Belum Caves, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

104kms from Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh are the Belum Caves. The very mention of the word ‘caves’ creates images of mountains in mind; surprisingly there were none around and in fact none in the vast stretch of land around. For a moment I thought I was in a wrong place after the long drive. There is a huge statue of Buddha in meditation at the entrance to the area.

Belum Caves Interiors

You walk further and find the entrance to the caves, steps going down, twenty meters down and then you realize the existence of the caves. Even at that point it is difficult to comprehend there is a 3.5 kms long tunnel waiting to be explored.

Belum Caves
We walked in to the depths, the paths are well lit and ventilated too, but it was hot. It was spacious at some places, narrow at some points. For the first time I was seeing the stalactite and stalagmite formations in the limestone cave. Some very interesting names are given to the various formations of the stalactites and the stalagmites there. The Patalganga is the deepest point in the caves, it had water bubbling out. The thousand hood point had stalactites formations looked like 1000 cobra hoods. A musical chamber; where the formations when tapped produce musical sounds. I didn’t see any long formations, most looked broken.

Belum Caves Kurnool
The APTDC can do well by installing video cameras for the security of these precious natural formations. Belum Caves is 275kms from Bangalore.

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