I have searched thousands of times into the internet for finding a one day trip from Hyderabad hoping that in each of the search, I may get a new one place to explore. But unfortunately one day trip always shows something either they are very far or inside the Hyderabad city. While browsing a facebook group(birds and nature lovers), I found this place(shamirpet). This travel log is a detailed guide on how to explore or a weekend getaway from Hyderabad to shamirpet.
By the way, do not forget to watch my other weekend trips.
- Kuntala waterfalls
- Top 10 places of Srisailam
- Srisailam part-2
- Koilkonda fort and Koilsagar
Shamirpet is not too far from Hyderabad and situated exactly in the lap of mother nature. Shamirpet travel can you give relief from your daily busy and hustle-bustle life.
Importance of shamirpet
As wiki says shamirpet is situated at Medchal-Malkajgiri district of Telangana and it is an urban of Hyderabad. Being the capital of Medchal and Malkajgiri district, it is little populated. This place is also famous for several resorts for IT corporate outings.
Interestingly, shamirpet is also having several popular educational institutes like NELSAR University of Law, BITs Pilani-Hyderabad, Institute of public enterprise, etc.
Apart from this shamirpet is famous for shamirpet lake,shamirpet deer park, Genome valley, Gomajipet fort.
In this post, I will discuss and guide you on how to explore shamirpet instead of spending time in resorts on a lazy weekend.
How to reach shamirpet?
There are two ways, you can reach Shamirpet from Hyderabad.
- By Road
- By Rail
By public transport
You can board a bus from Secundrabad railway stations or Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Bus Terminal towards Medchal and get down at shamirpet. It is on the Hyderabad Karim Nagar highway.
By car/hired taxi
You can travel via Secundrabad. After Alwal flyover, once you enter into cantonment area, your driving experience will be pleasant through the lash green path. If you are near Hitech city, you can avail Nehru Outer Ring Road to reach to Shamirpet. The drive will be butter smooth.
Get an MMTS(Multi-Model Transport System) from Secundrabad and get down at Shamirpet station.
Once you reach Shamirpet you can avail an auto or hired cab to roam around the places.
Places to visit in Shamirpet
- Shamirpet lake
- Shamirpet deer park
- Gomajipet fort
- St joseph church
- Ganesh temple mochabolar
- Ayappa Devasthanam
- Shiva temple mochabolar
- Bhoolakshmi temple
Shamirpet Lake is a manmade artificial lake built during the great Nizam’s era. Best time to visit this place is from August to February, post-monsoon to the pre-summer time frame during the sunrise or sunset. Do not go to the lake during summer season as the lake may dry up. I will cover how to cover both. The local name of the lake is “Pedda cherevu”.
To see the sunrise you have to be in the place at 6 AM. so calculate and drive accordingly. and for sunset, you have to be there by 5:30 PM. Post lunch session is good as lots of families, couples, would-be couple, kids occupy the area and enjoy sunset seating on the rocky terrain.
There are several paths that lead to the lake bed allowing you to take your car or byke very near the waterbody. The terrain is very attractive and the surrounding area is very peaceful. The lush greeneries around the lake creates a unique opportunity for the visitors to seat and picnic around the lake.
Being a big lake, it houses lots of fishes, local birds, and migratory birds. The availability of the fishes draws the birds to the lake. The birds are in action when the sun is soft like early morning and during sunset. The birds available in shamirpet are-
The waves, cool breeze during early morning or during the sunset is very soothing. If you know how to swim, you can take a bath here. Even though the lake is very nice people throw away the garbages into the lake hence the corners are very dirty. So you have to find a nice place to touch the water or swim.
It is truly a place of peace and calmness. You can enjoy a memorable sunrise (if you happen to be there during the early morning) or you can enjoy a breathtaking sunset(if you are there in the afternoon).
If you are a photographer, this is an untouched beauty to satisfy your lenses. The tiny island makes the landscape even more beautiful. That gets thousands of clicks every day. Many Telugu films have been shot in this area.
If you go with a group or with family, you can spend a very nice evening together on the lap of mother nature. The captivating sunset will surely blow you away.
There are some paddle boats parked near the Shamirpet lake and few in the Haritha resort. But during our visit, they were not operational. I am hoping during or post-monsoon they get activated.
Few Pieces of Advice
- you have to be careful as the rocks are very slippery and some places are very deep. The slope is very uneven. There are a lot of drowning accidents happened already. On top of this, there is no availability of expert swimmer just like guards.
- Carry sunglass and hats to protect yourself from direct sunlight.
- There is a proper signboard that leads towards the lake so help yourself with google map.
- There is no ticket system, no refreshment center, no cafeteria service available. So do carry all the required food, water bottles, and necessary things.
- There is no toilet facility or pay and use toilets available.
- The area is not maintained and not cleaned. So be careful from broken glasses, leftover bottles and dead snakes.
Jawahar Deer Park or Shamirpet Deer Park
Jawahar Deer Park is also known as Shamirpet Deer Park. It is located at Bolaram Cantonment area. The span of the park is said to have 80 acres(but as per wiki it is 56 acres). You can venture only some parts of it(rightly so, to protect the deers and others). As per the guard, it houses around 150 deers and other flora and fauna.