SUBJECT :Adventure events at the hillock, organised by Forest Department, draw many enthusiasts 

Participants get to do rock climbing, rappelling, bouldering and trekking at the hillock.

Jayashankar Bhupalpally, January 29, 2018: Pandavula Gutta (hillock) also known as Pandavula Guha (cave), located about 50 km away from Warangal city near Kothapally village in Regonda mandal in the district, has become a perfect destination for adventurers, particularly rock climbers and trekkers.

Thanks to the officials of the district Forest Department for their efforts to promote the place as the best getaway.

After the overwhelming response they received for the rock climbing events organised at the Gutta, the Forest Department officials have decided to organise climbing events every Saturday and Sunday henceforth.

A rock climbing festival conducted in September last year for the first time was an instant hit. Since then, the event has been organised several times as many adventurers have shown interest in the event. This has prompted the Forest Department to make the event a regular thing. For this purpose, the officials have also purchased a rock climbing kit costing Rs 2.5 lakh.

Participants get to do rock climbing, rappelling, bouldering and trekking. The officials are utilising the services of members from the Rock Climbing School, Bhongir.

District eco-tourism coordinator Kalyanapu Suman said, “Each participant is charged Rs 400. Apart from rock climbing, rappelling, bouldering and trekking, they are also provided lunch.”

Meanwhile, the officials have decided to improve the facilities at the hillock for the benefit of the visitors with an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh.

An arch and a booking centre have been set up at the entrance of the hillock as part of improving the basic amenities. Setting up solar lights and development of the landscape will be taken up shortly.

The cave paintings here date back to the pre-historic age and offer a fascinating peek into human history. The caves are adorned with figures of humans, animals and other symbols. Experts say these cave paintings date back at least 7th Century.

Though the Forest Department is making all efforts to promote Pandavula Gutta as an eco-tourism destination, no measures have been taken to conserve the prehistoric rock art in the caves on the hillock.

The ‘Shilatoranam’ (rock gate) at the hillock is said to be bigger than the popular Shilatoranam on Tirumala hills.