YSR Kadapa District
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1 - Fort entrance
Fort entrance is a zig zag maze. The board at the entrance gate mentions that...Play Audio
2 - Jail
To the left of Charminar is the Jail, Clearly understood by the massive windo...Play Audio
3 - Kattula Koneru
Around the mosque is a pond, locals call it ‘Kathula Koneru’ (pond of swords)...Play Audio
4 - Jamia Masjid
The Jamia Masjid was built during the reign of the Qutub Shahi kings of the H...Play Audio
5 - Granary
Right next to the Jamia Masjid is the granary.This structure has been renovat...Play Audio
6 - Ranganatha swamy temple
Raghunatha Swamy Temple, located on a hill like rock, from a distance, it loo...Play Audio
7 - Madhavaraya temple
The Madhavaraya temple tower dominates the skyline of Gandikota, go to any co...Play Audio
8 - Rayala cheruvu
Adjacent to Gandikota fort, lies a magnificent lake that is believed to have ...Play Audio
9 - Gandikota fort view point
The Gandikota canyon viewpoint is a 10-15 min uninterrupted walk from the fort.Play Audio
How to get there
Gandikota is a small village in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh that is known for its spectacular gorge formed by river Pennar that cuts through the Erramala hills. The closest town to this is Jammalamadugu (15 km away).
Gandikota acquired its name from the picturesque gorge (called Gandi in Telugu) formed between the Erramala range of hills. A deep valley and impassable hills with massive boulders of red granite, reminding one of the Grand Canyon, surround the fort, situated amid wild forests. The gorge formation is such that the Pennar river flows about 90 metres below on the western and northern sides and is said to have offered strong natural defense to the Kakatiya, Vijayanagar and Qutub Shahi kings who ruled from the fort.
This handsome piece of Nature’s architecture has come to be known as the Hidden Grand Canyon of India by travelers who visit it and get bewitched by its beauty.
How to Reach
Gandikota is well connected to major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Vizag through the NH 7. Owing to the fact that roads in Andhra Pradesh are in excellent condition and connected to various link roads and state highways, one can have a smooth, hassle free road trip to Gandikota. In fact, Gandikota is rather frequented by backpackers and bikers than normal tourists.
Best time to visit
One should ideally visit Gandikota between September to February as the weather is comfortable and pleasant. The summer months are hot and humid with the temperature sometimes soaring up to a good 40-45 degree celsius, and thus is not a good time to witness the gorge.
APTDC Complex: The sprawling complex in Gandikota is spread over an area of 10 acres and has 12 cottages, a dining hall, a dormitory, a massive parking space and play area for kids. The complex has cosy air-conditioned rooms with various facilities promising a comfortable stay.
The road is the best way to get here. From Bangalore, Gandikota is a 5 and half hour drive while from Hyderabad it is 6 and half hours & Muddanuru & Jammalamadugu is the closest railway station is 26 km away. The closest airport to Gandikota is Tirupati.
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Belum Caves is the second largest cave in Indian subcontinent and the longest caves in plains of Indian Subcontinent, known for its stalactite and stalagmite formations. It is a natural underground cave formed by the constant flow of underground water.
Ahobhilam is located in the Kurnool district. There are two temple houses, lower Ahobilam and upper Ahobilam. According to the legend, this is where Lord Narasimha blessed Prahlada and killed the demon Hiranyakashipu.
Orvakallu is a natural landscape of regal rock formations around a long, meandering body of water. It is located about 25 kilometres from Kurnool, on National Highway 18. It is relatively easy to find.
The Mylavaram dam is a mid-sized irrigational dam and as such the views of the dam itself are very average. If you are a traveller coming from far, it just does not make any sense to visit this place only for its sake.
Yaganti temple, a hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva is located 45 kms from Belum towards Kurnool. This temple is known for Pushkarini - a small pond of fresh water and 3 caves named after saints who lived there.
River Tungabhadra (coming from Hampi) flows through the city and joins river Krishna heading towards Srisailam, Nagarjuna Sagar and Vijayawada. There is not much to see from tourist point of view in Kurnool except Kurnool fort.
Just 12 kms from Belum while traveling towards Kurnool lies another village called Owk which has a huge lake called Owk reservoir. An artificial reservoir formed primarily by feeding water from canals and earthen dams is right next to road.
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