Tourism In India |
Tourism in India
Pradesh >> Cities
Hyderabad - The Second Silicon
Valley of India
Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh is a bustling 400-year-old
metropolis with an urban population of 4.2 million people approximately.
Hyderabad is located on the Deccan Plateau and the Musi River, 650m above
sea level. The physiography of Hyderabad is dominated by hills, tanks,
forests, and rock formations.
The Hyderabad city is cosmopolitan, and is richly endowed with a variety of
cultures. While Muslim people are concentrated more towards the old city
like Charminar, Secunderabad has got a more contemporary look with a
concentration of Anglo-Indians. The city of Hyderabad presents an attractive
amalgam of old world charm together with the ebullience of growth and
enterprise. Beautiful old edifices built in the medieval, Mughal, Colonial
and Indo-Saracenic styles abound, rubbing shoulders with large glass and
chrome temples of commerce. Read More About Hyderabad
Hyderabad Tourist Attractions
Excursions From Hyderabad
Charminar is a majestic architectural monument standing at the
heart of the old city of Hyderabad, built by Mohammad Quli Qutub
Shah in 1591 supposedly to commemorate the eradication of plague
- Golconda Fort
Golconda fort is a majestic monument, which lies on the western
outskirts of Hyderabad city. It speaks of a great cultural heritage
of 400 years and is regarded as a place worth visiting.
- Mecca Masjid
Mecca Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India accommodating
upto 10,000 worshippers. This is the biggest mosque in Hyderabad and
lies within hundred yards to the southwest of Charminar.
- Hussain Sagar
Hussain Sagar is a large lake in the midst of the city and was
constructed in 1562 AD. Also known as Tank Bund, it connects the
twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
- Hyderabad Film City
It is one of the most comprehensive and professionally planned film
production centre in the world. Located at an hour's distance from
Hyderabad, it is spread over an area of more than 1000 acres.
- Osman Sagar
20-km away from the center of Hyderabad is Osman Sagar. Popularly
known as 'Gandipet', it is an excellent picnic spot with well-laid
Shilparamam is a crafts village at Madhapur, set amidst lovely
rocks, rippling waterfalls and gorgeous lawns, about 14-km from
- Ocean Park
Located at Gandipet in Hyderabad, Ocean Park is one of the first
theme parks started in the twin-cities. It is a unique amusement
park for the entire family and has attractions like a kiddie's pool,
a 60ft high ride, the Slam Bomb, bumping cars and dry rides for
people of all ages.
How To Reach Hyderabad
Hyderabad - An important centre in the air transport network of south India
is well connected with domestic and international airlines. Hyderabad, being
the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, has excellant road services to adjoining
states and has a strong rail network with all major cities of India.
By Air : Hydrabad is an important centre in the air
transport network of south India. There are flights in either direction
between Hydrabad and Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai,
Bhubaneswar, Nagpur, and Vishakhapatnam. Hyderabad has an international
By Rail : The twin cities of Hydrabad and Secunderabad are
extensively covered by the railway network connected with Bangalore,
Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and other cities in India.
Hydrabad is well connected by rail with all the important places within the
state also. The city bus service operates from the railway station.
By Road : On the crossroads of National highways 7 and 9,
Hydrabad is well connected. Buses of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport
Corporation and Private buses operate to all centres in the region.
Vishakhapatnam is built along the
seashore of the Bay of Bengal, and is bounded and broken by the bold
headland called the Dolphin's Nose (357m above the sea level). The city
boasts of a beautiful beach with a long beach road ending at nearly
Bheemunipatnam on the northern end. The surrounding area is dominated on the
west by the well-forested Eastern Ghats and farther east is drained by
numerous rivers, among them the Godavari and Indravati.
The city is also known as "Vizag" and is surrounded by three
hills, each of which has a shrine dedicated to a different religion -
Venkateswara temple (also spelt as Venkateshwara) on Venkateswara Konda,
Baba Ishaq Madina Dargah on Dargah Konda and Church of the Virgin Mary on
According to the history, the city was named after the god of
'Valor-Vishakha'. It was a part of the Kalinga Kingdom, under Ashoka's rule
in 260 B.C. It passed on later to the Andhra Kings of 'Vengi'. After this
Pallava, Chola and Ganga dynasties ruled the city. In the 15th century,
Vishakhapatnam became a part of the Vijayanagar Empire.
The Europeans, the Dutch, the French and the English established themselves
from the 17th century onwards and used this as a major trading center to
export textiles, ivory, tobacco, indigo etc. This port is well documented in
the histories of these colonial powers as well as in Indian historical
records. This coast played a major role during the reign of the Asaf Jahis
and the Golcondas.
A Prominent Shipbuilding Centre
Vishakhapatnam is an important shipbuilding centre; the first steamer to be
built in India was launched in Vishakhapatnam's harbour in 1948.
Vishakhapatnam's port has grown greatly in importance because it has the
only protected harbour on the Coromandel Coast. Agriculture is the mainstay
of the region's economy. There are major industries like Ship Building, Oil
Refinery, Fertilizer, Petro Chemicals, Steel Mills and a Naval base. The
suburb of Waltair, at the north end of the bay, is the site of Andhra
Vishakhapatnam is the true spot where one can find the beauty of Andhra.
From lakes to cool beaches, from beautiful hill ranges to caves and valleys
enclosures, Vishakhapatnam has them all. A visit to Vishakhapatnam will
definitely be exciting, enriching and refreshing experience with all its sun
kissed beaches, caves and temples.
- Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is located in Vishakhapatnam
amidst the scenic eastern ghats of India, flanked by hills on either
sides and Bay of Bengal on the east.
- Ramakrishna Beach
One of the loveliest beaches on the East Coast, the Ramakrishna
beach is a favorite resort for tourists visiting Vishakhapatnam.
- Rishikonda Beach
Just 8-km from Vishakhapatnam is the Rishikonda Beach, a golden,
unspoilt beach, washed by the sun-warmed sea.
- Kali Temple
Small temple beautifully constructed situated near Rama Krishna
- Vishakha Museum
Situated on the shores of the Rishikonda beach, this museum gives
historic insights of the past.
- VUDA Park
Located in Vishakhapatnam, VUDA Park is a heavy crowd puller and
has a dancing musical fountain.
- The Harbour
It is one of the natural harbours in the world. A temple, mosque
and church are located on hills overlooking the harbour.
- Dolphin's Nose
A huge rock, 357m high, is shaped like a Dolphin's nose. The rock
juts out into the sea, forming a headland on which is the
lighthouse. This lighthouse has a beam that can be seen 65-km out at
Kailasagiri is located on a hilltop and is a must to visiting place
for all people visiting Vishakhapatnam. The charming hill on the
seafront, affords a breath taking scenic view, especially towards
- Mudasarlova Water Works And Park
Situated 10-km from the city, it is beautiful valley framed by
hills with a lake that supplies water to the city. There is also a
scenic 18-hole Golf course belonging to East Point Golf Club.
- Submarine Museum
Another Attraction to Vizag is the recently setup submarine museum,
one of its kind in the country and the first Museum in Asia to be
build off a Submarine.
About 25-km from Vishakhapatnam is Bheemunipatnam. The most
important aspect of interest at the place is the beach, which is
perhaps matchless for its beauty all along the east coast.
About 16-km from Vishakhapatnam is Simhachalam, famous for the
temple of Sri Varaha Lakshminarasimha. Architecturally this ancient
temple deserves high praise.
- Araku Valley
About 115-km from Vishakhapatnam is the beautiful Araku Valley,
with its bracing climate, orchards, and the Ananthagiri Ghats, which
present an enchanting view to the visitors, is attracting tourists
not only in India but from abroad too.
- Borra Caves
At a distance of about 90-95-km from Vishakhapatnam are the Borra
Caves, which attained historical and religious importance.
- Ananthagiri Hills
Anantagiri is a breathtakingly beautiful resort sheltered in the
lush undulating ranges of the Eastern Ghats. It is considered to be
a perfect head off to get away from the blistering summer months.
The Ananthagiri hills are on the way to Araku Valley and are famous
for coffee plantations.