A part of the British cantonment, Alwal got its name after alvars who were Tamil poets, the proponets of bhakti and devotees of lord Venkateshwara. Alwal is home to a historic Venkateshwara Temple, which is located near Alwal Municipal office. There are a number of other temples in the vicinity, at the nearby cantonment (Lalbazar) including one built in the style of the Lotus Temple, Delhi.
This area is booming as residents of central Hyderabad are moving to Alwal to escape traffic congestion and pollution. The nearby cantonment (military) area offers good lung space for walkers.