20 amazing tourist places to Visit in Hyderabad

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"Traveling," it is just a word for some but a passion for many.

It is something that will leave you speechless and turns you into a storyteller.

And if you are a travel buff then there is no place in this world that you would ever want to miss. Right?

So here I introduce you to one of the most modern and developed cities of India which is also called as “The City of Pearls" or "The City of Nizams" - HYDERABAD. It is the capital of the state of Telangana.

places to visit in hyderabad

There are many best places to visit in Hyderabad with your friends, family, and spouse. And if you are wondering that what is the right time to give this place a visit then it is the winter season (from October till March).

So let us find some beautiful Hyderabad tourist places to get lost in.

Places to visit in hyderabad - Best tourist places in hyderabad

1) Charminar

Now, this has to be the first place in this list because when you hear Hyderabad, this one strikes you the first.

It is a monument located in the heart of the old Hyderabad and is one of the best Hyderabad’s tourist places.

The reason behind why it is called so is that it has four minarets which are approximately 48.7 meters tall.

Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah established it in the year 1591 when Quli Qutb Shah shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad. Its architecture resembles Cazia style.

A visit to Hyderabad without going to Charminar is worthless as this is the prime attraction of Hyderabad.

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  • Timings: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tickets: 5 INR per head for Indians and 100 INR per head for Foreigners.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Explore the architectural design,shopping at Laad Bazaar, visit Makkah mosque, taste local food.

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2) Ramoji Film City

Do you know which the world’s largest film studio is? It's Ramoji film city. It is certainly one of the best tourist attractions of Hyderabad and if you have that special corner for cinema in your heart then trust me you will love going here.

The live shows, kid's park, Bird Park, hills, lavish green gardens all these are somewhere or the other are featured in films.

Films like Om Shanti Om, Bahubali, are some of the movies which were shot here. So if you are lucky, then you can spot some celebrity.

Visiting Ramoji Film City is itself a remarkable experience for one who visits here.

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  • Timings: 9 am – 5:30 pm (Mon- Sat), Sunday closed.
  • Tickets: For Adults 1100 INR - 1800 INR (depending upon     package), For Children 700 INR - 1500 INR (depending upon the package)
  • Duration: 1 day (Stay Available)
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Film City Sightseeing and Enjoy food at restaurants.

3) Hussain Sagar Lake

Now it's time for me to tell you about Hussain Sagar Lake which is Asia's largest artificial lake. It connects the twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

A worthy addition for hyderabad sightseeing.

At the core of lake, you can see a statue of Buddha. This place can never disappoint anyone because of various recreational activities it offers. It can be considered as one of the famous picnic spots of Hyderabad.

You can do boating, enjoy water sports, or can relish the nearby parks, Lumbini Park and NTR Garden.

It is definitely a place that has something to offer people of all generations.

Visit this place in the evening to feel the fresh air and leave at night to enjoy illuminated statue of Budha at night.

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  • Timings: 9 a.m - 9 p.m (every day)
  • Tickets: No entry fees. Charges for boating and other water sports apply.
  • Duration: 1 - 2 hours
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Boating, other water sports, relax in nearby parks.

4) Qutb Shahi Tomb

Qutb Shahi Tomb is a historical place in Hyderabad. The various tombs and mosque that are part of Qutb Shahi Tomb were built in 1500's by various kings of Qutb Shahi dynasty.

This place has always managed to captivate the tourists. The smaller tombs have single storey while the bigger ones are double storey.

So if you are someone who likes to explore historical places, then you can't miss this one.

It is located close to famous Golconda Fort of Hyderabad, which I will cover in the next point.

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  • Timings: 9:30 a.m–6:30 p.m (all days except Friday)
  • Tickets: 5 INR per head for Indians and 100 INR per head for Foreigners.
  • Duration: 30 mins - 1 hour.
  • Photography: Allowed (20 INR for each camera).
  • Things to do: Visit nearby Golconda fort, shop for handicrafts and explore all seven tombs.

5) Birla Mandir

It is a Hindu Temple of Lord Venkateshwara. It is located to the south on the south end of Hussain Sagar Lake. But the unique thing to notice about this place is that it is located on a hill.

You can even get a beautiful view of the Hussain Sagar from its top. It is one of the best temples to visit in Hyderabad.

Do visit this place in morning or evening to attend the morning or evening aarti and to experience peace and tranquility.

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  • Timings: All days from 7 a.m to 12 p.m in the morning and 3 p.m to 9 p.m in the evening
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: 30 minutes - 1 hour
  • Photography: Not allowed
  • Things to do: Shopping nearby

6) Golconda Fort

Next, in the list is Hyderabad’s historical place - Golconda Fort.

Its a must visit place in Hyderabad which stands tall even after several years of its establishment. It dwells on the outskirts of the city that is approximately 11 km away from the core of Hyderabad.

Several dynasties like Kakatiya, Bahmani, and Mughal dynasty reigned over it. The walls of the fort are 11-18 ft tall.

Once been there you can even enjoy the sound and light show which is quite enthralling. Some of the other attractions are the natural acoustic system in the fort, water supply system, Rahban canon and Ramdas' prison spot.

One of the popular places to visit in hyderabad for couples.

It is also considered as one of the places to visit in Hyderabad for couples.

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  • Timings: 9 am - 5:30 pm (All days)
  • Tickets: 5 INR per head for Indians and 100 INR per head for Foreigners and 130 INR per head for sound and light show.
  • Duration: 1 - 2 hrs
  • Photography: Allowed (25 INR for each camera).
  • Things to do: Enjoy the musical light and sound show, shop for handicrafts, visit Toli Masjid

7) Shri Jagannath Temple

Few places will soothe and calm you, and this is the one such place. It is well maintained neat and clean and less crowded temple. Lord Jagannath and his siblings are praised here.

It is the imitation of the Puri temple in Orissa. The height of the temple is 70 ft, and it is located in Banjara Hills which is one of the most elegant and famous areas of the city.

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  • Timings: 6 am - 11 pm & 5 pm - 9 pm (All days)
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Photography: Not Allowed.
  • Things to do: Enjoy Aarti and Visit KBR National Park nearby.

8) Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid or Makkah Masjid of Hyderabad, it holds a special place in the heart of all the inhabitants of Hyderabad. Now you must be thinking that why it is called Mecca. Right?

The fact behind its name is itself quite fantasizing. The Masjid was built using the soil from Mecca, and hence it was named so.

It is one of the oldest monuments of Hyderabad which has been constructed 400 years ago by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah.

It took around 77 years to create it. The verses from Quran have been carved on the doors and walls of the masjid.

It is located close to Charminar so that you can cover both the places in a single day

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  • Timings: 4 am - 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed.
  • Things to do: Explore old Hyderabad, taste the local food and visit nearby monuments like Charminar

9) Nehru Zoological Park

This Zoological Park of Hyderabad is situated in Bahadurpur which is at a distance of 16 km from Hyderabad. It was established in 1959 and inaugurated in 1963. It is one of the most tourist-favored attractions.

It has around 1500 wildlife and spreads across 300 acres of land.

One can spot various animals and birds here like Rhino, lion, white tiger, Panthers, etc. Also, it is one of India's first zoo which showcased Butterfly Park.

Some of the add-ons are the elephant ride, educational show, bicycle ride, Safari ride, Museum, children's train and boating.

One of the recommended places to hangout in hyderabad.​

If you are closely attached to the wildlife and nature, then you will never feel like going back home.

  • Timings: 8 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tickets: 30 INR per head for adults and 15 INR per head for children
  • Duration: 2 hr to full day (depending upon your interest).
  • Photography: Allowed (20 INR for each camera).
  • Things to do: Explore the beauty of nature, enjoy safari ride and bicycle ride, view the educational show.

10) Birla Science Museum

A museum which captivates not only the children but even the adults. This place will provide you quite excellent learning experience.

It is divided into various sections. You can find Dinosaurium section which has a rare collection of fossils of dinosaur, Archaeology and Dolls Museum that showcases excavated material.

Similarly, you can enjoy other exciting sections like Electronic Section and Nirmala Birla Art Gallery section.

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  • Timings: 10:30 am – 8 pm (all days).
  • Tickets: 80 INR for Museum and 80 INR for Planetarium and 150 INR for both Museum and Planetarium
  • Duration: 1 hr - 2 hr.
  • Photography: Allowed 
  • Things to do: Enjoy different educational shows

11) Chowmahalla Palace

Just one word for this place - "Marvellous Mahal."

It is one of the Hyderabad's famous places.

It was the official venue for meetings and ceremonies of the Nizams. A beautiful palace which is divided into three sections, Northern Courtyard, Southern Courtyard and Khilwat Mubarak.

Northern Courtyard: It has Bara Imam and Shishe-Alat.

Southern Courtyard: Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal

Khilwat Mubarak: It has royal seat 'Takht-e-Nishan' and 19 Chandeliers.

Chowmahalla Palace is 200 years old, but still, it has not lost its beauty since then. The food that is available here is lip smacking and delicious.

Do not forget to take your cameras it has a lot to capture. Also, I will recommend you to visit it in the night to have the beautiful view of the illuminance of the palace.

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  • Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (all days except Friday).
  • Tickets: 50 INR per head for Indians and 200 INR per head for Foreigners.
  • Duration: 1 - 2 hr.
  • Photography: Allowed (50 INR for a camera). 
  • Things to do: Explore the beauty of palace, enjoy the tasty delicacies and visit nearby monument Charminar

12) Salarjung Museum

Love to admire art? Then this one is for you. It is an art museum established at Darushifa, Hyderabad.

It has a broad range of beautiful art all displayed in 38 art galleries.It was founded in the year 1951.

All artistic things that you will find in this museum are a unique collection of artwork from all over the world.

You can find a stunning collection of bronze statues, wood carvings, Persian carpets, etc. All these artifacts were collected by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III ) during his entire life.

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  • Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (all days except Friday).
  • Tickets: 10 INR per head for adult Indians, 5 INR per head for Indian children and 150 INR per head for Foreigners.
  • Duration1.5 - 2 hours.
  • Photography: Allowed (50 INR for a camera). 
  • Things to do: Visit Badshahi Ashurkhana and Nizam Museum

13) Snow World

Imagine how it would feel like throwing snow on each other in a place like Hyderabad? Isn't it sounds amazing?

Get ready to experience the best theme park of Hyderabad called Snow world. A place which is loved by people of all the generations. With a temperature of -5 degree Celsius, it will help you to escape from the scorching heat in summers. It has artificially created penguins and alpine trees.

The snow slides, Snow Mountains, and wall climbing are some of the source of entertainment that one would never want to miss.

Love dancing? Again snow world has the facility of dancing in snowfall.

So overall it is a quite compelling place where you can enjoy the most with your family and friends.

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  • Timings: 11 pm - 9 pm (further divided into seven sessions).
  • Tickets: 250 INR per head for children up to class 10th, 300 INR per head for students above class 10th and 450 INR for adults
  • Duration1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed 
  • Things to do: Enjoy snow dance, snow slides, and wall climbing

14) Paigah Tombs

Paigah Tombs are a proper blend of Asaf Jah and Rajputana style of architecture. It is a worth visiting place in Hyderabad where you can admire the intricately designed interiors.

The Jali work, stone work, floral design and mosaic tile work is sure to enthrall anyone and is worth appreciating. It also has graves of many of the family members

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  • Timings: 1 pm - 5 pm (open every day except Friday)
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration30 mins - 1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed 
  • Things to do: Explore the Tomb, Click photographs

15) Spanish Mosque

It is also called Masjid Iqbal Ud Daula or Aiwan-E-Begumpet or Mosque of the Moors and is located in Begumpet.

Here you can observe the Moorish style of architecture which makes it unique from other monuments. It is there since 100 years and was the private mosque of Paigah family.

It is architected in such a way that it looks more like a church.

The reason for it being referred to Spanish mosque is that it resembles Cathedral–Mosque of Córdoba of Spain.

Calligraphic Quran verses are engraved on the walls giving it more opulent and royal look. This place is worth visiting

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  • Timings: 5 am - 9 pm (all days).
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration30 mins - 1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed 
  • Things to do: Relax at Hussain lake and visit Paigah Palace

16) Chilkur Balaji Temple

Do you know when this temple was built? 500 years ago :0

It can be found in a village called Chilkur which is located 30 km away from Hyderabad. The chief idol of this temple is Lord Balaji Venkateswara.

The story behind its establishment is very enticing. It was built by a devotee who couldn't visit Tirupati temple because of some health issues.

It is said that Lord Balaji Venkateswara moved by his devotion, appeared to him and instructed him to construct a temple. So it is also considered as an alternative to Tirupati.

Every year a large number of devotees visit here.

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  • Timings: 5 am - 8 pm (all days)
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration30 mins - 1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed 
  • Things to do: Explore the village Chilkur

17) Biggest Baobab

Near Golconda fort lies a tall and magnificent Baobab tree which is there since 400 years and therefore it is the oldest tree of Hyderabad.

Originated in Madagascar this tree was brought in here in Hyderabad, India by Arabian traders who gifted it to Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah.

It is also called as Hatiyan Jhad and has a circumference of 27.40 meters. Between the branches, you can also find a dark cave.

It is also said that during the reign of Qutub Shahi, 40 thieves used to hide inside the cave during the day and come out at night.

And therefore sometimes it is also known as The Cave of 40 Thieves.

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  • Timings: 9 am - 5 pm (every day).
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration15 mins - 30 mins.
  • Photography: Allowed 
  • Things to do: Explore nearby Golconda fort.

18) Shri Ram Chandra Swamy Temple

Away from the hustle of the Hyderabad city is located this beauty. It was established 700 years ago in the village of Ammapalli which is located at a distance of 30 km from Hyderabad.

Idols of Rama, Sita, and Laxmana, are worshiped here. You can even find a huge idol of Lord Vishnu in sleeping posture.

One peculiar thing to be noticed is that you will not find Hanuman's idol in garbhagriha. Instead, it is placed near the Dwaja Sthambam facing Sri Rama.

The design of the temple is influenced by Rajasthani style. You can find trees in the courtyard where people tie their bundle of wishes and are opened once the wishes are fulfilled.

The explanation given to this is that it represents the time when Hanuman didn't meet Shri Ram.

Also, it holds a special position in the hearts of Tollywood people because it is believed that movie shot here is always a blockbuster.

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  • Timings: 6 am - 8 pm (Every day).
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed 
  • Things to do: Explore the history of the temple and can have a close look at the lives of people living in Ammapalli village..

19) Shamirpet Lake

If you are searching for places to visit near Hyderabad, then your search ends here.

Shamirpet Lake is located 24 km away from Secunderabad. It is a place where you can meet your inner self and experience peace and happiness.

It is an artificial lake built during Nizam reign and

If you feel yourself closely associated with nature and want to explore the beauty of nature, then this place can be considered for the same. Many birds also get attracted towards this place thereby making it a famous bird watching spot.

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  • Timings: 9 am - 5 pm (every day)
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration30 mins - 1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed 
  • Things to do: Bird watching, visit nearby Jawahar Deer Park and Ratnalayam Temple

20) Old City

If you have ever visited Old Delhi and enjoyed being there, then you will surely love this Old City or Old Hyderabad.

You can find all the major monuments here Charminar, Mecca Masjid, and Taramatri Baradari.

The famous markets found here are Laad Bazaar for jewelry shopping and The Madina Market.

And if I ask you which food item one must try in Hyderabad?

I am sure you will answer Hyderabadi Biryani, who doesn't like it.

So you must give it a shot, here in the old city.

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  • Timings: All days
  • Tickets: Free
  • DurationDepending on your interest.
  • Photography: Allowed 
  • Things to do: Explore the nearby monuments, markets, and food joints.

These were some of the famous places in Hyderabad. Don't listen to what I say, Go and see yourself the beauty of this Hyderabad because you can always make money but you can't always make memories.

So go and make memories.

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."

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About the Author Rahul Sharma

Hi all, i am Rahul Sharma – Digital Marketer, Tech-lover, Entrepreneur, Traveler, Blogger, Foodie and blah blah blah :D. The purpose of bestplacesindia it to give 100% accurate and reliable information on travel related queries in india

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