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Belum Caves and Gooty fort - Exploration, 23rd & 24th Feb

From: Srini
Sent on: Saturday, February 2, 2013 3:00 AM

I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:
http://meetup.ghac.in/events/96231582/

When: Friday, February 22,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Belum Cave
Kurnool District
Kurnool

Price: $28.00 Rs. 1,400/-per person

RSVP limit: 20 "Yes" RSVPs

Venue: Belum Caves, Banaganaplli, Kurnool Dist. ( 230 Kilometers from Hyderabad ) & Gooty Fort, Ananthapur Dist ( 310 Km from Hyderabad )

Difficulty: Mild and Fun

Age: 14 - 50 yrs

Risk: Dehydration, Strain, lot of monkeys and baboons.

Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Caving, Camping and making fun on unexpected places.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Schedule :-

Friday Night :

11:30 pm: Start from Hyderabad

Saturday

07:00 am: Reach Belum Caves and Checkin Room (Dormitory Type APTDC Hotel).

08:00 am: Breakfast

10:00 am: Visit Belum Caves

02:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Lunch

04:00 pm: start exploring nearby places.

06:30 pm: Back to Room and Rest.

08:30 pm : Dinner and fun activities.

09:30 pm : Go to Bed.

Sunday

06:00 am: Wake up & Breakfast,

07:00 am: Pack lunch and Head to Gooty Fort.

10:30 am: Reach Gooty fort and Start exploring the fort.

03:30 Finish Exploring the fort.

04:00 pm Start Back to Hyderabad.

08:30 pm Reach Hyderabad..Ta ta.. bye.. bye..

Things to bring:

  • Good trekking shoes,
  • Small First-Aid Kit,
  • Odomos cream/ Sun hat
  • Torch Light (must)
  • 2 liters water bottle
  • Rucksack with plenty of water.
  • Refreshments / chocolates / energy bars.
  • Photo Id (Pan card/Election Card/ Driving License) with a xerox copy
  • Camera
  • Only Track pants and a T-shirt (please bring extra track pant and T-shirt for the next day)

Important Instructions:

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.

5) Do not shout unnecessarily and become a nuisance for everyone.

COST : Estimated Rs.1400/- ( Mini Bus : Rs.800, Dormitory Charges Rs.100, Food and Organizer Reimbursement/First Aid / Stationary Rs.400 and Club Donation Rs.100).

This is on first come-first serve basis. If interested, kindly transfer the amount to the a/c mentioned below.

Account Details where you need to transfer the money

Great Hyderabad Adventure Club,
A/C No[masked] (Current Account),
ICICI Bank Ltd,
Road No 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.
NEFT/ISFC Code: ICIC[masked]

Transaction/Payment Remark:[masked]_your name.

Ex-[masked]_Srinivas Guduru

NO CASH PAYMENTS IN TO THE ACCOUNT PLEASE. [masked] is the meetup I.D which you can see in the link above. If you don't mention[masked] it is difficult to track the transaction.

Alternatively, you can use your credit card for payment. using the below link

Payment:
• You can pay for the event using your credit/debit card here:
http://eventdunia.com/index.php/component/ghacbooking?event_id=96231582

Contact Details :

Pls give preference for contacting through Email ID.

[address removed]

Srini : 90523-44867.

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