Gandikota, Camp & Trek Trip, 1N2D, Budget, DiY


Road Trip to Canyon and Caves from Chennai – 1N2D

This trip is for the Road Trippers and covers Gandikota Canyon and Belum Caves.

Gandikota is an amazing place and is rightly called as “Grand Canyon of India” with River Pennar cutting the mountain and running through Gorge which is shining because of red granite. Gandikota is in Andhra and is 325 KM from Chennai and 265 KM from Bengaluru.

Belum limestone cavern runs for 3.5 KM with traveller access up to 1.5 KM. It’s a must see place for everyone. Belum is ~60 Km from Gandikota.

Highlights of trip:

Pit Stops Experience

  • Route – Smooth onward drive through Nellore – Belum – Gandikota and return foodies drive through Proddatur – Chennur – Kadapa – Renigunta
  • Best food stops – Erra Karam Dosa – Biryani – Dhaba – 
  • Restrooms stop – Any petrol bunks or other places – Onward – Tada Haritha (APTDC Hotel) and return (Haritha – Kadapa, Jail Canteen, Haritha – Vontimitta, Haritha – Mera Haritha (Tallapaka), Hotels in Renigunta, Thiruthani, Thirvallur

Experience at site

  • Belum – Buddha statue and Cave and walking inside the India’s 2nd largest 1.5 KM underground cave
  • Tadipatri (two vijayanagara temples are there, it will need more time)
  • Gandikota – Gorge and riverview.
  • Driving inside fort, Taking photos in front of photographic monuments, Hiking up to the top of boulders around Sunset time to see stunning photographic view of India’s Grand Canyon. 
  • Visiting campsite and viewing the river from Campsite.
  • Optional trekking* down to Pennar River, taking a dip with Life vest, Optional *Rappelling* with experienced skipper (will cost extra and subject to availability)
  • Driving to the beautiful Mylavaram Reservoir, Museum, Driving around the scenic reservoir waterbody and reaching the other side of the Gorge to see different landscape

Much more….

Photo album:

Detailed Plan:

Day 1:

  • Early morning, start the trip.
  • Pleasant morning drive on the NH 16 till Nellore, travelling via Badvel through the beautiful Eastern ghats. 
  • Breakfast enroute, travel to Belum Caves, mixed rice lunch at Belum Cafeteria, Visiting Buddha Statue and taking photos, Guided Cave walk inside the 1.5 KM underground cave.
  • drive to Gandikota (60KMs), 15+ KM drive from Jammalamadugu to Gandikota will be joyful
  • Gandikota Fort covering key monuments including Madhavaraya Temple, Jama Masjid, Granary, Ranganathaswamy Temple, Fort Entrance, and Jail. 
  • Climb up the boulders to see grand top level view of the Gorge (true Grand Canyon View). View Sunset from the top of boulders.
  • Have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 2: 

  • Drive to Campsite and have a nice Sunrise view on the Gorge and River from Camp site, Take optional trek down to take a dip in a small pool with life vest and optional Rappelling after breakfast. 
  • Post freshen-up and breakfast at Campsite, check out and travel to Mylavaram Reservoir to see Reservoir view and Museum.  
  • Do a joy drive around the Reservoir to reach the other side Gorge for a different view. 
  • Drive back to Chennai via Proddatur, Kadapa, Renigunta route. Enroute, stop at some interesting places for food.
  • Reach Chennai with fine drive memories. 


  • Nature sightseeing is subject to availability. 
  • Sequence given is indicative. Itinerary is subject to change
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  • FAQs, Terms and Refund rules – Further, trip specific terms are given as below.
  • Package booking terms: 100% to be paid for booking.
  • 100% money will be refunded if KeyTerns is not doing the trip or if the guest informs the curator before 72 hours of trip start time.
  • The trip will be conducted once a minimum of 15 persons registering for the trip.

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