Gandikota Canyon, India

Gandikota - "Grand Canyon of India"

Gandikota fort was built in 13th century AD. It was founded in 1123 by Kapa Raja of nearby Bommanapalle village and a subordinate of Ahavamalla Someswara I, the Western Chalukyan king of Kalyana. The fort was made more impregnable by Pemmasani Thimma Nayudu.The fort was under the control of Pemmasani Nayaks for over 300 years. The fort of Gandikota acquired its name due to the 'gorge' (in Telugu it is called 'gandi'), formed between the Erramala range of hills, also known as Gandikota hills reducing its width to a mere 300 ft. It's called "Grand Canyon of India".

Gandikota Canyon, India

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Sculpted by the Pennar river in Andhra Pradesh, the canyon is located close to the village of Gandikota, which is home to a historic fort which overlooks it. At a height of 300 feet, the view is that of red granite boulders and the Pennar river flowing underneath.

Other than the fort, there are several temples, the Jamia Masjid and several viewpoints to enjoy the scenery.

A view of the 300ft deep gorge formed between Gandikota hills and the river Pennar.

Madhavaraya Temple Entrance

Panaromic View of Madhavaraya Temple

Madhavaraya Temple

Jumma Masjid in Gandikota

Charminar in Gandikota

Gandikota History

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