Ramoji Film City is the largest film studio complex in the world in terms of size - 2,000 acres. Only about 60-70% of it is actually developed while work is progress for expansion. It is said that you can walk in with a script and make a complete movie here - all pre and post production work as well. There are many sets - London Street, Hollywood sign, Japanese gardens, airport, hospital, etc., etc.
There is a stunt show (that was pretty bad) and a "technical" show (use of blue screen, adding in sound, etc.) that is similar to/copied from a show at Universal Studios.
I originally wasn't keen on going since I had been to several U.S. studios but it turned out to be very interesting. I even recognized a few sets from some Bollywood movies I'd seen. It is however, not nearly as good as say Universal Studios. Funny enough but all our guide wanted to know from me was whether Ramoji was bigger than Universal. In this case, bigger was definitely not better!
There is a small area with some very small children's rides and 1 simulator type ride (which we did not go on). Other than that it was mostly looking at the sets and seeing the 2 shows.
It is a little far out of the city - took us about an hour on Sunday with light/no traffic from Banjara Hills. We hired a car which waited for us. I believe there is also bus service (check the website). We arrived by about 11 just in time for the shows. You can easily spend about 3 hours here - more if you want.
There are also 2 hotels within the property - Tara and Sitara.
So although not as good as Universal, it made for an interesting day and I would recommend going if you haven't been to any other studio or have an interest in movie making, especially Indian movies.
Admission is Rs 300 for adults and Rs 200 for children for the guided tour. We took the special package tour (less time involved) for Rs 850 for adults and Rs 700 for children. The package included the tour in a small A/C bus and a buffet lunch at the Super Star Restaurant that was actually pretty decent. Tickets are available online.
Situated around 25Kms from Hyderabad, this man made beauty coveres around 2000acres is a must see if u have preferably a complete day spare.
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By this time, u might be wondering.....Airport, Rly station and even a Jail.....wut exactly it is.....Don't worry..it is nothing but an artificial world just like Hollywood where every structure is temporary and made to the requirements of Film Directors.
Talking about the entry charges, it will cost u INR 300 if u r above 12 years else it is INR 250.
Entertainment Show timings are as follows:
Opening Ceremony: 0945Hrs (May change in future)
Closing Ceremony: 1730Hrs (May change in future)
Wild West Stunt Show: 1300Hrs & 1630Hrs
Alampana Theater: 1230Hrs & 1545Hrs.
Whereas Booking Hours are from 0900hrs to 1400hrs & Visiting Hours are 0900hrs to 1800hrs daily.
This artificial city also holds Guinness World Record for World's Largest Film Studio Complex.
Although it is better to reach before time (around 0830 hrs) to avoid rush & easy booking but booking can be made even till 1400hrs. U will not be allowed to carry any eateries with u as everything is easily available inside.
When you are in Hyderabad, don't miss to visit Ramoji Film City where is the hugh place for filming the India and other movies. It takes about 45 minutes from downtown and the ticket costs 200 Rupees for admission fee. Inside, there is coach service taking you to the movie scenery zone and also has a beautiful garden and cowboy town. The restaurant is so small, but it's okay for me.
A man made city for making movies. Ramoji has all the facilites for filming a movie and the locales aswell, the european train station, the crossroads in bombay, the airport and the bus stand, all of it. It is open to common public during daytime.
This place has different sections for all kinds a ambience, mexican wild life, the royal gardens of yore. Here we are in the mughal section, that even has a Mughlai restaurent.
For a couple on their honeymoon, there cannot be a better destination than Ramoji Film City.
SITARA, fully airconditioned luxury hotel, provides all the facilities and luxuries you need. There are four royal suites, four theme suites and 92 delux rooms.
Along with the honeymoon package you'll be given a complimentary candle light dinner at the Galaxy, a multi-cuisine restaurant with an attached bar. It offers Continental, Chinese, Mughal, Andhra, Gujarati and South Indian cuisine. A Bar-be-que by the pool side to enjoy the rarest of kababs under a star-lit sky. For the health enthusiasts there is an ultra-modern health club called the Samson & Delilah which is equipped with cyber, power jog, jacuzzi, herbal massage, sauna, steam bath and a team of trained care specialists who guide you every step of the way.
The world's largest, most comprehensive and professionally planned film production centers. Its built on 2000 acres of land and houses Studios, Gardens, Hotels, Multi-storied buildings and special structures of all kinds.
They offer a wide variety of holiday and getaway packages for you to refresh and recharge. Be it relaxation or activity, adventure or amusement...its all there.
The daily tours begin at Eureka, where you'll find a heavenly mix of both Oriental as a well as the Western culture. Stunt shows and dance programes add fun and gaiety to the atmosphere. Also at Eureka you'll see the Moghul Gardens (see picture) and if you go a little further you'll find Hawa Mahal....Beautiful structures!!!
From Eureka the bus drives up to the film sets where you'll find all kind of sets be it a University, a Hospital, Police head quarters, Airport and even a fake Taj Mahal.
Gardens dot the whole place and my personal favorites were the Japanese and the Umbrella gardens.