Nestled in the Araku valley of Telangana lies the picturesque Ananthagiri Hills with all its scenic beauties and charms. Due to its proximity to Hyderabad, this quaint little hill station has attracted tourists since ages and makes for an idyllic getaway for family and friends alike. Ananthagiri Hills is located at Vikarabad district in Telangana. It is also charting the lists of one-day-trip destinations.
Nearest railway station: Srikakulam, approximately 3 kms from Ananthagiri Hills
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Best time to visit:
In Monsoons (July – October) Ananthagiri receives moderate rainfall during these months and makes the hills greener, making it a good time to visit it.
In Winters (November – March) Winters mark the advent of a number of fauna in the Hills and the weather makes it idyllic for trekking and camping.
9 Amazing Places to Visit in Ananthagiri – 2018 List
|Places to visit in Ananthagiri||Area|
|Dolphin’s Nose||Near Coonoor|
|Araku Tribal Museum||Near Araku|
|Ananthgiri Viewpoint||Near Vikarabad|
|Borra Hills and caves||Near Visakhapatnam|
|Bird Watching||Near Vikarabad|
|Katiki Waterfall||Near Katiki|
|Coffee Plantations||Near Machanpalle|
Hill Stations Ananthagiri: Complete Guide for Best Places to Visit In & Near Ananthagiri
9. Katiki Waterfall
Katiki waterfallsoriginate from the Gosthani River and is named after a tribal dance Katiki. The water descends from a height of 50 feet and a flight of some 100 steps and a trek of around 200 meters will bring you to this mesmerizing spot in the hills where you can relax, bathe or indulge in its scenic beauty.
8. Kayaking in Kotepally Reservoir
Approximately at an hour’s drive from Ananthagiri is the Kotepally Reservoir. Besides bird watching and basking in the natural glory of this place, you can also kayak in the Reservoir if you feel adventurous. If not, you can take a stroll around the path that skirts the lake and breathe in the tranquility of the hills all around you.
Talk about bird watching combined with a trek in the serenity of nature and Ananthagiri Hills will be one in the top of the list. Ananthagiri Hills has multiple bird watching points where with patience and careful vigilance, you are sure to sight countless beautiful birds. From the yellow crowned woodpecker, to the grey francolin, from the tickell’s blue flycatcher to the coppersmith barbet, you may spot them all. Just don’t forget to bring your binoculars!
6. Borra Hills and caves
Extending to a depth of 80 meters, the Borra Hills and caves are considered some of the largest and the deepest caves in the country. Made of Karstic limestone, the caves exhibit a variety of stalactites and stalagmites that may make you wonder if you are in some extraterrestrial world. The Borra caves also has a local legend related to Lord Shiva.
Meandering around the forest are two trekking trails, one of which emerges from the Ananthagiri Temple grounds, and the other some 0.5 kilometers from the temple, towards Kerelli. Get on your trekking boots and gear up for a fun filled trek of the Hills. The terrain has a plethora of flora and fauna on display for the seeing eye.
4. Ananthagiri Viewpoint
A breathtaking panoramic beauty of the surrounding hills can be seen from Ananthagiri Viewpoint. For as far as the eyes can behold, all one sees is green mountains and drifting clouds and a vast sky shielding this little hill station situated in the very heart of nature.
3. Araku Tribal Museum
The Araku Tribal Museum houses some of the richest exhibits of artifacts that reflect the rich tribal culture of the region. In the museum, on display are tools that were once used by the native tribes of the Araku valley. Tourists can also take home items as souvenirs and mementos made by the local tribe from stalls within the museum.
2. Dolphin’s Nose
Ananthagiri Hills boasts of a 357 metres high huge rock called the Dolphin’s Nose. The rock is shaped like a dolphin’s snout and a lighthouse is built on it.
1. Indulge yourself
Besides the everyday eatables, you can chow down on the delicacies like bamboo chicken that this beautiful place has to offer and wash it down with some freshly brewed coffee right out of the Ananthagiri coffee plantations!