Gandikota

Gandikota has recently turned out to be a popular tourist destination. One of the most attractive things about this place is the almond coloured gorges that is often compared to the Grand Canyons. While the Colorado river cuts through the mighty Grand Canyon, Penna river makes its way between the gorges of Gandikota. It can be a perfect weekend getaway for Bangaloreans. Have you heard great things about this place already but haven’t been there yet?  Then here is all you need to know to plan your trip to Gandikota. 


History

 

Gandikota was founded by Kaktiya Raja, a subordinated of Western Chalukyan king in the year 1123. The fort was built during the rule of Pemmasani Nayaks. They ruled the place for more than 300 years. The fort subsequently lost to Qutb Shahi dynasty in 1652 A.D. Gandi means Gorge in Telugu and hence the name. 

 


How To Get There

 

Gandikota is situated in Kadapa District of Andra Pradesh. It is at a distance of 285km from Bangalore and 14okm from Anathpura. Most people find it convenient to drive to Gandikota. A drive from Bangalore via Kadiri takes you around 6 to 7 hours to reach there. 


You can also take a bus (KSRTC or APSRTC) from Bangalore to Gandikota. The nearest town is Jamalamadagu which is located 15km from Gandikota. There are trains from Bangalore to Jamalamadagu as well. 

 


Where To Stay

 

There are not many stay options in Gandikota. The only hotel that exists inside the fort is – Hotel Haritha. It is run by the Government of Andhra and mandates visitors to pre-book the rooms online. There are also some camping options around the area (Gandikota Adventurers, Mountain camping Gandikota etc).


If you are unable to book an accommodation in advance, then the next best option is to drive to the town of Jamalamadagu situated 15kms from Gandikota. You can find a few descent hotels by the main road. For more options, you can choose to drive to Tadipatri. 



Places To See 


The Gorge 


One of the main attractions of this place is the gorge cutaway by the river Penna. The beautiful almond coloured rocks glow with the setting sun, making it a perfect place to relax at twilight. Walk up to the view point and pick a spot to sit and enjoy this magnificent view. You can also camp at the banks of Penna River. You may want to check for latest updates on permission required. 


Ancient Ruins 


Since the fort was ruled by different dynasties, you can find several historical monuments within the fort. Here are some of the important ones - 

 

Chaarminar


Ranganathaswamy temple


Madavaraya temple


Jamia Masjid


Prison and Granary. 


On The Otherside 


You can choose to drive to the other side of the gorge for some different view and less crowded viewpoints. Check the directions to Agstyaeshwara temple on google maps to get to the other side of the gorge. Attractions along the way include Mylavaram dam, Mylavaram museum and Agastyeshwara temple.


 

Nearby Places To Visit


While you are planning a trip to Gandikota, you can also extend your stay and visit couple of other attractions in the vicinity. On your way to Gandikota, stop at Kadiri to visit the famous Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple


Moving ahead, at Kanampalli, visit the Namalgundu temple and waterfall. Do not forget to take a shower at the magnificent Battrepalli waterfall near Kurli. 


On your way to Jamalamadagu, in the village of Yerragudipalle stop to visit the beautiful Ranganathaswamy temple built by the Vijayangara empire. Ensure to take a detour and visit the Mosambi (Sweet lime) farms in this area. 


If you do not mind extending your trip by another day or two, then plan to visit Tadipatri and Belum caves

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