Caves in Andhra Pradesh

Depicting the historical saga of Andhra Pradesh, the Caves are spread in all over the area of the state. Housing the rock-cut statues of Lord Buddha, some of the Caves date back to the oldest of centuries. Today, these natural Caves are some of the exquisite tourist appeals of Andhra Pradesh. The past archives of Andhra Pradesh suggest that the Caves were present in the place from a very old time.

While the Belum Caves of the state are the natural underground passageways that are well-known for being second to the Meghalaya Caves with respect to their length, Borra Caves established near the river of Gosthani are built of the inherent limestone deposits.

Undavalli Caves are yet another natural splendor of Andhra Pradesh. Found by the side of Krishna River, these Caves are believed to be discovered in the early periods of fourth and fifth centuries. A magnificent statue of God Vishnu dons the entire area of these Caves.

Encompassing the Sanka Cave, Venkateswara cave, rokalla Cave and Veera Brahman Cave, the Yaganti Caves of Andhra Pradesh represents a beautiful conglomeration of pristine natural subterranean channels.

Guthikonda Caves near Narasaropet of Andhra Pradesh were once inhabited by the oldest ancestors of mankind. During the extensive excavation work, a sword holder was found from these Caves that was believed to belong to the primeval times.

Evolved over a period of several centuries, the various Caves of Andhra Pradesh have become a prime subject of interest for the archeological department of India and some other foreign counties too.

The list of links to various Caves of Andhra Pradesh is listed below:

Caves

Belum Caves, Belum

Originally discovered in 1854 by H.B.Foote, these subturanean passages were explored by the Department of archealogy and Museums, followed by team of European spalelogist led by Mr Gebaner, Belum Caves are the second largest natural caves in Indian Sub. continent after Meghalaya Caves.

These underground caves are located on a flat agricultural field, have 3 well like cavities with the central one being the main entrance to the caves.

After a descent of 20 meters at the entrance, the cave is horizontal & has a length of 3229 meters. Longer than Borra Caves in Vishakapatnam district Belum Caves have long passages, spacious chambers, fresh water galleries and siphons. All this makes Belum Caves a geological & archeological attraction worldwide.


Borra Caves, Kirinrandal

Borra Caves are located at distance of 90 km from Visakhapatnam. They are spread over the Eastern Ghats and occupy an area of 2 square kilometers. The one-million-year-old Borra Caves are situated at a height 1400 feet above the sea level.

These limestone caves were formed as a result of the action of Gosthani River. The river, which now flows through these caves, was once upon a time flowing over the limestone area. Due to the pressure exerted by the river water on the mineral deposits, the limestone dissolved and gradually the caves were formed. In the process, giving rise to several interesting structures like - a mushroom, a temple, a mosque, a church and many more.


Guthikonda Caves, Guthikonda

Close to Karampudi, 38 Kms from Narasaraopet Guthikonda caves are located amidst dense forest. The environment here is serene. The subterra mean passage (Bilam/Cave) at Guthikonda yielded an antinnae sword cast of copper datable to the ehalcolithic times. The cave was used as habitation site by the protohistoric people. The location in forest and the hills attract furnists during the week ends.

Mogalarajapuram Caves, Vijayawada

These caves are datable to 5th Century AD. The idols of Lord Nataraja, Vinayaka and Arthanareeswara are carved here.


Undavalli Caves, Undavalli

The Undavalli caves, in the village of Undavalli, are at a distance of and nearly The high hill overlooking the Krishna river hosts fine specimens of rock cut architectural of the Buddhists.

These caves were excavated in 4th-5th centuries A.D. These four storied caves with a 5m long reclining statue of Lord Vishnu sculpted from a single block of granite, is one of the best and earliest type here.


Yaganti Caves, Yaganti

The natural caves at Yaganti such as Rokalla cave, Venkateswara cave, Sanka cave, and Veera Brahmam caves add beauty and serenity to this holy place. Potuluri Veera Brahmam has written his monumental work, kalagnanam in this cave only.