Road trip to Rayalaseema – V – Haritha Resort, Gandikota

At the heart of Rayalaseema, is a little known but once a fort of glory, the Gandikota Fort. With a history of 900 years and some natural scenic beauty to go with it, Gandikota should be on your must visit places. So it was for us for quite sometime now and it was the final and most awaited destination of this trip.

The fortress resort

We are huge fans of the AP Tourism’s Haritha resorts, they are economical, well maintained, the food is good, safe and ensure a comfortable stay. When we got to know that Gandikota had a Haritha Resort, we planned our itinerary to include a stay at the resort. We had such a good time that we wanted to dedicate a post for it.

The resort is located less than a kilometer from the fort, it was past 9 PM when we reached the resort, we didn’t have much time to do anything except have dinner and a little barbecue late in the night. There is a caretaker here who manages the resort and the logistics.

Gandikota is fast becoming a popular place for adventure trekking, while we were there, a group of visitors was getting ready to pack dinner and spend the night at the fort ! Gandikota Fort does not have timings and is open for you to explore as long as you stay safe. There are only 1-2 guards but there is no guarantee they would be around for help, the caretaker of the resort told us lot of people did such adventures and it was safe, except for snakes once in a while ! On a full moon night, it would be awesome to stay at the fort, we made a note to try it out the next time.

Haritha Resort at Gandikota is one of the best resorts of AP Tourism, it is far off from civilisation and very pleasant. The resort has been designed like the fort.IMG_6608edited

Each room looks like the houses in a village belonging to the medieval times, complete with a platform where you can sit and chat. They even have a terrace, some in our group slept on the terrace in their sleeping bags !

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We woke up before sunrise and went up to the terrace to catch some fresh air but we had our breaths taken away by a view of the Gandikota Fort stretching before us and the gopuram of the Madhavaraya temple. We had no idea that the resort had this kind of view and boy, it caught us totally unaware and we almost jumped in surprise !

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On the other side, there are vegetable fields and the hills beyond. An ancient mandapa stands in the middle of one of the fields. It was totally relaxing and rejuvenating to sit on the terrace in the cool breeze with all these views around.

We spent close to an hour discussing philosophy and spirituality and it was time for breakfast, we need some food for more thoughts !

The dining area at the resort opens out to a nice garden, the ambiance is lovely.

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There is also a play area for kids.

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The restaurant does not have too many options on the menu. The food is prepared based on the number of people visiting that day. The caretaker is hospitable and goes out of his way to give you a happy meal. For breakfast, we had pooris and we relished the curry that went with it, hot and spicy, it gave us a taste of Rayalaseema !

You could take a walk around the resort, relax under the trees, chat up on the terraces of the rooms or have a campfire outside.

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There is an information booklet on Gandikota at the resort, if you want to know about the place and what to see. The caretaker told us the fort stretches for miles across the hills and the gorge and of late several adventure groups have been exploring it by trekking, rock climbing and hiking. There are no guides but if you want the resort could arrange for some locals to accompany you.

Go to any corner of the resort, you can see this view of the fort.

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We couldn’t wait to go there.

Info tidbits

– If you plan a trip to Gandikota, make sure you stay at the Haritha Resort. The resort has 10 rooms, 5 AC and 5 Non-AC. The tariff varies from Rs.800/- to Rs.1200/-

– The route to the resort is slightly isolated, there may be a few bus services, advisable to have your own vehicle. Most people visit the resort on weekends. On weekdays, you may be the only people staying here !

– Since the floating crowd is not much, food is made to order. You may not have too many options but the food is good. They even pack the food for you if you want to take it along with you to the fort.

– You can book accommodation online through AP Tourism, the place has not yet been listed on the online booking website, you could call the helpline or Gandi Resort at Kadapa and ask for details of Haritha Resort at Gandikota Fort.

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Road trip to Rayalaseema – V – Haritha Resort, Gandikota

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  2. sharath

    wonderful information about the resort. i could not find it anywhere. it would have been great if you had posted a pic of the room inside, the beds and the bathroom. however, how was the sleep quality at the resort? is it clean?

    • HOW

      Thank you for writing in and the suggestion 🙂 Haritha Gandikota is well maintained, the rooms including the bathrooms are clean and comfortable. It may not be ultra luxurious but the stay is nice and pleasant. Since the resort is located in a open area surrounded by woods, there may be a few insects outside in the lawns but nothing that should disturb your stay.

  3. Suhas

    Thanks to your help made a trip to Gandikota over the weekend. Was able to get things sorted out by the mobile number mentioned by you in earlier post.

    • HOW

      Super ! We’re glad we could be of some help 🙂 Keep travelling and have fun !

  4. Suhas

    Finally find a blog with details of the place. Thanks a lot, I was searching about Gandikota and also the resort since past few hours. All the blogs had only vague information apart from yours, thanks for the same.
    However I am not able to find details of the hotel in AP tourism site, they have listed it based on each district. And under Kadappa district there is only one resort, which I guess is somewhere else. Could you please give any additional information which you may have that may help in booking the same.
    Thanks.

    • HOW

      Thanks for stopping by our blog. To book reservation at Haritha Gandikota, you can call 9959659353, this is the number of Gandi Resort Kadapa. Ask them for reservation at Haritha Resort near the Gandikota Fort, they will guide you with the numbers. That’s how we did it. Booking online is not possible because the place is not listed in the accommodation list. Alternatively, you can call AP Tourism online reservation helpline: 040 23262151/52 or AP Tourism Central Reservation office. Hope this helps. Please feel free to ping us if you need any more information 🙂

      • Suhas

        Thanks a ton for the help.
        Trying the number (however it is coming as switched off), will update you with the outcome.

  5. V T Badari Narayanan

    Nice pictures, information. In case there is an election for tourism minister, you can count on me for a vote on your behalf

    • HOW

      This is the best comment we ever received, thank you so much !! Let’s see in the next elections 😉

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