My friend Kartik and I had been talking about a camping trip for a while. We decided to go to Gandikota in Andhra Pradesh, also called the Grand Canyon of India. We decided to camp there for two nights on weekdays and it proved to be the best decision. If you are looking to avoid crowd, it is best to go during a weekday. We had no idea that this place had become so famous.
We took a bus from Bangalore to Jammalamadugu in the Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh and reached at 4 in the morning and took an auto to the Haritha resort so that we could find a camping spot. The resort is run by AP tourism is very close to the camp site. We were shocked when people at the resort told us that more than 300 people were camping. We walked to the camp site and it was very dirty. People had thrown bottles of alcohol and plastic all over. This was very disappointing since this is something you dont expect when you go camping. We walked back to the Haritha resort and ate some breakfast but decided to put up our tent only in the evening when most of the people were gone. Several groups conduct adventure activities in Gandikota. They also clean the camping area once the people are gone. So we decided to kayak with one of the groups. They charge INR 500 per person for half an hour if you dont use their tent. Kayaking is included in the package if you are staying overnight. The path down is easy and one has to walk for about half an hour to reach the river.