Gandikota is the Indian version of Grand canyon around 250 kms from Bangalore and it was a long time plan to visit it.. The Canyons the Penna river forms is so so majestic and you will feel amazed by its grandness..Finally the plan came to reality and we planned for a day trip to Gandikota to witness some nice sunset scenes and along with that we wanted to visit some historical places around Gandikota...

We planned to visit 2 temples in a small town called Tadipatri which is around 85 kms from Gandikota canyons and offers amazing historical data... The plan was narrowed down to visit the Bugga Ramalingeshwara temple and Chintala Venkatramana temple both very old and offers great architecture....Kindly be careful about Bugga temple as there is similar one marked in Google maps which is 35 kms from Tadipatri and its not the right one.. Both the temples are in Tadipatri town..

The Gandikota canyons campus also offers 4 to 5 places to see in one place like the Madhavaraya temple, a jail complex, a mosque and other small temples as well...

Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy temple is a Siva shrine situated on the southern bank of the Penna river in Tadipatri, Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, India.[1] It was built between 1490 and 1509 by Ramalinga Nayudu, a chieftain of the Gutti-Gandikota region during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire.

The presiding deity is a linga, considered to be ‘swayambhu’ (naturally occurring or self originated). The temple has seven small independent pillars in front of the Vishnu shrine and when struck they produce 'saptaswara' (the seven musical notes).The gopurams of the temple are unfinished and were described by architectural historian James Anderson as ‘wonders’.

Chintalarayaswamy Temple or Sri Chintala Venkataramana Temple is a Hindu Vaishnavite temple situated at Tadipatri, a town in the Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh, India.The Temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu, who is referred to as Chintala Venkataramana.The temple was built by Pemmasani Timmanayudu II of the Pemmasani Nayaks. It is situated on the bank of the Penna River, which passes through the town.The temple is known for its granite sculptures and is classified as one of the Monuments of National Importance by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The temple has a Garuda Mandapa built as chariot with rotating granite wheels, which is similar to the one found in the Vithala Temple of Hampi.

Route Map :

Bangalore - Tadipatri - Bugga Ramalingeshwara temple - Sri Chintala Venkataramana Temple - Gandikota

Just keep in mind the 50% of the roads apart from the NH ones are quite bad so please drive carefully.....

Places to see :

Bugga Ramalingeshwara Temple, Sri Chintala Venkataramana Temple, Gandikota campus and Penna River valley view...

Gandikota on a lovely sunset... Its the Grandcanyons of India


The towers of Bugga Ramalingeshwara temple





The Chariot of Chintala temple

Wow such a minute detailing in Architecture

The Fort of Gandikota


Sunsetting on a lovely day

The boiled egg masala rice is such an awesome dish

The main tower of Bugga temple



The Chintala Venkataramana temple







The Madhavaraya temple




Gandikota on mid day with blue skies and clouds... Lovely Canyons