Ketavaram Caves

Kurnool District

Andhra Pradesh


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Ketavaram is a Village in Orvakal Mandal in Kurnool District in Andhra Pradesh State in India. It is  located 6.3 km distance from its Mandal Main Town Orvakal and 14.2 km distance from its District Main City Kurnool.The Ketavaram rock painting's are dated back to the Paleolithic era. Among the ancient rock-art sites, this is Andhra Pradesh’s most prominent one. These paintings  are created centuries ago and located  in rock shelters. 

The paintings were mostly simple line drawings, all in red, depicting scenes from regular life—hunting, gathering, scenes of merriment. Experts believe these were made around 10,000 years ago and hold that the pigments were derived from vegetable juice, tree milk and animal fat. The brushes were probably simple wooden sticks with animal (possibly goat) hair.

Here, the rare drawings may look faded, yet they continue to hold the intrigue of the tourists. And here’s where you get the first real glimpse of the rocks – the beauty of nature that only gets better and even more awe-inspiring once you get back to Orvakal.

Along a stretch of rocks at Ketavaram, paintings dating from Paleolithic age have been found and these sets of drawings have been dated down the ages, from realistic drawings of large deer by hunter gathers, through symbolic humans of the Iron Age and to the handprints of more recent pilgrims. This can be called one of the world’s longest sequences of rock art. Animal like deer, hyena, monkey, dog, tiger humped bulls, fox, rabbit reptiles like the lizard  a bird and human figures are also depicted.

How to Reach

Kurnool is the nearest major town to Ketavaram. Road connectivity is there from Kurnool to Ketavaram. 


Best time to visit

September to February is the best months to visit this place as the weather is pleasant and easier to navigate.


Travel tips

APSRTC runs number of buses from major cities to the location. 

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Rolla Padu Sanctuary

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