Gandikota Fort Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh Overview, Camping, and Best time to go

Gandikota Fort Kadapa Overview, Camping, and Best time to go

Kadapa District is home to Gandikota which is one of the most stunning geological structures. Gandikota Fort on the banks of the Penner River derives its name from two Telugu words Gandi, which means gorge. 'Fortress' means Fort. Gandikota Fort timings are from 08:00 am to 06:30 PM.

Gandikota is situated 90km away from Kadapa within Kadapa, which is in the Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh. The stunning scenery is known by the name "The Hidden Grand Canyon of India".

It is a small village situated on one of the banks on the left bank Pennar close to Jammalamadugu. In the Fort's vast incredible gorge, stunning temples, lakes, stunning scenery, and the vast natural resources of the jungle.


Gandikota Fort Overview

Many enthusiastic travelers have made it to Gandikota (literally "Gorge Fort") to the Grand Canyon in Colorado.

While the "Indian Grand Canyon' level of sobriety may be extremely exaggerated - the canyon extends for an extremely short distance in comparison to the 441km long American marvel The Gandikota Gandikota is an amazing place on its own.



The first structure has been observed in the Fort was the Charminar which was a three-story structure that was rebuilt with enthusiasm.

To the left of the prison is that is massive in stone that has three entrances. A little further, one will see an impressive Madhavaraya Swamy Temple.

Despite the shrewdness of these monuments, Gandikota's most impressive feature is definitely the idea that the Penna gorge, which is located at the border to the Fort.

Then climb over the rocks to the left of that of the Ranganathaswamy Temple for the most spectacular view spot.


The grant from the past indicates it was The king Kapa of Bommanapalli, a nearby village constructed a fort in Gandikota.

It is believed that Harihara the first Emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire, constructed a temple in the area. But, the 16th-century Persian historian Firista says that they constructed the Fort in 1589.

It was seized by Qutb Shahis and was then ruled by Mir Jumla in the 17th century. Jumla constructed Zuma Mosque. Zuma Mosque and expanded the Fort.

Was Fort was later passed over to Haider Ali, the Nawab from Kadapa along with Haider Ali. In the year 1800, after an arrangement with Nizam, The British took control of the Fort.


Principal structures

The Fort includes two ancient temples that are dedicated to Madhava in addition to Ranganath. They're in disrepair and the fort's area was destroyed structures from the past, and several old structures are in disrepair at various times.

The huge granary that has the cup is now an official Watchmen Quarter. Two minarets are located next to Jamia Mosque. Jamia Mosque. The celebration of the past is held each year in the Fort area.

Other structures of the Fort include:

  • Another huge grain storage facility (used for storage of food items as well as grain in the late).
  • A magazine.
  • A stunning "pigeon tower" with damaged windows.
  • A lavish palace constructed out of bricks, with a few decorative plastered ornaments and wells.

The Fort has an ancient cannon that fibs inside the Fort. "Rayalacheruvu" irrigates some lime and banana plantations by the perennial water springs. Pipes have linked the 'pond' with an irrigation system in Jamia Mosque. Jamia Mosque and traces of it are visible.

There are many other gardens as well as springs. An unidentified inscription on a stone near Nagjhari's entrance to the Fort confirms that two gardens were given for the temple.

There was a garden dubbed "Parebag" with a waterfall located at the lower end of the hills on river banks. Penner. Numerous camping spots are located just outside the Fort and along the Penna (Pennar) River banks.

Other attractions of Castle include: other major attractions at the castle include the House of the Drum (drums are used to notify the army of an imminent invasion) and the Charminar and the prison (prisoners are held captive) along with an area known as the Red Corner (also known as the Sword Pond, a large lake located in the front of the mosque where the warriors hold their swords. In the lake, you can swim as the waters turn blood-red after the conflict).

Gandikota Fort Timings and Entry fee

Here are the dates for the fort of gandikota to be open.

Fort Fees for Entry are free for everyone

Fort Visiting Hours: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Daily.

The best time to be there

  • The rainy season begins on August 2nd week to Sep 2nd week
  • Summer Season January 2nd week to July 2nd week.
  • Winter Season: 3rd week of September from the 3rd week of September to January 2nd week.

Stay at Gandikota

Room Type Room Charges No.Of people who arallowed
Ac (A little further than Fort) Rs.1680 2 Adults + 2 Child
Swiss Tent Rental with no Food Rs.1500 3 Adults + 1 Child
Rent a Swiss tent with food (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) Rs.1500per person 3 Adults + 1 Child

Adventure Activities at Gandikota Fort

Activity Name Charges
Kayaking Rs.500 (Not available now)
Rappelling Rs.400
Rock Climbing Rs.200

Gandikota Camping

Gandikota Camping, which is famous for being the site of Gandikota Camping, famous for representing the Grand Canyon of India, provides a variety of possibilities for nature enthusiasts and is hidden in the stunning beauty of the rivers and hills.

The Camping Site is situated in the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh and is only a short distance from Chennai. of Chennai.

Enjoy your trip to Gandikota unforgettably. The area was surrounded by amazing landscapes, hills, and balloon caves that you can explore.

Gandikota camping begins at 4 pm on the first night and closes at 10 am in the morning on day two. Take in the spectacular sunrise from the high peaks or relax along the shores of the Penna River.

Discover the famed destination for the wide gorge created through the Pennar River that runs through the hills of red.

Let your senses be soothed by the stunning splendor of lush, green hills as well as streams of this region, known as"the Grand Canyon of India.

Enjoy the splendor and beauty of nature's Penna River by engaging in diving, swimming, and waterfall treks Fort visiting climbing, rock climbing, and many other thrilling activities.

Take part in an exciting game indoors or enjoy a peaceful nature walk to discover the area.

Relax around the warm evening bonfire and enjoy an enjoyable chat session with your family and friends while camping in Gandikota.

You can enjoy a comfortable stay in tents on a quad-sharing basis. You will also have the normal bathroom facilities.

Enjoy a tasty meal at the breakfast menu, Coffee or lunch, and dinner to help you recover your energy level in the middle.

Be aware before going on a trip to Gandikota Camping

  • A minimum of two persons are required to reserve an overnight camping session.
  • Thrillophilia retains the option to modify the travel itinerary without altering the number of days or impairing any of the services (i.e. political, weather conditions, or other).
  • Any other meals or transfers that are not mentioned on the itinerary are considered to be an exception to the contract.
  • Follow the guidelines set by the State Government.
  • It is recommended that you were aware of how socially distant you are.
  • The frequent application of hand sanitizer, as well as masks, was been recommended.
  • The ID proof is required for each guest at the time of and after the booking.
  • PAN card is not considered as proof of address valid.
  • If any items within the resort break or are damaged, a fee was imposed on the actual facts.
  • The Gandikota campervan package is not inclusive of personal expenses or other items belonging to an individual nature.
  • Free for children under five years old.
  • Children aged 5-10 will be charged an additional fee.

Visits to the places within Gandikota Fort

  • Jail
  • Madhavaraya Temple
  • Juma Mosque
  • Kattula Koneru
  • Rayala Cheruvu
  • Gandikota Village
  • Charminar
  • Granary
  • Ranganayakula Temple
  • Penna River Gorge
  • Gandikota Reservoir

How to Reach?

By Air:

The closest airport is Tirupati situated about 225 kilometers from Gandikota.

By Air:

The closest railway station is just 18 km away from Gandikota.

By Road:

APSRTC runs several vehicles from their Jammalamadugu Bus stand.

Address and Contact

91 6305932042

Gandikota Fort, Road, Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh 516434