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"Grand Canyon of India"

Gandikota Tourism

Endearingly known as the ‘Grand Canyon of India’, Gandikota is a twee village in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. Flanked by River Pennar on the right side, the village is popular for the spectacular gorges formed by the river cutting through Erramala Hills. The narrow valleys with streams running between them and the steep rocky walls to give them company remind one of the renowned Grand Canyon in Arizona. It required a walk of almost a kilometre from the main gate to reach the boulder from where you can observe the mesmerising view from the viewpoint near the fort. 

Located 1.5 hours away from Belum Caves, the highlight of the village of Gandikota are the ruins of Gandikota Fort which was built in the 13th Century. The sturdy fort is flanked by the Pennar gorges on both sides and is protected by a majestic 5-mile wall. Built in red sandstone, the fort boasts of beautiful, intricate carvings in the interior. It also offers sweeping views of the hills and valleys below. In addition to a granary, jail and ruins of some temples, there are several structures within the fort that you can visit.

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Things to Do in Gandikota

1. Jamia Masjid

The beautiful mosque situated within the premises called the Jamia Mosque, has a beautiful architecture, similar to that of the Charminar mosque in Hyderabad. With several green trees in the vicinity, you can also find a lot of people camping here.

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2. Raghunathaswamy Temple

Raghunathaswamy Temple is a unique temple inside the Gandikota Fort. The temple houses no idols but has airy corridors, complex hallways and is flanked by an array of towering pillars.

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3. Madhavaraya Temple

Madhavaraya Temple, on the other hand, has several idols and is a living masterpiece of the olden day architecture. Boasting of several sculptures, the temple is also a favourite spot for the tourists in addition to the locals who come here to pray.

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4. Adventure Activities

As the tourism rate in Gandikota is slowly gaining momentum, the village is also introducing several activities and recreational games for the tourists. Currently, you can try your hand at the various adventure activities available in the village like kayaking, paragliding, rock climbing, rappelling, trekking etc.

Camping at Pennar River
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Tips

1. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes as it requires a walk of almost a kilometre on difficult terrain.
2. Might get difficult for elders and kids.
3. Be watchful of the season as it the temperature rises up to 40-45 degrees in summer months.

Why is Gandikota called 'Grand Canyon of India'?

The Grand Canyon of America is known for its picturesque landscape and is just a rave for everyone but, little do they know, India has its own gorge that is in a different class itself. Gorges are valleys formed because of water which flows continuously, eventually eroding rocks to create a path for the water. The Penna River created the Gandikota Canyon by flowing on the same path for centuries. The Gandikota Canyon is a beautiful natural marvel with the Penna River flowing in between massive boulders of granite forming awe-inspiring valleys and caves that can give tough competition to America's Grand Canyon.

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