Lumbini Park was one of the first in a series of gardens created to give Hyderabad the image of a "Green City" (and the green waters of Hussain Sagar are not part of this!). For long, the main reason that this attracted good crowds was the fact that the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) runs a boating facility from the location.
The musical fountain plus laser show offer pleasant entertainment to the visitors. The park also had an amusement games center, which closed down because the authorities did not find it amusing enough. Incidentally, it was called Krazy Chicks 2K, which sounds like a good name for a Dixie Chicks breakaway group.Two mechanized boats Bhageerathi and Bhagmati offer return trips to the Buddha Statue. At the platform, surround sound speakers play Buddhist Chants. The place is quite peaceful and apt for introspection, even though it is a non-smoking zone. In the evening hours, the bright lights illuminating the statue attract a lot of pests, which try hard to stay away from the humans, but with little success.
The boats offer live dance performances a la Boogie Woogie, with kids barely in their teens shaking a leg to the latest Bollywood numbers. These boats do not provide a stopover at the Buddha Statue, but offer soft drinks and French Fries to make-up for the same. Of course, these come at an extra charge.
Address: Opposite Secretariat New Gate, Saifabad, Hyderabad
Visiting Timings : 09:00 AM to 09:00PM Para Sailing: 10:00Am-05:00Pm
K B R Park (Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Park):
KBR Park is perhaps Hyderabad's most popular park, especially for morning and evening walks. Taking greenery to the next level, KBR holds you host to one of the most astonishing displays of tree planting - one right next to the other in perfect harmony, with the roots of harmonic discipline somewhere in the ground.
Established in 1994 in order to protect the biodiversity and richness of the area it is on, the Kasu Brhamananda Reddy National Park covers about 156 hectares of land right smack inHyderabad’s Jubilee Hills. The park is named after Andhra Pradesh’s former prime minister KasBrahmananda Reddy, and it is a rather unique park in its own way. Aside from being picturesque and teeming with flora and fauna life like most national parks, it also has the magnificent Chitan Palace by the former Nizam of Hyderabad as well as other historic structures.The park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. There are over 600 species of plants and trees one can find within its vicinity, ranging from shrubs, herbs, to climbers and creepers, not to mention several pteridophytes and xerophytes. As for the fauna, the park is home to approximately 113 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles, 20 species of mammals, 15 species of butterflies, and a wide variety of invertebrates. While there are no large mammals present in KBR National Park, palm civets and small jungle cats can be found.
The dense trees and foliage inside the park will most times cause a drop of temperature once one enters the park premises. It is a wonderful feeling of freshness and coolness that cannot be found in the humid and sweaty environment of the city. Most of all, good infrastructure of toilets, dustbins and benches backed by an able group of park custodians and maintenance crew assures that the park is clean and well-maintained throughout, preserving its beauty and grandeur for generations to come.
Address: Jubilee Hills CheckPost, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
Visiting Timings : 6-10am &4-6pm
It is Located in the lower Tank Bund of Hyderabad, by the Hussain Sagar lake, Indira Park’s main attractions are its rare beautiful trees, the musical fountains, and the katta Maisama Temple. It got its name from the former prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi. Construction for the park formally started in 1975, when then President of India, Late Faqruddin Ahmed, laid the foundation stone. It was finally opened to the public in 1978.
The characteristic that sets Indira Park apart from other parks is the way it was designed, namely, in a novel manner that does not disturb the natural elements already present in the park such as the sandalwood trees, the wild date palms and the keuvda plantations. It is also a good place for a picnic. There are several stalls that serve food and drinks for anyone who’s hungry.Indira Park is one of those places that everyone's heard of and been to, but never talks about. Maybe it has to do with the fact that parks don't really vie for a place in a dinner conversation. Still, Indira Park is one of the oldest parks, if not the oldest park, in Hyderabad. With a lake that it calls its very own, the park has a very tranquil feel to it. That's what parks are supposed to do, in case you were wondering.
Address: Lower Tank Bund, Opposite To Ramakrishna Math, Nr Bandamaisamma Nagar, Domalguda, Hyderabad.
Vsiting Timings: 08:00AM -07:00PM (Morning Walkers From 05:00am -08:00am)
Yogi Bear Putt Putt, Mini Golf & Children's Park:
Yogi Bear offers miniature golf, as one of the many ways to keep you and your brat happily occupied.Groups of four can tee off on this 19-hole course, which is remodelled every 6 months to put in new obstacles. All golfing equipment is provided by the park.
For children, there are other distractions like a skating rink, a romping ground and a camping club - there's also an enclosure for spirited toddlers to run loose. Skating, with or without a trainer, is open only on weekends. The park also organises birthday parties and summer camps.
Thanks to the child-friendly play areas and equipment, parents can relax the eagle-eye attitude and actually do something fun. When mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. So here's to Yogi Bear for taking care of mama as well as Junior. k.
Address: Beside Sanjeevaiah Park, Necklace Road, Secunderabad.
Visiting Timings: 10:00AM -10:00PM ; 05:00PM-07:00PM (Skating, Only Weekends)
Durgam Cheruvu & Rock Garden:
This park has rocks, and lots of 'em. It could turn a sober mountain into a rockaholic.
A steep climb down to the bottom, and you will find the boats, and a dock cut into half due to the growing cost of fake land over lakes. You have various boats of varying types - the Pedal boat, the Putty boat, the Shikara boat and the mechanized boat. The rates for these vary from Rs. 25 to Rs. 100 for adults and Rs. 10 to Rs. 100 for children. The angling charges for five hours is a hundred bucks.
On the climb up or down, depending on how you are aligned with the earth, there is a small cafeteria with the designer snacks and cold drinks. And on the other side of the lake you have a bar and restaurant, called Something Fishy. We should give them some crab points for originality and some pincers tossed in for good measure.
The rock garden also has an Amphi Theater in the beginning of the climb down to the boats. Next to the theater you have a terrace garden with a rather spectacular view of the surroundings. You can see the Golconda Fort and the Hi-Tech City series.
And it's the Golconda Fort that earned Secret Lake its name. This shaded reservoir provided water to the Fort during the Qutb Shahi reign. The lake had to be hidden, or poisoned arrows would have found it. Royalty has a tendency to attract poisoned arrows, as you'd have found out from your history lessons or if you've been royalty yourself.
Address:Next to Ambedkar Open University, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
Visitings Timings: 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Jawahar Deer Park (Shamirpet):
128 deer, 15 different species of birds and snakes, and monitors afoot. This is not the forest version of Fear Factor. Far from it. It's the deer park right in town, alongside Shamirpet Lake.
The best part about just wandering in the park, all the while looking for the telltale hisses, is that the deer have been kept in a setting which is akin to the one they were initially brought from. And there is plenty of space for romping and gambolling as opposed to the artificially created jungles found in various zoos.The hoove-mark trail will take you past little ponds of water, with trees dipping their fronds into them. These are the watering holes for the deer, apart from the water troughs laid out for them at regular intervals in the sanctuary.The main sight to see, however, is from the observation tower. Itshows off the entire Shamirpet Lake, and if you can camp out there for a while, you will find many a deer coming forward from its hiding place, towards the breezy tang the lake blows its way.
To make the park more prominent and popular, the state government has roped in the tourism department with the intention of building cottages smack in the middle of the park. Of course, all care will be taken to ensure that the deers' privacy isn't tempered with and that litterbugs don't turn this little piece of green tranquility into a garbage dump. Maneka Gandhi, are you listening?
Address:Jawahar Lake Tourist Complex, On Karimnagar Highway, Shamirpet Mandal, Secunderabad
Timings : 9:00AM to 5:00 PM
Nehru Zoological Park:
Hyderabad's Nehru zoological Park happens to be a major leaguer. Apart from being one of the largest in Asia, it is THE largest zoo in India. Also, it was the first in India to open a Lion/Tiger Safari and a nocturnal animals park. And that means it can be an interesting place for serious adults as well, apart from popcorn-chomping, feather-hatted children on school-sponsored picnics.
The flea-market like hubbub at the entrance belies the verdant 300-acre park that sprawls beyond. Accosting you are vendors selling everything from doorbeen (binoculars) to imitation candy, as well as beggars who want their alms. But once you are in, you'd better be well-nourished, because only a 3-4 hour walk all around can do justice to the myriad animal enclosures. About 80 species and 1,500 animals have this zoo as their home.
The Lion Safari, at no. 2, is a fun and bracing ride. You won't be disappointed by the mere 25 minutes even you have been weaned off Kenyan Safari movies. It actually is a Safari, that takes you up thickly forested and rocky hills past freely roaming lions, tigers, deer, neelgai, snakes, bears and butterflies. You can spot a lion staring at you sleepily like a sunbather on the beach. Or a Royal Bengal Tiger twitching its ears and tail nervously. They seem used to the growling buses loaded with humans passing by everyday. You are bound to wonder when their learning curve will allow them to figure out a way to get at the staring people inside.Bears will paw the wrought iron grill windows and butterflies will flit past. On the whole, it's a great job of a Safari for a regulated environment like the zoo. At the highest point you will see a vista of Hyderabad, and the ride on the whole is a view of the Hyderabadi terrain like it would have been 400 years ago.
Finally there is the zoo canteen, the most people-infested area, that really looks like a garbage bin with the multi-colored people, mostly from the old city, milling around, a huge change from the earthy animals. And they add enthusiastically to the litter with their empty bottles and wrappers.
Address : On Bangalore-Hyderabad highway, Bahadurpura, Hyderabad,
Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM ,Closed on : Monday
Rs. 10 (child), Rs. 20 (adults), Rs. 200 (Cars/Jeeps), Rs. 1, 500 (Lorries for film shooting), Rs. 20 (Camera Photography), Rs. 500 (Professional photography), Rs. 100 (Video Cameras), Rs. 500 (Professional Cameras), Rs. 8, 500 (Film Shooting), 500 (generator), Rs 5 (Train Ride for child), Rs. 15 (Train Ride for adult), Rs. 5 (Elephant Ride for Child), Rs. 15 (Elephant Ride for adult), Rs. 10 (Maharaja Elephant Ride for child), Rs. 25 (Maharaja Elephant Ride for adult), Rs. 10 (Safari Ride for child), Rs. 25 (Safari Ride for adult), Rs. 5 (Nocturnal Animal House for Child) Rs. 10 (Nocturnal Animal House for adult), Rs. 200 - Rs. 2, 000 (Zoo Guest House)
The morning hums with the din of the walkers, some of them wanting to be let in as early as by 4.00am. In hundreds, the joggers, walkers, skippers, badminton enthusiasts and odd athletes nursing varying levels of aspirations, descend on the premises. The Gardens truly wake in full bloom, with the kerbside chana-waalas voicing their existence loudly to the odd policeman who chances upon them.
Yes, the Public Gardens continue to be the hub of their neighbourhood, and for several people, a lingering interpretation for verdancy, even if the city now has behemoths like the Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Park and the JVR Park. Much more than the Assembly, the Public Gardens present a fine blend of tradition, adventure, growth, freedom, equality and friendship - visiting the place is almost like visualizing the meaning of the golden chapter on the Fundamental Rights in the Indian Constitution.
Established by Khan Bahadur Ahmed Alladin on the Silver Jubilee of Asaf Jah VII, the Central Lawn of the Public Gardens has an interesting fountain standing sturdy since 1937. Ideally meant to be a heaven for the Begums and their escorts, the main garden and its minor siblings are now a haven for all Hyderabadi junta. With apt vengeance, the people of Hyderabad claim their share of this ode for freedom.
The imposing main gate (next to the Assembly) of the Public Gardens gives way to a large, trellised courtyard of a large mosque and its attached library. Blending into the true spirit of Hyderabad, the Gardens house a mosque and a temple, a Jawahar Bal Bhavan where the kids have their say, a massive Jubilee Hall where the more vocal of the adults can have theirs, and, of course, the Lalitha Kala Thoranam.
It is an unacknowledged tradition that each generation introduces its young to the evergreen Jawahar Bal Bhawan and the giant Lalitha Kala Thoranam screen. And over the years, colleges dealing in botany, arts, history or archeology have found their courses to be incomplete without an occasional students' tour to the A P State Museum, the Health Museum, and the flora-rich nursery and gardens maintained in the Gardens.
Address : Assembly Road, Nampally, Hyderabad ,
Timings :6:00 AM -9:00 PM , Closest Bus Stop : Nampally, Closest MMTS Station : Nampally .
Named after the former President of India, Dr. Neelam Sanjeev Reddy, Sanjeevaiah Park is located near Hussain Sagar Lake. It was neglected for some time but has since been given a much-needed face-lift. Due to its popularity with the young couples who come for long walks there, it has gained the nickname “Lovers Park”. Exclusive, multi-colored breeds of roses are also found, as well as a Rock Garden that has many different shapes and sizes of rocks.
Sanjeevaiah Park is one of the oldest and largest around, having reached a stage, you'd be inclined to think, where it becomes self-sustaining. A part of it is being remodeled, but then, as most people remember, some part of it is always being remodeled. Spread over a vast area, the park has more than enough space for those who want to relax on the lawn, or play a while with a Frisbee. Then there is the path cut out for the walkers, which there are plenty of. This walkway is the ideal way to see the park, as it makes a complete circle, almost like a guided tour of the patches of landscaping, the amusement park for kids, the canteen and the tennis courts. And all this under the shade of some ancient trees.
There aren't too many animals around, save some stray dogs. No peacocks marching across the pathway either. In the winters, though, you get to see large flocks of migratory birds near the water, occupying practically every branch of most trees around. That's not something you'll get to see anywhere else in this concrete jungle.
Along the Hussain Sagar Lake, on the road connecting the Tank Bund Road to Necklace Road on the Secunderabad side, Tank Bund, Hyderabad
Timings: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Bus Stop: Necklace Road, Tank Bund.
Botanical Gardens / Sri Kotla Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy Botanical Garden:
There's a place for everyone here. The children gravitate toward the small pond for the boat-rides, couples prefer to loll about on the lawns, and others shuffle around in the limited confines of the park, spotting new varieties of shrubbery. Not exactly spine-tingling excitement, but it's nice for a couple of hours, The Botanical Gardens are work-in-progress, and there are many big things coming up. Of them, the garden of scary delights (not the official title), the cacti zone, and an underwater plant zoo, sound promising. Watch a Venus Fly-Trap gobble fleshy insects, and suddenly the fare at the Gardens' dim little caf won't seem so bad. And once the Kothagudem National Reserve expands to include a wildlife and bird sanctuary, you'll have more to do than just nod drowsily against a rock.
The Botanical Gardens are work-in-progress, and there are many big things coming up. Of them, the garden of scary delights (not the official title), the cacti zone, and an underwater plant zoo, sound promising. Watch a Venus Fly-Trap gobble fleshy insects, and suddenly the fare at the Gardens' dim little caf won't seem so bad. And once the Kothagudem National Reserve expands to include a wildlife and bird sanctuary, you'll have more to do than just nod drowsily against a rock.
Right now, however, the Gardens are mostly just a large area of green. Toss a frisbee, watch the fountains leap (you'll have to ask the nice watchman to turn it on first), or just chew on a blade of grass and contemplate the burdens of your care-worn city life from a nice safe distance. Not so bad for 10 bucks.
Near Kothagudem Forest Reserve, Near Hi-Tech City, Kondapur, Hyderabad
Timings : 9:00AM to 8:00 PM
The gardens are very well kept, with no litter save the occasional stubborn plastic wrapper. All thanks to the strict security guards who monitor your every move and blow their shrill whistles whenever you walk on the grass, touch the man-made waterfall, sneeze, sing, or flail your arms about madly.
Address:Tankbund Road, Tankbund, Hyderabad.
Timings : 02:30 PM to 08:30 PM.
Shilparamam Rock Heights (Open Air Auditorium):
Shilparamam, have its crowning glory in the form of Mountain Heights, a massive expanse of open space, perched amid two rocky mountains, with a mesmerizing view point and a gurgling waterfall. The Mountain Heights, is the highest point in the Shilparamam area and in entire Madhapur, it offers a panoramic view of the City.
Address : 64M, Silparamam, Cyber Towers, Madhapur, Hyderabad
Timings :08:30 AM to 09:00 PM
J V R Park (Jalagam Vengal Rao Park):
Located in a man-made crater halfway between Banjara and Jubilee hills, the Jalagam Vengal Rao park has some of the greenest grass in the city. The pond in the park is also one of the greenest in the city.
A stone walk laced around the pond enables you to walk with aimless purpose and marvel at the general emptiness of greenery and woodiness. There is a play area for the children with various slides that are too short for sliding, and bridges that really don't connect two places of any importance. There is also the cafeteria section with a few arcade games. This seems to be in direct contradiction with the purpose of a park, which is to revel in nature's glory and fall on your face in the pursuit of butterflies.
To monitor and curb the uncontrollable chaos that might ensue from walkers invading the park in the morning, you get a monthly pass. It can be had for a sum of Rs. 45, and entitles you to the whole park for the sole purpose of walking or running around it. The timings for preening your vanity are 5am to 8am.
Road Number 1, Opposite Metropolis Bakery, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad – 500000
Landscape Garden is located at the heart of Osmania University, and is more than just a forest with barricades erected around. It has 5 gates and none of them is open, with only the revolving gates being used for entering. And if you are slight of health, then they offer tough resistance.
The garden is meant only for the students of OU, and the signboard warns of prosecution for trespassing. Of course, no one takes this seriously. The garden has a whole lot of grass (of the green kind!), and if you take the liberty of lying down, you get up with an itch.
Landscape Garden is used by the students for studying during college hours, and the fact that it has a Lord Shiva temple, complete with a snake pit, makes praying for divine intervention during exams convenient.
Near Arts College, Osmania University, Hyderabad - 500007
Osman Sagar Park:
5 Km from anywhere, at least from the humming civilization that we know of, Osman Sagar is a breath-taking dam structure over the fabled Musi. Witness to centuries of upheaval on either side of its shores, Musi stands now harnessed, to fulfill the Hydroelectric needs of a mammoth city.
This one time popular holiday resort and fun place is now not only littered with polythene bags but also scum of the deadlier kind - mobike hugging, Nagarjuna-tresses sporting - the newly young go with their hands flailing in the open air, hitting anybody - man or woman, preferably later, on their way. The car sporting middle-aged men, hugging ambitions of making up for those lost tresses by flaunting their gold chains and bracelets - are not much behind.
The main park of Osman Sagar as it stands now, is a recluse to the local cricket enthusiasts, who descend on it with a vengeance on Sundays. The reservoir itself is a long snaky affair, with enough creeks to make a hideout for couples. A very mute Musi flows as if stunned by the Gen-X. You can come across graffiti of the ugliest kind, as well as of the most amazing one, like - 'I love Zarrine Begum of Sikri'. Truly, times never change - remember, Shakespeare's Othelo carving out Ganymede's name across all the forest wood?
With an entry fee of Rs. 10 you can take your 4-wheeler, but this long stretch over Musi is best traversed at a leisurely pace on foot. You can digress into the daintily preserved Rock Garden with its elaborately designed pathways and well-kept flower beds. A token pass of Rs. 5 as an entry fee to the Rock Garden ensures a better upkeep of the place. Men come here with their mothers and even grandmothers to play tennikoit and badminton.
Shankarpalli Road, Gandipet, Hyderabad – 500171