Belum Caves – The Second Longest Caves in India!
This is the second largest and longest (3229 mts) caves in the Indian subcontinent. Located between Nandyal and Tadipatri in Kurnool district. This is very close to Kolimigundla village. It’s one of the tourist attractions of Kurnool.
There is a huge Buddha statue at the entrance. It’s said that this place was used for Meditation by Buddhist monks in ancient days.
This was discovered by the British surveyor Robert Bruce Foote in 1984. Later in the year 1988, Andhra Pradesh State government declared this site as protected and started promoting tourism. In the year 2000, AP Archaeological department developed this place for tourism, from FEB 2002 caves were opened for public with a minimal entry fee.
The caves have long passages, spacious chambers, fresh water galleries and siphons. The caves were formed due to erosion in the limestone deposit in the area by Chitravati River, millions of years ago.
The nearest railhead to reach Belum Caves is Tadipatri, which is 30 kms 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.