On our road trip to  Andhra Pradesh, we came across this small village named Gandikota . After having spoken to a few localities it seemed like an absolutely great idea to pay a visit to the village.  And trust me it wasn’t a bad decision at all!

Belum Caves

Located on the banks of river Pennar in Andhra Pradesh , Gandikota is popularly referred to as the Grand Canyon of India. One is sure to get bewitched by the spectacular gorges formed by river Pennar which cuts through Erramala Hills.

Gandikota view along the lake

 

Gandikota is a small village around 300 km from Bangalore. The architecturally rich ruins of Gandikota fort has many attractions to offer. The ancient fort walls- now inhabited by villagers , Ranganathaswamy temple – surrounded by mantapas and stone pillars  surely gives one the feel of ancient temples , Jamia Masjid , the Granary , the Royal tank and last and the best one the Canyon itself. After walking for a kilometer towards the canyon, I was mesmerized by the view.

Gandikota view along the lake

Rocks are arranged in such a way that one can have his own interpretation regarding its shape. For a moment it looked like it was bowing in front of the gorge the other moment it looked like a human face. Everything over there was charming , the layers of the rocks,  the cracks along the line. it was a jaw-dropping view.

Belum Caves

It was answers to the prayers of an adventurer. I could not believe what I was seeing was real and not a mere desktop background.  I wish I could fly through the canyons and experience the real bird’s eye view. I spent couple of hours there completely  enthralled by the beauty of the view and just when I though it could get no better, I experienced the most breath taking moment . THE SUNSET .

Ornate Madhavraya Temple in Gandikota Fort

Different hues of orange on the top and red granite stones beneath with the river flowing in-between- perfect evening and a picture perfect moment. I would highly recommend one to witness sunset at Gandikota as it would be one of the most surreal experiences of your life.
HOW TO GET THERE?
There is no public transportation available to Gandikota. Book your own vehicle and ride/drive to this hidden wonder.
WHERE TO STAY?
The only option available is Haritha Hotel ( run by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department) which is about 10 mins away from the gorge. It has to be booked way in advance and they accept only online bookings and only from their website.
Another option for adventurers is camping by the gorge.( DIY )
NOTE:  
There is no entry fee and no fixed timing to enter the fort