Madhavaraya Temple Gandikota Kadapa

Madhavaraya Temple in Gandikota is an ancient Hindu temple located at Gandikota Fort in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, India. This ancient temple constructed during the 15th century is currently in ruins is still a religious destination due to the magnificent Kakatiya architectural style reminiscent of the Vijayanagara period. Madhavaswamy Temple was built in the golden age of Sri Krishna Deva Raya.

Madhavaraya Temple is now a historical monument and is noted for the imposing temple tower which can be seen from any corner of the village and the interesting and intricate sculptures of architectural value. The idol of the temple and many sculptures are destroyed during invasions but the ornately decorated mandapa is still intact. The carvings of fish and tortoise seen inside the dwaram (entrance) suggests the temple was once a shrine dedicated to Mahavishnu.

Madhavaraya Temple Gandikota Kadapa

Gandikota Fort, popularly known as the Grand Canyon of India, got its name due to the gorge formed between the Erramala Hills (Gandikota hills) and Pennar River that flows at its foot. The fort also houses an ancient Ranganatha Swamy Temple which is also in ruins.

Madhavaraya Temple Gandikota Andhra Pradesh

How to Reach

Gandikota Madhavaraya Temple is around 15 km from Jammalamadugu town and 77 km from Kadapa (formerly known as Cuddapah). Kadapa is around 275 km from Chennai (NH5), 276 km from Bangalore, and 400 km from Hyderabad.

Muddanur Railway Station (station code MOO) is the nearest train station around 26 km away.


Haritha Resorts in Gandikota, managed by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department (APTDC), offers good accommodation facilities.

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