed as a public recreation spot with landscaped gardens and swimming pool. Gandipet Lake beckons holidaymakers all over the year from all corners of twin cities. Tourists visiting Gandipet feel pleasant to see a vast stretch of placid water shimmering golden under the morning sun. The cool breeze and soothing ambience adds to the serene environment. Sprawling gardens with colorful flora, the vegetation and trees towards the dam’s lower sides makes the place truly picturesque. The lake also offers boating facilities to the visitors looking forward to a pleasant ride. People come along with family and friends for spending an entire day for having fun. There are snacks and drinks available at the local cafeteria. After a good monsoon, the reservoir is replenished and fills to the brim, which is again a breathtaking sight.
TIMINGS : Monday – Friday : 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM
Saturday : 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM
Sunday : 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM
Public Holidays : 7.00 AM – 7.00 PM
HOW TO REACH : Osman Sagar Lake is accessible by road at a distance of nearly 30 km from Hyderabad.
Mrugavani National Park
The present day world has created its orbit around technology and modernism. The modern way of living has extensive demands and more and more of our Earth’s space and resources is what is at stake for. One can observe that national parks have eventually become the last sights of refuge for most indigenous species of animals as well as plants around the globe. Even governments of several countries have now become conscious of the importance of preserving these last species in wildlife sanctuaries.
The Mrugavani National Park in the state capital is an example of a beautiful national park turned major tourist attraction. What is most exciting is that in a land layered with exotic and immense natural resources like in India, it sure is a great achievement. The Mrugavani National Park, located at Chilkuru in Moinabad, is at a distance of about 25 kms from Hyderabad. The National Park is spread over 3.5 sq kms of pure, untamed land. The Indian government announced it a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1994 and since then, the park has been home to some 600 species of plants and animals. Like in the case of most national parks, even the Mrugavani national park has had least human intervention and interaction in order to make sure that all the precious creatures remain undisturbed in their cozy natural habitat.
We can see that the park has a topography made up of several rocky exposures that are characteristic of Deccan formation. The fauna of the wildlife sanctuary is as varied as they come. Foxes, black-naped hares, Wild boars, as well as Indian vipers are the most striking species for the curious traveler.
TIMINGS : All days of the week
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
HOW TO REACH : Mrugavani National park is accessible by road and located at a distance of nearly 20 km from Hyderabad enroute Chilkur, close to Nehru Outer Ring Road.
Vikarabad is a charming place where one can derive pleasure in trekking. In fact, it is one of the favourite trekking spots for people who crave for adventure close to Hyderabad city. This place is covered with red soil, containing a mixture of rock and loose soil; therefore, it is a thrilling place for Rappelling and Rock Climbing.
There are two different trails for the people coming here to have an adrenaline rush. The forest is an ideal place even for beginners. Vikarabad is surrounded by many small hills, making it convenient for trekking and apart from this; one can also enjoy some wild adventures in the Vikarabad forest. Tourists enjoy forest trails by traversing some of the interior regions of the forest where they enjoy photographing the panoramic views and wildlife, fresh water streams and the verdant greenery.
HOW TO REACH : Vikarabad is easily accessible by road, located nearly 85 km away from Hyderabad.
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