Top things to do in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh

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 Hyderabadi in Hyderabad

Shah Ghouse Cafe

During Ramadan, Hyderabadis line up for Shah Ghouse's famous haleem (a thick soup of pounded spiced wheat, with goat, chicken or beef, and lentils) and at any time of year the biryani is near-perfect. Don't expect a…
Top Choice Asian in Hyderabad

SO – The Sky Kitchen

On a quiet Jubilee Hills rooftop, with candles and loungy playlists, this is one of the most atmospheric eating spots in town. The superb menu has been crafted carefully, mixing pan-Asian and Mediterranean dishes an…
Top Choice Andhra in Visakhapatnam

Sea Inn

This delightful place is owned by chef Devi, who cooks Andhra-style curries the way her mum did. Fish, seafood, chicken and veg are served up in a simple, semi-open-air dining room with bench seating, about 300m nor…
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…