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The Guthikonda Caves are in the midst of a thick wooded area and are believed to be natural caves. They are quite impressive and, in the past, grabbed the attention of sages and saints of yore who needed secluded places far removed from human habitation so that they could concentrate on meditation and prayer without any external disturbances. So, they provided a quiet and serene ambiance for yogis
and Maharishis who were in pursuit of spiritual experience. This is the reason why the Guthikonda area, along with the caves, is popularly known as the Dakshina Kasi. Guthikonda Bilam is a small, but interesting portion of these caves which, in the past centuries, formed a pre-historic dwelling place for the people. The copper swords found in these caves date back to pre-historic time. The caves are in the Nallamala hill of Eastern Ghat and the rocks are mainly limestone and mica-schist. There are many caves here, but a few are accessible. The floor is uneven, and is made of gravel. Countless small and big boulders are found inside the cave.
The earliest natural caves were used by local inhabitants for a variety of purposes, such as shrines and shelters. Evidence suggests that the caves were first occupied and altered during the Mesolithic period (6000 BC).