Adventure Sports to Wildlife Sighting: Do It All At These 6 Hill Stations Close To Hyderabad

Shreya posted on 08 May

Come summers and everyone’s making hectic travel plans. But for those of us who cannot take days off of work and head to exotic locations, hill stations around the city make for easy peasy weekend getaways. So, escape the scorching heat and unwind at one of these places, all under 15 hours drive (max) for that much needed break.

Chikmagalur

Located at the foothills of Mulayanagari Range, in Karnataka is the town of Chikmagalur. Surrounded by hill stations like Baba Budan Giri, Mullayanagiri, Kalasa, Koppa — this place offers some scenic views and attracts tourists from all over the country. Here, you can experience the mountain air, and coffee estates. You can also check out Hebbe Falls and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, to witness the beauty of nature, or go trekking.

Distance From Hyderabad: 660 Km

Getting There: Although Chikmagalur is well connected to Hyderabad by both rail and air, you can also plan a road trip via Bangalore and get here in about 12 hours.

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Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

    Araku Valley

    Home to indigenous tribes on the Eastern Ghats, this hill station in Visakhapatnam is amongst the highest peaks in Andhra Pradesh. The beauty of this place lies in its forests and coffee plantations, and it is also known for its rich bio-diversity. So, while here, you can explore these forests, and also visit shoot locations of popular Tollywood films like Happy Days, Life Is Beautiful, and more that were shot here. Also, check out the famous Borra Caves which are located only 29 Km from here.

    Distance From Hyderabad: 702 Km

    Getting There: You can either take a day or overnight train to Vishakhapatnam and drive to Araku Valley in 3 hours from there or just go on a road trip via NH65 and NH16 to get there in about 14 hours.

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    Araku, Andhra Pradesh

      Lambasingi

      One of the less explored hill stations around the city is Lambasingi, a small town also known as Kashmir of South India. Although this place is a massive hit among travellers in winter as it experiences sub zero temperatures and foggy weather, but it also a great choice for summer getaways. This tranquil place has dense forests, plantations and valleys and the population here is very less too. So, it makes a perfect getaway for peace seeking nature lovers. People who want to go on solo trips too can head here for solitude.

      Distance From Hyderabad: 602 Km

      Getting There: You can take a train to Visakhapatnam and hire a cab from there, or drive there via Suryapet, Vijaywada, Rajahmundry and more. Ideally, the long drive would take 12 hours to get to Lambasingi.

       

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      Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh

        Mahabaleshwar

        Mahabaleshwar is a forested hill station located in the Western Ghats, but Hyderabadis can still go here for the weekend and enjoy Chinaman’s Falls, and its surrounding greenery and rocks. Mahabaleshwar also houses the Pratapgadh Fort and Venna Lake which are major tourist attractions. You can go here if picnic-sports, sunsets, and well-trodden paths excite you.

        Distance From Hyderabad: 585 Km

        Getting There: Although you can take a train to Pune and bus from there to Mahabaleshwar, we recommend making this a road trip with the family or squad for a perfect weekend.

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        Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

          Horsley Hills

          A series of hills located in the Chittoor district have some of the best views of nature and cool climate. Check out Gali Bandalu {Wind Rocks} and dense forests where you can spot wildlife of its rich flora and fauna. So, escape city life for a relaxed weekend.

          Distance From Hyderabad: 534 Km

          Getting There: You can get there in about 10 hours by road but there are day trains and overnight trains too.

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          Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh

            Dandeli

            Dandeli is located in Karnataka, and it is an adventurer’s paradise. Offering lush green environment, it also has a wildlife sanctuary where you can go. This place also has a lot of activities for tourists like camping, water sports like kayaking and rafting, and you can go trailing too. Gather your squad this weekend and make memories to last a lifetime, we say!

            Distance From Hyderabad: 567 Km

            Getting There: Depending on your preference and budget, you can take bus, train, flight or go by road too. But we recommend taking a train to Hubli and then making a short drive to Dandeli from there, or driving all the way for about 12 hours.

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            Dandeli, Karnataka

              Ooty

              Comparatively farther, Ooty is still a popular choice among Hyderabadis. It is often called the queen of hill stations. Rolling hills, and dense plantations is what Ooty is all about. Tea gardens, British style bungalows, and winding roads characterize this hill station that has cool weather for us to run to, this Summer.

              Distance From Hyderabad: 842 Km

              Getting There: Since there is no direct train, bus or flight from Hyderabad to Ooty, the best way would be to get to Coimbatore and then drive to Ooty as it is only 85 Km away. You can also consider making a road trip from Hyderabad as it is a 15-hour drive.

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              Ooty, Tamil Nadu