Durgam Cheruvu – The beautiful secret lake which is not a secret anymore

Stunning views at the lake | Image credit

Why visit Durgam Cheruvu?

  • Durgam Cheruvu, also known as Secret Lake, is a hidden gem in Hyderabad.
  • This serene lake is surrounded by lush greenery and is a popular spot for picnics and bird-watching. 
  • Visitors can also enjoy boating and fishing in the lake. 
  • There is a water school at the lake where you can do kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, and stand-up paddle boarding.
  • The peaceful atmosphere and beautiful scenery make Durgam Cheruvu a perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

History of Durgam Cheruvu:

Durgam Cheruvu Lake is a freshwater lake located between the localities of Jubilee Hills and Madhapur. It used to be called “The Secret Lake” because not many used to know about the existence of this lake many years ago and access to this lake was limited. 

Today, it is a well-known spot visited by many tourists and locals alike.

This lake used to be the source of drinking water for the inhabitants of Golconda Fort.

There are a lot of rock formations surrounding the lake, which gives a very surreal feeling. These rocks are supposedly more than 200 million years old.

Of course, you can also see a lot of concrete structures and buildings around the lake, but this water haven amidst all this looks scenic and picturesque. 

This lake has become even more popular after the inauguration of the Durgam Cheruvu Cable Bridge, which connects Jubilee Hills with Madhapur. This is the first and the longest cable bridge in Hyderabad and it looks very attractive at night.

This lake is a great place to go on a weekend and relax.

The lakefront at Durgam Cheruvu with boating and fishing facilities | Image credit

Things to do here:

  1. Boating – Boating facilities are available here at different prices depending on the boat used. You have options of boats like pedal boats, speed boats, mechanized boats, water scooters, etc
  2. Fishing – Durgam Cheruvu is the only place for fishing in Hyderabad.
  3. Water School – Children can learn kayaking, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and sailing at the water school here. The charges per session for kayaking, surfing, and stand-up paddle boarding is Rs 1,400 and for five sessions the fee is Rs 5,600. The fee for sailing is Rs 9,500 for 12 sessions.
  4. Visit the park near Durgam Cheruvu – This park has an artificial waterfall, floating fountains, a children’s play area, an open gym, and a rock garden. There is a 2 km walkway for jogging, walking, and a cycling track.
  5. Watch the sunset from here. It’s quite breathtaking.
The sunset at Durgam Chreruvu Lake | Image credit


  1. Carry a mask as the place tends to stink sometimes.
  2. Visit the popular Inorbit Mall, a very popular shopping mall nearby.
What to do next?

Check out my article about Durgam Cheruvu Bridge or you can read about 41 amazing places to visit in Hyderabad

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