Nestled in the Araku Valley of Telangana, the picturesque Ananthagiri Hills abound in all their natural beauty and charm. Due to its close proximity to Hyderabad, this quaint little hill station has attracted tourists for centuries, making it a pleasant destination for family and friends.

Why is it a perfect weekend destination?

If you are looking for a perfect getaway and want to witness lush greenery, lofty hills and a mesmerizing sunrise, then Ananthagiri Hills in Vikarabad district, about 80 KM from Hyderabad. It is considered a good option. Ananthagiri Hill is nestled inside a dense forest, the temperature drops below the average temperature of the city. It makes it a perfect road trip spot to get away from the city.

Anyway, before going on a trip to any tourist place, complete planning is done. apart from traveling on our journey. If this question is going on in your mind before going on a trip to Ananthagiri Hills. It is situated in the lap of nature, is known for its beautiful and wonderful views as well as for its activities which make the travel of tourists thrilling. And fills you with enthusiasm, so let’s know what you can do in the journey of Ananthagiri Hills-

This article contains a list of the top things to do in Ananthagiri Hills.


Camping is considered to be an ideal and exhilarating option for enjoying a weekend or holiday in Ananthagiri Hills. The scenic beauty of Ananthagiri Hills can be felt up close through camping. There are various options for camping on the banks of rivers and in the forests, in which anyone can come and enjoy camping.

Visit Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple

According to the local people, Ananthagiri Hills is one of the oldest inhabited places in Telangana; the ruined ancient caves and monuments actually bear testimony to this. This is the place from where the Musi River originates. Musi River is a tributary of Krishna River which flows through Hyderabad. Where people come for religious pilgrimage. 

Ananthagiri Hills, also known as Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the popular temples in Telangana. This temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu but it is said that it was built by a Nizam king about 400 years ago and today it has become a symbol of religious harmony.

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If you want to enjoy trekking, then it will be a pleasure to know that there are two trekking trails in Ananthagiri Hills. First one starts from the temple and the other starts towards Kereli, half a kilometer away from the temple. These treks are beginner friendly and there are many packages to do it at the tourism desk. Feel free to wear solid hiking boots while trekking and start trekking your way to glory. Ananthagiri Hills is known for its tourist spots as well as its trekking trails. 

Trekking is considered to be the most exciting activity to do in Ananthagiri Hills. You can make your trip more memorable and exciting by walking through every filled path of the forest. There are 2 most popular trekking trails in Ananthagiri, one starts from the temple while The second one starts from the Kerala side. There are also options for night camping at places where camping can also be done at night while trekking.

Plan Your Stay

Ananthagiri Hills offers amazing stay options, from budget hotels to luxury resorts. By the way, it is advisable to plant in the Deccan trails. If all you want is stunning views, The Grasswalk Resort and Hills & Valley Adventure Resort in Vikarabad offer some other accommodation options.

Go Kayaking

Kotpally Reservoir in Vikarabad offers a lot of water activities as well as can be visited there for kayaking. Kotepally Reservoir is located about an hour’s drive from Ananthagiri. Apart from bird watching and basking in the natural splendor of this place, one can feel the thrill of kayaking in the reservoir. 

One can also take a stroll along the path that crosses the lake and feel like breathing in the serenity of the hills around it. Float in the lake all of your choice and you can explore the surroundings while you’re done. There are many food stalls set up around the lake and the roasted corn can be enjoyed after the strenuous water activity. You can also enjoy a picnic on the lake with your own snacks and food items.

Bird Watching

Ananthagiri Hills tops the list when it comes to bird watching combined with a trek in the serenity of nature. There are many bird watching points in Ananthagiri Hills where with patience and careful vigilance one can surely spot countless beautiful birds. 

From the yellow-crowned woodpecker to the gray francolin, from Tickell’s blue flycatcher to the coppersmith barbet, all can be seen in the Ananthagiri Hills. If you want to capture their beauty in a memorable form, then do not forget to take binoculars with you.

By Lalit Manral

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