Hyderabad, endearingly called as the Pearl City and a historical destination in itself, offers the traveller a tryst with the past through a rich and varied mixture of cultural and historical monuments outside its geographical boundary.
Placed on the banks of the rivers Krishna and Budameru in the south and north, and the Bay of Bengal and the Indrakeeladri mountain in the east and west, Vijayawada, is a place of scenic beauty. Being credited for being the largest railway junction in South India, Vijayawada also has plenty of tourist attractions like Prakasam Barrage, Undavalli Caves and Gandhi Stupa.
Mantralayam is a famous religious location among the devotees of Vishnu for housing the Samadhi of the famous saint Raghavendra Teertha. Located at a distance of 242 km from Hyderabad, this calm and tiny hamlet is located on the banks of the river Tungabhadra and houses the famous Raghavendra Swamy Temple and the Mutt Complex. Kurnool, located 215 km from Hyderabad, is a small town adorned with ancient temples, palaces and monuments. The city hosts the ruins of a medieval fort that depicts Persian and Arabic inscriptions of the Vijayanagar Empire. Other attractions of this place include, the Kondareddy Buruz, the tomb of Abdul Wahab and the new Shirdi Sai Baba temple.
A renowned hill town situated on the banks of the river Krishna and 211 km from Hyderabad, is Srisailam. Known for its ancient temples, wildlife sanctuary and a dam, Srisailam offers a panoramic view of the surrounding from its hills that also houses the famed Sikhareswara Swamy temple. Guntur, located 226 km from Hyderabad is a well developed city with many monuments like Amaravati, Sitanagaram and Bhattiprolu. This city also houses many caves like the Guthikonda and Stinagaram caves that have their reference in the Vedic Puranas.
Located approximately 48 km from Hyderabad is a small, rustic town called Bhongir famous for its fort constructed during the Kakatiya Empire. Located atop a monolithic rock structure, the fort has a height of around 500 feet and is abound in many trap doors, ponds, stables and wells.
The town of Sangareddy, located 66 km from Hyderabad, is famous for the Ramalingeswara temple constructed in the shape of a star. Mahbubnagar, a large town located 100 km from Hyderabad is known for its diamond mines and the famed Kohinoor diamond is believed to have originated here.