If you’re intrigued by ancient architecture, a fan of historical stories or a trekker looking for a new kind of climb Gandikota is the answer to all your woes. Gandikota is a village and historical fort on the right bank of the Penna river, 15 km from Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Apart from being the stronghold for various dynasties through the course of time. The fort stands as a testament to changing times.
But the fort is not all that we will witness here. The Gorge across the river from where it has earned its name “The Grand Canyon of India” is a spectacle one has to see to believe. Climbing rocks to the viewpoint will surely leave you satisfied and awestruck. Once we finish the tour of the fort you will understand why India has always believed in “Unity in Diversity”.
Once we finish the fort we quickly have our lunch, regain energy and hit the trail that leads to a waterfall. The waterfall is about 1.5kms from our campsite and has a beautiful view. What more you can see inscriptions of various deities and animals if you look closely. The area is littered with ancient artifacts at every twist and turn. After having a refreshing dip we start to another viewpoint that has a different view of it’s own.
We head back to camp, freshen up and have our dinner. Soon after which we enjoy a campfire under the stars and relive the day.
We wake up early the next morning and get ready to leave for Belum Caves. Belum Caves, is the largest and longest cave system open to the public in the Indian subcontinent. The government has built pathways, provided illumination and sank ventilation shafts to make the caves accessible. After the discovery of these caves back in 1983, it came to light that Buddhist and Jain monks were inhabited at this place. There is an underground stream that forms a natural waterfall at 150 feet deep from the ground level.
We’ll stop for lunch(self-sponsored) on the way and reach Lepakshi temple soon after which we’ll leave for Bengaluru.
- Visit to Gandikota Fort (Short Hiking)
- Belum Caves Visit
- Lepakshi Temple Visit
What is included in the tour
- Non A/C Private Coach (Bangalore to Bangalore)
- 2 Breakfast
- 1 Lunch
- 1 Dinner
- Accommodation in Tents (⅔ Sharing)
- Instructor from BMC
What is NOT included in the tour
- Sunday Lunch
- Entry at Belum Caves & Lepakshi Temple
- Anything which is not included in inclusions
- One back pack
- Water bottles 2 liters
- Change of clothes for two days
- Sunscreen & sunglasses
- Toiletries (Shampoo, towel, toothpaste, tissue paper, etc.)
- Allergy medication (if any)
- Energy food like chocolate, nutrition bars etc
- Juice packs, Glucose-D etc.
- Torches with new batteries.
- Camera (optional)
- Odomos or any mosquito repellent cream
10:30 PM: Pick up from BMC, Indiranagar
10:45 PM: Pick up from New Shanti sagar hotel, Domlur
11:00 PM: Pick up from Sapphire Toys, Richmond Road (Near Sacred Heart Church)
11:30 PM: Pick up from Tin Factory
08:30 AM: Reach Gandikota, Freshen-up & Breakfast. (Basic Freshen up arrangement will be provided)
10:00 AM: Visit Gandikota Fort. Explore the place.
01:00 PM: Have Lunch
02:30 PM: Visit to Waterfalls
05:00 PM: Back to Campsite & Have Snacks
08:00 PM: Enjoy Campfire, Have Dinner & Night Alt
06:30 AM: Freshen up.
07:30 AM: Breakfast.
09:00 AM: Travel to Belum Caves (60 km from Gandikota)
12:30 PM: Lunch & travel to Lepakshi Temple (210 km from Belum Caves)
05:30 PM: Start back to Bangalore (125 km)
08:30 PM: Reach Bangalore
Route Map for Pick up & Drop Points: https://goo.gl/maps/iqwHup2xytWvhMT88
- This tour will have a short hike which is around 5-6 kms in total.
- If weather condition is bad kayaking activity will no be conducted.
- Washrooms / Freshen up rooms provided on Saturday will be basic.