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.