There isn't much to do around Secunderabad and Hyderabad and lazing at home is a lame thing to do when the weather is just about getting to be friendly. When there's an urge to step out, a picnic wouldn't hurt at all. Include the option of an easy hike to reach those flat rocks on which one can lie down and declare — ‘heaven on earth'.
Make sure the car is loaded with food, fresh juice, snacks and loads of happy, smiling faces. Carry a camera because the changing colour of the rockscape with every passing hour is a sight to behold.
Destination: Medak en route Edupayala.
Edupayala is the place which houses the famous Edupayala Vana Durga Bhavani temple and is located in Nagasanpalli, Papannapet Mandal in Medak. It is 140 km from Nizamabad and 112 km from Hyderabad and around 20 km from Medak by road.
Take the Jeedimetla route to hit the Narsapur Highway and avoid the Medchal route. Why? It is straight and smooth. Setting out in the wee hours is the ideal thing to do as the roads are empty. On the way, you will be greeted by hordes of monkeys. They aren't pesky and mostly mind their business, unless you decide to attract their attention with food packets. The road is flanked by forest and the pleasant sounds of birds drown the noise of the vehicles.
After crossing various awesome rock formations, just before reaching Medak town, the road turns left and narrows down to a dusty bumpy village road that leads you to the Edupayala temple.
This famous Durga temple is also called Garuda Ganga. The uniqueness of this 12th Century temple is in its name that incorporates the names of seven sages — Jamadagni, Atri, Kasyapa, Viswamitra, Vasistha, Bharadwaja and Gowtama. The temple setting is magnificent — at the confluence of the seven tributaries of the River Manjeera.
During the rainy season people cross the rocks in the river to reach big flat rock beds where they chat, relax and lie down watching the sky.
Those who enjoy trekking will enjoy climbing the rock cave that houses the temple. Go higher and higher as far as you can to get a view of the rocky expanse and the quiet-flowing river below.
From the rocky zone you can next head to the Medak church, which is Asia's largest. Built in pure white granite, this Gothic-style structurestands on a sprawling 1000 acres. The church was sanctified on December 25, 1924 and took 10 years to be constructed. Its large pointed stained glass windows visible only in natural light tell the story of the Bible. Made of Italian tiles, the bell tower of the church is 175 ft. high. Legend has it that the church was built during World War I when Medak was struck by a famine and hundreds of people approached Reverend C.W. Posnett, an English Missionary, for succour.
On the way to the church you can stop at the now-in-ruins Medak fort for a peek at the past.