India’s own Grand Canyon

Gandikota is known as the Reality Crazy  Grand Canyon of India, and it was definitely one of the best treks I’ve been on in south India. This one was organized by Root Walk. I chose to go for it as I had always wanted to go on a non-waterfall trek, and this seemed to be the perfect choice as the trek leads you to a canyon. The walk is usually accompanied by a visit to the Belum caves, which is supposedly the largest tourist cave in the Indian subcontinent. Besides, it was a great opportunity to meet and network with people.

Gandikota’s infamous gorge

Anyone who can visit Gandikota, a visit to the archaeology museum, Belum caves, and Madhava Perumal Temple is necessary. Don’t miss a visit to the granary, jail, and the Mylavaram dam either. Several temples in Gandikota have intricate, beautiful architecture and are awe-inspiring.

The most memorable experience on the trip was making new friends. Everyone had a story to tell and reasons of their own for traveling. It was great to learn so many things from the people accompanying me on the trip. Being a photographer allowed me to share some expertise with fellow photographers during the trip. There was a part of the trek where my friend and I set out to take on a completely new passage to the trek’s highest point. The entire experience was adventurous (because it was actually drizzling when we trekked, and the rocks were slippery). Try Updates.

The locals are just like any other people you find across south India — interactive and helpful. They are fascinated by the presence of tourists. There are only a few small grocery shops for refreshments here. But it’s hard to find a restaurant here — though; a restaurant makes great business sense in this tourist hotspot.

It takes eight hours from Chennai to Gandikota, and although the trek is doable in a day, it is bound to be extremely intensive. I suggest you visit the tourist attractions around the area, which would probably take a weekend, and appreciate the place in its entirety.


If you enjoy trekking and photography, this is a must-visit destination. Apart from clicking pictures, you can take plenty of time out to observe and absorb nature’s beauty. Gandikota allows you to understand the importance and supremacy of nature. Also, carry plenty of water, and of course, wear suitable footwear for the trek.

Monsoon would make for a slippery journey, so it’s avoidable in the rains, although this is the only time you can see the river passing through the gorge. December to February is the best time to experience the beauty of Gandikota.

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