Ranga Reddy is a largely suburban area south and west of Hyderabad, in Central Telangana. It is home to Ramoji Film City and large reservoirs like Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar. Administratively, Ranga Reddy district also covers parts of Hyderabad, but for the purposes of Wikivoyage, those parts are not covered in Ranga Reddy and are instead covered in Hyderabad.
Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD IATA) is in the Shamshabad town of Ranga Reddy. However, there are virtually no direct options to get to the rest of Ranga Reddy after leaving the airport. You have to get into Hyderabad before visiting the attractions in Ranga Reddy.
The southern and western parts of Jawaharlal Nehru Outer Ring Road fall in Ranga Reddy.
See and do
- 1 Chilkur Balaji Temple (Visa Balaji Temple). A Hindu temple near Osman Sagar. It is popular for those who wish for visas abroad. This temple has no donation box and does not accept any money from devotees. It has no green channels or privileges for VIPs.
- 2 Himayat Sagar.
- 3 Khajaguda Talab (Pedda Cheruvu). A small lake near the IT corridor of Hyderabad. It is brimming with species of birds, snakes, snails, and lizards. Khajaguda Talab has been beautified with shoreside sculptures and floaters in the lake.
- 4 Mrugavani National Park, Chilkur, Moinabad. This park has a large variety of plants; animals such as the Indian hare, civet cat, mongoose, cobra, Russel Viper and bird species.
- 5 Ocean Park, Gandipet, ☏ . A water-theme park.
- 6 Osman Sagar (Gandipet Lake). A large reservoir and a popular tourist destination, especially in the monsoon season when the reservoir is full. The Gandipet Eco Park at Osman Sagar has a 2.5-km long boardwalk, an aquarium, a butterfly garden, an open-air theatre and a sensory park.
- 7 Ramoji Film City (off NH9 connecting Hyderabad with Vijayawada, just after Hayath Nagar. If you are driving down from Hyderabad, the road is full of potholes, but drivable. There is adequate signage that will tell you how far Ramoji Film City is, and in any case, it is difficult to miss the giant arch on the right announcing the entrance. Once inside, you need to park your car (parking: ₹10 for the entire day) and purchase tickets), Ramojifilmcity@hyderabadtourism.co. Spread over 2,000 acres, it is a film-themed park combined with a studio, unabashedly modelled after Universal City in California, United States. Opened in 1996, it is the world's largest film studio. It was conceived and developed by Ramoji Rao, a media and film baron, whose film production house Usha Kiron Movies is a major producer of Indian films. The city encompasses massive buildings, gardens and other sets suitable for filming movies. Fans of Indian movies will find many locations where scenes from their favourite films were shot. Inside the city are complete facilities for the film's pre-production, production and post-production work. In addition, there are theme parks, rides and other attractions, and opportunities for shopping and dining. There are three hotels inside the city catering to various budgets. Visitors can easily spend a weekend or more with their families and not tire of the place.
- 8 Sanghi Temple, Sanghi Nagar. A replica of Tirumala Temple.
- 9 Statue of Equality. A colossal statue of the 11th-century Indian philosopher Ramanuja, it is the second-tallest sitting statue in the world. The base building hosts a Vedic digital library, research centre, ancient Indian texts, theatre and a gallery. Ramanuja's works are presented in the gallery.
- 10 Treasure Island, Gandipet. Theme park with go-karts.
Hotels near the airport and within Ramoji Film City can be expensive and unless money is no object, you should try to book a budget hotel in Hyderabad.
- Hyderabad — After visiting Ranga Reddy, you may return to the grand old city.