Religious Attractions

As we discussed about historical places and lakes, now lets move on to our next topic which is best pilgrimage sites in Hyderabad. Hyderabad is well known for its diverse culture, traditions and communal harmony. We celebrate both Ramadan and Diwali alike. So here I’ll take you through all the religious and spiritual destinations which are considered as one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad.

Best religious places to visit in Hyderabad

Mecca Masjid

Considered as glory of Hyderabad- Mecca Masjid, the best place to visit in Hyderabad
Glory of Hyderabad- Mecca Masjid

Just a few steps away from the iconic Charminar, Makkah Masjid or Mecca Masjid, is considered as one of the largest mosques in India with a capacity of 20000. It is one of the oldest mosques in India which was built in 1694. Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth ruler of Qutub Shahi dynasty, ordered to bring the soil from Mecca, Saudi Arabia to start the construction of the mosque. The city was later developed with the mosque being the center piece. The moque is considered to be the grandest masterpiece in India.

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 6 Kilometers, Kacheguda 6.6 Kilometers, Secunderabad 13 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 25 kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Rajdhani (2star hotel) 2.6 kilometers, Taj Falaknuma (5 Star) 6 kilometers, Quality Inn (3 Star Hotel) 6.2 Kilometers, Royalton Hotel (4 Star Hotel) 5.5 Kilometers

Jahangir Peer Dargah

Jahangir Peer Dargah- a cultural hub and best tourist destinations to visit in Hyderabad
A cultural hub irrespective of Religion- Jahangir Peer Dargah

A holy shrine where you can see the worshippers from any religion visiting and taking the divine blessings. It is well known destination for Hyderabadis and locals as the devotees believe that their wish come true after visiting this place. It is a far off place from Hyderabad. Night visits are restricted here due to some unknown reasons.

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 50 Kilometers, Kacheguda 54 Kilometers, Secunderabad 56 Kilometers

 Distance from Airport: 31 Kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Novotel Shamshabad (5 Star Hotel), 35 Kilometers

Toli Masjid

Another remarkable pilgrimage destination- Toli Masjid is considered as major tourist attractions of Hyderabad
The Remarkable Toli masjid

Toli Masjid also known as Damri Masjid built by Mir Musa Khan Mahaldar. Toli Masjid was declared as the heritage site basis its architecture. This mosque stands on a heavy and high pedestal and comprises of various minarets and arches, each uniquely designed. Since its close proximity to Golkonda fort, one visiting the fort and nearby places may have a glance of this spectacular site.

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 5.6 Kilometers, Kacheguda 12 Kilometers, Secunderabad 14 Kilometers

Distance from airport: 27 kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Taramati (3 star hotel) 3.4 kilometers

Spanish Mosque

Spanish Mosque- a blend of spanish- muslim architecture with divinity and spiritualism
The Picturesque- Spanish Mosque

Also known as Masjid Iqbal ud Dowla or Jam e Masjid Aiwan E- Begumpet is another heritage site. It was constructed in an inspiration from the mosques in Spain due to which it has derived its name. The other name for this awesome construction is Mosque of the Moors (Spanish Muslim construction) and it is the first of its kind in India. The Mosque can easily accommodate 3000 worshippers. It is considered as one of the landmarks in Begumpet, a busiest center with corporate establishments and malls.

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 8.7 Kilometers, Kacheguda 12 Kilometers, Secunderabad 5.7 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 35 Kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Katriya Hotel & Towers (3 Star) 4.2 Kilometers, ITC Kakatiya (5 Star Hotel) 2.8 Kilometers, Vivanta by Taj (5 Star Hotel) 1.3 Kilometers, The Manohar (5 Star Hotel) opposite the Mosque, Greenpark Hotel (5 Star) 3 Kilometers

Maula Ali Dargah

Maula Ali Hill and the dargah on the top of the hill attracts the tourist from different parts of the states and makes it a best place to visit in Hyderabad
Maula Ali Dargah and Hillock

The dargah was built by Qutub shahi rulers and now it is considered as a heritage site. It is situated on a hillock known as Maula Ali hill. History suggests that the senior accountant, Yaqut was asleep in the Qutub Shahi rulers palace and dreamt about a man in green robes introduced himself to Yaqut as Maula Ali (Fatima’s husband and son in law of Prophet Mohammed). Yaqut followed Maula Ali to a hillock. Maula Ali was resting his hand on a rock. Yaqut fell down before Maula Ali and suddenly woke up from his dream. The next day Yaqut was out in search of the hill and finally found with the hand print on the rock after which the famous dargah was built.

Maula ali kaman or gate built in the times of Nizam of Hyderabad is a landmark and the entrance to Maula Ali and dargah
Maula Ali Kaman- Entrance to Maula Ali Dargah

The popular shi’ite site is considered as one of the best tourist destinations in Hyderabad. Before entering the hillock, there stands a huge entrance known as Maula Ali Kaman representing the style and architecture of Qutub Shahis.

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 18 Kilometers, Kacheguda 13 Kilometers, Secunderabad 12 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 46 Kilometers through the city and 71 Kilometers through outer ring road

Nearest Hotels: Vivanta by Taj (5 Star Hotel) 16 Kilometers, The Manohar (5 Star Hotel) 14 Kilometers, Baseraa (3 Star Hotel) 11 Kilometers

Best temples in Hyderabad

Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir- The landmark of Hyderabad and considered a one of the best places to visit in India. The mesmerising construction and the divine power makes the place the best pilgrimage destination in Hyderabad.
The marvellous Wonder- The Birla Mandir

I guess most of the non locals might also know about this temple built with marble. Another master piece which is very close to Hussain Sagar stands on a hillock called Naubath Pahad. The temple, constructed by Birla Foundation was opened in the year 1976 by Swami Raghunathananda of Ramakrishna mission. Alongside, the main shrine, granite idol of Lord Venkateshwara; shrines of Ganesh, Shiva, Hanuman, Brahma and Saraswati, Shakti and Sai Baba co exists here. You can enjoy the mesmerising view of Hussain Sagar on one side and busy streets of central Hyderabad on the other from this elevated hillock. The only disadvantage here is that you are not allowed to capture the snaps of this amazing temple and premises as you have to submit all your electronic gadgets at the security which you will only be able to recollect once you come out of the temple.

Timings: 7 AM to 12 PM and 3 PM to 9 PM

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 2.8 Kilometers, Kacheguda 5.4 Kilometers, Secunderabad 7.3 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 31 Kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Marriot Hotel (5 Star Hotel) 4.2 Kilometers, Best Western Ashoka (3 star Hotel) 2 Kilometers, Amrutha Castle (3 Star Hotel) adjacent to the temple, Hampshire Plaza Hotel (4 Star Hotel) 1.3 Kilometers

Chilkur Balaji

Chilkur Balaji or the visa Balaji! One of the prominent places in Hyderabad is also worth a visit as it is one of the most admired and best tourist places in Hyderabad and India
The Striking Chilkur Balaji Temple

A shrine of Lord Venkateshwara also known as Lord Balaji located on the extreme south west corner of Hyderabad. The worshippers here believe that the offerings of 11 circumambulations (pradakshana) will fulfill their wish after which they have to visit here again to accomplish 108 circumambulations. It is believed that 11 denotes for 1 soul and 1 body. Similarly 108 circumambulations, 1 is for existence, almighty or god, 0 represents illusionary world and 8 represents the time the human body takes to come in to existence. This temple is also known as Visa Balaji as the devotees believe that their visa approvals will be completed after they visit this shrine. It is a very old temple which was built during the regime of Akkanna- Madanna brothers, accountants of the Nizam and uncles of Sri Bhakta Ramadas, the ardent devotee of Lord Sri Rama.

The holy shrine of Chilkur Balaji attracts the tourists visiting from various places
Entrance to the temple

Legend suggests that a devotee of Lord Venkateshwara who visits the holy shrine of Tirupati every year to seek the divine blessings of the Lord once could not make it through as his health was not supportive. Later the Lord appears in his dream informing him about his existence in nearby village and instructed him to dig a nearby place. The very next day the devotee followed the instructions and dug the place. To his surprise, he found blood oozing from the ground and later found an idol of Lord Venkateshwara or Lord Balaji. The place now become a holy shrine of Chilkur Balaji.

Timings: 05:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 25 Kilometers, Kacheguda 29 Kilometers, Secunderabad 31 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 28 Kilometers through Outer Ring Road

Nearest Hotels: Sheraton (4 Star Hotel) 20 Kilometers, Hyatt (5 Star Hotel) 21 Kilometers

Keesara Gutta

One of the oldest and powerful temples of India- Kesaragutta. One of the best religious places to visit in Hyderabad for divine blessings.
A Holy Shrine- Keesaragutta Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

Situated on a small hillock, on the north east corner of Hyderabad. The devotees believe that Lord Sri Rama has installed the Shiva Linga to recompense the sin of killing Ravana. Lord Hanuman worshipped the Linga due to which the hillock attained the name Keesaragutta or Keesaragiri, as Lord Hanuman being the son of Kesari. Once you are out of the temple, you can find 108 Lingams scattered all over the hill. You can enjoy the greenery and beauties of the nature while passing through the valley. The Hanuman Temple at Cheeryal village is just a mile away from this holy shrine.

Timings: 05:00 AM to 10:00 PM (on Mondays), 6 AM to 7 PM (on Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday), 6 AM to 12:30 PM and 3 PM to 7 PM (on Fridays)

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 36 Kilometers, Kacheguda 32 Kilometers, Secunderabad 30 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 68 Kilometers through Outer Ring Road

Puri Jagannath

The modern architecture of this modern temple and a replica of Jagannath Temple at Puri. The must and best pilgrimage places visit to visit in India
Astonishing Architecture- Jagannath Temple

The temple is a replica of the actual Jagannath temple at Puri, Orissa. A rath Yatra is conducted here as well which is similar to that of Puri. The design, construction and every aspect is similar to that of the Jagannath temple at Puri. This modern temple was constructed by Odia community of Hyderabad. The shrines include Lakshmi, Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman and Navagraha alongside the main shrine of Shri Jagannath. You can complete the visits to Kasu Brahmananda Reddy (KBR) Park, Shri Jagannath temple and Peddamma temple at one go due to their close proximities.

Beautiful sculptures inside the Jagannath Temple
The beautiful Sculptures inside the premises

Type of visit: Group, Family, Friends and solo visits

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 8.3 Kilometers, Kacheguda 11 Kilometers, Secunderabad 12 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 31 Kilometers through the city and 37 kilometers through Outer Ring Road

Nearest Hotels: Taj Mahal Hotel (3 Star) 2.4 Kilometers, Park Hyatt (5 Star) 2.4 Kilometers, Daspalla (3 Star) 6.6 Kilometers

Peddamma Temple

One of the oldest and best tourist destinations of Hyderabad and India- Peddamma temple, a beautiful and peaceful temple located at a prime location is visited by tourists of all the regions of the country
Peaceful Peddamma Temple at Jubileehills

Located once at an isolated place of Hyderabad, now considered as one of the busiest places of the city. One of the most crowded temples and peak time is during Bonalu festivities on every Sundays during the month of July- August. The deities here are Lakshmi, Ganapathy and Sarawswati. Devotees assemble at a point in the temple premises and place the 1 rupee or 2 rupee coin vertically as they believe that their wishes come true if the coin stands without any support.

Timings: 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 3 PM to 8 PM (Monday to Saturday) and 6 AM to 8 PM (on Sundays)

Type of visit: Group, Family, Friends and solo visits

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 11 Kilometers, Kacheguda 13 Kilometers, Secunderabad 13 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 34 Kilometers through the city and 36 kilometers through Outer Ring Road

Nearest Hotels: Taj Mahal Hotel (3 Star) 2.5 Kilometers, Park Hyatt (5 Star) 3.8 Kilometers, Daspalla (3 Star) 2.4 Kilometers, Avasa (5 Star Hotel) 5 Kilometers

Sanghi Temple

The marvellous Sanghi Temple- Well known tourist destination of Hyderabad and one of the best pilgrimage and religious attractions of India
Charming Sanghi Temple with green garden

Most of you might be well versed with this temple as we have seen this in many Bollywood movies. The temple was built by Sanghi Family. The raja gopuram (the sacred temple top) can be seen from miles away. The temple is located on a small hillock known as Paramanand giri. The main shrine being Lord Venkateshwara, there are several other shrines including Ganesh, Hanuman etc. The temple is very close to Ramoji Film city and Mount Opera (waterpark). It is a beautiful construction with greenery and temple complexes are scattered in the garden premises.

The golden glow of the Sanghi temple at night
A night view with golden glow

Sanghi Temple Timings

Sanghi temple, on any week day opens at 8 AM and closes at 12 PM, reopens again at 4 PM till 8 PM. The timings slightly vary on a weekend. Saturdays, the temple operates from 6 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM as the day being an auspicious and dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. On Sundays, the temple is open from 8 AM to 8 PM.

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 32 Kilometers, Kacheguda 30 Kilometers, Secunderabad 34 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 41 Kilometers through the city and 35 Kilometers through Outer Ring Road

Nearest Hotels: Swagath Grand (2 Star Hotel) 22 Kilometers, Hotel Shilpi Grand (2 star Hotel) 26 Kilometers

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Ashta Lakshmi Temple

The temple is comprised with the shrines of 8 goddesses; Adilakshmi, Aishwarya Lakshmi, Santhana Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth), Dhanya Lakshmi (Goddess of agriculture), Gaja Laksmi, Vijaya Lakshmi (Goddess of victory) and Vara Lakshmi (Goddess of boons). The design and architecture of the temple are so magnificent and the view of the temple is amazing especially in the night time.

Ashtalakshmi temple- A modern and beautiful temple with the shrines of 8 goddesses. Another perfect religious attraction to visit in Hyderabad
Impressive Design of Ashtalakshmi Tempe

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 10 Kilometers, Kacheguda 8.3 Kilometers, Secunderabad 15 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 33 Kilometers through the city and 26 Kilometers through Outer Ring Road

Nearest Hotels: Swagath Grand (2 Star Hotel) 2.1 Kilometers, Hotel Shilpi Grand (2 star Hotel) 3.9 Kilometers

Balkampet Yellamma Temple

The well known place to visit in Hyderabad and a unique temple with distinct traditions makes the Balkampet Yellamma temple a must visit.
A busy street with historic Yellamma- Pochamma Temple

Before the formation of the city, the villagers dug a well for agriculture purposes and found the Goddess idol which was immovable. So they have left the idol as is and constructed a small temple here which is now a famous shrine. The goddess is known as Yellamma or Jala Durga due to the idol is placed under water in a well. You can often find the crowds during July when the Bonalu festival falls. The water here is believed to have curative powers and devotees carry the water in bottles. I definitely recommend tourists to visit the shrine as it is one of the old pilgrimage destinations in India.

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 8.7 Kilometers, Kacheguda 11 Kilometers, Secunderabad 8.6 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 36 Kilometers through the city

Nearest Hotels: Vivanta by Taj (5 Star Hotel) 2.3 Kilometers, The Manohar (5 Star Hotel) 4.4 Kilometers, The Greenpark (4 Star Hotel) 2 Kilometers

Maha Bodhi Buddha Vihar

The beautiful and architectural buddhist Monastery is a must visit place in Hyderabad. The beautiful sculptures, green garden and wonderful design and a peaceful meditation hall makes this place a best place to visit in Hyderabad
A spiritual and spectacular Mahabodhi Buddha Vihar

It was constructed by Maha Bodhi Charitable Society on a hilly area known as Mahendrahills. The monastery is beautifully designed and has a prayer hall for meditation. It is a wonderful sight and visitors show their interest to visit this place after sunset to enjoy the wonderful view of the monastery and the other low lying parts of the city from the hilly area. Mata Amruthananda mayee ashram and Shiva temple are the other attractions here.

The city view from the hillock
City view from the hillock

Timings: 05:30 AM to 1PM and 03:30 PM to 08:00 PM

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 11 Kilometers, Kacheguda 9.6 Kilometers, Secunderabad 4.9 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 39 Kilometers through the city

Nearest Hotels: Vivanta by Taj (5 Star Hotel) 8.7 Kilometers, The Manohar (5 Star Hotel) 6.4 Kilometers, Greenpark (4 Star Hotel) 9.3 Kilometers

Shyam Mandir: Located in the prime locality just opposite to the Kacheguda railway station. It was built on a very small hillock known as Veeranna gutta, the name derived from the deity of Lord Veerabhadra Swamy. Later the Shyam mandir was built in the year 1995 with Shyam baba being the main shrine. The shrines of Lord Shri Krishna, Hanuman, Shiva, Ganesh and Veerabhadra Swamy co-exist here. Janmashtami is well performed here. The style, construction and architecture resembles Birla Mandir.

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 4 Kilometers, Kacheguda; opposite to the temple, Secunderabad 9.4 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 28 Kilometers through the city

Nearest Hotels: Tourist Plaza (3 Star Hotel) adjacent to the temple, Vaishnoi (3 Star Hotel), 0.5 Kilometers from the temple.

Akkanna Madanna Temple

Akkanna Madanna Temple- built in the memory of the legendary twins worked as ministers in Nizam's kingdom. Also uncles of Sri Rama dasu- the great and ardent devotee of Lord Shri Rama
Akkanna Madanna a historic temple of the great legends

Akkanna and Madanna, the twin brothers worked as ministers in Nizam kingdom. They are the maternal uncles of Shri Bhakta Ramadas, an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. It was belived that they were beheaded by the rival army. A temple was constructed at Sha ali Banda old city as a memory to the contribution to their work.

Chitragupta Temple

One of the best religious places to visit in Hyderabad as the temple is the rarest one. The shrine here is the accountant of our sins- Sri Chitragupta Temple
The one and only temple of Chitragupta

The 200 year old lesser known temple built by Kayasthas in the old city is dedicated to Chitragupta, the accountant of Lord Yama who accounts the sins committed by human on earth which leads to appropriate punishment from Lord Yama, the Lord of death or the Lord of Hell. It is unique and one and only known temples of Chitragupta. I request you to take out sometime while you visit Charminar as you will not be able to find this rarest of the rare.

Shamshabad temples

The 1000 year old temple of Lord Sri Rama who was in search of Sita Devi after she was abducted by Ravana.  While in search of Sita Devi and before meeting Lord Hanuman, mythology suggests that Lord Sri Rama visited the place- a best religious place to visit in Hyderabad
1000 Year old temple of Sri Kodanda Rama

Kodanda Ramalayam

Believed to be built 1000 years ago, dedicated to Lord Rama before he met Hanuman. According to hindu mythology, Lord Rama visited this place who was in search of Sita after she was abducted by Ravana. It is very old temple with seven story tower. There is a pond surrounded by porticos. Sri Rama Navami is celebrated with great passion and dedication. Telugu movies are frequently shot here.

Timings: 06:30 AM to 07:00 PM

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 15 Kilometers, Kacheguda 17 Kilometers, Secunderabad 17 Kilometers

A unique temple of Sai Baba whose idol is placed in a complex looking like Shiva Linga- Dharma Sai temple
A modern and unique construction of Sai Baba Temple

Distance from Airport: 12 Kilometers through the city

Nearest Hotels: Novotel (5 Star Hotel) 16 Kilometers

The statue of equiality at Divya Sanketam- a temple and ashram of Sri Ramanuja. Also one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad
Ramanujan statue “Statue of Equality” at Divya Sanketham

There are several other religious places nearby this temple where you can have a short visit. One of them is Dharma Sai temple where Sai Baba idol is placed under a Shiva Lingam.

swarna shilpi vivekananda kali mandir

A replica of Kali Mandir at Kolkota known for its architecture and design makes it a best place to visit in Hyderabad
Swarna shilpi vivekananda Kali mandir

A replica of Kolkata’s Dakshibeshwar Kali mandir known as Swarna Shilpi Vivekananda Kali Mandir was inaugurated by Shri Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swamy on January 28th 2020 and now is open to public. The temple constructed with modern and elegant architecture has the deities of Maa Kaali, Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna and Lord Venkateshwara. The must visit shrine in Hyderabad especially in the evening where you can enjoy the temple’s architecture alongside the colourful lights. The temple premises also comprises of an auditorium for conducting spiritual programs. There is an ample of parking space.

The Theologian and philosopher, Sri Ramanujan temple is also located nearby the Shamshabad. The tallest Ramanujan statue “The Statue of Equality” is located here. The peaceful premises or the temple is known as Divya sanketam. Never miss this brilliant and wonderful masterpiece.

Tadbund Hanuman Temple

The old and powerful temple known as Tadbund Hanuman Temple is another pilgrimage destination and a best place to visit in Hyderabad
The ancient and Divine Tadbund Hanuman Temple

Another popular and very old temple is situated in the northern part of Hyderabad known as Tadbund. Thousands of devotees visit this temple especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Sri Ganesh, Lord Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Hanuman, Shiva, Nagendra are the other deities alongside Sri Veeranjaneya Swami. The temple celebrated its Diamond Jubilee function. It is situated on one of the busy and prime location known as Sikh Village.

Tadbund Hanuman Temple Timings

Opens from 5 AM to 11:30 AM and 4 PM to 8:30 PM on all the days apart from Tuesdays and Saturdays during which the temple operates from 4 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 9 PM as there are special poojas are performed on these two days.

Website: www.tadbundveeranjaneyaswamy.org

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 9.1 Kilometers, Kacheguda 9.9 Kilometers, Secunderabad 4 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 34 Kilometers

Nearest Hotels: The Purple Leaf (3 Star Hotel) 2.6 Kilometers, Vivanta by Taj (5 Star Hotel) 4.8 Kilometers, The Manohar (5 Star Hotel) 3.7 Kilometers, Greenpark (4 Star Hotel) 6.6 Kilometers

Karmanghat Hanuman Temple

Karmanghat Hanuman temple- A temple with historic significance and proved to be mighty powerful is one of the best religious places to visit in Hyderabad
Karmanghat Hanuman Temple

Constructed in 12th century AD by Kakatiya ruler. It is believed that he heard a voice chanting Sri Rama and then discovered the idol of Sri Hanuman in the middle of a dense forest. It is also learnt that Moghul emperor Aurangazeb tried to demolish the temple but in vain. When he was trying, there was a voice which warned him “mandir todna hai rajan toh kar man ghat” (translated as “if you want to demolish the temple, oh king, make your heart bold”). Since then, this place is named as Karmanghat. A large number of devotees visit this temple every day to offer their prayers and perform rituals. This number significantly increases on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Annadanam i.e. serving free meal is conducted every day except Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Timings: 6 PM to 12 PM and 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM; 5:30 AM to 1 PM and 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM on Tuesdays and Saturdays

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 10 Kilometers, Kacheguda 8.5 Kilometers, Secunderabad 17 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 20 Kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Swagath Grand (2 Star Hotel) 7.4 Kilometers, Hotel Shilpi Grand (2 star Hotel) 4.3 Kilometers

Ratnalayam

The modern temple of Ratnalayam, a little far from the city also worth a visit
Beautiful Landscapes of Ratnalayam tempe

On the way to Shamirpet lake, you can divert towards right and enter Aliabad where you can find a holy shrine of Lord Venkateshwara known as Ratnalayam. The beautiful temple with gardens consists of shrines of Ganesh, Hanuman, Padmavathi and Aluvelu manga alongside the main shrine of Lord Venkateshwara. Daily, weekly rituals are conducted with a great devotion. Brahmotsavam similar to that of Tirupati is also conduct during the dussera festival. The place is well known and often crowded with devotees. A must visit place.

Ratnalayam Temple Timings

6 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM (Monday to Friday) and 6 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 9 PM (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)

 Website: www.ratnalayam.com

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 32 Kilometers, Kacheguda 32 Kilometers, Secunderabad 26 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 60 Kilometers through the city and 76 Kilometers through outer ring road

Nearest Hotels: Alankrita Resorts (4 Star) 6.9 kilometers, Leonia (3 Star) 7.8 Kilometers

Wargal Saraswati Temple

The deity of Education- Saraswati temple is visited by many devotees and conduct their children's Akshara Bhyasam (learning ceremony)
Saraswati temple at Wargal

Shri Yayavaram Chandrashekhara Sharma constructed the temple. He is a devotee of goddess Saraswati, the deity of education. It is situated at Wargal, a town which is 25 kilometers from Shamirpet (Hyderabad). The temple situated on a small hillock consists of other deities like Ganesh, Shani, and Lord Shiva alongside Sri Vidya Saraswati. Devotees often visit here and conduct their children’s Akshara Bhyasam (learning ceremony) before joining them in a school. The rituals are conducted on daily basis and special poojas are performed on ashwayuja Mula which falls on the 7th day of duserra which is considered as an auspicious day for Saraswati Pooja.

Timings: 5 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 52 Kilometers, Kacheguda 52 Kilometers, Secunderabad 46 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 80 Kilometers through the city and 97 Kilometers through outer ring road

Nearest Hotels: Alankrita Resorts (4 Star) 27 kilometers, Leonia (3 Star) 28 Kilometers

Churches in Hyderabad

St Joseph’s Cathedral

The architectural beauty with divinity-  St. Joseph's Cathedral
Gorgeous St. Joseph’s Cathedral

The church located in the central part of the city is known for its beautiful architecture both internal and external. It accommodates huge gatherings under one roof. It is easily locatable and one of the prominent places in the city. Definitely recommended.

Website: www.stjosephscathedral.in

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 1.6 Kilometers, Kacheguda 3.7 Kilometers, Secunderabad 7.5 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 32 Kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Rajdhani (2star hotel) 3.1 kilometers, Marriot Hotel (5 Star Hotel) 4.3 Kilometers, Best Western Ashoka (3 star Hotel) 2.1 Kilometers, Amrutha Castle (3 Star Hotel) 2.4 Kilometers, Hotel Siddhartha (2 Star Hotel) 1.5 Kilometers, Jaya International (3 Star Hotel) 1.4 Kilometers

St George’s Church

The well known landmark and one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad- St George’s Church
Breathtaking beauty of St. George’s Church

The famous church was declared as a heritage site for its beauty. Its vintage look is an added attraction. One can enjoy its peaceful and serene atmosphere despite it is located in the central and one of the busiest parts of the city. This Anglican Church was built in the year 1844. The tourists visiting St Joseph’s Cathedral can also visit this Church due to the close vicinity.

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 1.7 Kilometers, Kacheguda 3.5 Kilometers, Secunderabad 7.8 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 32 Kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Rajdhani (2star hotel) 2.7 kilometers, Marriot Hotel (5 Star Hotel) 4.6 Kilometers, Best Western Ashoka (3 star Hotel) 2.3 Kilometers, Amrutha Castle (3 Star Hotel) 2.6 Kilometers, Hotel Siddhartha (2 Star Hotel) 1.1 Kilometers, Jaya International (3 Star Hotel) 1 Kilometer

Centenary Methodist Church: The small whitewashed and beautiful church is worth a visit due to its architecture and style. The Church has a bell tower which can be easily noticed from the surrounding areas. The church can easily accommodate 2000 people. The services are offered in English, Hindi, Telugu, Marathi and Kannada due to the cosmopolitan nature of the worshippers.

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 1 Kilometers, Kacheguda 4.7 Kilometers, Secunderabad 7.6 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 26 Kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Rajdhani (2star hotel) 2.6 kilometers, Marriot Hotel (5 Star Hotel) 4.6 Kilometers, Best Western Ashoka (3 star Hotel) 3 Kilometers, Amrutha Castle (3 Star Hotel) 2.3 Kilometers, Hotel Siddhartha (2 Star Hotel) 1.5 Kilometers, Jaya International (3 Star Hotel) 1.3 Kilometers

St. Alphonsus Catholic Church

The best place to visit in Hyderabad and situated at a lavish location- St Alphonsus Catholic Church
Cozy look of St. Alphonsus Church

Located at a peaceful, rich and serene locality of Banjarahills. The beautifully designed church has a clean and vast open area is a delight to its visitors. The services are offered in English, Telugu and Malayalam.

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 6.2 Kilometers, Kacheguda 8.7 Kilometers, Secunderabad 11 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 31 Kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Park Hyatt (5 Star) 2.2 Kilometers, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel (5 Star) 850 meters, Golkonda Hotel (4 Star) 2.5 Kilometers

St. Mary’s Church

A well known tourist destination in Hyderabad with a beautiful exteriors and interiors- St Mary's Church
Awe- inspiring St. Mary’s Church

The famous tourist attraction in Hyderabad’s twin city of Secunderabad is just a mile away from the railway station. The church attracts a large number of worshippers and tourists alike due to its charm and beauty. There is a statue of mother Mary holding Jesus Christ in her arms.  The Church was constructed in the year 1850. The structure is designed with arches in an Indian Gothic (western especially English) style. 

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 9 Kilometers, Kacheguda 7.2 Kilometers, Secunderabad 1.4 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 39 Kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Katriya Hotel & Towers (3 Star) 7.3 Kilometers, ITC Kakatiya (5 Star Hotel) 5.9 Kilometers, Vivanta by Taj (5 Star Hotel) 4.5 Kilometers, Ohri’s Bassera (3 Star Hotel) 650 Meters

St. John’s Church

The amazing white and red architecture filled with divinity in every inch- St. John’s Church
Stunning St. John’s church

Another remarkable attraction that need no introduction. The oldest Church was constructed in the year 1818 in a rich location of East Marredpally in Secunderabad. Even British troops along with guns were allowed inside the premises. The well maintained with its vintage style attracts many visitors. Due to its close proximity to Mahabodhi Buddha Vihar, one can easily visit both the places at one go.

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 9 Kilometers, Kacheguda 7.4 Kilometers, Secunderabad 2.6 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 38 Kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Katriya Hotel & Towers (3 Star) 8.8 Kilometers, ITC Kakatiya (5 Star Hotel) 8.1 Kilometers, Vivanta by Taj (5 Star Hotel) 6.4 Kilometers, Ohri’s Bassera (3 Star) 1.1 Kilometers

Wesley Church

The wonderful structure outside and beautiful interiors makes this place another religious attraction- Wesley Church
Marvellous Wesley’s Church

Known for its wonderful interiors is another major tourist attraction in Hyderabad. Close to other churches like St George’s and St. Joseph’s. It offers the services in different languages. The place is well known for its peace and calmness. A must visit place.

Website: www.csiwcr.com

Type of visit: Group, Family and Friends

Distance from Railway Station: Nampally 2.5 Kilometers, Kacheguda 2.1 Kilometers, Secunderabad 8.6 Kilometers

Distance from Airport: 27 Kilometers

Nearest Hotels: Rajdhani (2star hotel) 2.3 kilometers, Marriot Hotel (5 Star Hotel) 5.4 Kilometers, Best Western Ashoka (3 star Hotel) 3.2 Kilometers, Amrutha Castle (3 Star Hotel) 3.5 Kilometers, Hotel Siddhartha (2 Star Hotel) 950 Meters, Jaya International (3 Star Hotel) 850 Meters

So, these are some of the major pilgrimage sites in Hyderabad which are often visited by locals and tourists alike.

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