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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Ananthagiri Hills

Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Ananthagiri hills is a one day visit from Hyderabad situated at a distance of 90 kilometers. From Vikarabad one has to take Tandur road and on the road side itself main temple is situated. From Vikarabad the temple is six kilometers. We mainly went there to see if there is any hill to trek as many blogs had mentioned that there is trekking spot and few photographs having hilly areas.

temple visible from main road

We reached Ananthgiri Hills early morning by taking direct bus from MGBS. Having coffee at the hotel in front of temple we visited temple and had darshan soon as there was no crowd. Swayambhu Anantha Padmanabha Swamy along with Goddess Lakshmi and Sri Venkateshwara Swamy with Sridevi and Bhoodevi idols are present in the sanctum sanctorum. Sanctum Sanctorum looks like cave and the temple is constructed as an extension to the existing cave.

temple entrance

temple outside premises

Just few steps down the temple entrance Teerthastalam is present. We enquired locals about the trekking spot or hill kind of thing nearby. To our surprise they said no such spot exists in the vicinity. Doubting their advice again we asked few more but the answer was same. Without knowing what to do as there was nothing to see we mentally prepared to start back to Hyderabad. 

Garuda statue in front of temple

Hanuman statue in front of temple

As a last try we asked the guy who was collecting parking fees in the temple car parking lot. He directed us about two places one is to take straight path next to Teerthastalam that will enter into forest, you can have view of forest or go straight in the Tandur road and take right after a kilometer.

inside temple

We went in Tandur road about a kilometer and took right turn as there were few marks of vehicle tires on road. We reached till end of such roads and could see only small hill having small trees shedding their leaves and no proper hill to trek. We could see many alcohol bottles and hints of cooking food using dry wood and leaves available around. We could decide finally it is a place to come and enjoy cooking food ourselves. Having spent some time there we stated back to Hyderabad.

small hilly area we could find in the vicinity

in search of hilly area

Ananthagiri Hills has Haritha resorts and it is well maintained. One can stay at these and enjoy as it is away from city and had many games to play for children.

As an advice don’t go to Ananthagiri Hills thinking as a hilly area to trek. You can visit temple it is nice.

2 comments:

  1. Wonderful temple. Absolutely serene. Typical gopuram. Nice shots . Thanks for sharing your lovely description.

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  2. You can actually enjoy short hill treks doing down the hills which you had mentioned and also jungle trek if you are interested. Going the way down besides the temple is really cool but not in a sunny day though. Nearby Hyderabad, this is probably the only place where you can have some sort of adventure activity. Other than that you also could have also visited Kotepally reservoir area.

    Please find my write-up which might interest you to visit once more.
    http://avik-besttraveldestinations.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-wrong-turn-made-our-day.html

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