Hyderabad’s Ramoji Film City has an official world record, as certified by Guinness World Records: it is the biggest film complex on Earth, spanning 674 hectares in total and just 3 sound stages shy of a perfect 50. It is so large, in fact, that coaches and buses have to operate within the grounds to transport people from one end of the complex to another. This huge film complex is famous not just with the locals but also with the tourists, not least because it also offers packages for sightseers and even honeymooners wishing to get a taste of filmmaking in the very heart of Tollywood.
The enormous film complex is actually relatively young as far as film complexes go, having been opened only in 1996. It is not just that it is a centre of arts and culture for Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh: it is also that it was designed with a view to permitting people wishing to see the world behind the screen a chance to fulfil their wishes. When Ramoji Film City or RFC was created, it was built with the consciousness that it would also be a tourist and recreation spot, and would thus host a variety of activities and experiential packages that visitors could avail of: a place of both sound and film stages as well as a place of exquisite gardens, restaurants, and even three-star and five-star hotels for those wishing to stay in the area. As such, one can expect nothing less than the complete entertainment experience in this place.
Plays and shows are par for the course here, naturally, but you also get to try out other things, like the almost-surreal parks of Fundustan and Wonderville, as well as exciting rides for both adults and children in other locations within the complex. There are video game arcades to keep the children happy as well as a Faunadale full of charming animals for those who want to see some fauna. More interested in seeing the flora? No problem: RFC also boasts a huge sprawling garden that it calls Shangri-La, aptly enough. Some people actually hire the gardens for special events.
One of the things people love best to do here is simply take pictures—specifically, pictures of themselves with the set models. There are model trains, model yachts, and even model houses and streets against which one may have one’s picture taken for a nice souvenir. Those eager to bring back something they bought can go to the Meena Bazaar inside the film city too, where stalls and stalls of shops are lined up next to each other.
In short, Ramoji Film City is easily one of the best places to go if you want a true experience of modern arts and culture in Hyderabad, especially given that it has integrated so many amenities in its offerings, from accommodations to restaurants. Tickets and packages or RFC may be availed of by going directly to its website. Prices are quoted on the site, and you may buy tickets online too.