Hyderabad To Srisailam Road Trip
Well! I am going to say it loud. We’ve lived in Hyderabad for about 2 years now and I’ve often heard everyone say that there aren’t many places you can go to over the weekend from Hyderabad than you could have from maybe its counterpart cities like Bangalore and Pune. But hey I am here to prove that theory wrong! In our days here we have explored at-least 9 amazing nearby places over weekends (and sometimes long weekends). We have compiled the best at -
Top 10 Places to Visit near Hyderabad
This article is about one such 2-day road trip we took from Hyderabad to Srisailam describing all the fun activities and places we covered in between!
📌 Drive from Hyderabad to Nallamalai Jungle Camp 🕔 6 hrs
📌 Check-in and cherish life amidst lush greenery 🕔 4 hrs
📌 Over night stay at the camp
📌 Wake up and enjoy an early morning Jungle Safari 🕔 2-3 hrs
📌 Check-out and head over to Srisailam Dam 🕔 3 hrs
📌 Quick stop at Srisailam Temple to witness the famous Jyotirlinga 🕔 2 hrs
📌 Octopus Viewpoint - Surreal viewpoint in Srisailam 🕔 1 hr
📌 Mallela Thirtham Waterfalls - hidden waterfalls inside the jungle 🕔 1.5 hrs
📌 Head back to Hyderabad 🕔 6 hrs
* Cost Division
✔ Stay = ₹2,000 per head (A/C Rooms, incl. Food + Safari.)
✔ Fuel = ~ ₹1,000 per head (INR 3,500 was the total fuel cost)
✔ Food = ₹500 per head (first day meals are included in the stay package)
You could book your stay here: Jungle Camps
Day 1 - Hyderabad to Nallamala Forest
We started early at 6:30 am on a Saturday morning embracing our exciting 5.5 hours long journey ahead. Watching the sun move along with you, golden rays hitting parts of your face, groovy peppy music - early morning drives are always a highlight! The drive takes you through the airport road leading to the highway and then the countryside! Wider polluted roads are now starting to be replaced by fresher prettier roads filled with flowering trees. One tollgate after the other, we zoom through each one scanning our new Fast Tag strip.
90 km and 2 hours later breakfast is all we could think and talk about. There are multiple options on the Hyderabad-Bangalore highway. We went to Sandarshini Udupi Pure Veg Restaurant in Mahbubnagar.
Back in the car, the caffeine had kicked in and the music went a notch louder. The drive from here on is what I had been waiting for: quieter roads, serene landscapes, brown tall grass and vibrant bright flowers. Each time we passed a breath-taking spot we would stop our car and take out our 4k drone and set it free. All our city worries were long gone. Singing along our favorite songs when the radio played one, stopping often for quick chai breaks, and after tons of pictures and videos - we had entered the Nallamalai forest reserve. This point onward there is hardly any network signal. Perfect for a weekend getaway! No unwanted calls, no checking in on Instagram vicariously. Just you, nature and monkeys!
A friendly staff member came running towards us and greeted us warmly. Our lunch was ready and he was quick to help us with our luggage and show our way inside the camp. Nestled in between lush greenery are 4 cottages and 5 tents named after birds - We stayed in a cottage named Shikra.
The camp is blessed with a wide variety of specialty trees and plants each tagged with its name and details! We took a walking tour of the estate. There are a ton of monkeys inside the camp that roam about happily and provide non-stop entertainment. We saw a monkey up in a tree hiding from a dog, and the dog had had enough of waiting for the monkey below the tree and kept barking at him.
The package of 2,000 rupees per person includes accommodation, breakfast, evening snacks, non-veg lunch and dinner! The campsite has a restaurant within- called HoneyBee, and it also runs its own safari tours and is included in the package as well. Yes, I hear you - Its a steal!
Day 2 - Nallamala Forest - Srisailam - Hyderabad
Woke up and took the early morning safari. The in-house guides were excellent and super engaging! The safari takes you through the heart of the forest, passing by some small mud-roads (which are apparently taken by pilgrims on their way to Sabrimala), an old temple, a big blue photogenic well and a mango tree!
The guides were very inclined towards fetching mangoes and also had their sticks ready. Back in our safari jeep we passed by bisons, deers, peacocks, eagles, sambars and some bones. Yes bones - we were informed that it must have been of an animal that the tigers would have preyed on. Unfortunately we did not spot a tiger but were shown the water reservoirs they generally come to drink water from, and we saw some paw scratches on trees. The safari ends with an impressive viewpoint in the middle of the jungle and a drop back to the camp.
Next stop: Srisailam dam
A massive dam across River Krishna, it is the 2nd largest capacity working hydroelectric station in the country. A nice drive amidst nature. If you are lucky you would catch the gush of water flowing through when the gates are open.
Clicked some photos, nibbled on some ice creams and yet again were entertained by some more cute little monkeys. I find their company everywhere! Sri Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna is a serene temple about 14 km from the dam and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati. I would recommend a quick stop here before reaching the dam.
Next stop: Octopus ViewPoint
A 30 minutes drive from the dam gets you to the stunning Octopus Viewpoint. You would not believe a viewpoint as gorgeous as this is not famous enough. I kid you not it does not look real. Check out the photos for yourselves if you don’t believe me!
Another 30 minutes drive from here gets you to a waterfall named Mallela Thirtham Waterfalls. It is on the way back to Hyderabad so you might as well check it out!
All in all this was a fun weekend. I highly recommend checking out the Nallamalai Tiger Reserve Camp - great value for money.
Our entire trip in a flash - stunning drone shots
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