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Trekking Near Hyderabad - The Ultimate Guide with a Complete List to Explore!

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The City of Nizams or Hyderabad is undoubtedly one of the most pleasant places to get engrossed in the rich history of India. However, taking a car or bike and exploring the city will not let you enjoy it wholeheartedly, or learn its history and nature. Sometimes, you just need to relax, take a little time out of your busy schedule and take a leisurely hike around the city. After all, you cannot explore the quaint hill stations or the dense woods if you are in a hurry!

Trekking near Hyderabad may seem like an alienated topic to those who consider it a hi-tech city. Ask any seasoned hiker, who is always on a quest to explore new places on foot and you will hear suggestions of places that you have never heard of. Let us, hence, guide you through these locations so you can consider hiking when you are in Hyderabad.

Before starting off, check what you need to carry for trekking in Hyderabad. The places recommended can be covered within a day or two. So, basically, these are your weekend getaways.

Let’s get started.

Prepare Yourself for Hyderabad Trekking

The things you will need to carry for Hyderabad trekking are:

  • Hiking shoes and socks, do carry spares

  • Trekking pants and t-shirts, do carry spares

  • Visor/ cap/ sunglasses

  • Dry food, snacks, sufficient water

  • Insect repellent, antiseptic ointment (the hill areas are infested with leeches), first aid

  • ID proof, camera, mobile, power bank/charger

Trekking Near Hyderabad: 12 Weekend Destinations Worth a Visit!

Trekking in Hyderabad
Trekking in Hyderabad

Now as you are all set to explore the trekking places near Hyderabad, let us have a look at the trips that will take 2-3 days of trekking.

Ahobilam

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 350 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: October to May

Ahobilam is a hilly pilgrimage site of the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Narasimha. You can take one of the most strenuous yet charming treks through Nallamala Forest to reach it.

One place on this trek to visit is the Pavana Narasimha Swamy Temple. It has more than 400 tiring steps going through the dense forest. The route is straight, sometimes rocky. Rock walls along the path can be climbed if you wish to have a panoramic birdseye view of the forest and waterfalls. Estimated time to complete the hike is 6-8 hours.

Ahobilam
Ahobilam

Ugrastambham is another place of interest. This stone tower penetrates through the Vedachal Mountain. You can get here by climbing to the Malola Narasimha Swamy Temple, then taking the forest trail to the bridge to reach the base of Jwala Narasimha Swami and trekking on a rocky trail.

Be prepared for the trickier downhill trek. Waterfalls are there to ease you off.

Livingit Tip:
If you are a beginner, connect with any Hyderabad adventure and trekking club so that the hike does not get too tough for you.

Anantagiri

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 78 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: June to February

Anantagiri is the most pristine and picturesque hill station near Hyderabad. Trekking through the dense forest will let you get lost in the harmony of murmuring streams, especially the Musi River reservoir. The jungle trails are easy to traverse.

Anantagiri
Anantagiri Hills

Enjoy the step cultivation of the Anantagiri Hills, especially the coffee plantation on the Eastern Ghats. Anantapadmanavaswami Temple inside a cave in the hills is one of the most popular places to visit near Hyderabad.

Take the trail towards Karelli and 17 km from the temple is the Nagasamudram Lake or Kotpally Reservoir. This hike is relatively tough.

Koulas Fort

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 169 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

The 13th century Muslim built Koulas Fort has an interesting history and there are many trekking clubs in Hyderabad that organize this trek. The trek is a small distance from the Sangareddy-Nanded Highway, but you must trek on a dirt trail of 5 km that passes through the woods.

Koulas Fort
Koulas Fort

If you are not in a group, the possibility that you will lose your way is high. The trail is unmarked and also full of broken alcohol bottles and litter from some insensible picnics. So, be careful during the hike. 

Gayatri Waterfalls and Kanakai Waterfalls

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 270 kilometers and 282 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: October end to April

Gayathri Waterfalls, also called Gadida Gundam or Mukti Gundam, cascades down from 100 ft above mountainous forests and is undoubtedly one of the most scenic spots you can explore while trekking near Hyderabad.

From Tarnam Khurd village, hike through the labyrinthine forest trail spanning 5 km to reach the base.

The rocks are slippery by the pool, so if you take a dip, do so cautiously. It’s better to take a guide from the village or join any Hyderabad Trekking Club that knows the trail better.

Gayatri and Kanakai Waterfalls
Gayatri and Kanakai Waterfalls

To reach the Kanakai Waterfalls, start early in the morning and ride 18 km via NH-44 to reach Girnur village. Take a guide from the village or hike with any trekking club through the woods and rocky terrain. Pay a visit to Kanaka Durga Temple that falls en route.

Climb further to reach the pool and marvel at the Kanakai or Kanakadurga Waterfalls falling from 30 ft above with three cascades –the smaller one (10 ft) through rocks, the Bandrev falls (30 ft) forming a 100 ft wide pool and the Cheekati Gundam (about 10 ft) through dense forestry.

Livingit Tip:
Climb up the top of the waterfall to add more thrill and enjoy a panoramic view.

Horsley Hills

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 528 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: October to February or March to June

Adorned with rich flora and fauna, tranquil forests and the surrounding Eastern Ghats, the Horsley Hills or “Ooty of Andhra” at 4100 ft is the most serene hill station near Hyderabad. It is a long 16 km trek but through lush green avenues laden with Eucalyptus, Rhododendron, and Allamanda, making it enjoyable, especially during full bloom.

You can spot Sambar, Panthers, Black Bears and Dholes here along with a plethora of birds if you are lucky enough.

Horsley Hills
Horsley Hills

An over 150-year-old Eucalyptus grove, the world’s largest Banyan tree, and hilltop temples are your attractions. Camp amid open areas of the forest after a day’s trek but don’t forget to take necessary precautions.

Lonavala

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 623 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: October to May

Nestled in the Sahyadri range of Western Ghats, Lonavala is a perfect spot for trekking near Hyderabad. Apart from being a romantic gateway, it holds so many castles, temples, and caves perched on the mountains that a two-day trekking trip will not seem enough.

Plan accordingly about the places you would cover. The hikes are moderate and go through unpaved dirt tracks along the hilly ridges, semi-dense woods or along the staircases.

Lonavala
Lonavala

The small treks include that of Lohagarh Fort (day trek and astronomical trek at night), Duke’s Nose Trek, Tikona Fort, Ghangad and Tailbaila Forts trek. The longer treks include Rajmachi Fort and Kondhane Caves, Tamhini (Night trek) and Dhak Bahiri Caves (Night trek).

Also, check Trekking in Maharashtra: 12 Most Toughest and Popular Treks in Maharashtra

Araku Valley

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 666 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: June to February

Dense mountainous forests, rock formations, caves, coffee plantations, biodiversity – Araku Valley is another popular hill station near Hyderabad. Trek through forests and winding mountainous roads. These treks are long but easy to cover within a day or two. Plan your trekking itinerary properly.

Araku Valley
Araku Valley

Borra Caves with its patterns and cave formations like stalactites and columns will stun you. Take a 1 km hike through the forest trail to reach the lower level of Katika Waterfalls, trek further to cross a railway track in between and finally along a steep rocky ridge of the hill to reach the upper level of Katika Waterfalls.

An easy trek to Duriguda Chaparai can also be covered.

Chikmagalur

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 679 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: September to May

The birthplace of coffee in India, Chikmagalur is a mystic hill station near Hyderabad. Experience coffee plantations, green valleys and laid back treks on the Baba Budan Hills.

Chikmagalur
Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is blessed with a number of trek routes namely Kemmangundi Trek, Kudremukh Trek and Narasimha Parvatha Trek.

Yeracaud

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 797 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: October to June

Nestled in Shevaroy Hills of the Eastern Ghats, Yeracaud, with its diverse attractions ranging from lakes to forests and caves to waterfalls is a perfect weekend getaway.

Yeracaud
Yeracaud

The Yeracaud Lake, misty Pagoda Point overlooking the city of Salem, Servaroyan Temple on top of the hill, Lady’s Seat and the Kiliyur Waterfalls falling from 300 ft are the popular sites you can explore through the rocky and rugged wooded terrains of the mountains.

Bears Cave and Kottachedu Teak Forest are the other attractions that can be covered through easy hikes with any Hyderabad Trekking Club.

Coorg  

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 835 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: October to April

Hike in Coorg along soft green grass and mosses while the thick mountainous smell intoxicates your mind. Plan a weekend hiking trip to the Scotland of India, Coffee plantations, spice gardens, misty mountain valleys and lush greenery are the highlights of Coorg and easy hikes will let you enjoy the rawest essence without tiring yourself.

Coorg
Coorg

Trek along the sloping and winding ways of Madikeri village; breathe in the smell of spices. A leisurely hike around Bylakuppe will let you enter the world of Tibetan Buddhist monks. Hiking was never better with so many attractions!

Ooty

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 842 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: November to June

While trekking near Hyderabad, the Queen of Hill Stations or Ooty should definitely not be missed. The perfect blend of British Colonial bungalows and step cultivation along the mountainous gradients makes Ooty both a romantic getaway and a hiking paradise. The winding summit to the Doddabetta peak (2633 m) is both challenging and thrilling.

Ooty
Ooty

Reach Kokkal Kota and start trekking to Glenmorgan through the steps of tea gardens. Other hiking opportunities lie at Ebbanad, Parsons and Rangaswami pillar. All the trek routes lie amid tribal villages and steep mountainous slopes and can be covered in 6-8hours. The difficulty level is medium.

Wayanad

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 847 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: October to May

If you are looking for trekking places near Hyderabad that will challenge your stamina and at the same time offer sublime beauty, then Wayanad is the place for you with a number of peaks from the Western Ghats.

This unspoiled hill station rich in biodiversity will let you traverse through the verdant plantation of the towering mountains, and on the way check out some ancient caves such as the Edakkal Caves or magnificent waterfalls such as the three-tiered Meenmutty Waterfalls.

Summit to the Chembra Peak (6900 ft) through rolling green meadows that seem quite elevated at first, but trekkers will be able to adjust to the terrain in no time. It is one of the popular places to visit near Hyderabad owing to the Hridaya Saras, the heart-shaped lake on the peak, where you can camp and spend the night.

Go for an easy hike along the gently sloped Pakshipathalam trail that offers pristine mountain landscape and ancient hills en route with narrow passages.

Or challenge yourself with the difficult trek to Banasura Peak (6801 ft) through steep slopes, colossal boulders and knee-length weeds along the rocky path. Finally, pass through the dense forest, murmuring streams and five waterfalls of Thusharagiri Trek.

Wayanad
Wayanad

Top 20 One-day Trekking Destinations in Hyderabad to Explore

Now have a look at the places to visit near Hyderabad that can be covered in a day.

Medak Fort

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 90 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: September to February

Medak is an easily accessible Hyderabad trekking spot but is difficult to hike through. This 12th-century fort is located 500 steps from the base and trekking this steep hilly ridge is quite a challenge.

Medak Fort
Medak Fort

The three entrances, the mosque, barrack, warehouse and the lake are attractions of Medak Fort.

Bhongir Fort

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 54 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

The 10th-century Bhongir Fort perched on top of a monolithic boulder is perhaps the closest option for trekking near Hyderabad. Hiking 500 ft to reach the base of the fort is not as strenuous as it seems.

Bhongir Fort
Bhongir Fort

Explore the interiors of the fort and climb further to reach the hilltop. Pay a visit to the Hanuman Temple and check out the natural ponds.

Koilkonda fort and Dam

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 128 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

Crossing a deep gorge on the west and a number of streams to the east makes up one of the most diverse routes of trekking around Hyderabad. Pass through the seven gates to explore the Koilkonda palace. Surrounded by towering verdant hills, the Dam stands on the Krishna River.

Kolikonda fort
Koilkonda fort

Trek 3 km to reach the Rama Temple on Ramkonda Hill through herbal plantations or 2 km to meet the Verrabhadra Swami Hill.

Khilla Ghanpur Fort

  • Distance from Hyderabad: 109 kilometers
  • Best Time to Visit: September to May

Built on top of the part-arid hill, the early 13th-century Ghanpur Fort will not only challenge your hiking skills but also offer ample opportunity to explore the Ghanpur village on foot, so you can get the real essence of country life. The 2-3 km trek through the woods and steep rocky ridges will be tough, but that’s the true magic of trekking in Hyderabad, isn’t it?

Khilla Ghanpur Fort
Khilla Ghanpur Fort

It will take around 2-3 hours to reach the fort, from there you can enjoy exploring the fort's interior which includes ruined walls, remaining cannons, building blocks, and two ponds. The Narsimha Temple, Chowdeshwari Temple and Veerabhadra Temple are also attractions.

Places for Trekking in Hyderabad: Treks Worth a Mention ​​​​​​​

Trekking near Hyderabad
Trekking near Hyderabad

These are a few locations to check out for trekking nearby and are worth mentioning!

  • Narsapur Forest (55 km): A few hours of easy trekking along 4-5 km of timberland rich in birds and monkeys.

  • Srisailam (213 km): Trek through the backwoods, climb the cliffs that give rise to a number of waterfalls and check out the Krishna River Dam.

  • Talkona (560 km): Hike through the verdant forest of Nallamalai Range in Nagari valley to reach Talkona Waterfalls. The hike is easy but densely forested, so better to take a local guide.

  • Kondaveedu Fort (260 km): Hike along the arid plateau to reach the Kondaveedu Fort on top of a cliff. This fort comprises of 21 structures, temples and secret passages inside.

  • Ethipothala Waterfalls (160 km): With a cascading stream falling over the curves and edges of a 22 m high cliff, it is perhaps the most scenic waterfall landscape to be covered while trekking near Hyderabad.

  • Yadagirigutta Hills (60 km): Visit the Yadagirigutta Temple 300 ft above the hill of the same name.

  • Moulali Hills (17 km): To reach Moulali Durgah on top of the hill, climb 400 steps or climb the rocks along the cliff.

  • Khoe Iman Zamin (15 km): Climb 200 steps to reach the dargah and enjoy the panoramic views of the city.

  • Kondamadugu (40 km): Trek through the verdant forest, then climb up the arid colossal rock structures for spectacular sights.

  • Mallela Theertham (175 km): Try this moderate forest hike to reach the waterfall and reservoir in the center.

  • Chincholi Forest (190 km): Enjoy hiking and wildlife watching in the dense sanctuary, along with the river course on Chandrampalli Dam.

  • Nagarjunakonda (190 km): Trek in the Nagarjunakonda Hills, enjoy hiking to the dam and the waterfall.

  • Gunrock Hills (40 km): Climb the smooth rocky surface of the hill to reach Gunrock Fort on top.

  • Chityal Hills (90 km): Trek the ranges of Chityal Hills through moderately rocky slopes and enjoy camping on the outcrops.

  • Ali Sagar (190 km): Woods, waterfalls, and Ali Sagar Dam, perfect for moderate trekking near Hyderabad.

  • Keesaragutta (40 km): Trek through the wild plantation to reach the top of the cliff and enjoy the bird's eye view of the city.

We have tried to compile a few places worth trekking for you while you are in Hyderabad. Some of them are quite popular and you might have visited, while some are quite lesser known to even avid hikers.

So why not take some time out of your monotonous schedule and utilize it exploring these unknown places on foot?

So add these treks to your bucket list and plan your weekend getaway. You will definitely thank us later!

When you make a trip to some of the above-mentioned spots, do let us know how thrilling the experience was!

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