The Grand Canyon in Arizona finds a place in any traveller's bucket list! The grandeur and spectacular steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado river in Arizona is a unique beauty to cherish. But how many of you have heard about the Grand Canyon of India!? Yes!! India has its own Grand Canyon which is as spectacular as the original! Let's take a tour through the Grand Canyon of India - Gandikota.
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Gandikota is a small village in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh which is fondly called as the Indian Grand Canyon. It is an offbeat tourist place located on the right bank of Pennar river. Known for its spectacular gorge formed by Pennar river that cuts through the Erramala hills, the impregnable fort of Gandikota has been famous since the ancient times.
Situated amidst beautiful landscape and wild forests, it is endowed with vast natural resources. Let's travel to this spellbinding landscape for a first hand experience with the Indian Grand Canyon!
The Grand Canyon of India - Gandikota!
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Gandikota fort sits majestically on top of a gorge amidst an amazing backdrop! It was one of the greatest forts of south India in its heydays and is still a place worth exploring for its unparalleled beauty. How many places can claim to be literally gorgeous, other than, of course, the Grand Canyon! This handsome piece of Nature's architecture in Gandikota has come to be known as the Grand Canyon of India giving serious competition to its Arizona counterpart owing to its breathtaking beauty!
Things to do at Gandikota
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Spread over miles, this 13th century fort made in red sandstone comprises of gorgeous palaces with intricate carvings, perennial springs and a 5 mile perimeter wall guarding the fort! The breath taking views of the gorge and the Pennar river is simply unparalleled! Just like the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the stunning assemblage of rocks in the gorge is an artwork in itself. The bird eye view from the top is something one has to experience first hand.
The fascinating interiors of Belum caves nearby, astounds one and all with its magnificence! The architecturally rich temples of Gandikota and the picturesque lake of Rayalacheruvu are icings on the cake!
Camping at Pennar river can be once-in-a-lifetime experience, relishing the gorgeous and charming backdrop! Gandikota has everything for everyone, even for the adventure thirsty. One can engage in a number of adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rappelling and trekking, on their trip to Gandikota!
Best time to visit : November - February ; because of the pleasant weather
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How to reach : Gandikota is well connected to major cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad. Nearest Airports to Gandikota are Bangalore(260km) and Tirupati (220 km). Nearest Railway Stations are Tirupati and Jammalamadugu.
The striking beauty of Gandikota is going to pursue you for a long long time! Travel to The Grand Canyon of India for a reviving and relishing journey. Happy Travelling :)