Gandikota & Belum-Caves: AP

I came to know about Gandikota and Belum-caves, while trying to look for Canyons in India. The moment I read about it, it entered in my to to-do list. Though, it took me some time to plan it.

Gandikota : India’s Grand Canyon

Gandikota, can be precisely claimed as the main Grand Canyon of India. This is a small village on the right bank of the river Pennar. Nearest town is 13 km away from Jammalamadugu in Kadapa region, Andhra Pradesh, India. The Fort was developed around 1123 AD by Telgu rulers from Pemmasani Dynasty.

Gandikota (Gorge)
Gandikota Map

I comprehend, this can’t be contrasted with some amazing canyons around the globe, which are tremendous yet at the same time it was an astounding feeling, by just being here. You can feel the modesty in the life of people around here and this place has a considerable experiences to offer to all kind of individuals. If you are an adventurous person, this place is a gold mine. As a history lover this place won’t baffle you. The spectacular gorge formation around river will blow your mind; I was lucky to witness, one of the best sun rises in my life. The night spent in the outskirts of fort will keep reminding me, the beauty of this place.
Gandikota

Gandikota

Gandikota
Gandikota (Gorge)

Gandikota (Gorge)

How to reach?

This place is almost 300 KM from Bangalore and almost 400 KM from Hyderabad. AP government is doing a good job with road maintenance . They are trying to promote this place as an upcoming tourism destination.
 
  • The nearest town is Jammalamadugu. There is only one bus available in the morning destines to Gandikota.
  • There is an AP tourism sponsored resort “Haritha resort”, you can do online bookings. Unfortunately, there are no other modes of accommodation available. However, you are free to lodge your own tent. 🙂
Contact details 

Haritha Hotel
WhatsApp: +91 9000282897 
Call: 9394282897 / 9393282897
  • If you or someone in your group understands Telugu, this may help you a lot. Since, this place is still trying to find it’s mark on tourism circle, English or Hindi language is not common here. You can essentially arrange things like food or accommodation easily, if you understand the native language.

 Bellum Caves

The Belum Caves is the largest and longest cave system open to the public on the Indian subcontinent, known for its speleothems, such as stalactite and stalagmite formations. I just loved it. AP government is trying to put these places in a better shape and make it tourism friendly. This is almost 60 KM away from Gandikota and it’s a must visit if you are in that region. It merely costs 50 Rs ticket for an Indian national. Please refer to AP tourism site for more details.

http://www.aptdc.gov.in/special-tours/belum_caves.html

Belum Caves Map

Bellum Caves
Belum Caves
Bellum Caves
Belum Caves

Bellum Caves
Bellum Caves

I am sure there are more spectacular sites available in this region and I hope, I’ll be able to explore them next time.

Happy Travelling !!.

8 Comment

  1. The caves look incredible, they remind me of Mammoth Cave in the United States! And I can definitely see the resemblance with the Grand Canyon, although maybe not as deep?

  2. I love exploring caving systems and the Bellum Caves looks incredible. Would love to spend some time down there, how far down do they go ?

  3. Every time I read about a place in India that I haven’t heard of, it amazes me. I’ve lived in that country (my home land) for 25 years and travelled quite a bit too but still there are so many places I haven’t heard of. India continues to amaze me. Love the pictures of the caves, South India has so many hidden treasures!

  4. breathtaking and definitely seems like an overwhelming and humbling experience. I have never heard of Gandikota and Belum Caves before, but it’s seems like it is a hidden gem. Are those caves natural formations or made? I see there is even an ancient ruin nearby, so stunning.

  5. Unheard but ready to be explored region…loved the description and waiting to visit this place!

  6. Those caves are something else! I love exploring places like that, and places that are a little less mainstream like Gandikota. It seems almost a shame that they’re promoting tourism there, as I kinda like it being kept a hidden gem until I get to visit 😉 x

  7. i love exploring caves and the belum caves looks like something I’d enjoy. Def want to visit one day

  8. wow..beautiful pictures..loved it

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