Gigantic Gandikota – Grand Canyon of India – 13th century formation
Situated at Andhra Pradesh, Gandikota is termed as the Grand Canyon of India. It is no less breathtaking as compared to the Grand Canyon in USA, and it goes one scale up if you were to imagine the backdrop holding a sprawling lush green backdrop surrounded by huge Rocky Mountains and beneath flows the Pennar River. Sit on the rock and capture the panoramic view as it’s an epic Geographical creation that will force you to give an awestruck view.
The Gandikota fort premises
The fort premises look ancient and rustic, all thanks to the promising huge walls that stand as the protector. Its huge gate and immersive structure has witnessed a lot in the past.
The Jama Masjid & Chaar Minar
Huge held constructions and little minarets at the entrance make both Jama Masjid & Chaar Minar a perfect backdrop and a spokesperson of historical evidences. Imagine yourself surrounded by the great some great music, sprinkling the melody of love.
Dedicated to Vishnu, Madhavaraya temple has protected some small statues and sculptures of Hindu Gods carved over the Gopuram and walls of the temple. Preserving the royal odyssey, every brick and sculptures becharms the magnitude of the old kingdom that once exists there.
Ranganatha Swamy Temple
The temple was very much ruined but the main sanctum stood on an elevated platform. Despite of withstanding and witnessing so much, this temple has yet not lost the shine and elegance.
Once used for storing grains, the Granary has space for storing a lot of grains and many huge pillars stand erect.
The Royal Water Tank
It is a perennial spring irrigating some lime and plantain gardens. Just sit besides it and take a deep understanding of how useful it must be for ancient civilizations then.
The local village is scarcely populated has a school, hospital and their own panchayats. Strolling around the village is permissible, it just adds up to the rustic charm. Remember those bullock carts and playing kids…Oh!! What a nostalgic feeling.
Jail & Other Viewpoints
There exists an ancient jail, a few tunnels and many viewpoints that give different perspective of the Grand Canyon.
Mylavaram Dam & Pennar River View – Walk for 2 kms for strolling around the rivers and spending blissful time.
Bewildered Belum Caves – India’s Largest & Longest Caves - Walking through these underground caves will leave you thrilled and give you a bone chilling experience. There’s sufficient oxygen supply and orange rope lights to ensure you enjoy the caving experience. These natural caves were formed centuries ago when Chitravati River penetrated and emerged in making this Geographical mystery. Get to see pot holes and amazing formations all around the caves interiors. Along with geographical mysteries that leave you spellbound, this caves also seem to have historical importance. Many say that Jain Jains and Buddhists monks occupied these caves centuries ago for medidation. At the entrance itself, you’ll get to see a HUGE WHITE MAHAVIR STATUE. Inside the caves, Patalaganga is the key attraction and you have to go 150 ft under the ground level to see it. Cross narrow pavements and crawl around to see those amazing wonders.
Other formations and point to see
- Banyan Tree Hall
- Thousand Cobra Hoods
- Meditation Hall
- Saint Bed
- Potholes up above
Sri Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple – Unveil Mythological Mystery – Located at the banks of Penna River, this historical temple dates back to 16th century. The temple has main entrances on South and West. The temple reflects the beautiful architecture designed by Ramachari with 650 members as a team for 21 years. There is a secret tunnel to Tirupati but now the entrance of the tunnel is closed. Locals believe that Shri Ram himself installed the Shiva Linga here.
Day 0 - Thursday, 24th January 2019
Board Train for Gandikota (Chennai Express 11041)
14.12 – Dadar
18:00 - Pune
Day 1 - Friday, 25th January 2019
Arrive at Andhra Pradesh at 10.30 am (Muddanuru)
11.00 am – Leave for Gandikota
12.00 pm – Reach Hotel and Freshen up (Hotel Haritha)
01.30 pm – Lunch - Veg & Non Veg
02.30 pm – Explore Gandikota fort and Historical Monuments (5 mins walking from Hotel)
05.00 pm – Sunset view from Ranganatha Swamy Temple
07.00 pm – Come back to hotel
08.00 pm – Dinner – Veg & Non Veg
09.30 pm – Museum Tour
10.00 pm – Play games, share stories and enjoy fun time with the group
11.00 pm – Off to bed
Day 2 - Saturday, 26th January 2019
07.00 am – Wake up
08.30 am – Breakfast
09.30 am – Check out & Leave for Mylavaram Dam
10.00 am - Explore Mylavaram Dam
10.30 am - Leave for Belum Caves
12.30 pm – Reach Belum Caves - Caving and thrilling walk 150 ft beneath
02.30 pm – Come out of the caves and explore surroundings
03.30 pm – Have delicious Veg & Non Veg Lunch (Fixed Meal)
04.00 pm – Start for Bugga Ramalingeswara Temple
04.15 pm – Reach the Temple and start exploring
05.30 pm – Start return journey towards station
06.00 pm – Reach Station (Tadipatri)
06.39 pm – Board Mumbai express
Day 3 - Sunday, 27th January 2019
09:30 am – Reach Pune
12:17 pm – Reach Kalyan
12:39 pm – Thane
01:02 pm – Dadar
01:35 pm - CST
Trip ends at Sunday Afternoon
Things to Carry
- ID Card
- 2 ltrs water
- Camera (Optional)
- Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
- Snacks & Biscuits
- Extra Pair of Clothes
- Clean napkin or small towel
- Rain coat/ Poncho/ Wind cheater (Avoid umbrella)
- Cap, sunglasses, scarf
- Haversack or Backpack (No sling bags)
- Please carry medicines if you need any
- Hand Sanitizer
- Gandikota – Penna Gorge View Point
- Gandikota Fort - Historical Structures
- Penna River & Mylavaram Dam
- 1.5 Km Belum Caves Walk (Total Caves area 3 km)
- Formations & Geographical miracles of Caves
- 13th Century Ram-Shivlinga Temple
What is included in the tour
- Train Travelling Mumbai to Mumbai in Non A/C Sleeper Coaches
- Triple Sharing Accommodation at A/C Heritage Hotel (5 minutes walking distance from Gandikota fort)
- Day 1 - Lunch, Evening Tea & Dinner, Day 2 - Breakfast & Lunch
- Local transport for visiting other places
What is NOT included in the tour
- Meals during train journey
- Personal expenses like soft drinks & water bottles
- Anything not mentioned in the above inclusions
- 5% GST