Religious in Tirumala & Tirupati

Brahmotsavam

Initiated by Brahma himself, this nine-day festival sees the Venkateshwara Temple adorned in decorations. Special pujas and colourful chariot processions are a feature of the festivities, and it’s considered an ausp…
Religious in Hyderabad

Muharram

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic year and commemorates the martyrdom of Mohammed’s grandson Hussain with mass mourning and all-night sermons. Shiites wear black in mourning, and throngs gather at Badshahi …
Literature in Hyderabad

Hyderabad Literary Festival

A well-established three-day annual event that celebrates literature and the local tradition of mushaira (poetry recital). Held at locations including Lamakaan.
Music in Hyderabad

Pandit Motiram–Maniram Sangeet Samaroh

This four-day music festival, named for two renowned classical musicians, celebrates Hindustani music. It's held in the Chowmahalla Palace.
Music in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

Deccan Festival

Held in Hyderabad, this five-day festival pays tribute to Deccan culture. Urdu mushairas (poetry readings) are held, along with qawwali (Sufi devotional music) and other local music and dance performances.
Dance in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

Batakamma

Women and girls in the north of the state celebrate womanhood with dancing and feasting, and make elaborate flower arrangements in honour of the goddess Batakamma, which they then set adrift on rivers.
Religious in Hyderabad

Mahankali Jatra

A statewide festival honouring Kali, with colourful processions in which devotees convey bonalu (pots of food offerings) to the deity. Secunderabad’s Mahankali Temple goes wild.
Cultural in Visakhapatnam

Visakha Utsav

If you're here in mid-January, your visit may coincide with Visakha Utsav, an annual festival with food stalls on Ramakrishna Beach, exhibitions and cultural events.
Religious in Hyderabad

Sankranti

Hyderabad's skies fill with kites during this important regionwide Telugu harvest festival. Expect fairs, bonfires and communal feasts.
Religious in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

Lumbini Festival

The three-day Lumbini Festival honours Andhra’s Buddhist heritage.