Imagine an artificial city which seems so surreal, comprehensively planned with the major landmarks and cities around the globe with attractive gardens, grandeur hotels, delicious food options, adventures all in one complex - that's Ramoji Film City. Covering an enormous area of around 1,666 acres, it was founded in the year 1996 by Tollywood producer Ramoji Rao.
RFC's ultimate vision was to bring in resources and facilities for film production units under one roof. Ramoji Film City has bagged the World's largest film city studio recognition and certification from Guinness World Records because despite it's immense area, they managed to cover every minute detail from sets to services! Intrigued? Why not plan a visit to this humungous film studio when you're in the area? There's a little something here for everyone. Here's everything you need to know.
Book a tram to take you on a tour of this humongous film city. It takes you through different cityscapes. You will find streets replicating Northern parts of India, a Bhagavatam set which speaks about the religious beliefs through serials that were shot ages back, Kripalu caves throwing light on art, religion, and culture. You will also come across attractive gardens like Mughal, Bonsai, Japanese, Sanctuary, Sun fountain and the Askari garden.
'The gardens were built basically for all types of regional films where singing and dancing is something that takes place often' - says an insider.
Indulge in a cinematic experience while you visit Ramoji Movie Magic! You can walk through some of the live street shows here. They're full of stunts performed by experienced artists and are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the show. There are also very memorable opening and closing ceremonies.
Another great activity to do while you are here is to visit these mesmerizing parks. You can find a plethora of colourful butterflies in unique patterns and with numerous species of plants all well arranged in an alluring style in the Bonsai garden. After a quick trip to the Bonsai garden head over to Wings, the bird park and check out the colourful terrace gardens. A lot of popular movies are shot using these vibrant gardens as a backdrop.
'We haven't cut any trees or even burst the mountains to build the area into what it is today. We kept it very nature-friendly' - says a member from the administration.
If all that seemed to be fascinating and entertaining for adults, there's also something here to keep your children entertained. Toyland, adventurous sports, kid's park, presto toy shop, timberland are a few of the attractions here where your kids can just let loose and have some fun.
There are a variety of cuisines that are served here. No matter what your budget or preference, there are a few restaurants you can choose from.
'The builders also planned to have a central kitchen for all their working units which in turn will have up to 300 members in every unit. This way they can help serve their food all in one place ' - says an Executive
A trip without shopping would definitely be incomplete. Ramoji film city has so much for those shopaholics to splurge on. From the traditional juttis, souvenirs, key chains, cowboy hats, imitation jewellery to Hyderabadi gems... there's something for everyone. Visit Meena bazaar, Movie magic memorabilia, and Wild west souvenirs while you're here.
If you would like to stay in a lavish hotel that is frequented by celebrities, properties like Sitara, Dolphin, and Tara are perfect. If you're looking for budget-friendly accommodation, properties like Shantiniketan, Sahara or Vasundhara villa will be great.
The best time to visit will be during winters between October to February as the summers are super hot in Hyderabad.
Park Timings - 9 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Sunday.
How to get here?
Entry fee - For a typical day tour the starting fee for adults is Rs 1150 and for children Rs 950. Besides this, you can also avail other packages and combos to explore as you wish. Check other interesting combo packages and book online.
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