Caving in Andhra Pradesh

The Yaganti Caves, Yaganti expresses the charismatic splendor of nature which has shaped these sources of eternal beauty of Andhra Pradesh Tourism. Found at Yaganti, the Caves are a splendid assemblage of subterranean passageways evolved due to various actions and reactions of nature over a considerable span of time.The brilliant internal chambers and the natural cavities that exist in all these Caves surely capture the imagination of the visitors in no time.

The traditional fables of Yaganti shows that the Caves were the very place where Kalagnanam – the famous literary wonder scripted by Potuluri Veera Brahman has took a practical shape. Known as one of the great figures of Andhra Pradesh’s literature world, Potuluri chose the quaint and calm place of Yaganti Caves to work on one of his fabulous scripts.

A major place of tourist appeal, Yaganti Caves receives huge number of visitors every year. The place has well-developed infrastructure of roads. The railway station is located at Kurnool which is 100 km away from Yaganti. Banaganapalle, an adjoining city of the place, is at a distance of only 13 km and from here one can avail bus services. The nearest air port is situated in Hyderabad.

The Belum Caves, Belum is one of the unique touristy attractions of the state, the entire area inside the Caves covers a total of 3229 meters. The visitors have to cover a sloping passage of 20 meters to reach to the main cavity of the Caves.Proofs of ancient civilization are found in these natural Caves that have eventually helped in making the place one of the prime spots of historical importance and tourist attraction.

Undavalli Caves are striking specimen of Indian rock-cut architecture. Built during the 4th-5th century, these caves are to be found in Undavalli village, about 32 km from the Guntur city of Andhra Pradesh. The amazing four-storey edifice looks marvelous amidst lush green countryside. Though the caves comprise basically of temples, the architecture appears to be imbibed from Buddhist monasteries.

The walls are adorned with murals, depicting scenes from the mythological stories. Anantasayi (Vishnu reclining on serpent couch) is the remarkable figurine of 5 meters, which festoons the second storey of the Undavalli Caves Temples. The studies reveal that sculptures of both Shiva and Vaishnava must have been added later. Even the architecture at the top floor suggests that it was proposed for a triple shrine.

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