STEP OUT – ANDHRA PRADESH
Belum Caves in Karnool District of Andhra Pradesh is one of the largest caves in South India. The caves extend up to 3225 meters in length and 29 meters in depth. There are three well like cavities with the central one being the main entrance to the caves. The modern day existence of the caves was explored and surveyed in the year 1884 by a European named H B Foote.
Later, a much detailed exploration by German speleologist Herbert and his team was taken up and the team was able to map the caves to an extent of nearly three-and-a- half kilometers. The caves are declared as a protected area by the
Government of Andhra Pradesh. The present area that is accessible to the public is around 1.5km. The place is around 280 kms away from the garden city Bangalore and 80 kilometers from Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.