Gandikota Tourism & Travel Guide

Trips and Itineraries for Gandikota

We thought of visiting Gandikota because of 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 images below)....

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Walls covering the back side of the Gandikota Fort Gandikota Penna river View If you are wondering, how did I get the above photo, you can try walking on the walls of Gandikota Fort and it will witness you to the mind blowing view of the Gandikota and Penna River....

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Top Places To Visit in Gandikota 5 Spots

Erramalai Hills Range, Kadapa
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.
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Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh 516434, India
There is an AP tourism sponsored resort "Haritha resort", you can do online bookings. Unfortunately, there are no other modes of accommodation available. However, you are free to lodge your own tent.If you or someone in your group understands Telugu, this may help you a lot. Since, this place is still trying to find it's mark on tourism circle, English or Hindi language is not common here . You can essentially arrange things like food or accommodation easily, if you understand the native language.Bellum CavesThe Belum Caves is the largest and longest cave system open to the public on the Indian subcontinent, known for its speleothems, such as stalactite and stalagmite formations. I just loved it. AP government is trying to put these places in a better shape and make it tourism friendly. This is almost 60 KM away from Gandikota and it's a must visit if you are in that region.
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Weekend Getaways from Gandikota 

Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
Bangalore or Bengaluru, also known as the Silicon valley of India, will greet you with dreamy weather, Carnatic fusion melodies, a signature breakfast of masala dosa and filter coffee, and notorious traffic. Visit classic attractions such as the Bangalore castle known for its Tudor-style architecture and Tipu Sultan’s summer palace that dates back to the 17th century. To get your art fix, you could head to the fascinating Venkatappa Art Gallery. One of the more popular things to do in Bangalore is to take a walk through the green spaces of the 19th century old Cubbon Park, that were once the reason why Bangalore was known as the Garden City. Bangalore also serves as a comfortable cohabitation of tradition and modernisation that can be seen throughout the places to visit in the city, with throngs of vibrant Kannada temples coexisting with budding start-ups. Travel to Bangalore for the lively cafes, quirky shops and a fascinating contemporary culture. Vidhana Soudha, the Neo-Dravidian granite palace is also must visit places for the architecture aficionados. Tourists can head to the much revered Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR), for authentic south Indian food and Toit’s, the brick-walled microbrewery for a cold beer.


About Gandikota

Our destination for the next day was GandikotaAbout Gandikota:Gandikota is a small village in Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh. This place is famous for the Pennu Gorge as the gorge is caused by the river Penna, cutting through the hills. Gandikota is also known as the Grand canyon of India. You will know why, once you see it.The place has well-connected roads and was easily accessible by car.We reached Gandikota at around 12:30 PM and straight away went on to visit the places there.* Jamia masjid of Gandikota fort.It is a mosque with simple architecture that looks similar to Charminar in Hyderabad. We saw several campers camping in the vicinity. There was also a tree in which there were several parrot nests.
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