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If you are up for spending your downtime scaling terrains, here’s a list of the 4 trekking sites in and around Hyderabad that you can start with.

There was a time when people preferred a lazy weekend spent at home, which then changed to driving down for a quick gateway and get some respite from city life. Now, trekking is a craze that is catching up in various cities and also leading to a fitter, healthier lot of enthusaists.

The City of Nizams, apart from its rich heritage and royal food, is also known for its unique landscape dotted with lakes and hills as well as the Deccan Plateau roots – all of which make it a paradise for adventure seekers, rock climbers and trekkers. If you are up for spending your downtime scaling terrains, here’s a list of the 4 trekking sites in and around Hyderabad that you can start with.

DURGAM CHERUVU

Spread over an area of sixty-three acres and surrounded by green pastures and scenic hills, Durgam Cheruvu is around 17 kms from the main city. The lake here remained hidden for many years, as there were no roads to reach it. However, now it is one of the most popular spots for trekkers. Shielded by granite rocks and stones that date back to more than 2,500 million years, the site offers amazing options for trekking as well as rappelling. If you wish to unwind after a tiring day, take a pleasant boat ride or go in for a spot of fishing.

Ideal For: Beginner
Timings: 10 am – 8 pm

ANANTHAGIRI HILLS

Ananthagiri Hills was once a densely forested spot and is now ideal for walkable treks. Situated 75kms away from the main city, this hill shrouded by thick woods is home to Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple and several birds – both domestic and migratory. The ideal route, as suggested by experts, is to start on the path adjacent to the temple. Since it won’t take more than 5 hours to hike around, you can also explore the small caves inside the compound, which was once a resting place for priests.

Ideal for: Pro to Active Trekker
Timings: 7 am – 8 pm

NARSAPUR FOREST

Located 45 kms north from Hyderabad, Narsapur Reserve Forest spanning over 30 sq. kms (between Gummadidala and Narsapur) is the largest forest in the suburbs. This reserve has several hillocks, wild flowers, a mini ghat and a huge lake where a host of migratory birds and animals are often seen beating the heat by soaking in the cool waters. While trekkers can enjoy a good five hours of climbing here, the forest also allows boating in the Narsapur Lake for relaxation.

Ideal for: Pro to Active Trekker
Timings: 7 am – 8 pm

Moula Ali Hills

Moula Ali Hills, situated about 25 kms from Nampally – one of the biggest suburbs in the city – is a popular destination for trekkers. Atop the hill is Moul Ali Dargah – a famous mosque identified among the 11 heritage sites by Hyderabad Urban Development Authority. What many trekkers find challenging here are the 400 steps required to climb to reach the mosque, but if you are an expert and looking for something more challenging, climb up the knolls to get to the topmost point.

Ideal for: Beginner
Timings: 6 am – 8 pm

For guided trekking and other adventurous activities, contact Hyderabad Trekking Club  and Great Hyderabad Adventure Club.

Note: The article first appeared on What’s Hot/TimesCity