If you ask me to pick the best day trip destination from Hyderabad, without any second thought my reply would be Ramoji Film City. It’s an excellent place to spend a day and is a must visit. Some people say it’s overrated, but unless you have been to universal studio or something similar abroad, you will love the place. It’s huge, it’s interesting and it’s fun. Specially if there are kids in group, this place shouldn’t be missed.
Ramoji Film city is located around 40-50 KM away from city depending upon the route you take. The old route is from inside the city but now there is a new route via airport road which is longer but quicker to reach without much traffic on the way. It’s spread across more than 1500 acre and there are internal buses available to reach from one section to another.
You can either reach by your own vehicle or travel companies also run their buses but do check their timing in advance. If they reach around 11 you will be short of time as it is very difficult to cover entire film city in one day. The entry ticket for standard package is Rs. 600 for adults and Rs. 500 for children which are hiked by Rs. 100 during Christmas time when film city has extended opening hours. Tickets can be booked online or bought at the counter itself but be prepared for longer queues.
You can not take outside food into film city and has to be deposited at entrance. There are plenty of restaurants available inside along with snack counters but these are not part of package and has to be paid separately. Once you cross the entry gate you will be taken by a bus to the central point of film city called Eureka and from there you can visit different sections one by one. You are also provided with a map which lists all the attractions inside along with show timings. You will need to plan a bit in advance as timings for shows like ‘Stunt Show’ are fixed and happen only twice/thrice a day.
Eureka also has some rides three of which are included in the entry fees. They are not very large in number but remember it’s not an amusement park :). The 360 degree rotation ride is just wow and should be your first ride before you eat much later in the day :). There are also some rides for kids but needs to be paid separately.
Rides In Film City
On the left hand side you can see entry gate to Kid Zone called Fundustan. If you have kids in group or have kid alive inside you, this section is for you. The entire area is very colorful and very good place to pics. There are various activities like rain dance, magic house, adventure rides for kids and a video game arena. Magic house will be enjoyed by kids but equally enjoyable by adults by admiring how beautifully it is built.
Magic House Entry Gate
Background To Take Perfect Picture
The second major activity is a guided tour where a bus takes you various sets inside film city. There will be a guide on the bus which will explain about them and also mention movies which have been shot at these sets. There is set built which has a setup of mythological Mahabhart Era and is simply beautiful. The bus will stop here at 5 mins so that you can see sets from inside.
After taking you through sets like airport, central jail, village, gardens etc the bus will drop you near gardens from where you can walk through around 12 gardens which are used for shooting purposes as well. You can relax here for some time among shades. There is a butterfly park where you can see butterflies flying around various flower plants. There is also a set of Caves requiring a small walk of 4-5 mins through them.
After taking lunch you can move to next section which has various shows. The movie magic show is a 10-15 mins show where they demonstrate how a movie is made and the roles of various technicians. There is another show called “Around the world in 7 minutes” where you are taken through beautifully built sets of various countries. The third and the most interesting show is the “Stunt Show” where a group will act on a story and has live action sequences. It’s just like live movie action.
Around the world in Seven Minutes Set
During Christmas time there are dance shows and DJ in the evening time and entire Eureka area is full of lights. The buses get ready for exit and take you to the same point from where you had entry in the morning. It will be fun filled day and I am sure you will find something which you haven’t seen before.
- Plan to go in a big group to enjoy more.
- Best time to visit will be winter season as it becomes very difficult to roam around in summer in heat.
- Take Guided tour around 3-4 in the afternoon so that by the time tour ends it’s almost evening and you can roam in gardens. At noon time you will not enjoy gardens much so utilize that time in indoor shows.
- Be prepared for crowd and queues everywhere. The place is visited by thousands of visitors everyday. If possible try to got on weekday when it will be comparatively less crowded.
- Do not go for 360 degrees ride after lunch for obvious reasons.
- Be prepared for plenty of walking independent of which tour you take. Eventually buses will drop you at certain points and then you will need to walk to see a section.