Roadtrip - Gandikota to Belum Caves


Belum Caves

After driving for about 30 minutes from Gandikota guesthouse, we reached a small village where we found fuel station and (not so fancy) restaurants for lunch. We ate a Biryani and Non-Veg thali and the bill was about INR 400/-Looking at the restaurant it wasn't what we expected.

We continued driving and reached Belum Caves by 3 PM.

Entry Ticket - INR 50

The Belum Caves are known for its stalactite and stalagmite formations. They have long passages, galleries and spacious caverns with fresh water. Its deepest point is at 46 meters from entrance level. They have a length of 3,229 meters making them the second largest natural caves on the Indian Subcontinent. It is now one of the centrally protected monuments of national importance.
- Wiki

Beautiful formations of the caves

These underground caves are beautiful, well lit and hold an air of mystic! Narrow passages, never ending tunnels, underground springs, all come alive as you walk past them, trying to tell a story that is beyond our little minds to grasp.


Only about 1.5 km of the caves is accessible, ventilated and well marked too. We did try to explore some passages that were not lit nor marked. But after walking for only about 60 meters, the air becomes too thick for breathing as there are no ventilation ducts put here and we couldn't go any further.

More inside

No thats not sunlight, but lights put by the authorities

I saw an alien face :)

The caves are never ending

.. it goes on

Yellow lights help in photography

After exploring to our hearts' content, we were ready to start back by 5 PM and reached back home by midnight.


1. There is one cafe at Belum Caves selling basic snacks and beverages. Not sure if they have meals.

2. Washrooms here were not maintained well at all.

Also read:
Roadtrip from Bangalore to Gandikota 
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  1. Wow, those caves look absolutely magical. You got great photos, especially considering how difficult it is to shoot in places like that. I'd love to see them in person.

  2. I stay in Bangalore and Belum caves has been on our list for far too long to not tick it off. Need to get there ASAP. Guess this post is just the motivation we need!

  3. A road trip, biryani and caves… Hmmm, 3 things I love! I think it’s great that the Belum Caves is one of the centrally protected monuments of national importance in India.

  4. Hmmmm....these caves are intriguing, but my claustrophobia might just kick in by the looks of your photos. Interesting to know about, nonetheless.

  5. Great photos of the Belum caves! You can see why they've been designated a natural treasure. Sounds like a fun road trip with some good food! By the way, I didn't see an alien face but I did see a crocodile face!

  6. The belum caves look very interesting to explore! It's too bad that only 1.5 km is accessible but maybe they will expand later.

  7. The Belum caves seem like an amazing off the beaten path destination. It almost looks surreal. Thanks for sharing your tips!

  8. The Belum Caves sounds so cool! I really love exploring underground – it’s always got a sense of exploration and exhilaration as you’re heading into the dark. A sense of mystic and mystery too for sure. Interesting that the air becomes too difficult to breath at a certain point – love your shots of the light playing across the sandstone of the cave.