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Interesting Facts About Grand Canyon Of India: Gandikota

Gandikota is a village and historical fort on the right bank of Penna river in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. This is famous for its spectacular gorge formed by river Pennar that cuts through the Erramala range of hills. This wonderful nature's Architecture has come to be known as the Hidden Grand Canyon of India.

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The spectacular view of mesmerizing grand canyon of India: Gandikota
Everyone is mesmerized by the beauty of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. But did you know that there is a gorge of spectacular beauty near home? Yes, it is Indian version of Grand Canyon: Gandikota.
A canyon is a deep, narrow valley surrounded by tall cliffs. The noun canyon refers to a deep ravine that has been cut into the earth's surface over a long period of time by erosion from a running river. It is formed by a source of water flowing between tall slabs of steep rocks. Gandikota is Indian Version of Grand Canyon and formed in similar manner.
Gandi means canyon and Kota refers to a fort. The place was discovered by a subordinate of a Chalukya king in 1132 CE. Owing to its strategic location, he set up a mud fort which was later won by the Khilji kings. The Vijayanagara kings took over the area after defeating the Khiljis and made the Kamma dynasty take charge of the area under their fold. 

Eventually, with the decline of the empires, the place was abandoned and left in ruins. In the fort are two ancient temples, dedicated to Madhava and Ranganatha. They are in ruins and the fort area is full of the debris of ages and many ancient structures in varying stages of decay.