Pandavula Guhalu, Ramappa Temple - Timings, History, Best Time to Visit

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Distance (From Ramappa Temple): 25 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2-3 Hours

Place Location: Near Thirumalagiri

Transportation Options: + Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 3 km from Thirumalagiri, and 25 km from Ramappa Temple, Pandavula Guhalu is an ancient cave site situated near Thirumalagiri in the Jayshankar Bhupalpally district in Telangana. It is one of the famous places of heritage in Telangana, and among the best places to visit during the Ramappa Temple tour.

Pandavula Guhalu is a prehistoric habitation site situated atop Pandavulakonda or Pandavula Gutta. The site was first discovered in the year 1990. Paleolithic cave paintings have been found here which offer a rare glimpse into the prehistoric man's rock art identified on walls and ceilings of caves, rock shelters, and isolated boulders. Experts say these cave paintings date back to at least the 7th Century.

The rock art paintings depict wildlife like Bison, Antelope, Tiger, Leopard, etc. Other shapes like the swastika symbol, circles, and squares, weapons such as bows, arrows, swords, and lancers, etc are present in these paintings. The paintings also feature geometrical designs and impressions in green, red, yellow, and white pigment colors. Pandavula Gutta is rich in terms of the number of paintings, rock shelters, and its habitation, right from the Mesolithic to medieval times.

Pandavula Guhalu is a rock-climbing and camping paradise. The special topography of this place makes it very conducive for rock climbing too.

One needs to climb around 520 steps to reach the caves from the entrance. It took 2 hours both ways. It is a medium to difficult trek and is not suitable for kids and elders who have joint problems.

Timings: 8 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free, Rs. 20 for Adults, & Rs. 10 for Children