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Event Tag: Trikon #70
Event Name: Gandikota & Belum Caves Tour
Event Date: 2nd to 5th Sept 2016
Event Cost: Rs. 4,500/- 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 in Tenlangana, Gandikota is termed as the Grand Canyon of India. Though relatively smaller, its grandeur is as breathtaking as the one in the U.S. Plus, it adds all the greenery you can imagine, forming a marvelous spectacle with the Pennar river flowing by. Sit on a rock and capture the panoramic view of this epic geographical creation that will leave you awestruck for sure.

The Gandikota fort premises
The fort premises look ancient and rustic, protected by its sturdy walls. Its huge gate and immersive structure has borne witness to innumerable happenings in the past. 

The Jama Masjid & Chaar Minar
The high raised construction 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 some great music, sprinkled by the melody of love.

Madhavaraya temple
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Madhavaraya temple has protected some small statues and sculptures of Hindu Gods carved over the Gopuram and walls of the temple. Every brick becharms an old kingdom, that once existed there, thereby preserving the royal odyssey. 

Ranganatha Swamy Temple
The temple is mostly turned to ruins but the main sanctum stands 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 still boasts of abundant space and many huge pillars stand tall. 

The Royal Water Tank
It is a perennial spring that irrigates some lime and plantain gardens. Just sit beside it and take a deep understanding of how useful it must be for ancient civilizations back then. Water has always been a vital resource! 

Village
The local village, which is scarcely populated, has a school, hospital and a panchayat. Strolling around the village is permissible, it just adds up to the rustic charm. Remember those bullock carts and kids playing around…Oh!! What a nostalgic feeling.

Jail & other view points
There exists an ancient jail, a few tunnels and many viewpoints that offer different perspectives of the canyon.

Mylavaram Dam & Pennar River View – Walk for 2kms to spend some blissful time by the river. 

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 your safety while you enjoy the caving experience. These natural caves were formed centuries ago when Chitravati River penetrated converting this into a geographical mystery. Check out the amazing formations inside the caves. 
Along with geographical mysteries that leave you spellbound, the caves also seem to have historical importance. Many say that Jain and Buddhist monks occupied these caves centuries ago for meditation. 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 below 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 Pennar River, this historical temple dates back to 16th century. The temple has main entrances on South and West. The temple reflects the beautiful architecture that was designed by Ramachari with a team of 650 members for a period of 21 years. There is a secret tunnel to Tirupati but the entrance of the tunnel is closed now. Locals believe that Shri Ram himself installed the Shiva Linga here.

Major Attractions
Gandikota – Pennar Gorge View Point
Gandikota Fort - Historical Structures
Pennar River & Mylavaram Dam
1.5 Km Belum Caves Walk (Total Caves area 3 km)
Formations & Geographical miracles of Caves

Short Itinerary
Day 0 - 2nd Sept 2016 Friday 
Board Train at 14:00 Hrs for Gandikota (Chennai Express 11041)

Day 1 - 3rd Sept 2016 – 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- 4th Sept 2016 Sunday 
Leave for Belum caves
Come out of the caves and explore surroundings
Visit Bugga Ramalingeswara Temple
Leave for Mumbai

Day 3- 5th Sept 2016 Monday 
Reach Mumbai by 14:00 Hrs

Inclusions
Train Travelling Mumbai to Mumbai in Non A/C Sleeper Coaches
Stay at A/C Heritage Hotel (30 seconds walking distance from Gandikota fort)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on Day 1 & Breakfast , Lunch on Day 2
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

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/ Wind cheater (Avoid umbrella)
Cap, sunglasses, scarf
Haversack or Backpack (No sling bags)
Please carry medicines if you need any
Hand Sanitizer

IMPORTANT
Avoid wearing precious Jewelry while trekking, as Travel Trikon won’t be responsible for any losses for the same.
This is a backpacking trip, so at times we might have to rely on Public transport for covering short distances.
Rs. 2,000 needs to be deposited for booking which is non refundable. Rest of the payment to be done 14 days before the event start date.

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 trekking 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.

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For registration & details, please drop us an email with your name and phone number at traveltrikon@gmail.com. Please write the subject of the mail as ‘Trikon #70 Gandikota & Belum Caves Tour"

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