There are three alternative patterns of urban settlements in Telangana.
1. Five-Tier pattern – This pattern consists of five hierarchies or orders
2. Multiple Urban-Industrial Nuclei Pattern – This pattern envisioned the development of major urban settlements among them being; Warangal, Kothagudem, Vijayapuri, Hyderabad, and mahboobnagar
3. The Metropolitan Pattern – This pattern envisaged concentration of various economic development in most peri-urban zones of Hyderabad.