Explore Ramoji Film City On A Day Trip In Hyderabad


If Charminar is the signature building for Hyderabad city since the times of Nizams, Ramoji Film City is the new signature of the city, being the world’s largest film studio spread across 1666 acres of land and the Guinness Book endorses it. It is about all that is filmy and fake and at the end of the visit you would have a feeling of having visited the Fakedom, but then that is what is required for a number of films that the region and the country produce.

Entrance to the Ramaoji Film City, Hyderabad
Entrance to the Ramaoji Film City, Hyderabad

Exploring Ramoji Film City

Walk-in Film Sets at Ramoji Film City
Walk-in Film Sets

Every time I visited Hyderabad, I wanted to visit this one of its kind place but somehow missed it. Probably because it is too far from the city, a good 50 km from the center of the city. But this Saturday we decided to finally do this much-awaited attraction and took a taxi and reached there by 10:00 AM. And we were late. You should reach there by 9:30 or so to see the opening ceremony. By the closing ceremony, you would be too tired to enjoy it.

Visitor Ticket for Ramoji Film City

Now there are two types of tickets that you can buy – Normal and Special. The former costs you Rs 600/- and the latter exactly double it and includes lunch, water, and snacks in it. And they promise to take you around in AC vehicles. But then it is just a promise and with all the attractions not too far from each other you hardly use the vehicle except for getting from the ticket gate to the main gate which is a few km’s apart.

So a piece of strong advice is not to fall into the trap of a special package. And just go in nicely designed open-air buses. You can always eat whatever you like from the multiple restaurants on the campus. In a couple of places, the special package gives you the advantage of not standing in the queues. But then the queues are quite fast-moving and shows are just the same for everyone.

Open Air sets at Ramoji Film City
Open Air sets

Gardens in the Ramoji Film City

Guide told us that there are as many as 124 different types of Gardens in the film city. Though this number may be a bit exaggerated, there are many gardens. Each one with a different theme like a Shell Garden, a Mughal garden, a Mysore garden, a Japanese garden, a Thinking man’s garden, a Hawa Mahal, and an Arizona-style cactus garden. And a whole lot of them with a European look and feel. All of them have been designed to shoot films without actually going to the actual locations.

Locations recreation

There are various tree-lined walkways, which are used to shoot institutional scenes. With the right signage can re-create various locations from across the world. There are highways where just change the milestone and you are transported to that location. There are detachable lampposts on either side of the road. Which can be modified again according to the place to be depicted.

One interesting set is that of Buddhist caves. That has been executed quite well and is reasonably big in size. A small show in the deepest corner of the cave takes you to a world where the idols on the walls can come out and dance at their will.

Row of Houses film set
A row of Houses film set

Film Shooting Sets

The most amusing part of the Film City was the various sets that create various scenes like a village scene, a market scene, a city skyscraper, and streets. There was a huge building, which is designed as an airport on one side, a hospital on another side, a church on the third side, and a bank on the fourth side. Similarly, there are bungalows, which have 4 different facades on four sides. And a single building can serve as multiple houses for various characters of a film. Similarly, there is a fake railway station with fake wagons on whose two sides there are two platforms, one that serves as a village platform and the other as a city platform.

Palace Scene

One fascinating set is that of a palace scene probably used for all the mythological and period dramas. The grandeur of this set does give you a feeling of being in a different era. Similarly, a set called Movie Magic takes you for a few minutes into the fantasy world of movies where everything is bright and shining and in a minute you go around the world. In between all this, you have small shopping areas to buy souvenirs. Though I must say the choice of merchandise is quite poor. And you may not find anything really innovative or interesting to buy. Incidentally, most of the stuff sold is closer to fake items than the real ones, wonder if this is intentional or coincidental.

A mythology theme film set
A mythology theme film set

Various Shows for the visitors at Ramoji Film City

There are a few shows, which give you a breather and you can relax as you enjoy them. There is a spirit in the Ramoji show that is about film dancing and some very interesting and entertaining pieces that showcase some really talented artists. We saw a show where a person balanced himself on a rolling pipe, a clown show, and a ring dance. All these shows were amazing and you would get up from your seats and applaud.

Stunt Show

The stunt show showcases an action scene set up on a stud farm. With typical gangsters as they are depicted in the films. Actors fight with each other, and yes the right background music enhances the effect of those punches. There is gun firing, there is bombing and there are buildings falling and people jumping from the top of the buildings. If you are scared of the sound, do not sit very close to the stage.

Action Show

In a show called Action, they pick up a person from the audience and make a small movie with them, showcasing the camerawork, sound, and music mixing and editing. This is quite an informative show. I especially liked the demonstration of the reproduction of natural sounds like air, rain, thunderstorm and even running horses. We missed the opening and closing ceremony, as no guide told us about it. I figured it out only on our way back.

A Titanic inspired ship at the theme park
A Titanic-inspired ship at the theme park

To keep up with the current amusement park norms, there is a 4-D show called Ramoji Tower, and kids would enjoy it. There is Borasura the magician’s workshop which is a maze created to scare but is actually quite funny with its sometimes sinking sometimes moving floors. It is easy to navigate mazes and some popular but still enjoyable illusions. This is again something that the kids would enjoy. This is amidst the area called Fundustan. That is more like an entertainment park, with an area for rain dancing, jungle book graffiti, fountains, Titanic look-alike ship, and rope bridges to play around. There are rides as well to twist and turn for you around and keep the kids interested in the place.

Bollywood theme restaurant
Bollywood theme restaurant


There are many restaurants around for you to eat and have snacks or buy water etc. We had our lunch in the Superstar restaurant. It was a nicely designed restaurant featuring portraits of film stars and a model of a director on a trolley shooting a film. The food was also decent.

One of the 124 Theme gardens in the campus
One of the 124 Theme gardens on the campus

Overall Ramoji Film City is good to visit once. You can spend the whole day there. So it is good to go with your family or a group of friends. Keep in mind that by the end of the day you will be tired, but I guess it is worth it. Do put it on your itinerary if you are traveling around Hyderabad.

Recommend you read the following places to visit in Hyderabad.

Walk from Charminar to Chowmahalla City Tour

Museums in & around Public Gardens

Yadagirigutta – Abode of Narsimha Swamy

Punjagutta Rock Walk

Deccani Architecture at Qutub Shahi Tombs


  1. Hello, Anuradha! I’ve visited Hyderabad four times already, but since it’s always during summer, I couldn’t get myself to visit this film studio. Thanks for the tour and tips. Will definitely plan to visit if I ever find myself in Hyderabad during the cooler months.

  2. It is also a popular tourism and recreation center, containing natural and artificial attractions including an amusement park. Around 1.5 million tourists visit the place every year.


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