Famous For: Secunderabad is famous for wedding shopping and for this reason several wedding shops are established here. Beside this, here are many interesting places to visit. Such as –
Secunderabad Clock Tower, Shamirpet Lake, Peddamma Temple, All Saints Church, Hussain Sagar Lake, Kapra Lake, Birla Planetarium etc.
Major Attractions: Secunderabad Clock Tower, Hussain Sagar Lake, Shamirpet Lake, All Saints Church, Kapra Lake, Birla Planetarium.
Ideal Visit Time: Secunderabad turn into a low temperature city in the monsoon season. From late June to early October, Secunderabad receives moderate rainfall. You can enjoy the monsoon season that provides you relief from the heat of summers. Also winter season is considered as the best time to visit Secunderabad.
Popularly called the twin city of the famous Hyderabad, Secunderabad was named after Asaf Jahi Dynasty’s third Nizam, Sikandar Jah. Secunderabad has a rich cultural background, as you will find the place to be home to many communities apart from the natives. Anglo-Indians and Parsis live here. After being directly developed by the British during their rule, the buildings of the city and the way of life of the people began to be influenced by the British. Huge military installations were maintained here during the British rule. You’ll love touring Secunderabad on your holidays, as the place will help you gain insights into earlier eras.
So, let’s talk about some attractive places of Secunderabad below-
Secunderabad Clock Tower
The Secunderabad Clock Tower serves as one of the most attractive tourist spots in Hyderabad and Secunderabad (Twin Cities) due to its rich historical past. The 120-foot-high clock tower is built on an area of two and a half acres and was inaugurated during the British rule. The Clock Tower is centrally located in Shivaji Nagar, Secunderabad. Due to its tradition and aesthetics, it plays an important role in the tourism of Secunderabad. This clock tower which had stopped chiming for a while had come to a standstill situation which was renovated recently, not letting down the tourists. Thus, the clock tower of Secunderabad has been able to serve tourists as well as people since the colonial period and has promised to do so for many more years to come.
Hussain Sagar Lake
Hussain Sagar Lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in India. It has been beautifying both Hyderabad and Secunderabad since 1562. It is a popular tourist destination to visit in Hyderabad with your family. The lake is one of the best places to spend your leisure time. Especially in the evening, the lake is full of pleasant air. The heart of the lake is occupied by the exclusive statue of Buddha, which is surrounded by beautiful activities that make the lake even more beautiful. There are several facilities around the perimeter of the lake, such as boating and water sports. Another attractive Lumbini Park has been built next to it. The main purpose of adding this amusement park is to enhance the beauty of the lake and attract tourists.
Shamirpet Lake is one of the major attractions for visitors to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The lake is located in the heart of Secunderabad and is a man-made wonder. Built during the reign of the Nizam of Hyderabad, this artificial lake is one of the bird watching spots for tourists, especially in winter when flamingos and pelicans live in the trees around the lake. It is the perfect place for local visitors to visit the sights as well as enjoy a quiet evening. November to February is the best time for tourists to visit the place, as it is considered to be the best time to explore various migratory birds. Hornbills, Pelicans, Glamingos, Herons, Kingfishers and many species of birds are observed here in winter.
All Saints Church
All Saints Church is located in Trimulgherry in Secunderabad. It falls under the denomination of Church of South India. Previously it was regarded as Anglican. The church is known to be dedicated to All Saints. It falls under the administration of the Diocese of Medak. Legend has it that before the church was entrusted to the Church of South India in the year 1947, it was a Garrison Church and the Army Chaplains presided it. The church now serves the Tamil Anglican congregation in Secunderabad. The church is known for its great Christmas celebrations and people from all over the city come to celebrate. It is also known for celebrating other occasions like Good Friday, Palm Sunday and Easter. Special prayers are offered on these days and various functions are held.
Surrounding the church is surrounded by beautiful gardens of green color. You can enjoy beautiful moments in the midst of this beautiful and peaceful nature with your family and your loved ones.
Kapra Lake is also known as Oora Cheruvu. It is located in the northeastern part of the city of Secunderabad. The natural beauty of the lake enriches the surrounding environment. That is why it is valuable to the locals. The lake is spread over an area of about 113 acres. For those who love nature and who like to spend time a little away from the noisy city, this is an ideal site. Autumn is the best season to visit this lake. From October to November the air is cool, mild and ideal for a fresh current.
The Birla Planetarium in Secunderabad may be the perfect place for inquisitive minds who have many questions about the universe. It gives a good idea of the universe and is a “Must-visit” place in Secunderabad. The science hall here gives interactions and you can take part in the scientific experiments held here. Built in 1985, the planetarium runs wonderful shows that will captivate you with its great scenery and sound effects. One of the recent attractions added to the museum here is the skeleton of the 160 million year old Kotasaurus Yamanpalleinsis.
How To Reach
By Road: Secunderabad is 18 km away from Hyderabad and is well-connected by APSTRC buses that connect Secunderabad to other cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh. There are direct buses from Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Surat, Nagpur etc.
By Train: The Secunderabad Junction Railway Station is one of the oldest and largest stations in the twin cities (Hyderabad & Secunderabad). It was built in 1874 AD. It is the headquarters of the South Central Railway and is well-connected to several towns and cities throughout India, including Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Vishakhapatnam etc. Express trains that serve this station include The Secunderabad Rajdhani Express, Telangana Express, Secunderabad Vishakhapatnam Garib Rath Express, Duronto Express and many more. You can easily get a taxi or cab to reach your preferred destination.
By Air: The nearest airport to Secunderabad is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. It is about 35 km away from Secunderabad. It is a world-class international airport and has regular flights to and from cities across the country, including Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Bhopal, etc. International cities that are connected to this airport include Sharjah, London, Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, Chicago and many more. After reaching the airport, you can easily hire a taxi or cab to reach your preferred destination.