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Gandikota to become global tourist hub


Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu,after touring Rayalaseema, announced a grand plan to develop Gandikota, a fort on the banks of river Penna, in Kadapa district, in to a world-class tourist attraction. Naidu, two days back toured in Kunool and Kadapa districts. He attended a program in Muddanur, a small railway-station town, near Gandikota. The result is the grand plan. While reviewing the tourism sector on Thursday evening the CM instructed the officials to prepare plans for the development of Gandikota, the last port of call of Vijayanagar empire, into an international tourist destination. He not only asked the officials to commence the work immediately and set a six-month deadline for the first phase of the project to be visible on the ground.

The CM said Gandikota was a vital part of the state history and culture and wanted the officials to take measures for preserving and promoting cultural heritage and history of fort by making it an international tourist destination.
“Gandikota is not just an ancient fort, but also has a picturesque view of deep gorge made by the meandering River Penna. Let the geological survey of India conduct a study of river, rocks and caves at that place,” he asked the officials. He also instructed the officials to build a glass platform on the hill top to provide a view into the gorge (gandi in Telugu), which is called Grand Canyon of India. He wanted the place to be made adventure tourists’ paradise by providing facilities for rock climbing, rope way and boating.

As per his plan the place will also have an amusement park, a shopping area, resorts and other facilities that attract tourists. The approach road to Gandikota will taken up at a cost of Rs 17 crore and another road from Mylavaram to Ropeway point will also be taken up at the cost of 1 crore.
In fact, state government had planned a massive developmental program at Gandikota at a cost of Rs 400 crore. A DPR had also been prepared. But the project had got stalled following the death of the then chief minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy. His successors didn’t show any interest in the project due to financial and political reasons.

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Grand canyon of India to enter school syllabus


Andhra Pradesh government will include the history Gandikota, the forgotten historical place of Rayalaseema, in the school syllabus. This was revealed by HRD minister Ganta Srinvasarao today at the fort near Jammalamadugu, Kadapa district. Ganta along with ministers Palle Raghunatha Reddy and Pratipati Pullarao, today inaugurated the Gandikota utsavalu today to popularize the beautiful fort on the banks of river Penna. Located in an area known as the grand canyon of India, Gadikota derives the meaning from two words gandi (gorge) and kota (fort). While the fort lies atop the hills on one side, River Penna meanders deep down the gorge, creating spectacular view.

Guarded by huge entrance gate of 20 feet height and 101 bastions over 40 feet height the fort is believed to have been build in 13 century. French traveler Tavernier was greatly impressed the striking beauty of the fort and its location. He said Gandikota resembled Hampi of Vijayanagara empire in its grandeur.

After inaugurating the festival, the minister revealed that the government has plans to develop a tourism circuit around Gandikota.The ministers have released the theme song of the fort.


During YS Rajasekhar Reddy time, the state government planned to develop an “Integrated Tourism & Township Project” in 800 hectares of land near Gandikota and amidst serene natural surroundings. The Site identified next to Gandikota Fort, is part of a rich historical heritage with spectacular and unique natural features. Massive cliffs provide a picture-perfect setting for the Penna River and a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the expanse.The government even invited global tenders to develop the area into tourism spot. But, the project had been shelved after the death of YSR. Now, the TDP is planning to revive the project. The ministers said every year on September 26, the Gandikota tourism festival would be celebrated.

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