Gandikota canyon of South India was created by which one of the following rivers?
[UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2022 Prelims]
Gandikota, a gorge located on the Pennar River in Andhra Pradesh, is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of India.
- Gorges are valleys formed by water flowing between tall, steep rocks, which are created over an extended period of erosion. India has long been a favored tourist destination, known for its rich history, palaces, and jungles.
- Recently, a lesser-known attraction in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh has begun drawing visitors. This maze of jagged, red rocks is a stunning sight, and the Penna River flows through the canyon floor as it cuts through the Erramala hills.
- The area has been compared to the famous US landmark and is now called the Grand Canyon of India. Additionally, the gorge is home to two ancient temples and a 12th Century fort that sits atop the surrounding hills.
Therefore, option (c) is the correct answer.