We reached Gandikota by 6 AM Saturday and headed straight for the camp site where we freshened up. There are washrooms near the camp site managed by Freak Outs Adventures. If you are planning on visiting Gandikota in the future, they have luxury tents and adventure sports coming up soon. The washrooms we used weren’t exactly ‘luxurious’, but we weren’t even expecting proper washrooms. So, that was a sigh of relief.
After all of us freshened up, we went for breakfast at the Haritha Resort. Breakfast was the usual Upma, Idli, Pulao, etc. The food didn’t really do much for our taste buds, although it was a blessing for our growling stomachs. Ensuing food and a gazillion pictures was the highlight of the trip, i.e. ‘Kayaking’ on the Pennar River. To get to the river, a small hike had to be done down the canyon. I tend to stay inches away from deep waters, however this was an opportunity even I did not want to let pass. You can swim or take a dip in the river if you want but not without the life jackets.
The way back was a tad bit harder to our tired selves than the haul down. We reached the top and freshened up again and before long it was lunch time already. We chose a local place this time named Abhiruchi. It’s a small shack right by the Fort and doesn’t look like much, but the food is surely better than any other place I tried.
After resting for a while, we set out for the Gandikota fort, right before sunset. The fort is mostly ruins but is an ideal spot for the camera crazies. Upon entry, we were welcomed by a replica of the famous Charminar (Not a very good one at that though). The fort also has two temples, dedicated to Madhava and Ranganatha. We waltzed through most of these structures, stopping just to click some pictures. Other structures included a jail, the Juma Masjid, a granary and a few other smaller structures. The main attraction the fort houses is the amazing Gorge view. The gorge is ‘The Place to be at’ during sunset. The breath-taking view coupled with a calming breeze and ‘Roobaroo’ from Rang De Basanti – An unparalleled combo for sure. Just the mental image of the same gives me the don’t take me back vibes. We sat there at the gorge until the sun set behind us, and then we headed out.
With darkness slowly crawling in, it was time for us to head back to the campsite. The tents were already set-up right by the canyon. We settled into the tents and started preparing for the last incredible event on our itinerary for the day. As I say, ‘All tents and no bonfire make it a dull trip’. The procurement of logs was easy, making the bonfire, not so much. Not to mention, it was a dry day and alcohol wasn’t readily available either. Somehow, we managed both and were sat around the fire, singing and dancing. Amidst all the warmth, we forgot the exhaustion and the fact that the next day was going to be a long one too. The music, the games and the chilled beer ensured we didn’t snooze off. Soon, it was late, and we disconnected for the day.