Gandikota - The Grand Canyon of India 

Tripoto
31st Dec 2017
Photo of Gandikota - The Grand Canyon of India by Aneesha Bothra

So travelling on the New year has always been too overrated for me as places to stay however mediocre they may be are very pricey also I love my peace of mind and hence fancy places that aren't too crowded , that's the reason I do not travel anywhere around Christmas and New year and stay in the comforts of my house mostly planning a trip maybe in a not so daft time . But this New year a bunch of friends and I wanted to go for a trek or camping , something in those lines and also wanted to head to a "not so touristy" place which is quite a task if you stay in Bangalore cause weekend getaways are booked 2-3 months in advance . So after thinking about all the options possible we came up with the plan of going to Gandikota - the grand Canyon of India , as we all wanted to know what the place is all about and decided to find a spot near it and camp for the New year's.

Day 1

Gandikota - Day 1- We started at around 9.30 in the morning from Bangalore got a few tents and sleeping bags that would solve our stay issues and drove upto Kadapa district as there aren't many hotels or resorts around Gandikota that one can stay at . The drive from Bangalore to Kadapa district in Andhra is actually a really nice one the roads are good , covering around 300kms dint take us a lot of time , Also we stopped in Ananthpur for a lovely Andhra lunch and got some food that would last us that night , if you do tend to come to this part of Andhra make sure you have ample amount of cash as there aren't many ATMs that I came across , also they mostly take cash in all the Hotels . After relishing our meals we headed towards the Kadapa district . In case you need to get your liquor supplies , there is a town just a few kms before Gandikota where you can get your supplies from , do keep the cash handy . We reached the place by 4 and  luckily it wasn't crowded at all , Hence  trekked till the top and waited on the sunset as it was one of the most exquisite sight to behold , do make sure you reach there before sunset , also try to get your own means of stay as there is only one Government aided resort near Gandikota called Haritha, that happens to be overcrowded most of the times . So after the climb and witnessing one of the most exquisite sight , we had worked up an appetite and hence headed to Haritha resort which is a 3 minute drive from Gandikota , to have a humble dinner . You definitely aren't going to be spoilt for choice there but just have the jeera rice and tomato pappu , soul fool it was . The happy people decided to head back to the Indian Grand Canyon and pitch the tents there , there wasn't any problem with regard to that . We got a localite to help us out and start the bonfire . Let's just say it turned out to be an excellent camping trip .

Gandikota !

Photo of Gandikota - The Grand Canyon of India by Aneesha Bothra

Jumma masjid

Photo of Gandikota - The Grand Canyon of India by Aneesha Bothra

The way to Gandikota !

Photo of Gandikota - The Grand Canyon of India by Aneesha Bothra
Day 2

Big Buddha statue !

Photo of Gandikota - The Grand Canyon of India by Aneesha Bothra

The sunrise !

Photo of Gandikota - The Grand Canyon of India by Aneesha Bothra

Belum caves - Day 2 - We got up by sunrise and witnessed another awe-inspiring view of the Pennar River and the gorge that's around it and went about to check the ruins of a temple near that place . Then decided to freshen up and have a nice breakfast before we head to the Belum caves , we went to Haritha resort , they have facilities for the travellers to take bath etc , just a bit too crowded . After the breakfast and freshening up we started off for the Belum caves which opens only around 10 a.m , so do plan accordingly its about 60kms from Gandikota would take you a little more than an hour to get there . There is a lovely Buddha statue there do check that out as well . But the caves that have the stalactite and stalagmite formations  , they haven't been maintained properly and it is also very humid in the caves , the caves were hence a so-so experience . After that we decided to head back to Bangalore and have lunch on the way , we halted for lunch in a different restaurant called spice touch in Ananthpur , the food was good after that was a non-stop drive to bangalore .

The place and the view out there is definitely worth it and so is the drive make sure you go there when the weather is good . Also it's great place for photography .

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