Borra Caves, Araku Valley
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Borra Caves

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About Borra Caves

    • 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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  • Excellent 9
  • Very Good 4
  • Good 1
  • Average 1
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage

15 traveller reviews for Borra Caves

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Suraj Arvapally
  • Suraj Arvapally
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 7 Reviews

"Amazing cave with a small temple inside" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is the most important place every traveller should visit as there is a natural evolved cave here with a small temple with steps and when people shout, it leads to echo which is very good to listen.
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Riyaz Ali
  • Riyaz Ali
  • Cityslicker
  • 49 Reviews

"EXcellent natural caves" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
My vacation with friends to Araku Valley was awesome. We went to Borra Caves, and were amazed by the natural beauty of the caves. We did a great deal of photography.
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Kishore Na
  • Kishore Na
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews

"Adventure at it's best"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The caves are worth visiting. There are many naturally formed images which will be beautiful to look around, those are formed due to the changes in the climate. Advisable for the travelers to carry water with them as there will be no availability of food inside can buy at the entrance. Better not to carry much luggage inside as you have to travel much to view the beauty of the caves.
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Balaji
  • Balaji
  • Highlander
  • 3 Reviews

"Different kind of an experience"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We enjoyed a lot at Borra Caves; had lots of fun. It was a different type of an experience for all of us.
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Sagar Kurapati
  • Sagar Kurapati
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews

"Feel the chillness in the rocks"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is one of the best caves to visit; it is filled with rocks that are formed due to chemical compositions. You will feel the chillness in the rocks. I recommend, that you go during the day time.
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Bharath kishore aluri
  • Bharath kishore aluri
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews

"Wonder of Nature"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted May 15, 2014
Borra Caves is an excellent example of the power of nature with the whole formation carved out by a running river many thousands of years ago. However, you need to be athletic to be able to cover the whole system as the exploration is a tiresome affair.
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Latchanna dora
  • Latchanna dora
  • 4 Reviews

"Visit to Borra Caves"

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2014
Borra caves experience was good, it's really a good experience. Every one will like this place after they visit. There was no restriction to carry food items but for camera we had to pay some entry fee.
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Anil
  • Anil
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 photo
  • 4 Reviews

"God created wonder"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2014
A place not to miss. An amazing god created wonder.
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Kumar K
  • Kumar K
  • 4 Reviews

"Lights should be improved"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2014
this is a very old and nice cave. But the lighting conditions should be improved.
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Satish Allani
  • Satish Allani
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 8 Reviews

"Great Nature's Architecture"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Oct 24, 2013
I visited this place with my family. It is a beautiful architecture created by God. It is a nice place to visit with family members and every one should visit this place at least once in their life time.
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