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Rank1 out of 11 attractions in Kadapa
Reviews of Gandikota Fort • 7
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
Hardly 200 meter from resort, Gandikota fort. Let me take all of you back and talk about the history (source internet)Gandikota small village on the right bank of the river Penna was founded in 1123 by Kapa Raja, the Western Chalukyan king of Kalyana.The town played a significant role during the Kakatiya, Vijayanagara and Qutub Shahi periods. The fort was made more secure and solid by Pemmasani Thimma Nayudu.The fort of Gandikota acquired its name due to the 'gorge' (in Telugu it is called 'gandi'), formed between the Erramala range of hills, also known as Gandikota hills and the river Pennar that flows at its foot, reducing its width to a mere 300 ft.
Once the rains settled, I left for the Gandikota Fort which is about 1-1.5 kilometers from the resort. The fort is not very well maintained, is in ruins and has some people dwelling in the ruins. I wandered around the vast area of the fort, climbing the fort walls and getting mesmerized by the aerial view from top.
Gandikota Fort is stone Gorge Fort with an entrance of 40 feet. It was built in 13th Century AD and called it as 2nd Hampi by French Traveler Jean-Baptiste Tavernier.
The road from Jammalamadugu to Gandikota fort is a 16 km long, zigzag, one lane road most bikers will love to drive on. This fort was constructed over Erramla hills and a gorge is made between the nearby flowing river Pennar and Erramla hills. The word Gorge is called as Gandi in Telugu language and “Kota’ is spelt for the home. Thus, this place called Gandikota. We can drive our vehicles inside the fort.Reaching there includes bit of rock-climbing. Once you reach on top, the view is worth. A river cutting through the hills plus the sunrise. What a view!!!!! That is why it is called “Grand Canyon of India”. No words can define the feel of watching the early morning sun coming up the horizon with the cool breeze flowing across your face.
The fort of Gandikota acquired its name due to the 'gorge' (in Telugu it is called 'gandi'), formed between the Erramala range of hills, also known as Gandikota hills and the river Pennar that flows at its foot, reducing its width to a mere 300 ft (see the river image below). Situated amidst beautiful landscape and wild forests, it is endowed with vast natural resources. Surrounded by a deep valley and impassable hills AND with massive boulders of red granite and the river Pennar that flows about 300 ft. below on the west and northern sides, its location affords strong natural defence to the occupants of the Fort.