One fine day when I was bored in the office, I asked one of my colleague to plan a trip for Hampi (bucket one). He was also excited as Hampi was in his bucket as well. We asked some of our friends/colleagues and decided to make plan for our memorable trip. Finally we six friends able to make it as per plan. Within a day or two we searched a lot on internet and planned a perfect itinerary for our long weekend (5 days) trip (Mumbai-Gandikota-Belum Caves-Hampi) that too in low budget. We started on 20th Dec-17 and returned back to Mumbai on 25th Dec-17. As 25th Dec-17 (Monday) was public holiday and we took two days leave so we got five days for our trips. :)
How to reach Gandikota from Mumbai?
There are many options like Bus, train, cabs and by air. We choose by air, as we booked ticket 2 months before so we got it at around Rs. 1950 per head from Mumbai to Hyderabad.
We reached around 9 PM at Rajeev Gandhi Hyderabad airport and took a cab from there to Hyderabad house hotel which is at a distance of around 7 km. At the airport, we observed that cabs were charging too much for a shorter ride. We looked around and booked a cab for six people which charged us Rs. 100 for a short distance of 7 km. As there was no direct transport to Belum caves, we booked an APSRTC bus online from Hyderabad house hotel (pick-up point at 11 PM) to Tadipatri (destination at 7 AM) at a cost of 250 per head.
In the morning we booked a hotel for 2-3 hours to freshen up at a cost of Rs 600. We chose a local shop for breakfast where we got deliciously famous south Indian dishes like Idli/Dosa/Medu Vada. After breakfast, we headed towards Belum caves by APSRTC bus.