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Oravakallu (Mini Grand Canyon), Kurnool AP, India

posted Apr 5, 2012, 9:10 PM by sandip mishra   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 1:59 AM by Sandip Mishra ]

During one of our trips to Kurnool, the manager at APTDC asked us whether we had visited Oravakallu (Mini-Grand Canyon). Really a place comparable to Grand Canyon of USA existed in India, was the first question from all of us. What does the name mean was the next question. After lot of fumbling, the manager answered that it probably means "Rock formations"/hilly area" 

We started our journey on NH 40 towards Chennur from Kurnool and after about 25 KMs spotted an APTDC Sign board. (You can visit Google maps here for directions). Since it was lunch time we grabbed the decent meal provided by APDTC and were eager to explore this place in the hot summer heat.   

The government has built walkways throughout and once we entered the rock formations really amazed us. Not sure if it is comparable to the Grand Canyon, but there were canyon & ravine like structures. The rock formations were beautiful and one could clearly see heads of human beings formed by rocks. Also, far off we could see the water body which I am told fills-up most part of this place during the Monsoon season. After an hour of exploration, in nature’s lap we came back to restaurant to have a refreshing drink and headed back to Kurnool.

Definitely worth a visit if you are around in Kurnool.
      Human Face- Rock formation
      The waterbody seen far off.