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Event Tag: Trikon #1665 Event Name: Gandikota & Belum Caves Tour Event Date: 31st August - 03rd September 2019 Event Cost: Rs 6,750/- per pax Total Seats: 15 Location: Andhra Pradesh Nearest Town: Jamalamaddagu Grade: Easy Category: Big Chutti Plans
Gigantic Gandikota – Grand Canyon of India – 13th century formation Situated at Andhra Pradesh, Gandikota is termed as the Grand Canyon of India. It is no less breathtaking as compared to the Grand Canyon in USA, and it goes one scale up if you were to imagine the backdrop holding a sprawling lush green backdrop surrounded by huge Rocky Mountains and beneath flows the Pennar River. Sit on the rock and capture the panoramic view as it’s an epic Geographical creation that will force you to give an awestruck view.
The Gandikota fort premises The fort premises look ancient and rustic, all thanks to the promising huge walls that stand as the protector. Its huge gate and immersive structure has witnessed a lot in the past.
The Jama Masjid & Chaar Minar Huge held constructions and little minarets at the entrance make both Jama Masjid & Chaar Minar a perfect backdrop and a spokesperson of historical evidences. Imagine yourself surrounded by the great some great music, sprinkling the melody of love.
Madhavaraya temple Dedicated to Vishnu, Madhavaraya temple has protected some small statues and sculptures of Hindu Gods carved over the Gopuram and walls of the temple. Preserving the royal odyssey, every brick and sculptures becharms the magnitude of the old kingdom that once exists there.
Ranganatha Swamy Temple The temple was very much ruined but the main sanctum stood on an elevated platform. Despite of withstanding and witnessing so much, this temple has yet not lost the shine and elegance.
The Granary Once used for storing grains, the Granary has space for storing a lot of grains and many huge pillars stand erect.
The Royal Water Tank It is a perennial spring irrigating some lime and plantain gardens. Just sit besides it and take a deep understanding of how useful it must be for ancient civilizations then.
Village The local village is scarcely populated has a school, hospital and their own panchayats. Strolling around the village is permissible, it just adds up to the rustic charm. Remember those bullock carts and playing kids…Oh!! What a nostalgic feeling.
Jail & Other Viewpoints There exists an ancient jail, a few tunnels and many viewpoints that give different perspective of the Grand Canyon.
Mylavaram Dam & Pennar River View – Walk for 2 kms for strolling around the rivers and spending blissful time.
Bewildered Belum Caves – India’s Largest & Longest Caves - Walking through these underground caves will leave you thrilled and give you a bone chilling experience. There’s sufficient oxygen supply and orange rope lights to ensure you enjoy the caving experience. These natural caves were formed centuries ago when Chitravati River penetrated and emerged in making this Geographical mystery. Get to see pot holes and amazing formations all around the caves interiors. Along with geographical mysteries that leave you spellbound, this caves also seem to have historical importance. Many say that Jain Jains and Buddhists monks occupied these caves centuries ago for medidation. At the entrance itself, you’ll get to see a HUGE WHITE MAHAVIR STATUE. Inside the caves, Patalaganga is the key attraction and you have to go 150 ft under the ground level to see it. Cross narrow pavements and crawl around to see those amazing wonders.
Other formations and point to see Mandapam Banyan Tree Hall Thousand Cobra Hoods Meditation Hall Saint Bed Potholes up above
Sri Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple – Unveil Mythological Mystery – Located at the banks of Penna River, this historical temple dates back to 16th century. The temple has main entrances on South and West. The temple reflects the beautiful architecture designed by Ramachari with 650 members as a team for 21 years. There is a secret tunnel to Tirupati but now the entrance of the tunnel is closed. Locals believe that Shri Ram himself installed the Shiva Linga here.
Major Attractions Gandikota – Penna Gorge View Point Gandikota Fort - Historical Structures Penna River & Mylavaram Dam 1.5 Km Belum Caves Walk (Total Caves area 3 km) Formations & Geographical miracles of Caves 13th Century Ram-Shivlinga Temple
Day 0 - Saturday, 31st August 2019 Board Train for Gandikota (Chennai Express 11041) 14.00– CST 14.12 – Dadar 14.38– Thane 14:58– Kalyan 18:00 - Pune
Day 1 - Sunday, 01st September 2019 Arrive at Andhra Pradesh at 10.30 am (Muddanuru) 11.00 am – Leave for Gandikota 12.00 pm – Reach Hotel and Freshen up (Hotel Haritha) 01.30 pm – Lunch - Veg & Non Veg 02.30 pm – Explore Gandikota fort and Historical Monuments (5 mins walking from Hotel) 05.00 pm – Sunset view from Ranganatha Swamy Temple 07.00 pm – Come back to hotel 08.00 pm – Dinner – Veg & Non Veg 09.30 pm – Museum Tour 10.00 pm – Play games, share stories and enjoy fun time with the group 11.00 pm – Off to bed
Day 2 - Monday, 02nd September 2019 07.00 am – Wake up 08.30 am – Breakfast 09.30 am – Check out & Leave for Mylavaram Dam 10.00 am - Explore Mylavaram Dam 10.30 am - Leave for Belum Caves 12.30 pm – Reach Belum Caves - Caving and thrilling walk 150 ft beneath 02.30 pm – Come out of the caves and explore surroundings 03.30 pm – Have delicious Veg & Non Veg Lunch (Fixed Meal) 04.00 pm – Start for Bugga Ramalingeswara Temple 04.15 pm – Reach the Temple and start exploring 05.30 pm – Start return journey towards station 06.00 pm – Reach Station (Tadipatri) 06.39 pm – Board Mumbai express
Day 3 - Tuesday, 03rd September 2019 09:30 am – Reach Pune 12:17 pm – Reach Kalyan 12:39 pm – Thane 01:02 pm – Dadar 01:35 pm - CST Trip ends at Sunday Afternoon
Inclusions Train Travelling Mumbai to Mumbai in Non A/C Sleeper Coaches Triple Sharing Accommodation at A/C Heritage Hotel Day 1 - Lunch, Evening Tea & Dinner, Day 2 - Breakfast & Lunch Local transport for visiting other places
Exclusions Meals during train journey Personal expenses like soft drinks & water bottles Anything not mentioned in the above inclusions 5% GST
Things to Carry ID Card 2 ltrs water Camera (Optional) Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder Snacks & Biscuits Extra Pair of Clothes Clean napkin or small towel Rain coat/ Poncho/ Windcheater (Avoid umbrella) Cap, sunglasses, scarf Haversack or Backpack (No sling bags) Please carry medicines if you need any Hand Sanitizer
Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.
Fitness & Health – Though this event is a fun-filled activity, it demands good amount of physical fitness. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trek, leaders will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.