Pennar River Gorge is a viewpoint situated in the small village of Gandikota. Often called as the Grand Canyon of India, it is one of the must visit places in Gandikota.
The Pennar Gorge is formed by river Pennar that cuts through the Erramala hills also known as Gandikota hills. A gorge is a narrow valley between hills or mountains, typically with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it. In fact, gorges are formed because of rock erosion over a long period of time. The Pennar River gorge is almost 300 feet deep from the cliff. It is difficult to imagine that the Pennar River in Gandikota could carve such a huge gorge but the continuous flow of its water eventually cut a deep trench through the landscape, exposing many layers of rock and creating the spectacular site we see today.
Due to the striking similarity with Grand Canyon of Arizona, this stunning piece of Nature's architecture has come to be known as the Hidden Grand Canyon of India by travelers who visit and get bewitched by its beauty. The almost vertical valley with various rocky formations makes you feel like you are in another planet. View of the magnificent gorge is absolutely splendid at the time of sunset and sunrise.
One needs to walk a 1km from the entrance of the fort to reach the Pennar River Gorge Viewpoint. While the scene is no doubt breathtaking, one must be extremely cautious while climbing the uneven rocks and it is definitely not suggestible for the children or elders. There are no shops near the viewpoint and hence please carry sufficient water and snacks.
200-300 meters east of Raghunathaswamy temple, lies the river Penna gorge. It is said to be the Grand canyon of India. The gorges are almost 300 feet deep from the cliff which made the fort almost unconquerable due to its natural defense.
It is located 77 Kms from Cuddapah and 15 Kms from Jammalamadugu.