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When caves and camping go hand in hand: Belum Caves and Gandikota


“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” -Roy M. Goodman


The first official trip of the year 2019. Gandikota. ❤

Weekend getaway. Bucket list ticked off. Wish fulfilled.
Some trips are for that experience your heart craves for. This one is one of them.


We started off early on a Saturday morning.
Route map:

Stop A: Hyderabad – Kurnool – Belum Caves
Stop B: Belum Caves – Jammalamadugu – Gandikota: Grand Canyon of India


And after 8 hours of constant singing and eating off highways, we landed in Stop A.
Belum Caves.

Reviews suggest that you reach the place in the morning as you need light to see.
However, the caves are well equipped with lights.
Timings: 10am – 4:30pm
Tickets: As applicable

It was pretty hot. Make sure to carry your sunglasses, sunscreens, umbrellas, hats, ceilings, rooftops (just kidding) :’D whichever is convenient for some shade.

The caves are huge and would take an hour to one and a half hour for a complete tour.
Full of long passages, narrow routes and high shelves (you can climb up on) it’s fun to explore this enormous place.

Imagine an elliptical shape. Corners darkened due to the low light in the cave. Moving towards the center of the picture, blue lights reflecting from the left and red light from the right on stalactites dropping from top of the cave ceiling.

After all the exploration, we refueled and headed to our final destination; Gandikota.

En route you have Jammalamadugu, a town in case you would like to buy anything.
We were preparing ourselves for a campfire, stay in a tent under the starry skies kind of a night. ❤

Night stay: available in Haritha resorts.

However, we chose to camp. We pre-booked our tents. Inclusions: sleeping bags, dinner, breakfast, washrooms and campfire for Rs. 800/- per person with moonlight campers.


With the camping site right next to the canyon, barbequed Tangdi kebab and paneer, on the skewers. The constant khich-khich of the crickets, soothing music in the backgroud, almost full moon, lying on the rocks, funny folks on the side, the night was memorable. ❤

The next day, we woke up to a beautiful sunrise, ❤

Fast forward to; freshen up and breakfast.
Next point: Gandikota fort, the local temple, and places around it..

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After an hour of roaming around in the sun, exhausted, we sat down, took our time to relax and explored the temple around us.

Realization hit me that we reached the destination and it was time for us to head back home.
But home was far away and I still had a bucket load of time to drive back, all the while making memories as I go… ❤

To the folks who know, the rest is History #GaajuvaakaPilla ❤

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Through the Tunnels, Into the Sea

” I always run into strong women who are looking for weak men to dominate them –  Andy Warhol”

Inspired by the quote, and to prove myself that I’m strong enough to tackle life’s abnormal challenges, I decided to embark my journey for a brief trip with my bestie. ❤

Hi there, been so long that I’ve poured my heart out on paper and ink – technically blog and a laptop for the tech savvy generation like you and me. ❤ 😉

A 2 day trip. Precisely a 58 hour-round the clock trip.

We started by train, from Hyderabad to Vizag.
Almost a sleepless night since you’re two single girls travelling, people tend to gawk at you like you’re a miracle from Wonder Woman. ( Not kidding 😛 )

We reached Vizag by 12 Noon, took a compensatory sleep for 3 hours and started off to explore the city.

Day 1

Destination 1 : Kailasagiri

Presenting you “A hilltop view of the whole vizag city with it’s breathtaking sea view.”

With the cool sea breeze hitting your face, you tend to forget your worries for a while. 🙂

And the best part is, you get to reach the top through a cable car. ❤
They charge Rs. 90/- per head for a round trip.

You can drive your way up too.
A 20 mins Toy Train ride around the hill-top in case you’re in a hurry. 😉

Destination 2: INS Kursura (S20) Submarine Museum

An abode to Indian Navy’s Pride and honor and a must visit destination while you’re in Vizag.

INS Kursura is a real-time submarine now for display in R.K beach.

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Back from the Submarine, we went to dine at the local street food joint (somewhere near pantaloons) and believe me, it’s Yumm. 😛

Day 2

You know you’re amazing at time management when you got a train to catch at 6:50 A.M and you’re getting a ticket from the counter at 6:48 A.M. 😛

And the biggest achievement is when you catch the train. ❤ 😛

Yep. You heard that right. #Girlboss

We hurried through the smooth platforms of Vizag and took our train towards          Borra Caves

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The Train Journey was “Through the tunnels.” ❤
Beauty of the valleys on the sides and people cheering for every time the train went dark.

A once in a lifetime experience.

The caves from the railway station is a 10 minute walk.
You get autos at Rs.5/- and travel packages from there to Araku ( Negotiable.)

We decided to explore the caves to our heart’s content.
Picked up some water bottles and started to walk down the road.

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The entry tickets are as follows:

Rs.60/- for Entry (Adults) , Rs.25/- for carrying your mobile phone and Rs.100/- for a Still/Video Camera.

You also have a cloak room to submit your belongings for minimal prices.

Eatables aren’t allowed inside as you’ve my friends in there (refer the below picture) :

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After a 20 mins process of ticketing and submitting all the baggage, we checked in. 😉

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Beautifully formed stalactites and stalagmites we spent hours exploring them. ❤

We had our lunch outside the caves (pretty expensive) and started our trip back to Vizag.
We came back by bus which is 7 K.M away from the caves. You get shared cabs for Rs.40/- per person.

The ride down the hill, I named it Snake ride (short one, though.)
The twists and turns of the bus make you feel nauseous and pukish. Please carry required medicines with you.

And then comes the soul of Vizag, the beach. ❤

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The best part about beach is it brings out the child in you. 🙂
Playing with the waves and making sand dunes, I met one of my old friend.

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With shells in my hand and a secret gift the ocean had sent me, I signed off with memories in my Travel Diaries. ❤