Best time to visit
The best time to visit Gandikota is during winters i.e. October-February when the weather is pleasant. Summers are hot and humid and temperature can soar up to 40-45 degrees and hence not advisable. Rains make the stones slippery to climb on and therefore Monsoon season can be avoided.
How to reach?
Bengaluru International Airport at Bangalore is the nearest well-connected airport to Gandikota. One can take a flight till Bangalore and can cover the rest of the distance to Gandikota by bus or private cab which is 345 km (6 hours) away.
The railway stations near to Gandikota are at Jammalamudugu(18 km away), Kadapa (77 km away), and Tadipatri(85 km).
Gandikota is well connected to major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Vizag through the national highway NH 7. Andhra Pradesh are in good condition and connected to various link roads and state highways. Gandikota is frequented by backpackers and bikers than normal tourists. We met a group driving all the way from Nagpur, they gave us lift from Gandikota till Belum Caves.
Our journey to Gandikota
As we were traveling from Mumbai, we got a direct train to Tadipatri. From Tadipatri one can hire a cab directly till Gandikota , bet it will cost more than thousand bucks. As we are always on shoestring budget, we planned to travel via bus. We took a shared auto till bus stand which charged us INR 15 per head. The bus arrived as soon as we reached the stop, our next stop was Jammalamuddugu.