This post is in continuation to the last blog post on one-day road trip from Hyderabad to Medak. I talked about the route, road conditions, and what to expect on the road trip. In this post, I’ll about the things to do in Medak when you’re on a one-day trip. I’ve visited some places which I’ll talk about, but I’ll also talk about other places that you can visit.
Let’s see what things you can do in Medak when you’re on a one-day trip to Medak.
Things to do in Medak
Medak serves as the administrative headquarters of the Medak district and is about 100 kilometers from Hyderabad. It has been ruled by various dynasties, including the Kakatiya, Bahmani Sultanate, Qutb Shahi, and Asaf Jahi before it became part of the Indian union in 1948. There are a lot of things to do in Medak and places to visit which we’ll talk about in this post.
One of the iconic places that one must visit is the Medak Church. Built in the early 20th century, this is one of the largest churches in Asia. Back in 1985, a missionary visited the town to spread the message of Christianity. He then decided to build this church.
The construction started in 1914 and took about 10 years to complete. It is built in Gothic style & has a bell tower too. This reminded me of the St. Philomena Church in Mysore. However, that seemed must be grander and more sophisticated when it comes to the architecture.
Photography is not allowed inside and there are stained glasses that depict various events from the life of Jesus Christ. When I visited during Christmas week, there was a beautiful crib there. It’s a big complex with small gardens on either side where one can sit, relax and bask in the atmosphere.
There’s also a small market right outside the church along with hostels for pilgrims on one side. In terms of parking, there’s ample in the ground next to the church. Since this is right off the main road, makes it a good place to visit when you’re visiting Medak.
Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary
Located about 15 km from Medak is the Pocharam Wildlife Sanctuary. Declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1952, it’s one of the popular things do to here. It’s named after the Pocharam lake which is located a little further away from the sanctuary. It’s known for its rich flora and fauna and is home to many birds. Depending on the time you visit, you can also spot deer, bison, and antelopes.
The Pocharam wildlife sanctuary is open from 7 in the morning to 9 in the evening. There’s also a wildlife safari that you must try. If you are in a group of 4 or more, you can opt for their vehicle. However, if you have your own private car, you can pay a nominal fee of Rs 100 per head and take your car inside the sanctuary. You will be accompanied by a guide who’ll take you around the trail.
I took this safari and it was totally worth it. First of all, driving my Tata Punch on trails and off-road was pretty exciting. There were twists and turns, ups and downs, and a perfect offroading experience that too in the middle of the jungle. I spotted herds of deer in the distance and at one point, I saw one of them hopping right in front of my car. Also spotted a bison in the distance and it was massive.
The only problem was that I was there at almost 2 PM and it was too hot. Plus it wasn’t raining, so the forest cover wasn’t great and the sun was beating. I’m sure the sightings can be better if you arrive early or a little late in the day. But this safari experience is a must. Also, the guide would ask for something, so pay them.
Other things to do in Medak
Apart from visiting the Medak Church and Pocharam wildlife sanctuary, you can also visit the following places in Medak.
You can also visit the Medak Fort which is located a little further from the church, in fact, you can see part of the fort from the Church. It’s a 12th-century fort that provides good views of the town. There are a granary, temple, and barracks that one must visit when at the fort.
If you want to go on a spiritual trail, you can visit the Durga Bhavin temple which is located about 20 km from Medak. It’s known for its architecture and the locals have a big faith in the temple.
Shopping for handloom products
For the unaware, Medak is also known for its handloom products including sarees and dress materials. Most of these are silk and are quite popular in the region. A great way to take something back home and support the artisans too.
Relish local cuisine
One thing that I didn’t do because I was short on time since I was on a one-day trip. However, one can relish some authentic Telangana cuisine here. Biryani is quite popular here and also the mid-day meals are loved by one and all. In terms of restaurants, there are quite a few like Swagath, Aahar, and Chandra Bhavan to name a few.
Medak Perfect One-Day Trip
Whether you’re an architecture lover or wildlife, there are quite a few things to do in Medak. Visit the Pocharam wildlife sanctuary and take the safari. Visit the Pocharam lake as well. Further witness the grandeur of the Medak church as well as the history of the fort.
Overall, Medak makes a good place to visit from Hyderabad for a one-day trip. Perfect for your kids, parents, and even yourself. That’s about it for this blog post, let me know your thoughts in the comments below, tweet to me at @Atulmaharaj, DM on Instagram, or get in touch.