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Me excited with the smell of petrichor

Belum Caves – India’s Second Longest Caves

A trip to Gandikota doesn’t end without visiting India’s second longest caves called Belum Caves. We spent our Saturday evening in Gandikota and started around 9 am from there the next day, to visit the Belum Caves. It is around 310 kms from both Bangalore and Hyderabad.  The cave opens for general public around 10.30 am and it’s usually crowded during the weekends. Belum caves is an interesting place for anyone interested in archeology and history.

Belum Caves
Petrichor accompanied me once I entered the caves

Entry fee: Rs.50/-

Fascinating facts of the Caves

The caves were first noticed in 1880s when it was British India and around 100 years after that a group of German Archeologists headed by Herbert Daniel Gebauer explored the caves, which went on for about 2 years. The cave had remnants of 4500BC, and it was a river cave system formed over thousands of years by the constant flow of underground water from the now-disappeared river called Chitravati. It was also found that the caves were occupied by Buddhist and Jain monks around 1000 years ago. Few artifacts found in the caves during the cave exploration are now kept at the museum in Ananthapur.

Belum Caves
A good place for meditation when there isn’t crowd

The cave reaches its deepest point at a place called Paatalaganga(literally translating to underground ganga) which is a perennial stream that disappears into the depths of Earth.

The Unique Experience at the Caves

It started with us climbing down the stairs to enter the caves. I was able to sense the smell of petrichor once we entered the caves. There were several pathways with interesting patterns of water streams on limestone which will leave you captivated. The then flowing water had carved the caves beautifully. The river cave system fascinated me so much that I felt the need of being able to time travel to see how the structure was formed.

Belum Caves carvings
How beautifully has the then flowing water carved these caves!

Maintenance of the caves

The caves are well maintained by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC). The caves can easily get hot and humid, so there are vents even at the lowest of points in the caves. There are also colorful lights inside the caves which might make you wonder if you are on film sets.

Belum Caves lights
Colorful lights
Belum Caves vents
Vents inside the caves

Carrying water bottles becomes a must when you are caving. If you carry any kind of food, you will be asked to keep it outside before entering the caves.
The cave length is supposed to be around 3kms, but general public can visit only till 1.5 kms of it. There is also a Buddha statue that you can visit within the Belum caves premises.

Belum Caves
Before entering one of the pathways

Now, tell me how exciting can visiting Belum Caves be? 🙂

Aarthy Chinnaiya

Hola, you travel-prying soul! Welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by! My name is Aarthy Chinnaiya, exploring new places, food and people gets me excited. I focus on budget travel and exploring places to the fullest in limited number of days (being a Software Engineer I don't get much leaves you see :P). Follow me for a constant dose of my travel stories, experiences, tips and much more.

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  1. Rathiya Angeline

    Nice to read about the history of such places. Really well written 🙂

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