Gandikota is an offbeat destination for people who need a break from the city. Erramala Hills surrounds this breathtaking weekend getaway 280km from Bangalore. The deep valley and impassable hills provide isolation and peace. The main attraction of the place is Gorge Viewpoint, which is India’s version of the Grand Canyon in the USA. If you are in the mood, try the local Andhra cuisine.
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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.