Gandikota - The Unexplored Grand Canyon of India

by Kavya G N


Posted on 30th September, 2015


Gandikota Pennar River
Image Credit - Mahilnan S

This place was on the list ever since we saw the stunning images on the views it offered.Finally on a quiet early morning we headed towards our destination. It was a pleasant change to have been greeted by clouds all the way. A smooth 5-6 hour drive alongside mountains and towering windmills bought us to Gandikota.It is a small village on the banks river Pennar and gets its name from “Gandi” meaning gorge.

Gandikota Monsoons
Monsoons are here!

Once we replenished our hunger at the APTDC,we set out eagerly on foot in the blazing afternoon only to seek relief under stones and dipping feet in the kalyani. The cloudy morning almost seemed unreal.

Gandikota Kalyani
Beating the heat...

The place showcases blend of both temples and fort. Appreciating the beauty of the architecture we scrambled over rocks to reach the gorge point.

Gandikota Ranganatha Swamy Temple
Ranganatha swamy temple ruins

Gandikota Parrots
Pandemonium of parrots on top

No matter how many photos you see and innumerable blogs you read when you arrive you are just left short of words.Some places have the power to make you speechless. They silence with their sheer enormity and beauty. You’re rooted to the ground and gape in wonder.The Pennar river encompassed with colored boulders all over the place and the clouds hanging over the top presents an aesthetic painting by the nature.

Gandikota Gorge
Lost in awe!!

Unpredictably we decided to camp down the riverside before the sun set and started to trek down. We had no idea if there was any path but decided to explore.Finally we found a way but it was treacherous since it was full of sharp rocks and thorns and also we had our stylish flipflops on(Damn! The Quechua shoes were missed!!).It started to drizzle and we quickened our pace to reach down soon. A friend yelled “Look at the sky!” and there was even prettier view of the gorge with a rainbow.

Gandikota Beautiful River Rainbow
Lucky few to see this

Half an hour later we found a spot to camp. The walls of the gorge is even more impressive from here. With hardly anyone around its peaceful and the only sound you hear is of chirping birds.

Gandikota Riverside Camping
Luxury stay!

Gandikota Beautiful Views
Totally Relaxing

We spent most of evening sitting by the riverside and watching beautiful unknown birds fly across. Away from the city in a secluded gorgeous place with a bunch of friends was an ideal way to spend the weekend.

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About the Author: Kavya G.N

Kavya G N

I read ; I travel ; I become. I find that travel makes you alive and refreshed.You arrive home enriched and carefree.A 26 year old IT professional who hopes to travel all over the world. Catch my travel clicks here and my blogs here.

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Gandikota, Grand Canyon, Gorge, Stupendous Views, Pennar, Trek, Camping, Andhra Pradesh