Durgam Cheruv - Secret Lake of Hyderabad
It was the first day of the year and we wanted to spend some time together. We were looking for some nice place to go on a walk and talk to each other and relax.
But in the heart of the city where can we go. Hyderabad is full of traffic, public and pollution.
After a lot of drama we went to "Durgam Cheruvu". A beautiful lake which was badly effected due to the urbanization. However, we had heard about its renovation and we thought let's give it a try and finally we went there.
So let’s start our travel tale*****************
As we were not able to jot down any place, we got terribly late. However, we started from home around 5pm and on the way, in the middle of nowhere, we decided to go to Forum Mall. Then my husband took a wrong direction and we were on the way to Inorbit Mall. So we thought let it be. But while we were about to climb the up Hill road, we saw Durgam Cheruvu on our left.
After seeing the newly constructed exterior, we got tempted to enter it. Though we had idea that it is not completed yet, we gave it a shot.
As expected it was not even half done. Yet the premises was very well maintained.
So, my husband got tickets for us and we entered the lake park passing the security. Immediately after crossing the entrance gate,there is a very well designed and maintained open-top round hall which is beautifully decorated with lights and plants. There were a couple of sculptures as well. You can click many pictures there.
The park is beautifully planned and designed for walkers and joggers, with many benches for elderly to take breaks while walking.
The park is well maintained and extremely clean.
There were dustbins placed for every 50 meters (approx).
About Durgam Cheruvu:
Durgam Cheruvu is also known as Raidurgam Cheruvu. The lake is spread across 83 acres. It is also known as the secret lake of Hyderabad. This name is given to it, as it is hidden between Jubliee hills and Madhapur.
History of Durgam Cheruvu:
During the Qutub Shahi Dynasty the Durgam Cheruvu used to serve as the source of water for the people residing in Golkonda area.
It is one of the largest fresh water lake. However, it was polluted due to urbanization. Most of the area around Durgam Cheruvu was occupied illegally.
Entry Fee :
5am to 9am
4pm to 8 pm
Road no. 46, Mastan Nagar, CBI colony, Jubliee Hills,
Hyderabad, Telangana-500033, India
Photo Gallery :
Map from Secunderabad Railway station
Map from Airport