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 PICNIC SPOTS 

 DEER PARK  
Living free, living safeThe 300-acre Deer Park is situated at Vanasthalipuram about 20 km from Hyderabad railway station. With natural vegetation, it is a home for wild life such as the Spotted Deer, Black Buck, Chinkara, Wild Boar and Python. It is also a safe place for over a hundred species of birds to flutter around. This is undoubtedly a place for lovers of animals, birds and mother nature. Top

 DURGAM CHERUVU  
Durgum Cheravu
Durgam Cheruvu (Lake), located near the Shilparamam Crafts Village at Madhapur, is also fascinatingly known as the Secret Lake. It is behind the Jubilee Hills, around 11 km from the airport and the Hyderabad railway station. The lake lies almost hidden amongst awesome rock formations and hence the name - Secret Lake. The rocks here are much favoured by rock climbers and adventurers. The placid spread of the lake has facilities of pedal-boating and water-scooter riding provided by the Andhra Pradesh State Tourism Department. If visitors are lucky, they can find a film shooting in progress and their favourite actor or actress doing the takes at the Secret Lake.
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 HUSSAIN SAGAR LAKE 

The Hussain Sagar Lake, one of the largest man-made lakes in Asia, The monolithic Buddha statuewhich is within a 6 km distance from the airport and railway stations of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, is a landmark in between the Twin Cities. A wide bund, skirting the lake, connects the two cities. The place is popularly called the Tank Bund. The bund is more than a kilometre long and is lined with 33 ebony black statues of famous personalities of the State. Together with the lawns and the fountains and the newly erected Buddha statue standing majestically tall in the lake waters, Hussain Sagar has become a favourite of the local residents. The Hussain Sagar Lake was built in 1562 on a tributary of River Musi, during the reign of Ibrahim Qutb Shah. Earlier, the lake had to be crossed by a boat Fun with sailing to go to the Secunderabad. Today, the lake sees a gala festive mood on the day the idols of Lord Vinayaka are ceremoniously immersed in the waters at the end of the Vinayaka Chaturthi festival. The idyllic setting also witnesses special cultural events on the bund. Interestingly, the lake has also become an annual resort to the migrating birds. Besides, Sailing Clubs are housed on either side of the lake. The Secunderabad Boat Club provides yatching facilities and is rated as one of the best boat clubs in India. National Regattas are also regularly held here. On the Hyderabad side, there is also the Lumbini Park, a favourite spot for children and families. Boating facilities, especially speed boating, is yet another major attraction of the Hussain Sagar Lake.

Boating: Rs. 30 adults, Rs 20 children.

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 LUMBINI PARK 
Located near the Tank Bund, about 5 km from the airport, theLumbini Park is The cobbled pathways in Lumbini Parkfamous for its musical fountains. The fountains come alive everyday (except Monday) between 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The park is ideal for a quiet stroll or a family outing. The park, at one end, gently slopes down to the waters of the Hussain Sagar Lake, providing an access to the Hyderabad Boat Club. The park also has an amusement centre that keeps the children thoroughly engrossed and on their feet.

Timings: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Closed on Mondays.
 NEHRU ZOOLOGICAL PARK 
Spread across an area of 300 green acres, the Nehru Zoological ParkFamous for tigers is one of the largest zoos in Asia. It has over 1,500 varieties of animals and birds and some of them are exotic and rare. All inmates of the zoo are kept in conditions close to their natural habitat and are well cared for. One of the important sections of the zoo is the crocodile breeding centre. Other attractions are a lion safari park, a natural history museum, a prehistoric animal park and a children's park. The zoo also has a train which takes a whole lot of eager children around the zoo.

Timings: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays.

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 MIR ALAM TANK 

Speed boating Adjacent to the Nehru Zoological Park is the Mir Alam Tank. A pathway through the park leads to the tank. Located 16 kms away from the airport, Mir Alam Tank was once the city's water source. It was named after its builder, Mir Alam, who was the Prime Minister of Hyderabad from 1804 - 1808. This tank is an interesting piece of engineering skills with a mile-long bund formed by 21 arches. Andhra Pradesh Tourism offers boating facilities that include mechanised boats, steering boats and speed boats. The speed boats available here are mostly hired for film shootings.
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 KASU BRAHMANANDA REDDY NATIONAL PARK 
Situated on Jubilee Hills opposite the L V Prasad Eye Institute, about 13 kilometres from the airport, this park is a paradise for walkers and joggers. Besides, the presence of a number of species of birds attracts bird-watchers and nature lovers.

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 OCEAN PARK 

Water slides, wave pools, bumper cars, roller coaster rides and loadsOcean Park - Unforgettable experience of fun - that's what awaits visitors at Ocean Park. Located 15 kms from the Hyderabad railway station, this sprawling amusement and water theme park offers every conceivable way of letting your hair down in water. Some of the outlets to perfect fun are:
The Kids' Pool: In less than two feet deep water, the kids can splash about to their heart's content without causing even the tiniest worry to their mom and dad.
Wave Pool: This is the right place to experience the great ocean waves. Let the waves lap your feet or float on a raft, gently rocked by the waves.

Other star attractions for children include the crocodile ponds, electronic games Splashing in the pooland the Kid Car Safari. Advance booking can be made for parties and conferences. Swimsuits are a must and those who do not have one, can buy or rent at the park. Food lovers can choose from the multicuisine restaurants to whet their appetite. Food from outside is not allowed. Discipline combined with fun makes Ocean Park the perfect place for a day out.

Timings: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all days
Entry Fee:
Rs. 125 for adults, Rs. 75 for children

 OSMAN SAGAR LAKE (Gandipet)  

The Osman Sagar Lake was built in 1920 by damming the River MusiSagar Mahal guest house . The city draws its drinking water from this lake. Beautiful gardens, built on either side of the bund and the Sagar Mahal guest house make this a popular picnic and outing spot. Osman Sagar is locally known as Gandipet. The lake is located nearly 20 kms away from the city.
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 Himayat Sagar Lake

HIMAYAT SAGARRunning parallel to the Osman Sagar is the Himayat Sagar Lake. Located 22 kilometres away on the Bijapur highway, Himayat Sagar provides a picturesque picnic spot. The tank was named after TopHimayat Ali Khan, the eldest son of the Nizam VII.

 RAMOJI FILM CITY 


The Ramoji Film City is a standing testimony to one man's entrepreneurial ability. Named after Ramoji Rao, this city, surrounded by hillocks, is built on 2,000 acres of Ramojiu Film Cityland. The tiny citadel provides a perfect setting for an outing. Ramoji Film City has opened itself to tourism in a big way. A large theme area depicting varied cultures has been set up. This area also has restaurants and shopping areas. Both the audio and video studios are well-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. With Persian boulevards, lavish palaces, rural fields and villages, make-believe airports and railway stations and a host of other settings, this place is a land of fantasies. An added attraction is the possiblity of bumping into your favourite film or TV star.

Time: 9 am to 6 pm.
Entry Fee: Rs. 200 for adults, Rs.150 for children.
General Guided Tour Rs. 400 for adults, Rs.350 for children.

A special Honeymoon Package awaits the newly weds.
Phone: (08415) 46555

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 RUNAWAY 9 

Runaway 9 is the place for go-karting. The first of its kind racetrack of international standards, Runaway 9 is located at Kompally 11 kilometres from the airport on the Nagpur Highway. A dream project of Nihar Modi, a high speed driver at National Rally Championship, Runaway 9 combines serious racing with some exciting fun. The karts are of 6.5 bhp and are driven on 710 metre-long cement tracks and can stretch up to 70 kmph. With excellent safety measures, including provision of jackets and helmets to go with strong tyre-fencing at the borders, Karting is rendered absolutely safe here. Karting apart, Runaway 9 is also up for multi-dimensional entertainment with pool parlours, open-air conferences, pulsating music and lots more!

Phone: 309 7107 / 309 7109.
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 DHOLA-RI-DHANI 
Dhola-ri-Rani - The House of RajasthanA mini-Rajasthan in Hyderabad? That's what Dhola-ri-Dhani is all about. A dream project of Mahendra Agarwal, it is situated 11 kilometres from the airport at Kompally village on Medchal Road. Visitors are welcomed in a typical Rajasthani style with an offer of a glass of rabdi or jal-jeera and dhol. The restaurant Maan Mannar offers the choicest of Rajasthani cuisine. At the amphi theatre, Ghoomer-Jhoomer Rajasthani dances, music and plays and a host of other programmes are held regularly. Dhola-ri-Dhani has a Shilparama small lake with facilities for boating and a Kund with a facility to swim. Shilparama, the emporium showcasing Rajasthani handicrafts, has some of the finest woodworks, art pieces made out of camel bones, handlooms and textiles and the irresistible ethnic jhoolas.

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 SHAMEERPET 

Shameerpet, a pleasant holiday resort, is about 29 kilometres from the airport. It houses a deer park and a natural lake which makes it an ideal place for a pleasant outing. A resort called The Escape has 12 cottages of which six are air conditioned. Extensive lawns, toy train for kids and facilities for sports add pleasure to the visitors' stay. Boating on the calm waters can be another experience to cherish. The resort has become a favourite venue for informal business meets and kitty parties. Cottages and lodges can be rented through the Andhra PradeshTourism Development Corporation or through the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department, Hyderabad.

Phone: 844 510 / 520


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