A Royal Enfield Road Trip to Tadipatri, Gandikota, and Belum Caves

A Royal Enfield Road Trip to Tadipatri

Solo Ride to Tadipatri: Exploring History, Nature, and Adventure

Taking a long solo road trip on a Royal Enfield machine is a dream for many enthusiasts of all ages. The thought of embarking on an extensive journey stuck in my mind, and I decided to take a road trip to Tadipatri, a small town in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, located on the banks of the River Pennar. This town has a rich history and has been ruled by major dynasties such as Chalukyas, Hoysalas, and the Vijayanagar empire. Tadipatri's cultural treasures are the Chintala Venkataramana Swami Temple and Bugga Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple. 

Gandikota - One day from Chennai

Starting my ride in Chennai, I took the NH16 Chennai Guntur Highway route. After traveling around 130km, I stopped at the tea spot at Gudur junction, where I sipped a hot Irani Chai, which has a unique sweet and creamy taste. The ride was enjoyable, and after leaving the highway, I crossed several villages en route to Rapur, which is 40km away from Gudur Junction. Although the road condition was poor with a bumpy road ahead, the scenic beauty in the countryside energized my mind.

There were two routes to Tadipatri: one was taking a straight route towards Rajampet and Kadapa, and the other was taking a right from Rapur to reach Badvel. I chose the latter and rode towards Badvel, which is 100km from Rapur. Riding along the Badvel route, I concluded that it was the right decision. It's the best route for a smooth and quick ride, with less traffic, some twisty bends, many glorious straights, forest vegetation, and pleasant scenery while crossing the Pennar River flowing under the bridge.

On reaching Badvel in the afternoon, I found a restaurant along the highway where a crowd was gathered, which notified me of the Minimum Guarantee for food taste. I ordered Briyani without an egg and chicken, fondly called “Empty Briyani” which cost around ₹70. The quantity of biryani was huge, and I just had half of what was given and packed the rest. Luckily, a needy person waited outside the restaurant, and the packed food reached him to resolve his hunger.

Gandikota and Pennar River

The ride continued towards Gandikota, known as the Grand Canyon of India, which is 100km away from Badvel. To reach Gandikota, one has to reach Jammalamadugu through NH67. The ride between Jammalamadugu to Gandikota held me spellbound by its beautiful landscape. That 10 km ride to Gandikota is fascinating and captivating for the eyes. On reaching the historical fort, a passerby tourist casually told me, “You have finally reached,” which gave me a sense of little accomplishment in life.

Madhavaraya temple Gandikota

Gandikota is a small village in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, called as Grand Canyon of India.  The significance of the place is the century-old Gandikota Fort surrounded by the River Pennar gorges.  There are several structures and amazing spots that can be seen in Gandikota such as the Pennar Gorge viewpoint, Madhavaraya Temple, Jamia Masjid, Granary, Jail and ruins of temples.  The place must be on your travel bucket list for the mesmerizing view from the Gorge viewpoint and various adventure activities.  The natural structure and its beauty of Gorges is beyond our imagination and highly captivating.  When you stand at the Gorge viewpoint and look at the beauty of the river and the rocky walls, the visual beauty will make you think about the value of the distance that you covered to reach the extraordinary destination.

Road trip to Gandikota

After spending some quality time in the village of Gandikota, I continued my ride towards Muddanur. The ride between Gandikota and Muddanur was simply amazing, with a unique terrain featuring a straight road on the valley. The thirty-kilometer ride left me fascinated with the breathtaking scenery, which intertwined different shades of brown over the hills. However, as they say, unexpected happenings can add to the thrill of travel, and that's precisely what happened during my ride en route to Tadipatri from Muddanur. My rear wheel punctured, and I had to deal with a breakdown midway. While pondering over how to handle the situation, a passerby along the highway gave me some confidence, assuring me that there would be a puncture shop after one kilometer.

With the passerby's words in mind, I slowly rode forward before it got completely dark in the evening. However, the entire stretch to the puncture shop seemed longer than my entire travel, which was a bit frustrating. But I kept my cool to move forward, and thanks to the mechanic at the puncture shop, I was able to repair the tyre. Five to six villagers from Kondapuram village also helped me make things right, and their kindness left a lasting impression on me. They cautioned me about heavy vehicles coming from the opposite direction en route to Tadipatri after sunset, which I appreciated.

Once everything was in order, I resumed my ride from Kondapuram to Tadipatri. Finally, I reached the town of Tadipatri after an hour and had a wonderful sleep.

Belum Caves


The following day, I embarked on a thrilling adventure, exploring the famous temples in Tadipatri and marveling at the breathtaking Alur Kona waterfalls. However, the highlight of my day was undoubtedly my visit to the Belum Caves, which were not only the longest but also the largest caves I had ever seen. These awe-inspiring caves are renowned for their stunning Stalactite and Stalagmite formations and are located beneath vast agricultural fields. As I traversed through the numerous pathways and freshwater tunnels that extended almost 3 km, I was completely mesmerized by the natural wonder before me. After an exhilarating day of exploration, I took a relaxing ride to the stunning Owk Reservoir, surrounded by majestic mountains. As I watched the sun slowly descend below the horizon, I felt at peace with the world, content in the knowledge that I had experienced some of the most spectacular sights that nature had to offer.

Royal Enfield picture

The Happy Solo Trip - an adventure that holds deeper meanings and endless possibilities. It's about embracing every moment, without the pressure of expectations. What truly makes it an unforgettable experience is the kindness and love you receive from strangers on the road.

As I reflect on my journey, I realize that this trip is not just about exploring new places, but also about discovering the beauty within. It's a journey of self-discovery and inner peace.

The memories of the breathtaking landscapes, the unexpected detours, and the warm hospitality of the locals will always hold a special place in my heart.

So, to all the fellow adventurers out there, I encourage you to take that leap of faith and embark on a solo trip. It may not be easy, but the rewards are truly priceless.

And to those who have been a part of my journey, thank you for making it even more special. Your kindness and support will never be forgotten.

Here's to more adventures and discovering the beauty of the unknown! Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Your support means the world to me.