The Ananthagiri Hills are located at the Vikarabad district in Telangana, India. The water from these hills flows to the Hussain Sagar and the Himayath Sagar.
The Ananthagiri Hills is one of the dense forests found in the state of Telangana. The Ananthagiri Temple is also situated in this area. It is also the Birthplace of the River Musi. The Musi river is also known by the name "Muchkunda River". The river flows through the city of Hyderabad which is located at a distance of 90 km from here. Ananthagiri Hills are located at a distance of 5 km from Vikarabad.
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In the earlier times, Ananthagiri had been one of the official hunting grounds for the Nizams and this is the reason why it has been crafted perfectly.
The place is also one of the early habitat areas. It has many ancient caves, medieval fort structures as well as temples that show the amazing history of the place. The place is covered with red soil and is ideal for adventure sports. Other than this, the place offers a perfect weekend getaway from the hustle-bustle of Hyderabad city. The hill station is also amazing for camping and having fun stargazing. This is the perfect place for all nature lovers.
The accommodation in Ananthagiri hills is available either at the Haritha Resort at Ananthagiri Hills that offers one room at an approximate price of INR 1500 per day or at the Deccan Trails. The Haritha valley resort also has an in-house restaurant that serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines. The small reservoir, lush green jungle as well as the jungle trail is the reason why visitors are attracted to this place. The whole area has been covered by thick vegetation, small rivulets and beautiful streams of freshwater.
Witness the aromatic coffee plantations with a photo-worthy view, the serene waterfalls and vintage viewpoints with spectacular views of the natural beauty all around. There are several mango groves and orchards that adds to the charm of this hill station.
The hills have excellent weather all around the year which makes it one of the places that can be visited anytime you want. It feels like a home away from home because of the peace and natural beauty all around away from the pollution and noise of the city. It is no doubt the perfect place for those who wish to spend their vacation in peace and get plenty of personal and family time.
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Some of the tourist attractions of the Ananthagiri Hills are as follows:
- Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple
The temple is located in the hills of Ananthagiri. It is located at a distance of about 75 kilometers from Hyderabad. Lord Vishnu is in the form of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy and Ananthagiri is the name given after him. You will find a nice hotel located near the temple operated by the Telangana Government.
- Nagasamudram Lake
There is a lake near the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple known by the name "Nagasamudram Lake" or kotipally reservoir. It is located near to a dam and around 20 km from the Ananthagiri hills. The lake is also a masonry dam. The place has amazing views during the monsoon season.
The Ananthagiri Hills are also popularly known for trekking. The place has two trekking trails in the forests of Ananthagiri. One route starts from the Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple and the other route starts approx 0.5 kilometers from the temple, towards Kerelli.
- Godamguda ViewPoint
This is one of the best viewpoints that you can find in the hills to capture some spectacular views.
- The Borra Hills and Caves
This is a must-visit the site of the Anantha Hill of Araku Valley. One of the major tourist destinations found on the East Coast of India.
- Dolphin's Nose:
The Dolphin's Nose is a massive rock measuring about 357 m high that has been extended out of a sea in the shape of the Dolphin's nose. A lighthouse has been built on this huge rock and the beam of the lighthouse is visible to about 65 km away from the sea.
- Araku Tribal Museum
The Araku Tribal Museum is a place that showcases the culture, handicrafts, fine art and tradition of the tribal people from the Eastern Ghats. The museum has a display of the tools that had belonged to the tribal people and explains how the natives had lived here.
- Padmapuram Gardens
This is an exclusive place to visit in the hills where you will find three top cottages built in the middle of the Araku valley. There are tree huts that swing along the tree hanging about 10 feet above the ground level.
How to reach Ananthagiri Hills
By Air: The nearest airport to the Ananthagiri Hills is The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. You can either take a taxi or a bus from the airport that will take you straight to Vikarabad and the Ananthagiri Hills. This will cost around INR 2000-3000 to reach there.
By Rail: The closest to the Ananthagiri Hills is the Vikarabad railway station. From there, the Hills are around 6 to 7 km away and it takes only 15 to 20 minutes to reach.
By Road: To reach Vikarabad by road from Hyderabad, Stay on the State Highway 4 (SH4) up to Manneguda that will take you straight to the hills. It will take only about 2-3 hours to reach there from Hyderabad.
By Bus: There are regular buses from Hyderabad to Vikarabad run by TSRTC, from where you can take an auto or another bus to reach the Ananthagiri Hills.
We would recommend you to take the road when visiting the Ananthagiri Hills because it is the quickest and pocket-friendly way to reach there. Besides, a road trip will give you an adventurous vibe.
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