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Vikarabad,Ananthagiri Hills

I drive to Anathagiri Hills at least 5 times a year, every time I visit, I discover something new. 

 

List of places discovered:

 

1.Forest trail, which can be accessed via temple. (safe to visit with families)

2.Multiple View points.

3.Lake.

4.Telangana tourism for food and washrooms.

5.Kotepally reservoir. (Ananthagiri Hills to kotepally distance is around 20 kilometers)

6.Kayaking by Telangana tourism at Kotepally reservoir, you can book a slot online.

7.Waterfalls at Kotepally. (water will be visible only during monsoon, currently it is active.)

 

Google maps, location details : (Click on the name for maps)
1. Ananthagiri Hills temple

2. Ananthagiri Hills view point

3. Ananthagiri Hills lake  (Drive further till you find a left turn)

4. Kotepally reservoir  (Kotepally reservoir has two route, one will lead to dam, other will lead to Kayaking)

 

Map

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Ananthagiri Hills is magic during monsoon. Lush green Hills are soothing to the eyes.

 

 

Google maps:
Covered all the view points : URL

 

Road condition:

 

Road is 2-lane all the way from Hyderabad to Ananthagiri Hills.(except for few bits at the beginning)

 

Roads improved a lot, compared to previous years. Smooth roads with curves are fun to drive.

 

Distance : ~100 kilometers

 

Hotels: Telangana Tourism(Breakfast, lunch and Dinner) and Hills&valley (lunch)

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Mandatory picture of the car1.jpgForest trails are accessible via temple.2.jpgIt has endless trails.3.jpgIt has multiple routes, you can get lost,If you go deeper.4.jpgIt is a home for different spider species, came across many spiders in the forest.5.jpgIt has interesting tree patterns which we rarely come across.6.jpg

 

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It has water streams, which is a life line for different wild life.7.jpgIt has greenery, which is unbelievable.8.jpgSome places are even better than Western Ghats.9.jpgIt has beautiful views, If you want to experiment photography.10.jpgIt has a swing, which is natural.11.jpgIt has tree trunks that travel across different trees, finding the source is a game.12.jpg

 

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It has concrete structures, which fought with the forest and gave up.13.jpgIt has steps at the entrance for the sake of convenience.14.jpgIt has stone buildings, which will refresh your memories of Himalayas.15.jpgWe left the forest and drove towards the view point. We spent around 3 hours in the forest exploring different trails.16.jpgIt has amazing view points and this one is my favourite.17.jpgIt has a fresh air, even my car's engine is enjoying the quality air.18.jpg

 

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It has domestic cattle, which are gazing in the forest lands.25.jpgIt has trees, which provide the chilling space for animals :P26.jpgIt has roads that are arrow straight.27.jpgIt offers many places, where I can shoot my car.28.jpgIt has roads that are dark even when the sun is bright.29.jpgIt has waterfalls, which are active during monsoon. (En-route to Kotepally reservoir)30.jpg

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Very nice clicks.. Its been a while since I have driven down to Ananthagiri so it was really nice to see those places once again.

 

Thank you. Now it is perfect time to visit. Kotepally reservoir is overflowing currently. New roads are laid. You will enjoy the drive for sure.

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Amazing pics Gowtham and nice write up!!! This is the Best time to visit ananthagiri hills and explore the forest!! I think there is one more kayaking from hills and valley resorts!! But Kotpally kayaking is far better than hills and valley due to it's water level. It is Worth visiting this place!!

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@gowtham  Hi bro, awesome pictures. Could you please tell me the location of the waterfall in vikarabad..? I have been there many a times but i haven't heard about it any time..

You can find one, en-route to Kotepally reservoir. It is small in size. You need to cross Anathagiri Hills. This is usually visible (in monsoon), when there is excess water in the reservoir.

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Dhanraj said:
Fabulous pics and car too... We a team of 8 members would like to go to Hills and Vally by end of DEC..... Pls suggest us facilities available there or do we need to plan ourselves from here... like Food, any misc items.. Thanks in advance

Thank you.

 

Hills and valley is nice. But don't expect too much as shown in their website. If you are interested in camping, it is ideal.

 

Places to visit:

1.Temple

2. Forest trek (Use the temple steps to go inside the forest)

3. View points

4. Vikarabad lake

5. Kotipally lake (Kayaking)

 

Food:

1. Telangana tourism Haritha.

2. Hills and Valley.

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 I came to know Ananthagiri hills lately. I want to visit Ananthagiri hills with my girlfriend on this weekend. I have few questions on it

  1. Is this preferable to go on the bike? ( we are going to return on the same day)
  2. Is this convenient to go in this season?
  3. What is the best route from Gachibowli, I  found three routes, which way best to travel on the bike with my girlfriend (it would be good if we have less traffic with good shade)? 
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3 hours ago, Kartheek said:

 I came to know Ananthagiri hills lately. I want to visit Ananthagiri hills with my girlfriend on this weekend. I have few questions on it

  1. Is this preferable to go on the bike? ( we are going to return on the same day)
  2. Is this convenient to go in this season?
  3. What is the best route from Gachibowli, I  found three routes, which way best to travel on the bike with my girlfriend (it would be good if we have less traffic with good shade)? 

 

1. Yes it is preferable to go on bike.(merely 70-75 Km from ORR Entrance of Gachibowli, so around 140-150 KM up down)

 

2. For me & my wife, monsoon is the ultimate choice to go to this place, as the greenery of ananthgiri hills looks beautiful during monsoon. As its been quite hot in the last couple of days here in Hyderabad, I would not suggest to go there right now, try it after a thunder shower.

 

3. Again our personal choice would be Gachibowli --> moinabad --> chevella --> manneguda --> vikarabad. Early morning ride through this road has been quite lovely due to its surrounded green countryside. Some of the stretch is really nice. But be careful.

 

Both of you, please wear helmet & drive safe & enjoy!

Cheers.

:)

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2 hours ago, Kartheek said:

Is this convenient to go in this season?


This place is beautiful during winter and monsoon, may not be ideal in summer.

 

I would suggest you the following plan to beat the heat.

  • Start early in the morning by 6AM, you will reach by vikarabad by 8AM. Hyderabad to Ananthagiri hills roads are new and excellent. You will enjoy the bike ride.
  • Carry cash, no proper ATM facilities/swiping machines.
  • If you want to do Kayaking, go to Kotepally directly and explore the Ananthagiri hills on the return ride. (Kayak opens at 9AM)
  • Explore Anathagiri hills  and have breakfast at Haritha hotel. Break fast buffet costs around 150/- per head.
  • While coming back you can have lunch at Mrugavani resort before entering the city.

 

Ride safe and all the best. :)
Do click some pictures and share us, badly miss this place. Moved to Bangalore due to work.:(

 

40 minutes ago, Pralay said:

monsoon is the ultimate choice to go to this place,

100% to the point. I have experienced it monsoon, I can tell you, It looks much more different.
Many people visited in summer and got disappointed.
It has got many places explore.

 

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50 minutes ago, Pralay said:

Gachibowli --> moinabad --> chevella --> manneguda --> vikarabad

^^This is the best route. Avoid other routes, they are not worth it.
 

Nice information pralay and driveking. 

Start early in the morning, you can come back home by 2 PM.
Carry water, it will keep you hydrated. 

If I am in your shoes, I would takeoff by 5 AM. (due to summer)

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33 minutes ago, nitin88 said:

Anyone has an update whether Kotpally kayaking is opened now?

It is not predictable, it is opened and closed randomly.
They are giving all weird reasons. 

Only option is to go and check!
My guess, it should be opened now.
 

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I have been there 2 weeks back.. even though it was not raining and the water content was suitable, we were not allowed to do it. Our trip to do Kayaking turned out to be a disappointment as I had gone with my family exclusively for that.

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We are planning to visit Anantagri Hills and Kotepally dam in the last week of June with family.
Is it the right time ? Can we get into the water - is it safe ? Also suggest how should we plan the day for best utilization of time.
Thanks :)

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30 minutes ago, Zee said:

We are planning to visit Anantagri Hills and Kotepally dam in the last week of June with family.

June end is the best time to visit Ananthagiri hills.
 

31 minutes ago, Zee said:

Can we get into the water - is it safe ?

You can get life jackets and Kotepally reservoir.
Kayaking is 100% safe.

 

32 minutes ago, Zee said:

how should we plan the day for best utilization of time.

Are planning for a day drive?
or You are planning to spend a night at Anathagiri Hills?

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1 hour ago, Ranger said:

June end is the best time to visit Ananthagiri hills.
 

You can get life jackets and Kotepally reservoir.
Kayaking is 100% safe.

 

Are planning for a day drive?
or You are planning to spend a night at Anathagiri Hills?

Thanks for the prompt response :)
We are planning for a Day out - No Stay. With Family, elders and kids along. Please let know the best way to schedule the day. Also apart from kayaking can we just feel the water, I mean atleast get into it till knee deep ? Also are there any chances the dam will overflow by June last week ? And heard that the Anantagiri hills will be dry in summer, is it right time ?

 

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4 minutes ago, Zee said:

I mean atleast get into it till knee deep ?

It is safe but take precautions before getting in. 

 

4 minutes ago, Zee said:

Please let know the best way to schedule the day.

1. Start early by 7am
2. Have breakfast at Mrugavani resort.
3. Once you reach ananthagiri, check out temple and surroundings.
4. A small lane opposite to temple, will take you to the view point. (don't miss it)

5. Explore the lake at anthagiri, directions given in page 1.
6. Lunch at Haritha Telangana tourism.
7. Drive to Kotepally, 30 mins drive.
8. Kayaking 

9. Drive back to Hyderabad.

 

9 minutes ago, Zee said:

Also are there any chances the dam will overflow by June last week ?

No chance.

 

9 minutes ago, Zee said:

heard that the Anantagiri hills will be dry in summer, is it right time ?

Will be little green. June end is fine.
If you postpone to mid of July, It will be perfect. 

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On 9/7/2016 at 2:33 AM, Ranger said:

7.Waterfalls at Kotepally. (water will be visible only during monsoon, currently it is active.)

Is the kayaking  Open this Time around

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On 4/27/2018 at 5:22 PM, Jagan24 said:

These pictures were taken near the kotepally reservoir? I visited a place similar to this during June 2017 when I was unable to find the place for Kayaking and ended up here..


Actually there are two lakes around Vikarabad.
Those pictures are from the lake near to Ananthagiri hills.
Kotepally reservoir is located little far away from the Ananthagiri hills.

 

From you pictures, I think you have visited the lake which is near to Ananthagiri hills. This is not kotepally lake. 
 

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37 minutes ago, Jagan24 said:

says "Kayaking" but after that we lost the route and ended up at this place.

 

Then it is Kotepally.
On which month did you go?
We went there twice during monsoon and winter.
Both the times Kayaking was available. 

I think it will be stopped during summer.
Water level in your pictures look too low.

This pictures is taken post monsoon, water is flowing over the reservoir.
31.jpg
 

Also there are multiple entries to the Kotepally reservoir.
Kayaking was available only at one point, you need to take mud track. 

 

There is other road which leads directly to the reservoir. I remember that path gets narrow once we approach the check-dam.  

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25 minutes ago, Ranger said:

 

Then it is Kotepally.
On which month did you go?

 

Yes Gautam.. I think we took the wrong route.. first we went on a route which lead us to the dam directly.. we needed to drive on the dam.. but that seemed risky .. so we came back and took other route which lead us to the place which was shown in the pictures.. In the picture that you posted above, I am not able to see the dam where as in the picture that I posted, Dam will be visible on one corner.. We went thr in the month of May end or June 1st week.

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On 5/24/2018 at 11:07 PM, Guest Vikas said:

How is Ananthagirihills in summer?
Is it worth a visit?

 

Not so great in summer.
Since the monsoon started, from mid of June till December it will be fantastic. 
Definitely must visit place. 

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On 6/15/2017 at 2:26 PM, Ranger said:

1. Start early by 7am
2. Have breakfast at Mrugavani resort.
3. Once you reach ananthagiri, check out temple and surroundings.
4. A small lane opposite to temple, will take you to the view point. (don't miss it)

5. Explore the lake at anthagiri, directions given in page 1.
6. Lunch at Haritha Telangana tourism.
7. Drive to Kotepally, 30 mins drive.
8. Kayaking 

9. Drive back to Hyderabad.

Noted and thanks.. Have not been to this place now (please don't judge me :) -kind of new to hyderabad). Marking in my calendar to check out this place this month or the mid of July.

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On 6/21/2018 at 2:56 PM, ksa171983 said:

Love this vehicle..

 

Perfect for those terrains.

On regular roads they are junk.

Very difficult to drive and uncomfortable.

 

Sharing few pictures(PC: Mohammed)

Kayaking at Sarpanpally Lake at Vikarabad Hyderabad.

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Hi @Ranger we are group of 10 friends planning ananthagiri at July first Weekend. We are thinking of camping at somewhere in anantagiri/ kotaplly reservoir. If it is possible then we will rent tents from campaholic hyderabad. Can u Please suggest safe place for camp? Help if u hav information related to camping. We are new there so we need help thanx in advance??

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14 hours ago, Guest Prit k said:

Hi @Ranger we are group of 10 friends planning ananthagiri at July first Weekend. 

 

Officially camping is not allowed in Ananthagiri hills.
10 people can draw attention. If it is a smaller number , you can manage.
You can contact Hill and Valley resort guys.

 

14 hours ago, Guest Prit k said:

Can u Please suggest safe place for camp?

 

There are so safety issues in Vikarabad/Ananthagiri.

Also your group is big.

 

14 hours ago, Guest Prit k said:

If it is possible then we will rent tents from campaholic hyderabad.

 

Take rent from HATS club(Dheeraj)

He can also guide you the location to camp.

There are some private fields, where you can camp. 

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On 6/27/2018 at 10:27 AM, Ranger said:

Updated list of places to visit in Vikarabad/Ananthagiri hills:

 

Clear picture of places to visit in Anathagiri hills.

 

Regarding the forest access from temple.

It is blocked officially.

Our tourist crowded are cut it open.

Now people can go inside the forest again. 

 

It is a dam good place, hope it wont get spoiled with plastic. 

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On 10/12/2018 at 11:25 AM, uday said:

Any idea about Kayaking in Ananthagiri hills.

I think it is organised by Hills and Valley resort guys. 

 

yes,

They are not consistent.

Some times it is available, some times it is not. 

 

Novemebr/December early morning is perfect for Vikarabad visit. 

 

Any one planning to visit, let me know.

we can drive down. 

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On ‎11‎/‎2‎/‎2018 at 6:00 PM, Guest Ajit said:

Beautifully written with amazing pictures. Any leads about the website or contact number for the boating at kotepally?

 

You can contact the resort guys in and around Vikarabad (Hills and Valleys resort) They organise the kayaking events for visitors during suitable conditions. You can reach out on this number 98490 20041 for more details.

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On 11/2/2018 at 6:00 PM, Guest Ajit said:

Beautifully written with amazing pictures. Any leads about the website or contact number for the boating at kotepally?

 

There are two Kayaking options in Vikarabad.

 

1. Kotepally 

2. Sarpanapally lake 

 

Kotepally kayaking is organised by a govt contractor. 

Sarpanpally lake kayaking is organised by hills and valley owners.

 

Kayaking is good only in the evenings. 

Don't try it during afternoon.

 

Life jackets are provided at both the venues and they are safe. 

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58 minutes ago, Ranger said:

 
There are two Kayaking options in Vikarabad.

 

As part our team outing we went to hills and valley adventure park.

The food is ok and the events at the park are good.

Like zipline, commando net, ATVs etc.
As part of package they also arranged kayaking in sarpanpally lake.

 

It was pretty good and I took 2 laps on each boat 2 people can sit.

It was in year 2016 I attended. Resort has a stay and they took us inside a forest for few km.

 

So need to check the conditions in the resort now and the water level in the lake.

When I'm travelling in last month via this lake on train found not much water in the lake. So check before you make a plan. 

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On ‎11‎/‎5‎/‎2018 at 2:12 PM, shiva said:

Near Sarpanpally lake.

Shared by one of our members in WhatsApp group

Resort?

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Hey Shiva, We have visited this place while in construction during our last breakfast drive to Vikarabad. It was supposedly going to get inaugurated this month. Checked with the prices and felt it wasn't worthy enough. They quoted 1800 INR per head for camping and food per night. Let's wait and see until it opens up fully :D 

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