Sunrise at Gandikota, Belum caves and Oravakullu Rock garden
In order to not miss the sunrise, we woke up by 5:30, freshened up and reached the Canyon by 6:15.. this time we climbed a little more n reached the top of those rocks to get a better view..
Bright start of this day was one of a lifetime experience 😀
After breakfast at the hotel, we left for Belum caves.. being lucky enough we met an old couple from Bengaluru who were kind enough to take us alongwith them in their car ! (But, age does not make 1 old, they would have been the most enthusiastic, fit, energetic couple I have ever met and who loves travelling that too, an unplanned trip)
The temperature inside these caves can soar upto 40degress, but we were lucky enough that the weather was a little cooler coz of the rains the previous day !
These are the longest caves accessible to humans in India.. one can go deep inside and the walk would go on for a 4-5km stretch ! It was really nice to have visited the caves after the childhood days..
Spending 2hours here, we waved the couple a good bye and waited for the local bus to take us to Bananganapalli. From there we had to change the bus n catch another 1 for Oravakullu..
Right in the middle of the highway is the Haritha Resort (only place to stay in that area).. this hotel is in the midst of the famous Rock garden which was our next destination !! Starving since morning we ordered for the local thali they had.. it was indeed yummy..
After we freshened up, we went towards the rocks on the top, experienced the sunset and the immediate weather change !
Not to make our trip hectic, we stayed back at the resort and next day had planned to leave for Hyderabad ! Else one can visit the rock garden and leave for Kurnool the very same day or plan to visit few other nearby places..
P.s.- Hats off the the Andhra Pradesh Tourism for making these hotels right next to the top visiting places in that state !! APTDC hotels are really well maintained and perfect locations to have a leisure trip.. also, the localites are so helpful in every manner 😊
Overall cost for the day:
1000rs (Entry to Belum caves, journey to rock garden, lunch, stay and dinner)