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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  • Average 3
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Bharath Nalla

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  • Bharath Nalla
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 8 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  831 readers

"Nice place but smells bad" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 3 days 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
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3462 readers

"One of the best visit" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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
  •  379 readers

"Wonderful experience inside the caves"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  •  559 readers

"Naturally developed caves"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  •  677 readers

"Extraordinary location, pleasant and peaceful"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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Mdv Prasad

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  • Mdv Prasad
  • Lives in Kakinada
  • 1 Review
  •  734 readers

"Its a very cool place to visit"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We have to see it, there is lighting also caves are always fun to visit, if you want to see an exciting place its one of the choice.
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Pushpanjali Mehta

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  • Pushpanjali Mehta
  • Lives in Muzaffarpur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
  •  2924 readers

"A place of scenic beauty"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Its too huge and too much interesting. You will experience the beauty of nature and scenic with nature. The rock patterns, water through cave. At the end there is a temple at some height under the cave of Shivaji.
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Bibek Mishra

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  • Bibek Mishra
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1306 readers

"Incredible"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Jan 8, 2015
Must visit place if you are in Vizag. It makes you wonder about the ancient times. Go in groups and shout out loud to hear your echo. Nice food available outside too.
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Rajesh Dixit

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  • Rajesh Dixit
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review
  •  1408 readers

"Must visit place"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Dec 27, 2014
This is one of the best inhabited places in Andhra Pradesh. The caves date back to 10000 years old. This is one of the best tourist attraction st this place apart from the Araku Valley. A railway line runs atop the caves. This is natures beauty at its best!
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Umamaheswararao Bollineni

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  • Umamaheswararao Bollineni
  • 12 Reviews
  •  186 helpful votes
  •  18504 readers

"Beautiful cave but smells"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted Dec 5, 2014
I think it is one place one can visit but nothing specially in it, beautiful caves but smell is not good from it. There is temple of Shiva at very height place in Borra caves.
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