Borra Caves, Araku Valley
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Borra Caves

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM

Borra Caves, also called as Borra Guhalu in the native language, are situated in Araku Valley and form a part of the Ananthagiri Hills. Drained by the Gosthani River, these caves are mostly a composition of substances like stalagmite and stalactite. Located on the East Coast of India, these caves are considered to be the deepest in India. Placed at an elevation of about 705 m above sea level, the caves are basically karstic limestone structures extending to a depth of 80 m.

These caves were discovered in the year 1807, during the Geological Survey of India, by William King George. There are numerous stories that are associated with these caves, which are believed by the tribal communities like Jatapu, Porja, Kondadora, Nookadora and others, who dwell around them.

According to these tribes, there was a cow, which supposedly fell into these caves through a hole in the roof. While searching for this cow, the cowherd found these caves and came across a Linga inside it. The Linga is considered synonymous to Lord Shiva, who saved the cow. After this, a small Shiva temple was built right outside this cave.

According to another legend, the Shiva Linga, which can be seen inside the caves, has a stone structure of a cow right above it. It is said that the sacred cow's bosom is the source of the Gosthani River that originates from these caves. There are many other legends and famous folklore that make Borra Caves sacred and a famous tourist destination.

One of the largest caves in the Indian subcontinent, it is known for the variety of speleothems that comprise diverse and irregularly shaped stalactites and stalagmites. Gosthani River has its source in the caves. Water percolating from the roof of the caves flows between the stalactites and stalagmites leading to the formation of the Karstic lime stones. In the caves are found fulvous fruit bats (Rousettus leschenaultii), along with several micro-organisms.
 

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Tss Prasad

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  • Tss Prasad
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  18 readers

"150 million years old caves" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
These caves, discovered by William King of the Geological Survey of India in the year 1807, are 150 million years old and run very deep. The caves are full of stalactites and stalagmites and a number of very interesting rocky features too. The natives believe that Rama, Sita and Lakshmana lived in these caves for a while during their 14-year- exile and that the forest was a part of the Kishkinda forests. A group of young American tourists was also there. The railway line from Visakhapatnam to Kirandul runs right over the Borra Caves. There's a clear stream that flows right next to the caves.
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Pavan Sky

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  • Pavan Sky
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews
  •  854 readers

"Limestone wonder in Andhra Pradesh" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is about 20 km from Araku valley which about 100 km from nearest city-Vizag. It has got nice roads and transportation.

Things to watch out:

- Bongulo/Bamboo chicken in Borra caves.
- Awesome road track, but you will miss out the underground bridges if you come by car. (Only trains route has that!)
- It would take 100 years to get an inch of Limestone.
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Randolph Marsh

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  • Randolph Marsh
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 14 photos
  • 25 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2297 readers

"Natural Beauty!"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Great attraction! A natural beauty! One of the top attractions!

This place is a few kilometers from the Borra Caves railway station. There are several private jeep operators who ply tourists to the caves and back. The area at the entrance of the caves have establishments that offer food, refreshments and some basic souvenirs.

The caves are magnificent in it's natural splendor. The caves are well lit with floodlights, making it easy for visitors to watch their step and admire the natural wonder.

The information board at the entrance of the cave offers a fair amount of detail of the caves. In addition one could engage the services of a guide, if required.
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Ravi Naidu

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  • Ravi Naidu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2678 readers

"Good sightseeing"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice and good, you can visit with your total family, one of the best sightseeing places a natural beauty. The climate was very good and enjoy the environment.
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Rohit Kalva

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  • Rohit Kalva
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1157 readers

"Nice view of caves to be had"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The caves are crafted to perfection. A must visit place for all the people enroute to Araku Valley.

Note: There is no train service to Borra Caves. Make your own arrangements.
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Bharath Nalla

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  • Bharath Nalla
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 9 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  8086 readers

"Nice place but smells bad"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is situated near Araku around 50 kms distance, the place has a long history and place has full of stones. The river is flowing near to Borra Caves smells very bad it is full of bats dung.
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Jayeker

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  • Jayeker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  19227 readers

"One of the best visit"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted May 11, 2015
On our Araku trip we have visited most of the places but Borra Caves is the best one. Minimum 2-3 hours is required to climb caves. If you are planning to go to Vizag by train then you have to come at least 3 - 4 hours in advance to visit Borra Caves.
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Srinivas Battula

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  • Srinivas Battula
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1262 readers

"Wonderful experience inside the caves"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2015
A place where land of excellent mountain carvings and sculpture. One can enjoy a lot inside with cool breeze even during summer. I visited the place with my friends during vacation. Words not enough to describe the place. So better visit the place as soon as possible.
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Mahesh Gade

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  • Mahesh Gade
  • Lives in Narasaraopet
  • 1 Review
  •  1441 readers

"Naturally developed caves"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2015
Caves should be watched once in our lifetime, there will be cool atmosphere inside. Weekends it will be crowded reached there around 10 am on weekends. Rest of the days it be free.
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Devasis Bramha

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  • Devasis Bramha
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 1 Review
  •  1558 readers

"Extraordinary location, pleasant and peaceful"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Mar 11, 2015
There is a pleasant, peaceful, extraordinary location. Its looking too beautiful. It attracts the film makers to have such scenery in their movies.
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