Belum Caves

Scenic Spot

 

Overview

Belum Caves is the longest  and largest tourist cave in Indian subcontinent. Caves of Belum have long passages, spacious rooms, the fresh water of galleries and siphons. It is a natural cave formed by the constant flow of groundwater. The caves of achieve its deepest point (150 feet of the entry level) to the place known as Pataalaganga. Caves of Belum has a length of 3229 meters, which in fact the second natural caves in the Indian sub-continent after Krem Liat Prah caves in Meghalaya.

Belum Caves are located at Belum Village in Kolimigundla Mandal of Kurnool District in State of Andhra Pradesh. Kolimigundla is situated 3 km from Belum Caves.Belum Caves is 8 km drive from Petnikota village.
 
It is part of a larger complex of caves carved out of the limestone deposits in the Erramalai region. Other caves include Billasurgam caves, Sanyasula caves, Yaganti caves, Yerrajari caves, and Muchchatla Chintamanu caves.
 
  • pillidwaram — pillidwaram means cats gate. It is a natural arch of stalactites formed in the shape of a lion’s head.
  • Kotilingalu Chamber - This section contains stalactite formations which are akin to shiva lingams. This section has thousands of such stalactite giving it a surrealistic look. It has one huge pillar formed due to stalactite and stalagmite joining together.
  • Patalaganga - It is a small perennial stream which disappears into the depths of the earth. This stream flows from the southeast to northwest. It disappears and is believed to be heading towards a well at the Belum village, located 2 km away from the caves.
  • Saptasvarala Guha or Musical Chamber - Saptasvarala Guha means chamber of seven notes. The stalactite formations in this chamber reproduce musical sounds when these are struck with a wooden stick or knuckles.Banyan Tree formation inside Belum Caves
  • Dhyan Mandir or Meditation Hall - This section is near to the entrance. An interesting formation at Meditation hall looks like a bed with pillow to recline. The local legend has it that in ancient times many sages used to live here. This section was used by Buddhist Monks. Many relics of Buddhist period were found here which are now housed in museum at Ananthapur.
  • Thousand Hoods - This section has amazing stalactite formations shaped like hood of Cobra. The stalactite formations on the ceiling looks as if thousands of cobras have opened their hoods.
  • Banyan Tree Hall - This section has a huge pillar with stalactites hanging from the ceiling. This gives a look of Banyan Tree with its aerial roots when seen from below. The locals call it "Voodalamari" since it looks like a Banyan Tree with its aerial roots hanging from the branches.
  • Mandapam - This is a huge area inside the cave with magnificent stalactite structures on the sides giving it a look of a hall with pillars.

How to reach

The nearest railhead to reach Belum Caves is Tadipatri ,30 kilometers away. There are daily trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram, Coimbatore and Goa which halt at Tadipatri railway station. From Tadipatri, one can catch a bus to Belum Caves.

 

Location

Country
India
State
Andhra Pradesh
City
Kurnool
Location
Belum
Address
Belum, Kolimigundla, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh - 518123,
Contact Info
Phone: 081211 33448
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Kurnool
Nearest Railway Station
Kurnool Town (KRNT)
Nearest Airport
Tirupati Airport
IN
latitude : 13.632499690 longitude :79.543296810
Corporation : Tirupati
GPS Code : VOTP
Open Year
1884
Height
150 feet

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  • Belum Caves is the longest  and largest tourist cave in Indian subcontinent. Caves of Belum have long passages, spacious rooms, the fresh water of galleries and siphons. It is a natural cave formed by the constant flow of groundwater. The caves of achieve its deepest point (150 feet of the entry level) to the place known as Pataalaganga. Caves of Belum has a length of 3229 meters, which in fact the second natural caves in the Indian sub-contine

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