Caves of Andhra Pradesh
Caves are an integral part of entire Andhra Pradesh. There are many caves located in various districts of the state. The most famous among all the caves of the state are Belum Caves. These caves are located in Kurnool
district and are the second largest caves of India. Other majorly known caves of the state are Borra Caves located near Vishakapatnam in the Ananthagiri Hills of the Eastern Ghats. Some of the other famous caves of the state include Undavalli caves, Yadiki Caves, Yaganti Caves and Mogalarajapuram Caves. For all the cave lovers, Andhra Pradesh offer exciting opportunity to feel these natural creations of various time periods.
One of the most visited and prestigious sites of Andhra Pradesh, Belum Caves are the second largest caves of India. These caves are located at a distance of about 30 Km and 100 Km from Nandyal
and Kurnool respectively. Although, from the relics found in the caves it is clear that they belong to Buddhist era of 4500 BC, however they were founded in 1884 only and were developed as a tourist attraction in the year of 2002. The caves are a result of a natural process of flowing water on limestone deposits forming stalactites and stalagmites along with the siphons. To know more about the Belum caves, click here
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Another natural wonder of Andhra Pradesh, Borra caves are located near Araku Valley
at a distance of about 92 Km from Visakhapatnam. These caves are known as Gosthani among the locals as the rock formations inside the caves resembles udders of a cow. They also serve as a famous pilgrimage site due to the existence of a Shivalinga and an idol of Kamadenu. The caves are 1,400 metres above sea level and are known for the beautiful stalagmite and stalactite formations inside them. As far as historical importance of these caves is concerned, Paleolithic implements found in the year of 1807 are believed to be 1 million years old. To know more about the Borra caves, click here
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Located at a distance of about 38 Km from Narasaraopet in Guntur district, Guthikonda Caves attract a lot of visitors every year on a regular basis. As per the locals, saints and maharishis used to meditate in these caves in ancient times due to their charm and natural beauty. Also known by the name of Dakshina Kasi, these caves are situated amidst the dense forest. Main attraction of these caves is the Guthikonda Bilam, where people used to live in an prehistoric era.
Another natural marvel from the bucket of Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, Yaganti Caves are among one of the most famous tourist attractions of Andhra Pradesh. These caves are not only famous for their natural beauty but also for being the renowned pilgrimage site of the state. They are located at a distance of about 100 Km from Kurnool and have many natural caves in its vicinity. A main tourist attraction of Yaganti caves is the Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple, which attracts thousands of pilgrims on a regular basis. Caves of Yaganti are named as the Rokalla caves, Veera Brahman Caves, Venkateswara Caves and Sanka caves. To know more about the Yaganti caves, click here
Being one of the paramount tourist attractions of Vijaywada, Mogalarajapuram Caves attract numerous vacationers every year. These caves are known for the three cave temples dating back to the 5th century. However the caves are located in the city centre itself, they are in a ruined condition now. The idols of Lord Nataraja and Lord Vinayaka, situated in the temples of these caves make them religiously significant for the local people. In recent times, only one out of the three temples is in a good condition only. Another major attraction of this place is the Mogalarajapuram Temple, which is known to be one of the oldest temples of entire South India.
Another natural beauty situated in Vijayawada, Undavalli Caves are the perfect example of rock cut architecture of ancient era. These caves are known to be of 7th century and are located at a distance of about 8 Km from Vijaywada and 22 Km from Guntur. These caves are carved out of sandstone on the side of a hill. There are several caves situated here, but the most famous of them all is the one, which has a huge monolith of Lord Vishnu in the reclining posture within it. This cave has a temple of four stories and the monolith made by a single granite block is situated on the second storey of the same. The main cave depicts Gupta architecture style. From the Buddhist vihara style of the first floor of the same, it is clear that the cave was used by the Jain monks in the very beginning. To know more about the Undavalli Caves, click here
Yadiki Caves are located at a distance of about 18 km from Yadiki in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. A lot of people visit Yadiki caves not only to enjoy the natural beauty around the place, but also for the purpose of trekking and rock climbing. Yadiki caves include Geemanugavi and Uudamanagavi caves and attract thousands of visitors every year. Geemanugavi caves are of 5 Km length and comprises of intricate designs of stalactite and stalagmite formations in the shapes of globes, snakes, bridges and chandeliers. Uudamanagavi caves on the other hand are capable of accommodating 100 people at once. Yadiki caves are one of the most beautiful caves of Andhra Pradesh as it offers a mind blowing view of the gorges, springs, hillocks, lakes, winding roads and padd fields to all the visitors. To know more about the Yadiki Caves, click here.
Akkana and Madanna Caves
Located at the foothill of the renowned Kanaka Durga temple
in Vijaywada, Akkana and Madanna Caves are a must visit for all the visitors of Vijaywada. These caves used to be dedicated to Trimurti and are free of any kind of ornamental moulding or sculpture. Some people believe that these caves were built by Akkanna and Madanna, who were the ministers of Qutb-Shah (1611 A.D.-1672 A.D.), while historian says that they belong to 6th or 7th Century, A.D. The caves offer a picturesque view of the surroundings, which are full of beautiful and aromatic flowers.