Kurnool District, Kurnool
Difficulty: Mild and Fun Risk: None
Trek days: Two days
Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, fun
Who can attend:Anyone who is fit enough to travel in bus for 4 hours and is looking for some fun and break from a monotonous city life; All age group allowed (Total 20 slots including hosts)
You need to make the payments to GHAC to confirm your participation! Till then whoever RSVPs will be in Waiting List. Scroll down for payment details.
Details of the places:
Kurnool district, not very far from Hyderabad city, has got some amazing places to see. Some of these are:
Had Lewis Carroll penned his Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland in India, he may have found inspiration in Belum Caves. Falling through the cavern?s sinkhole, his heroine would have tumbled down a bizarre subterranean realm and found adventures galore.
Famous for their stalactite and stalagmite formations, Belum Caves, about 110 km from Kurnool town are the second longest natural caves in the country next only to Meghalaya caves.
When you drive into the entrance of the site that houses the caves, you might think you landed up in the wrong place. The vast expanse of flat land betrays the presence of these impressive caves right beneath you. When you climb down the first 20 metres, the magnificence of this natural wonder will blow you away. You get to walk around 1.5 kilometres of the well-lit caves and even dip your foot in the Patala Ganga (underground Ganges), a natural perennial stream that flows through the caves.
Alampur is a small village located in the Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh. It is also known as "Dakshina Kasi", as it has the famous temples of Nava Brahmeswara and Jogulamba.The temples are renowned for their beauty and have been constructed many years ago.
The town is situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River, where it meets River Krishna and is also surrounded by hills on all sides.
Orvakallu (rock garden)
A miniature Grand Canyon of sorts, Oravakallu is an interesting landscape of majestic rock formations around a long winding water body.
This natural architectural wonder makes for a great trek as you climb up the red rock formations of all shapes and sizes. After a tiring walk up to the highest point, you are rewarded with an amazing view of the water body set against the backdrop of gorgeous open spaces and clear blue skies (if you are lucky).
Located at just 25-odd kilometres from Kurnool, this rock garden on NH 18, is easy to find.
Konda Reddy Buruju (Kurnool fort)
A 12th century bastion which was used as a watch tower by the rulers of the Vijayanagara Empire. The intimidating fort is quite a sight amidst the mad hustle bustle of the Kurnool city. One side you see life in all its chaos and on the other, this beautiful edifice that seems to be stuck in a time warp. Take your time to walk around and admire the ancient citadel, which has been maintained surprisingly well. There are clean benches to sit on, where you can stare at the noisy life outside, even as you wonder how life was like when the kings ruled the state.
Yaganti is famous for Sri Yagantiswamy Temple (also called Umamaheshwar Temple) dedicated to Lord Shiva, constructed in 15th century.
An amazing feature of this temple is its Pushkarini with very pure water. No one knows how the water flows in & out of Pushkarini in all the seasons. Devotees consider that a bath in the holy Pushkarini before visiting Shiva is highly beneficial.
It is proved that the Nandi idol in front of the temple is continuously increasing its size, at the rate of 1 inch per 20 years.
The place is renowned for caves like the Agastya Caves, Venkateswara Caves and Veera Brahmam Caves. One can enter the Agastya cave by climbing 120 steep steps while other two are easier to climb.
3rd August, Saturday
6:00 am: Start from Hyderabad by Bus arranged by organizers (meeting point to be decided depending on location of attendees)
10:00 am: Reach Alampur; breakfast on the way
10:00-3:00 pm: Visit Alampur temple, Meeting point of Krishna- Tungabhadra rivers;Trek around ; lunch
3:00 pm-7:00 pm: Alampur to Kurnool; Visit Kurnool fort and other places in the city
7:00 pm: Start for Belum; have dinner at Banaganapally
9:30 pm: Reach Belum caves; night stay in AP Tourism dormitories booked in advance
4th August, Sunday
7:00-9:45 am: Local see around and breakfast
10:00-12:00 pm: Visit Belum caves
12:00-1:00 pm: Star back to Hyderabad; Reach Yaganti
1:00-3:30 pm: Visit the Shiva temple;Lunch and visit the 3 caves and start to Orvakal
4:40 pm - 6:30pm: Visit the Rock garden
6:45-10:30 pm: Travel back to Hyderabad
Note: The schedule is tentative and may change as per situation; for example, we may visit Orvakal on Saturday evening if time permits; also time permitting we may visit Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary on either of the days.
Few things in between are not planned and these things are must in an adventure trek.
Approximate Cost per head:[masked] (Food excluded. Includes transportation, Accomodation, GHAC donation and Org fund, entry tickets @ Belum caves)
Amount will be shared equally if it is more or less and if we have money left it will be refunded back and cost expense will be shared with all at the end of the trek.
Payments to be made to
Great Hyderabad Adventure Club,
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Most of us may not be serious trekkers but all of us have equal responsibility in protecting our beloved earth. GHAC earnestly requests all its members to be socially responsible whilst the treks and avoid any littering, shouting when in wild or causing anything that would disturb the normal ecology. Hence:
1) no smoking and no alcohol
2) No littering, no pollution of water
3) This is not a luxury trip, but all care has been taken to make your trip comfortable
4) We carry Basic First Aid and if you need anything you can ask the organizers
5) If you feel unwell bring to the notice of the organizers immediately.
8) If you cant swim don't go deep into the water
9)Organizer word is final, and if any unwanted behaviour is exhibited, the person would be removed from the trek at anytime.
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