Venue: Belum Caves, Banaganaplli, Kurnool Dist. ( 330 Kms from Hyderabad ) & Gooty Fort, Ananthapur Dist ( 310 Kms from Hyderabad )
Risk: Dehydration, Strain
Activities: Hiking, Caving...
Belum Caves : Belum Cave lies in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Belum Cave is 3.5 km in length and the second longest cave in India next to 21km long Krem Um Lawan cave in Meghalaya. Only 2km of the Belum Cave is opened for public. To enter inside the cave one should be accompanied by a guide and freely wandering in the cave is strictly prohibited. There are three entry points to the cave out of which one is converted to a main entrance. There are passages in the cave where one will have to crawl to pass by. There are some streams inside the cave. There is a chamber inside the cave where a lot of stalactites and stalagmites (horn like formation of limestone) can be seen. The chamber is called Kotilingalu and the entrance to chamber is called Simhadwaram. There is a chamber inside the cave called Saptasvarala Guha or Musical chamber where the limestone formations make metallic sounds. The deepest point in the cave is called Pathalaganga where a perennial stream is found.
Gooty Fort : The citadel of the fort is built on burly hillocks ranging about 300 metres in height. The fort is crafted in the shape of a shell and is carved with 15 granite main doors. A significant find here is the copious water sources at such height. The steep climb to the fort is cobbled with smooth granite blocks and climbing and descending is a tough task especially for the aged. The hilltop commands a grand view of the growing township. The fort is in ruins, though in the care of the Archaelogical Survery of India. There is a lot of potential to develop it as a tourist resort.The fort is built in the shape of a shell and has fifteen forts with fifteen main doors (Mukhadwaralu). The fortifications include a series of walls connected by fourteen gateways flanked by bastions.
Tentative Event Schedule :
09:00 pm: Meet and Start from MGBS Bus stand
06:00 am: reach Belum Cave and start exploring
01:00 pm - 01:30 pm: Lunch
03:30 pm Reach Gooty fort and Start exploring the fort.
06:30 pm Finish Exploring the fort.
07:00 pm Start Back to Hyderabad.
06:00 am Monday morning reach Hyderabad
Few things in between are not planned and these things are must in an adventure / exploration trek
Things to bring:
Good trekking shoes
food for whole day (or money to meet your food expenses)
2 liters of water
Refreshments / chocolates / energy bars
any valid original Photo Id proof
comfortable Track pants and a T-shirt
1) no smoking and no alcohol
2) No littering, no pollution of water
3) We carry Basic First Aid and if you need anything you can ask the organizers
4) if you feel unwell bring to the notice of the organizers immediately.
All GHAC rules and guidelines apply
COST : Estimated Rs.900/- ( Excluding food)might increase or decrease. we will share the cost if it is more than this
(RTC Bus : Rs.700, GHAC Fund Rs. 100 and
Organizer Reimbursement/misc Rs.100).
Actual Expense statement will be shared at the end of the event.
(Food is not included in this meetup cost, you are advised to get food or money so that where ever comfortable will have it)
Account Holder Name: Great Hyderabad Adventure Club
Account Type: Savings
Bank: AXIS BANK Road no:2, Banjarahills Branch
Branch: Road No 12, Banjara Hills
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(Please make the payment by 20th Dec,2013 or earlier)
No refunds for this meetup
Please be on time at Meeting point by Saturday 9:00 P.M sharp at MGBS Bus station
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