Attend Nature Camps at the Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park
The sprawling 156-hectare land covers a wide range of flora and fauna - as many as 20 species of reptiles, 113 species of birds and other animals such as butterflies, insects and mammals can be seen at the park. Children will enjoy the nature camps held at the KBR National Park, and it is said that an environment education centre will soon be erected to provide information and education material to those who want to learn about nature conservation.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
- Location: Jubilee Hills
Chocolate appreciation time at the Fête Du Chocolat
Bet you didn’t know Hyderabad has a chocolate festival! Also known as the Fête Du Chocolat, this eventis held yearly at the Taj Deccan, a prestigious five-star hotel in Hyderabad renowned for its excellent attention to details, impressive architecture and professionally trained staff. So it is no wonder that the Fête Du Chocolat event at the Taj Deccan is organised to perfection as well - a pleasing cornucopia of chocolate are available for your tasting pleasure.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 December
- Location: Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills
- Price Range: Free
Enjoy amusement rides at the Ocean Park
Ocean Park is located in the vicinity of the Osman Sagar Park and covers 20 acres of lush parkland. Considered the oldest theme park in Hyderabad, Ocean Park features tons of thrilling water sports and rides, perfect for both kids and adults to enjoy a hot day in the sun. A rollercoaster, bumper cars and balloon rides as well as the carnival-like atmosphere makes this a popular tourist spot for travelers the world over.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00
- Location: Osman Sagar Park
Entertainment Galore at Treasure Island
Treasure Island is yet another interesting place to visit and is within walking distance from the Osman Sagar Lake. With a well-maintained swimming pool to greet visitors, other activities such as horse riding, go-karting and other water sports as well as amusement rides are sure to give you and your family a fun and thrilling day ahead! This holiday spot is also great for those who want to stay overnight – there are 30 quaint bamboo cottages that will guarantee you a comfortable and exciting stay at Treasure Island.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 20:00
- Location: Within walking distance of the Osman Sagar Lake area
Explore Araku Valley
Looking for something different to do in Hyderabad? Travelers and adventure seekers will love exploring Araku Valley. It’s best to allocate a weekend, or at least two days so that you can properly explore the lush valley. Along the way, you’ll see lots of tunnels, bridges and plantations - the rolling hills and greenery make a welcome change to the tall buildings and the hustle and bustle of city life.
- Opening Hours: All year long, best time to travel is November to July due to the cooler months
- Location: Outskirts of Hyderabad - travel to Vizag and take a train to Araku
- Price Range: Varies, accommodation and hiking packages are affordable
Go karting at Runway9
Fancy some outdoor activities in Hyderabad? There’s only so many monuments, temples and palaces you can visit in Hyderabad, and once you tire of those, it’s time to do something fun and exciting! Runway9 is a popular outdoor family entertainment centre that offers hours of endless thrills and spills for everyone. Be it go-karting, archery, laser combat or even paintball games, the centre is equipped with top-notch facilities. You may also opt to hold private functions here with prior arrangement with the management.
- Opening Hours: 15:30 – 23:30 (weekdays) and 11:00 – 23:30 (weekends and public holidays)
- Location: 5-115, Mohan Reddy Commercial Complex, Medchal Road, Kompally
Have a splash at the Jalavihar Water Park
Touted as the biggest wave pool in India, the Jalavihar Water Park is considered a crowd favourite amongst both locals and travelers looking to have a splashing fun time in the water. The fees are highly affordable, which allows families to fully enjoy the water park during hot summer days. Kids will love the slides, games stalls and other rides available at the park. Note: you may need to pack your own food or picnic basket because there aren’t many food choices at the premises. You can easily reach the water park once you are near Hussain Sagar - just ask for guidance to Necklace Road.
- Opening Hours: 14:00 – 19:30 (weekdays) and 11:00 – 20:00 (weekends)
- Location: 22/9, Necklace Road
Jungle-trekking at Mrigavani National Park
Nature lovers will be awed with what the Mrigavani National Park has to offer. With more than 600 species of birds, 20 types of snakes and a plethora of other wildlife to its name, the Mrigavani National Park is a firm favourite for those who seek to bond with Mother Nature in the heart of Hyderabad. The 700-acre park also boasts a well-equipped Environment Education Centre, museum, wildlife exhibits as well as cottage facilities for travelers looking to spend a night or more there.
- Opening Hours: All year long
- Location: Chilkur
Swim at the Osman Sagar Lake
Osman Sagar Lake is well-loved for being a great hangout place as well as a respite from the chaotic city life. The scenery at the manmade lake is breathtaking and is surrounded by trees and flowering shrubs. Travelers can stroll along the lakeside or through the landscaped parks and relax underneath gargantuan shady trees. The kids will also love the swimming pool at the Osman Sagar Lake, while the adults may opt to stay overnight at Sagar Mahal guesthouse which serves up authentic Indian cuisine.
- Opening Hours: All day
- Location: 20km west of Hyderabad, located on the outskirts
- Price Range: Free of charge
Visit the Nehru Zoological Park
The Nehru Zoological Park is one of the oldest zoos in India. Built in 1959, the zoo has been a great place to hang out and learn all about the many animal inhabitants for five decades. The 300-acre park is home to more than 1500 animals, including lions, giraffes, elephants, snakes, orangutan and deer. It also features an impressive lion safari park and natural history museum. For a few rupees, kids will love the elephant rides offered at the park.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (closed on Mondays)
- Location: Situated in the Bahadurpura area on the way to the N G Ranga Agricultural University in Rajendranagar, the zoo is ahead of Afzalgunj, the Osmania General Hospital and the High Court of AP