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  • Trip introduction

    This backpacking trip to Gandikota and Belum takes you into the wild and untamed terrain of canyons, subterranean caves, and fierce rivers. The famous canyon in Andhra Pradesh is similar to the Grand Canyon in the United States. You'll stand on the edge and peer down into the bowels of the earth, over landscape so rugged and primitive, you can almost imagine dinosaurs ambling about.

    On this backpacking trip, you'll marvel at the second-largest cave formation in the Indian subcontinent. Gandikota Fort looks over the gorge and the Pennar River that flows through it. You'll explore this 12th century fort, hike along the rim of the canyon, and the descend 150 feet under the ground to see the spectacular Belum caves.

    NOTE: Do book your train tickets in advance so you get a confirmed seat for the overnight journey.

    Destination

    The fort of Gandikota is one of the largest forts in India, and lies in the Gandikota Hills, in the midst of wild forests. The Gandikota canyon is close by, cut into the red rock by the rushing Pennar river over decades. You'll be able to see the different layers of rock – red, brown, grey – in the walls of the canyon. The canyon stretches for 4 kms and is a fascinating phenomenon of nature. The Belum cave system is no less stunning. It stretches for over 3 kms, but only 1.5 kms are open to the public. You'll walk through narrowing passages and enormous echoing chambers, and see an underground stream that flows through the caves, as well as hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites. It can get quite humid and warm in the caves, but there is enough light and oxygen to be comfortable.

    Destination highlights

    Embark on a backpacking trip to Andhra Pradesh's Gandikota and Belum Caves. | Trek along the rim of India's Grand Canyon for a real-life geology lesson. | Descend into the bowels of the earth for a thrilling cave exploration. | See an underwater stream and eerie rock formations 150 feet under the ground.

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the backpacking trip to Andhra Pradesh: Depart from Mumbai

    You will board the Chennai Express to Tadpatari at 20:30 hrs from Dadar station. You're going to be spending the night on the train, so make sure you carry some light snacks, a water bottle and a light blanket. Overnight in transit.

    Overnight in train.

    You will need to board the 20:30 hours train from Dadar station. You'll be spending the night on the train, so you should carry some light snacks, a water bottle and a blanket or shawl for the night.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Mumbai

    Tadpatari

    05:30 AM

    Food

    No meals will be provided today

    Veg
    Day 2 of the backpacking trip to Andhra Pradesh: Explore Mylavaram Dam
    Day 3 of the backpacking trip to Andhra Pradesh: Explore Gondikota, Belum Caves
    Day 4 of the backpacking trip to Andhra Pradesh: Arrive in Mumbai
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 46 days or more before departure of the Andhra Pradesh backpacking trip: 100% refund.

    For cancellations made 31-45 days before departure of the Andhra Pradesh backpacking trip: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made 22-30 days before departure of the Andhra Pradesh backpacking trip: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made 16-21 days before departure of the Andhra Pradesh backpacking trip: 25% refund.

    For cancellations made 0-15 days before departure of the Andhra Pradesh backpacking trip: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction costs.

    Rules on trip

    Consumption of liquor, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the backpacking trip in Andhra Pradesh.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the tour leader during the backpacking trip in Andhra Pradesh.

    A basic level of health and fitness is required to book this trip. If you have any cardiac or respiratory conditions, or suffer from knee or spinal problems, please inform the tour operator and consult your doctor before booking the backpacking trip in Andhra Pradesh.

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap or accident during the backpacking trip in Andhra Pradesh.

    Travellers will be required bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
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    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
    • Gandikota Fort Belum Caves Backpacking Offbeat Adventure Travel Karnataka The Great Next
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Transportation from Tadpatari to Tadpatari in private A/C vehicle

    • 1 night in Gandikota heritage hotel in air-conditioned rooms on twin sharing basis
    • All vegetarian meals from lunch on Day 2 to evening snacks on Day 3
    • Entry fees
    • Tolls, permits and parking fees
    • Guide and expertise charges
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Return transport to Mumbai

    • Meals during train journey
    • Personal expenses such as soft drinks, packaged water, extra meals, etc.
    • Anything apart from what is mentioned in inclusions
    • Permit fees for camera and photography
    • Insurance

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable track pants or trousers
    • Quick-dry t-shirts
    • Socks
    • Sports shoes
    • Light pullover
    • Windproof jacket with hood
    • Sweater
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery
    • Handbags, jholas, suitcases or trolley bags

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Private air-conditioned vehicle
    • Any safety gear or technical equipment required for cave exploration

    You need to get

    • COMPULSORY: Identity proof with photograph (PAN card will not be accepted)
    • Small backpack
    • Day pack for your daily essentials
    • Light floaters/slippers
    • Sneakers
    • Light snacks such as dry fruits, energy bars etc.
    • Sun cap
    • Electrol powder/Glucon-D
    • UV protected sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Camera (optional)
    • 1 ltr water bottle
    • Torch
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Personal toiletries
    • Carry sufficient cash for additional expenses

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.