Hyderabad has a rich cultural heritage and offers a wide range of tourist attraction, naming a few like Charminar, Golconda fort, Birla Temple, Hussain Sagar, Ramoji City etc etc. It is well connected to all major destinations & offers some of the best roads to drive. Some of the best places to drive around  Hyderabad on weekends are:
> Nagarjuna Sagar Dam (around 170Kms).
> Srisailam (around 300kms).
> Ananthgiri Hills via Chilkur Balaji (Lake) (Around 70Kms).

In the current blog, I am posting my experience on the Bike trip to AnanthGiri Hills via Chilkur Balaji.

The Route:
I stay at Hitech City, and it becomes more convenient for me to head to Ananth Giri Hills, as it reduces my travel distance by close to 15kms in city. The route I took was the Gachibowli route crossing Golconda fort and heading to ORR (Outer Ring Road) Road. From ORR, one should head towards Vikarabad, as both chosen destination falls on the route to Vikarabad.
My Route on Maps:  maps.google.co.in: Hyderabad -> Chilkur Balaji -> Ananthagiri Hills

The Journey:
After having breakfast, I started for Ananthagiri Hills at around 9AM from Madhapur. It took around 20mins for me to reach ORR, I took the Langar Houz route crossing Babu Ghat. This route provides a great view of the Golconda fort. From ORR it is a straight route to Chilkur Junctions, from here it took me around an hour and half to reach Vikarabad and then to my destination Ananathgiri Hills. It is well laid route, and one would enjoy the drive past the open landscapes (deforested).

Ananthagiri Hills:
Ananthagiri Hills is a beginners trekking place, and it offer walk-able treks across the forest (which once was densely forested). Ideal route to start the trek is path adjacent to the temple, which heads towards the 'pushkarini'. It takes around 2-3 hours of time to explore the hill. The place offers small caves to explore, which once might have been either a resting place of the priests or were Garbhagriha. There are plenty varied paths across the forest, and if accompanied by Friends, one would surely have a good time here.
Tip: Wear some good pair of shoes, carry few bottles of water (drinking fluids). And just enjoy the place.

Apart from trekking place, Ananthagiri hills is famous for 'Ananta Padma Nabha Swami Temple'. The deity of the temple, Sri Ananta Padma Nabha Swami (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) is situated in a small cave, which is open to Pilgrims through out the day. 

Chilkur Balaji Temple (Lake):
My next destination was Chilkur. I reached Chilkur at around 3:30PM. And, went for the Darshan of 'Lord Balaji' at the Chilkur Balaji Temple also know as 'Visa God'. The best thing about this temple is that, it does not accept any money from the devotees, nor, it has the culture of VVIPs darshans!!!!. During the visit, the devotee should ideally, go through 11 circumambulations of the inner shrine {also, making a vow (optional)}. And, if the devotees, wish is fulfilled, he/she has to return to the shrine & walk 108 times around the shrine. The temple also has a Shiva Temple. And, a small market behind the temple.
After darshan, I headed to Chilkur lake, which is situated behind the temple. Although, the route is not well laid out, but, is reachable. The lake offers a great view & is habitat ground for a variety of birds.
Tip: One should definitely try the 'Honey Flavoured Lassi' available outside the temple.


From Chilkur, I started around 5PM and reached hyderabad in less than an hour time. Sipped the hyderabad special 'Irani Tea' before calling it a day.

Hari K