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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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.
Gandikota Penna river View
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.