TreksAndHikes.com invites you for Grand Canyon Of India offbeat tour – Gandikota & Belum Caves
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Gandikota is a small village on the right bank of the river Pennar, 15 km from Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Gandikota 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 town played a significant role during the Kakatiya, Vijayanagara and Qutub Shahi periods. The fort was made more impregnable by Pemmasani Timma Naidu. The fort was under the control of Pemmasani Naidus for over 280 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 and the river Pennar that flows at its foot, reducing its width to a mere 300 ft (see the river image below). Situated amidst beautiful landscape and wild forests, it is endowed with vast natural resources.
The Belum Caves is the largest and longest cave system open to the public on the Indian subcontinent, known for its speleothems, such as stalactite and stalagmite formations. The Belum Caves have long passages, galleries, spacious caverns with fresh water and siphons. This natural underground cave system was formed over the course of tens of thousands of years by the constant flow of underground water. The cave system reaches its deepest point 46 m (151 ft) from entrance level at the point known as Pataalaganga. Belum Caves have a length of 3,229 m (10,593.8 ft), making them the second largest natural caves on the Indian Subcontinent after the Krem Liat Prah caves in Meghalaya. It is one of the centrally protected monumemts of national importance.
Day 0 - Friday
Board Train at 14:00 Hrs for Gandikota
Day 1 - Saturday
Arrive at Andhra Pradesh & Leave for Gandikota
Explore Gandikota fort and Historical Monuments
Sunset view from Grand Canyon
Night strolling around Gandikota Village
Day 2- Sunday
Leave for Belum caves
Come out of the caves and explore surroundings
Visit Bugga Ramalingeswara Temple or Gooty Fort
Leave for Mumbai
Day 3- Monday
Reach Mumbai by 14:00 Hrs
2. Accommodation at heritage hotel at Gandikota
3. All Veg Meals on tour (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on Day 1 & Breakfast, Lunch on Day 2)
4. Entry Tickets and sightseeing
5. Tolls, Permit and Parking
6. Guide and Expertise charges
7. All Local Transportation by Non A/C private vehicle
1. Train Travelling Mumbai to Mumbai in Non A/C Sleeper Coaches
2. All Taxes Applicable
3. Personal expenses like soft drinks & water bottles
4. Meals on Journey
5. Any other thing then mentioned inclusions
Things to Carry
2 ltrs water
Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
Snacks & Biscuits
Extra Pair of Clothes
Clean napkin or small towel
Cap, sunglasses, scarf
Haversack or Backpack (No sling bags)
Please carry medicines if you need any
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
The Cost of the Tour is : Rs 3800/- per head
One needs to deposit the amount into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.
The amount is to be deposited in the following account.
Bank Name: ICICI Bank
Account Name: Treks And Hikes
Account No: 641505000696
Account Type: Current
IFS Code: ICIC0006415
Branch: Vile Parle (W)
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Limited seats, Registrations on First Come First Serve Basis.
**Cancelation and Refund applicable on the entire trek cost :
1. If cancelation done prior to 10 days of the trek 75% of the total cost will be refunded.
2. If cancelation done prior to 5 days of the trek 50% will be refunded.
3. If cancelation done after that, no refund will be provided.
SMOKING AND DRINKING STRICTLY PROHIBITED DURING THE TREK (Offenders will be expelled from the program on the spot)