Gandikota – The Grand Canyon of India
Trell has been an amazing place to find hidden gems and off-beat things to do. Here at Trell we came across this amazing trail about Gandikota a less known place, in Andhra Pradesh. One of our explorers – Divya BR, who is an avid traveller and a trekking enthusiast, has some mind blowing stories about her trip. We bring to you the narrative of her backpacking through this blog.
It had been a long time since this place was on my bucket list. Just like many of my plans, this plan was made and re-made a number of times. Finally on a Friday night, the plan came to life. My friends and I made a rough itinerary for the 2 days trip and set off with the plan to hit the road!!
Our journey of four started at 7 am from Bangalore. Escaping the busy city traffic, we managed to reach Devanahalli toll by 8 am. We stopped for breakfast at Nani hotel, a legendary dosa spot famous among bikers and travellers. Although it’s a detour of around 15kms, it’s a must try for a passerby in that route. The yummy hot crispy dosas and strong filter coffee will never fail you.
After a 150 odd kilometres drive, we headed to NH 7 highways and the weather got hotter with every passing milestone [especially in summer its unbearable].After continuing on the highway, we took a right turn towards Kadiri which lead us to a narrow road of loose gravel and potholes.[Not a great ideal road on a hot sunny day].
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The view changed, welcoming us to green paddy fields and happy sunflowers, overloaded hay trucks, 3-4 people on a single bike, the wind mills standing tall across the hills and many such rustic village sights. The smell of fresh air along the path was truly refreshing. It’s definitely a treat to the eyes and a good photo-drive for all the photographers out there.
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After a long journey of 5 hours, we finally reached Gandikota at 2 pm. Just in time for lunch, we went to the nearby town which was pretty crowded. We had biriyani which was good enough to fill our stomachs. Picking up some snacks for the night, we left the town for Gandikota fort-a huge 13th century fort in red granite stone, with a 20 feet high entrance and a 5 mile perimeter fort wall. Wow! I couldn’t wait to check this place out after having planned about it for such a long time, the next few minutes left me awe-struck.
As we reached Gandikota after a 6 hour drive, the dawn sky welcomed us. We hurried to the gorge, sighting the ruins as we passed by. After a short trek, scrambling and stumbling, we reached the view point. At that point, I must say your heart skips a few beats and you find yourself breathless staring into the timeless beauty that lies in front of you.
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The fort walls are extremely beautiful and breathtaking with many interesting stories. The sunset paints the shades of golden on the gorges, colours changing every minute as the sun sinks in and the clock ticks by. Basking in the setting sun’s warmth, we sat there in our tents, home away from home. After spending the night in the tent under a blanket of stars, the morning sun gave way to a new day, perhaps a new adventure to look forward to.
Sipping a cup of tea as I watched the sun rise above us, definitely made my morning the best in weeks. Packing and bidding good bye to this wonderful experience was not easy. Yet a lot of memories and a camera filled with pictures and, an unmatched experience was what we took back with us.
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After all these stories about sunsets and camping under stars, we believe you must be having some off-beat experiences to share as well. Trell is perfect place for bringing out the explorer in you and discovering some mind-blowing stuff around.