Covering some interesting geological structure trips that you can do.
Orange Caves in Andhra
Known by the villages Bildurgam, the caves named Billa Surgam are sedimentary and igneous rock formations. About an hour’s drive from Kurnool there is a small village called Kanuma Kina Kottala where the Billa Surgam caves are located.
Geologists discovered cave art which is more than 5,000 years old. The cave was first discovered by British Geologist Robert Bruce Foote in 1884, the same geologist who discovered Belum Caves in Andhra and paleolithic stone tools in Chennai.
Numerous stone tools, animal remains, fragments of pottery were found at the caves during the archeological excavation at this site, which makes it evident of the existence of prehistoric human activities.
Let us check the mighty Geo structure by ourselves. This is not a planned travel spot so it’s better to be explored with your group of heritage enthusiasts, a local to escort will add value too.
Amazing Rock Garden
An amazing site of the natural beauty of igneous rock formations, located at about 23 km from the Kurnool district situated in the Kurnool – Nandyal highway at about 3 km from the Orvakal village, is the Orvakal Rock Garden or the Orvakallu.
It is a large sculpture garden park with ancient caves and igneous rock formation between pools of water. This is a different and an unusual travel spot but the fascinating stretch of the rocks will make the visit worthy and cherishable. Orvakal Rock Garden is where some part of Bahubali Movie fight sequence was taken, heard.
The Rock Garland
When we say Tirupati, we do not think anything apart from it being a religious site. It’s interesting to know that the place is also known for one of the oldest and rarest geological formations. A natural stone arch known as the Silathoranam is about 1.5 km from the Tirumala temple. The age of the arch is believed to be about 1600 million years. There are many mythological references and beliefs about the arch as well. This arch is also a National Geo-heritage Monument.
The stunning Geo structure is no more hidden and is made easily accessible to the visitors. There is even a garden set up developed around to fantasize this beauty in comfort. Visits during the sunrise and sunset make it more pleasing and attractive.
Blog written by RJ Vaithee
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