We kicked off our 2008 travel schedule with a visit to Medak.
Medak at a distance of around 80 kms from Hyderabad is a quick weekend getaway.
It is famous for the Medak Cathedral which was built in 1914. The Cathedral is built in Gothic style and is considered to be the largest in Asia. The main tower of the church is 175 ft high and the cathedral can accomodate 5000 people at a time. There are 3 maginificient stained glass windows depicting the life of Jesus Christ.
While in Medak one can also visit the ruins of the Medak fort. Not much is left of the fort to see, but as it is on a hillock it offers a good view of the city. Do not forget to carry food and water as you climb the fort because nothing is available on the hilltop.
The NH7 highway from Hyderabad (via Medchal) will take you to Medak in less than two hours.
Pocharam which is 20 odd kms away from Medak can also be clubbed into the day trip. Pocharam boasts of a small animal sanctuary and a reservoir. The reservoir is built on the Aler river and is favourite picnic spot. Fishing is a favourite activity at this reservoir.