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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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