Belum Caves located in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh are the largest and longest caves clusters in India after the Krem Liat Prah of Meghalaya. The cave are believed to have been formed millions of years ago. The cave are formed with a mix of limestone, stalactite and stalagmite . The caves have a number of pathways along with very convoluted patterns of water brooks. The caves are spread over an area of 3,229m with deep caverns as deep as 46m at a certain point.
The caves have large deep cavities and three sinkholes. Visitors to the cave are awed by the splendor which leaves them speechless. The long passages and fresh water tunnels are unique in formation. To celebrate the role of monks who have resided there through ages, a large statue of Buddha was installed outside the cave which is another tourist attraction.
Geologist have found remnants of old vessels from around 4.500 BC. Even though the caves were known to the local habitat, the credit for bring the caves into limelight goes to British archaeologist Robert Bruce Goote in 1884. If you are a nature lover and love visiting nature spot don’t miss going to the Belum caves, they are worth a look and that is understating the obvious.