Here are some of the things you can enjoy when heading to Gandikota.
Hiking up to the viewpoint of Pennar Gorge
In Gandi Kota can hike up the Pennar Gorge viewpoint and take in the amazing views of the ravine and enjoy what has become known as India’s Grand Canyon where the Penner River flows into and through the rocky canyon. For some amazing panoramic views head there during the sunrise or sunset. Truly awe-inspiring.
Checking out the fort
Of course, if you are going to Gandikota you have the fort to explore and learn about. It is actually found close to the viewpoint of Pennar Gorge so you could do your hike, enjoy the views and then head to the fort. There are a lot of things in and around the fort to look at and the walls add to the view of the region, bringing you a sense of how history the place holds and how much importance this area had in the past.
If you enjoy adventure and being a part of nature and camping, then you can choose to camp out in Gandikota while you enjoy the other things it has to offer. When you choose to do some of the adventure activities outlined in the next section you can also get better rates for the camping option.
Enjoying adventure activities
There are a lot of different adventure activities you can enjoy here if you do not want to spend too much time on the ruins and history. Some examples as well as hiking and trekking you have kayaking and other river activities, paragliding, rappelling, rock climbing, ziplining and more.
Visit Jamia Masjid and Madhavaraya and Raghunathaswamy Temple
Two of the sites to visit to explore the culture and history of the area are the Jamia Masjid mosque and Raghunathaswamy temple. The ancient mosque and temples are inside the Gandikota fort.
Things it helps to know before you head there
- If you do not want to camp and the one resort nearby is full, then there are lots of different hotels and lodgings in Tadipatri and Jammalamadagu that you can look into staying at.
- Campsites are very popular so book ahead.
- There is no public transport there so you will need private transport or hire transportation. Another option is rickshaws but make sure you bargain with the operator for a fair price.
- It involves a lot of walking around so stay hydrated, wear light clothing in layers and have some great walking or hiking shoes.
- While there are plenty of modern conveniences in the nearby towns mentioned, in Gandi Kota itself there is no ATM so have cash on you. The towns are also the closest places you can enjoy food shops, convenience stores and medical help.
- Make sure you bring enough water, shade from the sun, sunglasses, suncream, first aid kits, insect repellant and any medications you might need.