Top 10 Best places to visit in Hyderabad. The capital city of Telangana, Hyderabad is a popular tourist destination and presents its visitors with a mesmerizing contrast of age-old traditions, culture at one end and modern facilities, amenities of a metropolitan city at the other end. Hyderabad is one city, which has no dearth of tourist attractions.
The very well-known Charminar of Hyderabad is located in the Old City. This square-shaped structure with a height of 56 m and a breadth of 30 m was constructed in 1591. It was built by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in the honor of his wife Bhagmati. Also referred to as the ‘Arc de Triomphe of the East’, Charminar is adorned with four towers in each corner. The minarets on each side are 48.7 m in height, each with four stories. Charminar has a small mosque as well on the top floor. There are 45 prayer spaces that are still visited by people, particularly on Fridays. Lighting in the evening is quite glamorous and makes for a worth watching site
Entry Fee: Rs.5/- per Person for Indians
Entry Fee: Rs.100/- per Person for Foreign Nationals
Timings: 9:30 – 5:30 Everyday
2. Ramoji Film City
Since 1991, Ramoji Film City has been alluring tourists from every corner of the country. One of the largest film studios in the world it has the capacity to house almost 50 film units within a given point of time.
It is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as well. Spread over 2500 acres, it is situated about 30 km away from Hyderabad. Its brilliant architecture and sound technical facilities make it suitable for all the pre and post-production of a film.
Its various sets like London Street, Hollywood sign, Japanese gardens, etc; landscapes; vintage buses; and many other features such as Filmi Duniya, Action, Interactive Entertainment, etc, make a trip to Ramoji memorable.
Timings: 9:00 – 5:30 Everyday
Ticket Prices at Ramoji Film City:
- For adult person – Rs 1150
- For children – Rs 950 (Height 5,4″)
- Price of star experience for adult – Rs 2249
- Price of star experience for children – Rs 2149
- Ramoji Sahas price for adult – Rs 999
- Ramoji Sahas price for children – Rs 799
- Ramoji Sahas Combo price for adult – Rs 1650
- Ramoji Sahas Combo price for Children – Rs 1450
3. Golconda Fort
Just 11 km away from the city, the architectural marvel Golconda Fort is well connected to the rest of the city. Built by Qutub Shahi Kings, this fort presents an impressive structure, with eight gates and 87 bastions.
Its impressive structure has majestic walls which are as high as 15 to 18 feet and a parameter of close to 11 km. Along with brilliant architecture, this fort also captivates its visitors with its system of acoustics, its water supply system, ‘Rahban’ cannon, and Ramdas’ prison which has carved Hindu deity in it.
The light and the sound shown in English, Hindi, and Telugu language with the voice-over by the Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is something one must not miss when visiting the Fort.
25 per person for Indians
300 per person for Foreign Tourists
25 for Still Camera
Sound & Light Show Timings at Golconda Fort
- 1st Show English (All Days)
- 2nd Show in Telugu on Monday, Wednesday & Friday,
- 2nd Show in Hindi on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.
- Show Timings (Nov to Feb): 1st Show 6:30pm 2nd Show 7.45pm
- Show Timings (Mar to Oct): 1st Show 7:00pm 2nd Show 8.15pm.
Note:– Sound & Light Show Ticket counter at Golconda Fort is open from 5:30 PM
4. Hussain Sagar Lake
The Hussain Sagar Lake is the largest artificial lake in Asia and one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad. Go on a ferry ride while here, for a true Hyderabad experience.
0 (No Entry Fee)
55 per Adult for Mechanised Boat
35 per Child for Mechanised Boat
250 per Person for Jet Ski Boat
300 per Couple for Jet Ski Boat
100 per Person for Rajahamsa Boat (min 5 persons)
400 per Person for Para Sailing
Timing: 08:00 – 10:00 daily
5. Chowmahalla Palace
Chowmahalla Palace, with the literal meaning of ‘four palaces’ in the Urdu language, was built in the 18th century. It was during the reign of fifth Nizam, Afzar-ud-Daulah, Asaf Jav V, from 1857 to 1869, that the palace was completed.
Initially spread across an area of 45 acres, the palace now covers 12 acres of land. The palace has two courtyards – the northern courtyard and the southern courtyard.
The southern courtyard has four palaces which are Afzal Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, and Aftab Mahal. Out of these, Aftab Mahal is the biggest of all, with two storeys.
Khilwat Mubarak, the heart of the palace, Clock Tower, Council Hall, and Roshan Bungalow are other worth visiting sections of it. It has been open for public viewing since 2005.
50 per Adult for Indians
10 per Child (Below 12 Yrs) for Indians
200 per person for Foreign Tourists
50 for Still Camera
100 for Video Camera
Please Note: Tripods are not allowed
Timings: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Friday closed)
6. Jala Vihar
Located at the Necklace Road, Jalavihar, a family entertainment park, enjoys a prime location. Suitable for both kids and adults, it offers an amazing range of water activities. Some of these are River ride, Tilt bucket, Mushroom Umbrella, Family slide, Mini aqua trailers, Float slide, Pendulum, etc.
Not just water rides, families can have fun-filled moments at games like Mini train, Super-Jet, Battery bikes, Mini Coarsely, Battery cars, Mini rainbow wheel, Air hockey, Water shooter, Basketball, Bungy Trampoline, etc. The party zone here is perfect for all kinds of family functions. It also houses an amphitheater and the Aesthetic Vedhika.
3 Feet or Above 3 Feet Height Rs.350/- Per Person
Kids Below 3 Feet Height Rs.250/- Per Person
Timings: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm daily
7. Shri Jagannath Temple
The Shri Jagannath Temple was built by the Oriya community residing here and is a replica of the one in Puri. It’s an architectural marvel and a must-visit for all tourists. Its
A mini replica of puri Jagannath temple with great upkeep and a flow of Oriya traditions, a great temple to be at Hyderabad.
Timings: 6:00 to 9:00 daily
8. Birla Mandir
Located atop the 280-foot-high hillock of Kalapahad, the beautiful Birla Mandir has derived its name from the industrialist Birlas who have constructed Birla temples in various parts of the country.
Constructed in 1976, it is said it took close to 2000 tonnes of white marble to build this stunning temple which was brought from Rajasthan. It has drawn its architecture from the amalgamation of three known architectural designs – South Indian Architecture, Utkal temple Architecture, and Rajasthani Architecture.
The temple has an 11 ft. tall statue of Lord Lakshminarayana with a magnificent lotus carved around it. It also has separate shrines for deities such as Venkateswara, ‘Padmavati’, and ‘Andal’ as well. The complex also houses a separate temple of Lord Buddha.
Timings: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm (daily)
9. NTR Gardens
In the memory of late Shri N T Rama Rao. Not just lush green landscape, this park also has a wide range of recreational choices for visitors such as boating, machan tree, etc.
There is ample of place, especially for children. You will have ample eating options as well, including cafes, restaurants, and eat-out joints. The mini-train offering a short ride through the park is a major attraction.
20 per Adult
10 per Child
30 for Still Camera
65 for Camcorder
Monday to Saturday: 2:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunday/Holidays: 12:30 pm – 8:30 pm
10. Taj Falaknuma Palace
On a 2000-foot high hill, Falaknuma Palace is located just at a distance of 5 km from the historic monument Charminar. Built by the Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, it took close to 9 long years for its completion. However, later in 1897, it was purchased by Nizam VI to serve the purpose of the royal guest house.
Spread across an area of 32 acres, the palace has been constructed with marble and is often referred to as the ‘mirror of the sky. There are almost 22 halls and 220 rooms in the palace along with an impressive library, captivating chandeliers, marble staircase, and many attractive features which make it an architectural marvel.
It boasts of a rich collection that ranges from Jade collection to rare paintings, manuscripts, books, and furniture to statues. In 2000, it was taken over by Taj Group and converted into a 5-star luxury hotel, although the essence has still been preserved with much caution.
Entry only through Telangana Tourism – NIZAM PALACES TOUR Weekend Half-a-day tour (only Saturday’s and Sunday’s)
Taj Falaknuma Palace Tours Tickets price:
*Tour Option A: Rs.3,100/ Adult and Rs.2480/ Child
Inclusions: Entry Tickets, Tea & Snacks, A/c Transport, Tour Guide
*Tour Option B: Rs.2,000/Adult and Rs.1,600/ Child
Inclusions: A/c Transport, Tour Guide
Tour Entry timings on Saturdays and Sundays: (4:00 pm to 5:30 pm)
- Tour starts from Tourism Plaza in Begumpet (1:00 PM)
- from Hotel Taj Krishna in Banjara Hills (1:20 PM)
- from Hotel Golconda in Masabtank (1:45 PM)
- 2:30 PM arrive at Chowmahalla Palace (30 mins Tour)
- 4:00 PM arrive at Falaknuma Palace (90 mins Tour + Hi-tea)
- 6:45 PM arrive at Golconda Fort (75 mins with Sound & Light Show)
- 9:00 PM Tour ends – Drop at respective pick-up points.
Please Note: Telangana Tourism Nizam Palace Tour Start time is 1:00 pm from Begumpet, however, the bus will reach Falaknuma Palace at 4:00 pm after covering other places, that are part of the tour.