Did you know that India has Grand Canyon too - Its Gandikota

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5th Aug 2019

Gandikota

Photo of Did you know that India has Grand Canyon too - Its Gandikota by Chaitali Chatterjee
Day 1

Gandikota is a small village in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh that is known for its spectacular gorge formed by river Pennar that cuts through the Erramala hills.

Why Gandikota ?

Who doesnt want to get a spectacular view of the Hidden Grand Canyon of India, which is yet to be commercialized.

How to Reach ?

It is at a distance of around 300 km (6hrs) journey. The roads are smooth and less traffic. Take the Anantapura side of the road.

The nearest railway station to Gandikota are at Jammalamadugu (18 km away.

Stay -

The stay options are less. You have Harita Hotel, where booking needs to be done earlier, else its mostly full. They have started few Double and Bigger tents (with A/C) just next to the amazing view. You can pitch in your own tent if you wish too. The AC tents would cost you around 1500-2000 per night depending on your negotiation skills.

Food -

You just get Meals at Harita Hotel. Just outside the fort, you have a small shop which prepare few local dishes like Idly, Dosa, Omelette etc.

To do things here -

On the way to Gandikota, you get to see this breath-taking view of Sunflower fields.

Sunflower fields

Photo of Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Roads are smooth

Photo of Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Windmills

Photo of Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

On the way to Gandikota

Photo of Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

When you know you are approaching the beauty

Photo of Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

The Marvelous Grand Canyon of India

Photo of Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Reach to the top of the Fort to enjoy the sunset

Photo of Gandikota Fort, Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Gandikota Fort, Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Gandikota Fort, Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Gandikota Fort, Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Gandikota Fort, Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Gandikota Fort, Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Gandikota Fort, Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Day 2

The Belum Caves is the largest and longest cave system which is open to public. Make sure to carry water as the place is hotter during winter too. You would need around 2 hrs to go around all the corners of the caves. Its being decorated with colorful lights.

Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Belum Caves, Kolimigundla, Andhra Pradesh, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Did you know that India has Grand Canyon too - Its Gandikota by Chaitali Chatterjee

You would find the Buddha Status just at the Entrance of Belum Caves

Photo of Did you know that India has Grand Canyon too - Its Gandikota by Chaitali Chatterjee

Restaurants are less in number . Stop at Anantapura to grab some lunch/snacks. Head back to Bangalore.

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