Well, 2020 certainly made us rain check all our plans and what is worse is that we didn’t get to go on any summer vacation or adventures as we would be. With life coming back to normal, the new normal seems to be devoid of international travel for at least a year but this doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. If we can’t go to the Grand Canyon, let us just bring it home; enter in picture Gandikota.
Where did it come from and why did we not know?
Gandikota is an amalgamation of two words ‘Gandi’ and ‘Kota’ meaning a canyon fort. It is located in the Kadappa district of Andra Pradesh, and is rightly said to be a natural fortress it was difficult to navigate and could be protected from within which resulted in it being a central point of command for several majestic rulers of India. It has been a secluded nature spot since forever while we dealt with our obsession with the Grand Canyon.
You folks are very lucky as the best time to visit the gorge is after the summers. It gets uncomfortable to travel and explore in the high temperatures. Monsoon relieves the heat and restores water levels to make it more beautiful than it already is.
The Canyon is a must-visit for the uncanny resemblance to the Grand Canyon, the rocks are a beautiful swirl of crimson, salmon, and sandy red. The sweeping views from the canyon are unparalleled. Watch the sunrise at the gorge and feel serenity wash over the entire place, sunsets are always beautiful but when you add fiery shades of the earth to it, with the light cascading over the view, there are only a few things in this world that can match the soulfulness.
There is only one hotel in the area and hence we advise you to make your reservations in advance. As much as we like the comfort of hotels, we prefer to camp on the canyon. A few days in the wilderness are all the adventure and peace that we need to escape the hustle-bustle of city scrapers.
Other than the gorge, Gandikota is a fabulous place to catch up on some ruins. You can visit the Gandikota fort, Jamia Masjid, Madhavaraya Swamy and Raghunatha Swamy temples which are all in ruins. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up on some history lessons.
From the kind of 2020 we all have had, we deserve a break with a vacation. Until we can go to The Grand Canyon, let us visit what India has to offer.