GANDIKOTA - THE INDIAN GRAND CANYON AND BELUM CAVE EXPLORATION

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Description

Everybody knows about the USA's Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. But are you aware that there is a hidden Grand Canyon in India too? A visit to Gandikota where adventure, archaeology, history and nature blends should be on everybody’s bucket list. Gandikota is a small village in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, situated on the bank of river Pennar. The fort of Gandikota acquired its name from two words “Gandi” (Telegu translates to the 'gorge’ which was formed between the Erramala range of hills) and “Kota” means fort. The fort was strategically built back in 13th Century and has a 5-mile perimeter wall guarding. The fort includes 101 bastions, all of which are more than 40 feet (12 meters) high, and a gorge that stands at over 300 feet (91 meters) above the Pennar River, temples, mosque, mausoleum, granary, water tank and even a village. The gorge used to provide natural defense. The gorge is also known for its spectacular views and scenery. The rocks are naturally arranged over each other in a peculiar manner that it looks like a piece of art. The view of the gorge make the whole hike rewarding once one witness spectacular views with a beautiful color palette covering cluster of rocks.

Gandikota The Belum Caves is the second largest and longest cave system in India accessible by public which was discovered by a British Surveyor Robert Bruce Foote in 1884. It has long passages, galleries, spacious caverns with fresh water and siphons. This cave system was naturally built by the constant flow of underground water from river Chitravathi over the course of tens of thousands of years. The deepest point is at 46 m (151 ft) from entrance level, the point known as Patalganga. A breath-taking sight include thousands of stalactites (thin rocks which hang from ceiling) that look like Shiva lingas are named Kotilingas.
Duration 2 day
Difficulty Level Easy/ Backpacking
Trail Type Rocky terrain/ Boulders
ATM availability There are ATMs available

GANDIKOTA - THE INDIAN GRAND CANYON AND BELUM CAVE EXPLORATION

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  • 1
    Gandikota: A mini hike to the Penne river, Kayaking, visit to Grand Canyon of India and Campfire at night
    Get picked up on Friday night from respective pickup points and begin your overnight journey
    Freshen up and have breakfast once you reach the Gandikota tourist house.
    Head out to the Penna river (a mini trek to the bottom of the Gandikota gorge).
    The higher you go, the better it looks. Louder you shout into the valley, loudest you hear your echo from a different direction.
    Play and Swim your soul in river (life jackets will be provided)
    Later enjoy Kayaking
    Afterwards, Head back to a tourist home to have lunch and relax for an hour.
    Head out to the magnificent Fort, take a lot of Selfies, visit the Grand Canyon of India and try some bouldering.
    This fort is situated on the Penna River and was constructed by Kakarajum. The fort was the center of power for various dynasties, such as the Kalyani Chalukyas, Delhi Sultante, Pemmasani Nayakas, and the Golconda Sultanate. It is said that after British invasion, all the cannons of these forts were melted, and the iron was exported to England. The fort has 101 towers which were used to fire at the invaders. The doors of the fort are huge and have huge iron knobs. The entrance also has the 90-degree blind turns concept. The other main attractions at the fort includes House of the Drum (drums were used to alert the army in case of invasion), Charminar, Jail (where in the prisoners were held captive), Ranganathswamy Temple, Jama Masjid (standing next to Ranganatha Swamy temple, was the main prayer hall), Red Koneru or Pond of Swords (The huge lake in front of the mosque, where the warriors used to dip their swords in this lake and the waters used to turn blood red after the war), Granary (used for storing food and grains late back) and Gorge View Point.
    Reach the campsite. Have dinner and get ready for bonfire.
    Party till late night. Play some games, socialize, and enjoy the Bonfire
    Make some memories and retire for the day.
  • 2
    Belum Caves and Return to Bangalore
    Pack your bags, fill your empty stomachs and check-out from the campsite.
    Set out in your bus towards the 2nd longest caves of India, Belum Caves, just 60 km from this canyon.
    It takes about 1.5-2hrs to explore the caves. The caves are well lit and easy to traverse as the directions. The aeration system is made with precision which keeps pumping in fresh air. One is bound to lose a lot of water, so carrying water bottles is something one must do. The experience is totally worthwhile.
    Later, commence your return journey to Bangalore.
    Have a self-sponsored lunch enroute.
    Wind up the tour after you get dropped back.

GANDIKOTA - THE INDIAN GRAND CANYON AND BELUM CAVE EXPLORATION

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Basic Gears

Backpack With comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 10 - 20 litres (For the Trek)
Head Torch 1 No.
Water Bottle/ Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each. People who use hydration pack: 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter Carry at least one thermos flask.
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electoral/ORS
Personal Medical Kit Consult your Doctor

Wear

Trekking Shoes 1 Pair
T-shirts 2 Quick Dry Tees (Non-Cotton)
Trek pants 2 Nos. (avoid fitting denims)
Floaters or Sandals 1 Pair (for easy movement while at the campsite and near the lake)
Cotton Socks 1 Pairs
Raincoat If incase, it rains
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected

Personal Utilities

Toothbrush & toothpaste
Hand Sanitizer
Quick dry tower
Toilet paper, Wipes and other toiletries
Moisturizer, Lip Balm & Sunscreen Cream (SPF 40+)

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Pickup Points

09:00 PM: Baroda Bank, Koramangala
09:45 PM: New Shanti Nagar hotel
10:30 PM: (Hard rock café) MG road

Inclusions

All the activities mentioned
Local and experienced guides and Trek Leaders
Basic First-Aid kit
Bonfire
Lots & Lots of Fun

Exclusions

Any personal expense
Anything which is not a part of our inclusions

Transportation

Pick up and drop from Bangalore in a vehicle and the type of vehicle depends on the size of group

Stay

Tent Stay (Sharing basis)

Meals/Snacks

2 breakfasts, 1 packed lunch and 1 dinner (Veg/non-veg Meals for Dinner)

Advisory

Carrying torches and insect repellents is essential on this trek.
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
Carry poly bags to pack your wet clothes

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 5-7 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 3-5 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions or low number of travelers, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However, a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
  • Safarnama Travelers reserves the right to cancel a customer's booking with prior information and will process the full refund in case of Bad weather or not enough travelers to conduct a trip.
  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Gandikota - the Indian Grand Canyon and Belum cave Exploration

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Reviews

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Sadhana Yadav

(18 Dec 2018) Reply
Travelled On : 25 March 2018

Have a trip with "Safarnama" Woo huuu, all got Ten on Ten completed. But there were something else too, which in wildest dream also I may have not thought like .. A team of travellers, giving one one sec moments, so energectic, knows how to fill one one sec, not a leaving a single 'Safari' in boredom. With these Safarnami's, you try to be silent and bored,....hell no you can't be. Even if you are a great introvert, your conscious will attract you to join their peacefull crezzies.

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Sadhana Yadav

(18 Dec 2018) Reply
Travelled On : 25 March 2018

Have a trip with "Safarnama" Woo huuu, all got Ten on Ten completed. But there were something else too, which in wildest dream also I may have not thought like .. A team of travellers, giving one one sec moments, so energectic, knows how to fill one one sec, not a leaving a single 'Safari' in boredom. With these Safarnami's, you try to be silent and bored,....hell no you can't be. Even if you are a great introvert, your conscious will attract you to join their peacefull crezzies.