Gandikota- accepted as ‘the Grand Canyon of India’ is a village and a fort on the bank of river Penna in Andhra Pradesh, India. A gorge (‘Gandi’ in Telugu) formed between the Errmala range of hills and the river Pennar which flows at its foot earned the fort, the name Gandikota.
It came as a blessing when Hygge journeys, a company that bestows trekking and camping experiences on people popularly across South India, slashed their prices for this place. Being a travel enthusiast it was hard to stay months at home without packing my bags somewhere. But my bank balance made a compelling reason that I stay the hell home.
The first thing I did after punching out of the financial crisis was to book this trip. Gandikota had been on my bucket list for so long that I couldn’t postpone it anymore. I had to go. It felt like a calling.
The Van Journey
The pickup point was at SAF games village, Koyambedu. Born and brought up in Chennai, I had no idea such a place existed. It was picturesque with lush gardens and play areas.
A group of 12 individuals started our journey, with a fair share of them being solo travelers (including me!). For some, it was their first solo trip so we all connected on the same enthusiasm.
Getting some sleep became the humongous task at which I failed after flipping unsuccessfully in different directions for 8 hours (The destination arrived after 8 hours, that’s why). I 100% blame by height (6 ft) for that and this is one of the rare instances where I feel jealous of short people. They comfortably fold their legs on the seat while I struggle to find any legroom (I think every tall person can relate to this!).