7 Interesting Places You Must Visit When You’re in Hyderabad

by Neeraj Sinha
Places to visit in Hyderabad

The list is long and intriguing with an array of places to visit in Hyderabad and a huge number of activities to indulge in. Hyderabad is also called the Pearl City of India. It is a heady mixture of modernization and spectacular examples of historical monuments like Golconda Fort, Charminar, Mecca Masjid and Chowmahalla Palace. There are many more tourist places in Hyderabad.

Here’s a list of  places to visit in Hyderabad.


Places to visit in Hyderabad. Tourist places in Hyderabad. Charminar


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Topping the list of Hyderabad points of interest is Charminar (1591) an artistic and marvelous icon located in the heart of the city. When Quli Qutb Shah shifted capital from Golconda to Hyderabad was when the beautiful majestic structure was built. It got its name owing to its four minarets representing the four Khalifas of Islam. The mosque lies on the banks of Musi River.

The highlight being its lip smacking Hyderabadi biryani, the Irani Chai (tea),  and Mirch ka Salan, Double ka Meetha and Haleem. The crowded marketplace is a shopper’s paradise to shop the famous Hyderabadi pearls, semi-precious stones, jewelry, silverware, saris and colorful bangles.

Tips:  Charminar is located nearby the Bus Station. Auto rickshaw or taxi/cab is best suited for local transport.

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Ramoji Film City

Places to visit in Hyderabad. Tourist places in Hyderabad. Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City

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A very popular hangout place and one of the most famous tourist places in Hyderabad is Ramoji Film City (1966) a perfect weekend holiday getaway that showcases cinematic themes. As per Guinness World Records it is certified as the world’s largest Film Studio one of the most visited film cities in India.

The city tours, adventure sports, garden tours and toy trains excited the tourists. You can indulge by visiting the sets of royal courts and other filmed locations based on inspirations from the world over.

Tips: Make sure you have an entire day to yourself to do justice to this awe-inspiring city.

Hussain Sagar Lake

Places to visit in Hyderabad. Tourist places in Hyderabad. Hussain Sagar Lake

Hussain Sagar Lake

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One of the famous tourist places in Hyderabad to hangout with friends and family is Hussain Sagar Lake (1563). During the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah the lake was built and it is known  for its monolith of Lord Buddha added much later (1993).

It is also known as ‘Tank Bund’ with a 3km dam wall that connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Due to its unique heart shape the

UNWTO declares the Hussain Sagar Lake as the ‘Heart of the World‘ owing to its unique heart – shaped outline.

Tips: Travelers who visit the lake indulge in water sports, boat rides and fishing.

Chowmahalla Palace

Places to visit in Hyderabad. Tourist places in Hyderabad. Chowmahalla Palace

Chowmahalla Palace

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One of the most historically rich places to visit in Hyderabad is the splendid monument Chowmahalla Palace. It was once considered the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and the official residence of the Nizam’s of Hyderabad. It was built between 1857-1869.

The heir of Nizam Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah still has rights to the property. Palace was awarded UNESCO’s Asia Pacific Merit Award (2010)

Tourists love to participate in the famous heritage walks through the old Hyderabad organized from the Palace regularly.

Tips: Don’t miss annual Chowmahalla Music and Dance Festival with performances like the Qawallis and mesmerizing dance performances.

Papi Kondalu

One of the top tourist places in Hyderabad is the Papi Kondalu a hill in the Khamman district and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the area.

It is the place where vegetation and wildlife is in abundance spreading across three districts. Papi Kondalu wildlife sanctuary houses panthers, tigers, hyenas, antelopes, jackals, various kinds of birds and spotted deer.

Tips: Kids travelling the hills can also indulge in a boat ride on the river surrounded by lush green hills and clear blue skies.

Golkonda Fort

Places to visit in Hyderabad. Tourist places in Hyderabad. Golconda Fort

Golkonda Fort

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One of the most magnificent places to visit in Hyderabad is Golkonda Fort (4.8 km long). The most outstanding feature is that if you stand at a particular place at the entrance to the dome ad clap your hands, you can easily her its sound a km away at the hilltop pavilion.

It’s majestic halls, drawbridges, stables, mounted canons and magazines hold great tourist attraction. Some of the precious gems found in the mines of the fort are Koo-i-noor, Darya-i-noor, The Hope Diamond and the Idol’s Eye.

Tips: Do attend the light and sound show at Golkonda Fort showcasing the fascinating history. Interesting fact is that the language spoken during the show changes as per the day.

Laad Bazaar


Laad Bazaar also called Choodi (Bangle) Bazaar is one of the oldest places to visit in Hyderabad is the.  Laad is lacquer, which makes bangles. The market is famous for printed saris, stone studded artificial jewelry using ruby and panna.

Adding to that, the market dates back to the time when the wife (Ladli Begum) of the king of Hyderabad Mir Mehboob Ali Khan ruled the region.

Tips: If you want to shop zari saris this is the place.

Mecca Masjid

Places to visit in Hyderabad. Tourist places in Hyderabad. Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid

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Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest places to visit in Hyderabad. Muhammad Quli Qutub shah commissioned the shrine in 1614 – 1694. Furthermore, the soil from the Holy Land of Mecca is used for the arch over the main sanctum hence the name ‘Makkah Masjid’.

The Masjid has a capacity to accommodate 10,000 people in its imposing façade and a very renowned pilgrimage.

Tips: The Masjid has banned entry for non-Muslim folks.

These are some of the most famous tourist places in Hyderabad

Other tourist places in Hyderabad are Snow world, Osman Sgar Lake, Nizam’s Museum, Purani Haveli, Mount Opera Theme Park Resort. Nehru Zoological Park, Salar Jung Museum, Nagarjuna Sgar Dam, Birla Planetarium, Begum Bazaar, Durgam Cheruvu, Birla Mandir, City Shopping, Chilkur Balaji Temple ,Madina Market and Toli Masjid.

Which of these places have you visited? Let us know in the comments.

Also, check out the places to visit in Mumbai and places to visit near Bangalore and Delhi.

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Sandeep May 4, 2018 - 2:41 pm

Nice post! This was really enjoyable to read. Having read this there seem to be some wonderful places to visit in hyderabad.

Palak Jain October 4, 2018 - 4:19 pm

Good insights about Hyderabad, I will consider these points while planning my next trip to Hyderabad.

Deepti Jain February 11, 2019 - 1:01 pm

Travelled places, but there is nothing like home!! Hyderabad, cant stop talking about it!
The pint of info you have given is sufficient to describe the beauty! Travel and explore, there’s much more to HYD!!

Service Apartments Hyderabad February 11, 2019 - 1:02 pm

Travelled to several countries and all continents, but but culture, warmth and food nothing close to beat MY HYDERABAD & I am born and reared in this city which many people very sadly call it old city but it should be called the REAL CITY or GOLD CITY

Kunal Sutar February 26, 2019 - 10:57 am

Good work man! Best wishes for the great creation of this blog.

shoaib khan March 4, 2019 - 12:25 pm

wonderful post . i am staying in hyderabad from many years i always feel i have not covered hyderabad places .with the help of your post i feel like i have really visted them .thanks for sharing

Meet Saxena April 22, 2019 - 5:41 pm

Interesting Read! I have been searching about what to do on my to Hyderabad in May and I landed on your blog. Hope I have fun and cover the things mentioned in the post.

Ramu S June 12, 2019 - 8:11 am

Very nice article Arjun. You have provided very good information to all who is searching for places to visit in a day in Hyderabad.

Kalyan November 22, 2019 - 4:55 pm

Hi, this is Kalyan last weekend we went to visit Ramoji film City with my family. I book tickets in Hyderbad Tourism from Ameerpet. We enjoyed very well. And my kids are very happy for this 1 day Ramoji film city tour.

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