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15 Amazing Things to do in Telangana | Telangana Tourist Places

Telangana offers an amazing array of things to do and you can see such wonders in Telangana. There are festivals like Bathukamma and Bonalu which are very unique and not celebrated anywhere in the World. Take a look at some of the ways you can make your trip the most memorable one.

1. Enjoy Bathukamma festival at Tank Bund in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana:

Making of Pedda Bathumma - Bathukamma Festival
Making of Pedda Bathumma – Bathukamma Festival

The Bathukamma festival, the colourful festival of flowers, is celebrated in September/October every year in Telangana State. The festival revolves around the worship of the mother goddess Gauri the giver of life which is celebrated for 9 days. No where in the world one can find a flower festival except Telangana.
It is a nine day event and commences from Mahalaya Amavasya and culminates two/one days prior to Dussehra on Durgashtami.

Women arrange seasonal flowers in a conical structure. They then dress up in their best attire and offer their prayers to the goddess by dancing around the Bathukammas, as these structures are called.

Bathukamma Festival is the only floral festival in the world which is unique to Telangana State. Bathukamma is considered as Godess Gauramma who plays an important role in the womanhood of Telangana.

2. Celebrate Bonalu in Hyderabad

Bonalu Jathara Festival Hyderabad
Women carrying Bonam at Ujjaini Mahankali Temple Secunderabad

In the month of July/August in Telangana the state gears up to celebrate the Bonalu festival. “Bonam” in Telegu means a meal. Therefore, during Bonalu, the people of Telangana offer their prayers to the Goddess Kali by offering her a Bonam of rice cooked in milk and jaggery in a pot decorated with neem leaves, turmeric and vermillion and placing a lighted Diya on top.

Bonalu Festival is celebrated during Ashada Masam (Hindu Calender Month). This festival is celebrated in all the Godess Temples of Telangana. Major Temples of Hyderabad where Bonaliu is celebrated with high spirit are Ujjaini Mahankali Temple, Golconda Jagadamba Temple and Akkanna Madanna Temple.

One can see devotees in Lakh number for important events like Potharaju Dance, Teenmaar Dance, Ghatam, etc.

3. Tour the enchanting ‘Thousand Pillar Temple’ and Warangal Fort

Thousand Pillar temple-Telangana Tourist Places
Thousand Pillar Temple located in Warangal – Telangana Tourist Places

Telangana Tourist Places are resplendent in several glittering jewels in its treasure trove. The Thousand pillar temple and the Warangal Fort are two such examples. Built under the Kakatiyan Dynasty, the Thousand Pillar temple in Hanamkonda, has some exquisite carvings which are brilliant examples of the Kakatiyan architectural genius. The Warangal Fort also built under the Kakatiya dynasty is another glorious relic of Telangana’s rich history. Tour to Warangal never ends without visiting these two places.

Warangal Fort - Telangana Tourist Places
Warangal Fort Ruins – Image Courtesy: suryanaidus.wordpress.com

Thousand Pillar Temple and Warangal Fort are considered as the Heritage places of Telangana State.

4. Get drenched in the captivating Kuntala Waterfalls

Kuntala Waterfalls - Adilabad Tourism - Telangana Tourist Places
Kuntala Waterfalls during Monsoons-Image Courtesy: www.indiamike.com

Legends and nature has bestowed the Kuntala Waterfalls in Adilabad district with a beauty so captivating that it is difficult to refrain from paying it a visit. Known to be the highest waterfall in the state, it emerges from the River Kadem and cascades over two steps creating an impression of being two adjacent falls. Easily motorable roads ensure a fantastic day trip from Hyderabad to visit the falls.

5. Trek to the verdant Ananthagiri Hills

Ananthagiri Hills near Vikarabad
Ananthagiri Hills near Vikarabad – Image Courtesy: www.thehindu.com

Located at a height of 1200 meters in the RangaReddy District, Ananthagiri is one of the most picturesque hill stations in Telangana. The place provides some fascinating trekking routes. You can traverse through mysterious caves, underground springs and woods dense enough to make your spirits soar. As you reach the top, treat yourself to one of the most panoramic views of the city below.

6. Relive the Nizami era at Charminar, Falaknuma Palace, Chowmalla Palace and Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad

Charminar Hyderabad - Telangana Tourist Places
Charminar – Icon of Hyderabad

Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad
Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad-Image Source: www.indiaincredible.wordpress.com

Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad
Chowmahalla Palace – Image Source: www.chowmahalla.com

Telangana Tourist Places ensures that you get to savour the true Nizami lifestyle through its well-maintained and restored palaces, museums and forts. Be it the square structure of the Charminar, the ornate corridors of the Falaknuma palace, the opulence of the pillared Durbar Halls of the Chowmalla Palace or the divine precincts of the Mecca Masjid, Telangana lets you relive history like you have never before imagined. The ancient history of these Heritage Spots of Hyderabad makes you feel the Nizam Era even today.

7. Experience Tribal Culture at the Medaram Jathara

View of devotees at Sammakka Saralamma Medaram Jathara
View of devotees at Sammakka Saralamma Medaram Jathara – Image Courtesy: srisrilara.blogspot.com

The biennial celebration of Samakka Saralamma Jathara held in Medaram lets you experience tribal culture. The jathara is a 3 day event and is observed to commemorate the bravery of the mother daughter pair of Samakka and Saralamma who fought against the unjust practices of the rulers. The festival witnessing around 1.5 crore visitors is celebrated every even numbered year on a full moon night in January –February.

Medam Sammakka Saralamma Jathara is the biggest religious congregation in the Asian continent. Jaggery is offered to Godesses in huge quantity in Medaram.

8. Drench yourself in the scenic beauty of Ramappa Lake and Ramappa Temple

Ramappa Temple at Palampet, Warangal
Ramappa Temple at Palampet, Warangal – Image Courtesy: www.historum.com
Ramappa Lake Warangal Images - Lake View
Ramappa Lake View at Sunset – Image Courtesy: www.backpakker.blogspot.in

The picturesque Ramappa Lake and the beautiful Ramappa Temple is a good example of the architectural and engineering excellence of the Kakatiyas. While the lake set in a picturesque setting, displays the excellent irrigation sense of the Kakatiyan kings; the exquisite carvings of the Ramappa temple reminds one of the architectural genius of the illustrious dynasty. This makes both an interesting destination. Ramappa Temple is one of the heritage spots of Telangana which should be a must visit place in the list of Telangana Tourist Places.

9. Experience the thrill at the country’s biggest Tiger Reserve

Farahabad View Point Tiger Reserve-Nallamalla Forest
Farahabad View Point in biggest Tiger Reserve – Image Source: www.thehindu.com

Sprawled across Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar, spread out over a total area of about 3,568 square kms, the Nagarjuna-Srisailam is the country’s biggest tiger reserve. The reserve can boast of providing tourists with one of the most scenic views owing to being set amidst the misty hills and picturesque valleys.

One can seen the beautiful forest from Farahabad View Point which also has a resort to stay.

10. Get awed at the Medak Church – Telangana Tourist Places

Medak Church Front View
Medak Church Front View – Image Source: www.panoramio.com

Known to be the tallest churches of Asia and the tallest structure in Medak, the Medak Church was founded by Reverend Charles Walker Posnett in 1914. Towering above the city at a height of 200 feet, the cathedral is a beautiful example of Gothic revival style etched deeply in its design. An inherent part of Medak’s history, the church witnesses huge crowds during Christmas when its beauty is further accentuated by the festive lights and decorations.

11. Shop till you drop at Sultan Bazar, Laad Bazar, Begum Bazar and General Bazar

Laad Bazaar Hyderabad
Bangles store in Laad Bazar

There is a wide array of shopping destinations to choose from in Telangana. Places like Sultan Bazar, Laad Bazar, Begum Bazar and General Bazar are known to be heritage zones and famous for their huge collection of goods namely, bangles, trinkets, women’s wear, slippers, shoes, household goods, children’s goods and so on. Take your pick and strike a bargain.

All these shopping areas are more than 200 years old and no shopping mall can beat these shopping Bazars in Hyderabad.

12. Enjoy the exhilarating experience of witnessing Ganesh Visarjan at Tank Bund

GANESH Nimarjanam Tank Bund Hyderabad
GANESH Nimarjanam Tank Bund Hyderabad-Image Courtesy: thehindu.com

The Tank Bund area in Hyderabad is built across the Hussain Sagar Lake and witnesses huge crowds during the immersion of Ganesh idols. Merge in the milling crowds and participate in the wonderful experience as the whole place lights up and watch the huge idols of Ganesha being immersed. Take back memorable moments long after the echoes of ‘Jai Ganapathy’ and Ganapathy Bappa Mourya’ have died down. The tradition of Ganesh Immersion at Hussain Sagar Lake has started during Nizam era and its still continuing. The view of Ganesh Idols standing in a line waiting for immersion is a blissful experience of your life.

13. Visit the ancient temples ‘Yadagiri Gutta’, Vemulawada and Badhrachalam

Yadagirigutta Sri Lakshimi Narasimha Swamy Temple
Yadagirigutta Sri Lakshimi Narasimha Swamy Temple
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Sri Rajarajeshwara Swamy Temple Vemulawada with lights at night
Sri Rajarajeshwara Swamy Temple Vemulawada with lights at night – Image Courtesy: www.aptdc.gov.in

Ancient Telangana Temples are a preferred destination for locals as well as for tourists. The Yadagiri Gutta temple also known as the LakshmiNarasimha Swami temple is visited by devotees on all days. heavy rush is observed on Sundays and public holidays.

The Vemulwada Temple in the Karimnagar district is also a common favourite as it is known to be one of the oldest and the most famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The Bhadrachalam Temple provides devotees with a serene environment so that they can lose themselves in their devotion to the almighty.

A visit to Telangana ends only after visiting these ancient temples of Telangana.

14. Pay Reverence at the Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple

Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple
Edupayala Durga Bhavani Temple – Image Source: edupayaladurgamma.com

Located in Nagasanpalli in the Papannapet Mandal in the Medak District, the Edupayala Durga Bhavani Gudi is often visited for the shrine of Durga Bhavani that it houses. Its unique location at the confluence of seven streams of Manjeera River helps to add to its aura and attract visitors.

15. Pamper your taste buds with exquisite Hyderabadi Biryani, Irani Chai, Paya and Haleem

Hyderabad Biryani
Hyderabad Biryani – Image Courtesy: www.bawarchibiryanipoint.com


Food has always been the primary reason for visiting the Hyderabad city. Pamper your taste buds with an excellent serving of Hyderabadi Biryani, Haleem and Paya. You can also wash down the mouth-watering palate with a cup of deliciously aromatic Irani Chai.

Hyderabad is always considered a favourite for all foodies because of the various Hyderabadi cuisines available.

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