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Panoramic Pennar river canyon at Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh

It is popularly referred to as the ‘Grand Canyon of India’. It is one particular of India’s most beautiful organic wonders. It is so lovely that efforts are becoming place to give it a globe heritage tag. I am speaking about the surreal Pennar river canyon at Gandikota in Andhra Pradesh and the 12th century Gandikota fort that is constructed along this steep and gorgeous canyon.

Gandikota, which actually translates into ‘gorge fort’ in Telugu is a 12th century fort that was constructed for the duration of the reign of the Kalyani Chalukyas on the steep  Erramala or Gandikota variety of hills by the narrow Pennar river. This gorge is much more than a million years old and could have been formed due to a volcanic eruption numerous millions of years ago. Such lava flows from volcanic eruptions in this area are referred to as Deccan traps. This steep rocky canyon of red granite could be one particular such Deccan trap.

The East flowing Pennar river is ordinarily a seasonal river, so technically this canyon really should be dry most months of the year, but due to the Gandikota dam upstream and the Mylavaram dam downstream that get water from the a great deal bigger Srisailam dam on the Krishna river, this canyon ordinarily has water. It is technically a river, but it behaves much more like a backwater or reservoir overflow. This continuous water in the gorge is what tends to make this canyon appear so lovely and may possibly be that is why it draws comparisons with the grand canyon in the United States which has such a related riverine landscape.

The darkish green water, the red granite rocks, the in involving greenery and the colours of the sky all add to the dramatic impact of this landscape. It is this heady concoction that tends to make this spot a hot favourite with every person. Add to it, the lovely fort enclosure with temples, mosques, granary, pigeon tower, palace, huge fort walls with canons and water bodies and you have an wonderful heritage and nature package.

Admiring the Pennar river canyon view on a dark monsoon day

And the reality that it is positioned ideal in involving the bustling cities of Bangalore and Hyderabad make it a great weekend getaway location. It gives a beautiful mix of stupendous nature, adventurous trails, history and rustic place. Have you visited this spot as however? If not, I would advocate you to stop by this spot on your subsequent road trip from Bangalore. And do try to remember to inform me your encounter in the comments beneath.

Enjoying the beauty of Pennar River Canyon at Gandikota on a monsoon day

Factors to preserve in thoughts ahead of going to:

1) Drone photography is not permitted at Gandikota. I do not know if there are folks checking this, but I believe the ban exists due to the dam nearby. The heavy winds in the gorge also renders drones useless.

two) The rocks by the Pennar river gorge are slippery. Do exercising caution and assure that you put on footwear with very good grip.

three) It can get fairly hot right here for the duration of the day and there is hardly any shade. Do assure that you carry a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, some energy snacks and water with you at all instances.

four) You can trek down to the Pennar river by way of the gorge. Do verify with locals for the precise trail.

five) Sunset is the greatest time to stop by Gandikota if photography is your agenda. Following three pm, the sun shines straight on the Pennar river gorge.

Beautiful Nature - Pennar river canyon at Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh

How to attain there:

The nearest airports would either be Bangalore (290 kms) or Hyderabad (390 kms).

The nearest railway station would be Jammalamadugu (about 12 kms away), although connectivity would be poor. Gooty junction ( 116 kms away) and Muddanuru (about 26 kms away) would be the alternatives with far better rail connectivity.

Gandikota is connected by very good roads to each Bangalore and Hyderabad.

If you are driving from Bangalore, opt for the scenic forest and gorge route. Bangalore to Koikonda on the NH 44 four –lane highway. Then turn ideal towards Gorantala, Kadiri, Pulivendula and Muddanur. The route involving Kadiri and Pulivendula is the lovely gorge and canyon route whilst the earlier stretch involving Gorantala and Kadiri is the hilly forest stretch. The whole route is about 290 kms and requires about six hours to drive from Bangalore.

Temple, Mosque and dark clouds at Gandikota

Other areas to stop by enroute:

1) 7th century Bhoga Nandeeswara temple at the foot of Nandi hills

two) The vineyards and vegetable farms of rural Chikkaballapur

three) Sri Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi

four) Gudibande fort

five) Penukonda fort

six) Avalabetta

7) Skandagiri hill

eight) Chandrayana betta

Juma Masjid inside Gandikota Fort, Andhra Pradesh

Exactly where to remain:

There are three alternatives to remain at Gandikota.

Choice 1: Keep at the decent lodging at Haritha Resorts, a house run by Andhra Pradesh tourism division.

Choice two: Opt for the regional camping solutions and remain in a tent by the river Pennar.

Choice three: Carry your personal tent and pitch it someplace in the Pennar river gorge. Do try to remember that this is not advised, but there are folks who have carried out this in the previous.

Pennar River Canyon at Gandikota - One of India's beautiful natural wonders

Exactly where to consume:

There are shacks just outdoors Gandikota fort exactly where one particular can come across simple factors to consume like fried rice, omelette, tea, and so forth. If you want anything much more suitable, head to Haritha Resort, a hotel run by Andhra Pradesh tourism division. For much more alternatives, you will have to head to Muddanur, about 28 kms away.

The steep walls of the Gandikota canyon with the reservoir in the background

Other nearby tourist attractions:

1) The 15th to 16th century Vijayanagara era temples of Tadipatri (Sri Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy temple and Sri Chintala Venakaramana Swamy temple)

two) Belum caves, one particular of the biggest cave program in the Indian subcontinent

three) The lovely caves and Sri Uma Maheshwara temple at Yaganti

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