“There are so many long weekends in this year! Let’s plan something,” I said after looking at a WhatsApp post.
“No please! The places get flooded with people on the long weekends” My husband said.
“How about an offbeat destination? I have recently read about the Grand Canyon of India. Shall we plan a trip there?” I asked him hoping to get a positive reply.
“Grand Canyon of India? Is that really a thing?” he asked skeptically.
“Ohh yes, it is. Let me show you!” I was all excited to share my new-found knowledge with him.
After coaxing and convincing, and a lot of google search later, we had done our bookings and were all set to travel to this amazing destination! Gandikota and Belum caves was our plan for the long weekend.
Gandikota and Belum caves – How to get there
The nearest airport is the Tirupati airport at Reniguta and the nearest train station is Jammalamadugu. From Pune, you can board the Chennai Express which starts at 6.10 PM and reaches Muddunaru at 8.30 AM the next day. Isn’t that convenient?
Gandikota and Belum caves – Where to stay
Gandikota is a small place. The best option to stay is the APTDC complex near Gandikota fort. You need to call at this place to do the bookings as online mode is unavailable.
Gandikota and Belum caves – What to see
The place is a huge surprise. If you are interested in history, see the charming Gandikota fort. In case you are a nature lover then don’t miss the views of gorge and Pennar river. And if you are an adventurist, do try camping, rappelling, rock climbing activities at the Pennar river. You can also sleep under the stars by sleeping in the camping tents. Get awestruck by the caves formed by water- the Belum caves which have deposits of Quartz, stalactite etc. Try camping activity here.
A two day itinerary should include visit to the below places:
Trek over the Gandikota fort which was built in the 13th century. See the intricate carvings in the fort. The perfect example of unity in India can be seen with a mosque and a temple built next to each other. While the temple displays the beautiful Hindu culture, the carvings in the mosque depict the beautiful Islamic culture. The fort is built in red Stone and the changes in colour of the fort at the dusk make it extremely beautiful.
Gorge and Pennar river
Take a ride to the heaven with the beautiful view at the gorge! The rock formations here will leave you spellbound! They are so beautiful that they look as if some artist has beautifully carved them with a purpose. See the sunset at the place and you will find eternal peace and a memory of a lifetime! It is true that somethings cannot be expressed in words and the view here is definitely one of them!
The second longest cave in India and the longest underground cave in India, Belum caves is indeed a treat for adventure enthusiasts. For instance, people fond of caving activity must surely visit this place. The tourism department has put lights in the caves and there is enough oxygen in the caves for people to venture in. The caves are formed by Chitravati river, when it emerged into the rocks and created this beauty. The caves were occupied by the Buddhist and Jain monks. You will be zapped by the formations you see inside the caves. In addition, Patalganga is another attraction for which you need to go 150 feet deep inside the caves.
Gandikota and Belum caves – Best time to visit
November to March is the best time to visit the place. However, it gets really hot during summers here, hence those months must be avoided.
A long weekend, a zeal for adventure, good company, and an unexplored destination with a host of options, makes for the perfect cocktail! This would definitely get me high on life! What about you?
Started packing your bags yet?