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Reviews of Gandikota Fort • 8
Day 24 Gandikota to VijaywadaGot up early for the first time in the whole ride and left for gandikota keeping my luggages at the hotel by 7.30am. The climate was cool with some fog. The place was 12km from the hotel. And it took hardly 20 minutes to reach. The whole 12km was awesome to ride and the scene was too good. Had to stop at several places to enjoy the view and click some photos. Reached gandikota but before entering the fort just took a right and some small off road led to the penna river. For the first time saw the canyon it was a stunning view. Yesterday during a break said to a person there i am going to gandikota and he didn’t knew the place. After seeing this place wonder how do people don’t know about such a beautiful place. Reached the end there was no one around and it was a complete silence. But the feel was different to sit in front of such a beautiful place with no disturbance. After some photos went to the entrance of the fort parked the bike there and as i planned to ride till vijaywada i have a very good friend kondala rao in vijaywada so planned to stay at his home. So i called him up to inform and he was happy that we were going to meet and he sent his location in whatsapp. Went inside the fort climbed on to the walls to get a view. Then saw vehicle coming inside the fort so i came to know we can bring the vehicle inside. So i brought my Himalayan inside. There is a small village after crossing this village through the fort entrance there are few structures inside. Also you will find a mosque,temple,granery,etc. After crossing all this you will have to climb a little but its not difficult. After i bet you will get the most beautiful view of the canyon and if you don’t see this then there is no point in coming here. Here there was few people around. You can spend a considerable amount of time here. Thought of having some tea and found i have kept the wallet at the room. Good i checked before buying something. Came back to the hotel and had breakfast and left for vijaywada. It was already dark before i reached vijaywada. Stopped at a big river front, the river was huge. And the bridge across the river had lighting work done on all its pillars. It was good to see it from the distance. The lighting on all the pillars was constantly changing. After following the location sent by kondala rao reached a place somewhere 2 streets away from the actual place. Tried to call him but his number was out of coverage. Tried several times. Even close by people came asking me who are you looking for. But the didn’t knew him as he had recently shifted there. After sometime luckily his call got connected and he came to the place where i was waiting. Unloaded all the luggage meanwhile he arranged everything for me to freshen up. And we left to explore vijaywada on his bike. We went to the hotel first and had a good chicken biryani. Then we went to the prakasam barrage the bridge which saw with lighting when i entered vijaywada. He told about the history and about the barrage which has the krishna river flowing underneath it. He also told about the events that take place around the krishna river. After which we rode through almost the whole city and he kept saying the important things about all the places that we passed through. It is always good to roam around with a local there. Finally decided to have a falooda. So we went to place which resembled khau gali of mumbai and it was behind some cricket stadium. Had a good falooda there. As we were roaming for the past 3 hrs we now went back to home for a good sleep.
“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.