What if we tell you that India has its own Grand Canyon just like the one in Arizona, USA. We can bet that at first, you might not even believe it. But yes, it's true. Similar to the Grand Canyon of the USA, this gorge, which is an assemblage of rocks that have weathered through ages and have now transformed into a stunning tourist getaway is a haven for nature lovers.
However, not many people know about this offbeat travel getaway situated in the Gandikota village, Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh.
If we talk about the word Gandikota, then it means the fort by the gorge. And apart from the forts present here, it is this gorge aka Grand Canyon of India that steals the show. Travelers from all across the globe visit here to experience the natural and silencing beauty which this place has to offer and also watch the grand Pennar River gracefully flowing below.
On your visit here, you can easily see a lot of people standing on the edge of this rugged and rustic gorge while they click selfies with their loved ones.
Although not so famous amongst the tourists and travelers, this place has not been a mystery to the local film industry as several movies have been shot here. Some of the famous examples would be Samy 2, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, Spyder, and Aravaan.
For the ease of tourists, the local authorities have also set up various facilities like rappelling, kayaking, boat rides in the dam situated some kilometers away from Gandikota.
The best part is that you can even stay here in AC tents on the very edge of the gorge and apart from that restrooms and dinner facilities are also available for the tourists.
What’s the most likable aspect of visit here is the chance to witness the sunset while standing on the edge of the gorge! This is something you shouldn’t miss out on! This is once in a lifetime kind of experience that would make you burst with ecstasy and introduce you to the unquenchable excitement of life.
In various expeditions, several records of Gandikota have been found in the form of inscriptions. The name of Gandikota can also be found in the diaries of foreign travelers of those times like the French jeweler and traveler Jean-Baptiste Tavernier.
Talking about history, it is also believed that Raja Pemmasani Kumara Thimma Naidu was the very first ruler of the Pemmasani family who defeated the Mikkilineni dynasty and took charge as the ruler of this region and continued ruling here for the coming 282 years. However, the fort situated here is nothing but ruins now.
This village has been named after the fort built by Raja Pemmasani Kumara Thimma Naidu and is located within the walls of the Gandikota Fort. Apart from the gorge, it is the rustic feel and rural charm of the village that attracts the tourists here mostly. To date, the village has houses that are built in the old ways and look like a makeshift arrangement to the eye.
The best time to visit Gandikota and take joy in the stunning views of the hidden Grand Canyon of India would be between the months of September and February. It is advised to avoid the summer months owing to the hot and humid climatic conditions.
So, if you are someone who likes adventures and exploring off-beat destinations unique to India then the Grand Canyon of India won’t disappoint you at all. This might just be an opportunity to get to know India like never before.
All we can say is that If you ever make a visit to Andhra Pradesh, then don’t forget to check out India’s own Grand Canyon.
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