Attractions

Top Choice Fort in Hyderabad

Golconda Fort

Hyderabad's most impressive sight, this monumental fort lies on the western edge of town. In the 16th century the Qutb Shahs made Golconda a fortified citadel, built atop a 120m-high granite hill surrounded by might…
Top Choice Monument in Hyderabad

Charminar

Hyderabad’s principal landmark and city symbol was built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to commemorate the founding of Hyderabad and the end of epidemics caused by Golconda’s water shortage. The gargantuan four-…
Top Choice Historic Site in Hyderabad

Qutb Shahi Tombs

These 21 magnificent domed granite tombs, with almost as many mosques, sit serenely in landscaped gardens about 2km northwest of Golconda Fort, where many of their occupants spent large parts of their lives. Seven o…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Sankaram

Sankaram

This stunning Buddhist complex is 40km southwest of Vizag and occupies a rocky outcrop about 300m long. Sankaram is also known by the names of its two parts, Bojjannakonda and Lingalakonda. Used by monks from the 2n…
Top Choice Palace in Hyderabad

Chowmahalla Palace

This opulent 18th- and 19th-century palace compound, the main residence of several nizams, comprises several grandiose buildings and four garden courtyards. Most dazzling is the Khilwat Mubarak, a magnificent durbar…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Palampet

Ramappa Temple

The stunning Ramappa Temple, about 70km north-east of Warangal, was built in the early 13th century, and is the outstanding gem of Kakatiya architecture. Constructed of sandstone and basalt, the temple rests on a ba…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Vijayawada

Undavalli Cave Temples

This stunning four-storey cave temple was probably originally carved out of the hillside for Buddhist monks in the 2nd century AD, then converted to Hindu use in the 7th century. The shrines are now empty except tho…
Top Choice Museum in Visakhapatnam

Submarine Museum

A fantastic attraction located towards the north end of Ramakrishna Beach, the 91m-long, Soviet-built, Indian navy submarine Kursura is now a fascinating museum. You're given about 15 minutes to explore the incredib…
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Hyderabad

Lamakaan

This noncommercial 'inclusive cultural space' is an open centre that hosts plays, films, musical events, exhibitions, organic markets and lectures. It also has a great Irani cafe, with cheap tea and snacks and free …
Hindu Temple in Tirumala & Tirupati

Venkateshwara Temple

Devotees flock to Tirumala to see Venkateshwara, an avatar of Vishnu. Among the many powers attributed to Venkateshwara is the granting of any wish made at this holy site. ‘Ordinary darshan’ requires a wait of anywh…