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Travelled to belum caves and grand canyon on low budget by public transport in 960rs.
Duration: 3 Days
Expenditure 960
Photos of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 1/1 by Gautam Vaishnav

How I travelled to the Belum caves and the grand canyon of india in 960 Rs!

Are you amazed by the headline? but its true!

Many of my friends jaw dropped and where dumb struck when I told them about such a low budget but worthy travel!!

I planned to go in March where I got 3 days leave. I was accompanied by my friend (Nikhil Bagul) who is a freelancer photographer. We started by boarding the train from Mumbai CST to Tadipatri in Chennai express 12163 at 20:30pm and we reached Tadipatri by 11:30am the next day.

We hopped in the general compartment and the ticket was for 250rs per person.

Once when we reached Tadipatri, we planned to explore the Belum caves and the grand canyon and set our tents there.

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How to reach belum caves from tadipatri:

Once you reach tadipatri station, you can get sharing rickshaw to the tadipatri bus stop for 10rs. From here you need to board any bus going towards banagana bali which will drop you to belum caves which is 30 km far and the ticket is 23rs only.(3 km after kollimigundulu). Once you enter the premises of it you will see a gaint bright white buddha statue to your right.

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Information of belum caves.

Belum caves are the second highest caves in India, formed due to water flow, they are carved out of limestone deposits in the erramalai region, discovered by a British geologist and archaeologist Robert Bruce Foote in 1884.

They are explored around 3.5 km from which only 1.5km is accessible to public. Jains and buddhists monks occupied these caves centuries ago. You need 2 hours to explore this caves. Dhyan mandir, is a section in the caves which is a stone formation looking like shiva linga and patal ganga.

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Once we had done with belum caves we refilled our water bottle from outside of the belum caves from a water purifier machine and headed towards kollimegundulu bus from outside of belum caves gate.

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Tip: Always refill drinking water as and when available in your travel


Once we reached kollimegundulu we boarded a jamalmadugu bus and from there we got a bus to gandikota (last bus is at 6 30pm). I got some 20chikoo's in 10rs from the market for dinner. For a clear view and pricing of the tour you can check the details in the end. I have given a summary of it in the end.

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We reached the entrance of the gandikota fort which is the stop of the bus from here its 15 to 20 minutes’ walk to the temples of the fort where we installed our tent on a flat land after looking around the area for any insects or any harm. We were all set to have our dinner - chikoo's, oranges, theplas, dry snacks and water. Nikhil clicked pics of Milky Way where the visibility was not that good but he tried getting a good shot.

Food arrangement during the travel:

To experience a real low budget travel, I carried with myself methi theplas, sauce and pickle which sufficed me for 2 days. Refilling drinking water wherever possible is a written rule for every backpacker and traveller.

Wake up call in morning 6 am. We got freshen up by 7 am and started moving towards the only grand canyon of India and when I saw the view was mesmerizing with penna river flowing between the canyon. We got to see the sunrise from the grand canyon for it I went a little ahead on the canyon and Nikhil went to another point from where he got a great shot of mine. (Image below).view of grand canyon

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I met some travellers from two girls from Mumbai and 3 bikers from Pune I shared our travelling experience with them till then Nikhil had finished with his photoshoot of the grand canyon. we badly wanted a bath after traveling in general boggie for around 14 hrs and 3 bus journey till gandikota.

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So we asked some local people about it and managed to place from where the whole village takes water for drinking purpose and other chores work but we didn't had any vessel to fetch the water out so I asked a local person for a vessel which he agreed to lend me and I promised him that we will return him in 20 minutes we were done in 15min only.

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when I returned the vessel the local person offered me to have breakfast at his home. His name was Guru. we had murmuregud (murmura made like poha) at his home,

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also met his whole family because that day there was a jaatra in the village which was a religious event for the whole village and I shared our further plan with him on which he suggested us to stay that evening in the village only and wanted us to leave next morning because there was a big occasion in the village called yallamaa jaatra celebrated only once in a year.

 So I thought we should give it a shot and we stayed back in the village to watch the festival. I clicked some pictures with guru's family.

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The festival is combined by all the nearby villages and this is mostly for the betterment of the village. Around 100 goats are cut through their head where every house has a goat of their own. After the festival everyone takes the goat to their homes and prepare mutton for their whole family.

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This night we slept on the terrace of guru's house, next morning we waked by 5 am and got ready by 5:30 am because we had our first bus from gandikota fort at 6 am.

We met for the last time to guru and thanks him for all he did for us. Soon we were waiting for the first bus to arrive at fort entrance. The bus was late by some reason so we hopped in a school bus which dropped us at jamalmadgu (10 rs). From here we got a direct bus to tadipatri ticket was 48 rs. (If you are planning to visit gooty fort then you have to drop at bhuugaa and from there you can head to gooty fort.)

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Tadipatri bus stop to tadipatri railway station is 10rs and I purchased some fruits to eat (100rs).

From tadipatri we had our train to mumbai at 13:10pm (same chennai express 12164.)

back to mumbai at 0600. Journey ends well.

To sum it up all the expense:

Dadar station - Tadipatri (indian railway) - 250rs (unreserved ticket)

Tadipatri railway station to tadipatri bus stop(rickshaw) -10rs

tadipatri Bus stop to belum caves (30km 1hr frequency 20 min/bus) - 23rs

Bbelum - kolimigula (3km/bus) - 6rs

Kolimigula to Jamalmadgu (40km/bus) - 29rs

Jamalmadgu to Gandikota (20km/bus) - 13rs

Gandikota to Jamalmadgu (school bus) - 10rs

Jamalmadgu to tadipatri bus stop(bus) - 48rs

Fruit - 100rs

Rickshaw - 10rs

Tadipatri - Dadar station (indian railway) - 465 rs (reserved ticket)

Total expense is 964rs.

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If you have any queries , please feel free to contact me. I am just like you - A traveler seeking thrill by discovering new places & amazing adventures!

For more info visit my website all my travel and trek start from mumbai you can get a complete inside of all my trek and travel done in shoe string budget.

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