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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What travellers are saying about this Sightseeing

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  • Average 3
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Bibek Mishra
  • Bibek Mishra
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 1 Review

"Incredible" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
  • Rajesh Dixit
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Must visit place"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  • Umamaheswararao Bollineni
  • 11 Reviews

"Beautiful cave but smells"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Kiran Prabhu
  • Kiran Prabhu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 5 Reviews

"Good to visit"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This place lets us with a thrilling experience. This place was nice to visit in Winter and best in December month :) Its better to go by own cabs so that can enjoy the well.
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Madhan Bollepalli
  • Madhan Bollepalli
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Nice place"

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice weather and get to see naturalize food, during day time it will be good and carry any type of food allowed but careful about old people.
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Lalith kum Vootukuru
  • Lalith kum Vootukuru
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 5 Reviews

"Scary & entertaining"

  • 4.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The place is very weird and look like alien environment with strange odours. The white limestone masses formed there looks fantastic. The temple inside is very adventures to climb. The various locations inside Borra caves gives another view of this world which everyone should visit. It is a natural beauty of architecture.
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Nitin Puvvada
  • Nitin Puvvada
  • 1 Review

"Enjoyed inside the train"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I visited here by train its really awesome, train goes through caves we enjoyed a lot. We shouted very loudly, this is the first I visited here I am eagerly waiting to plan for next summer.
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Rasheed Uddin
  • Rasheed Uddin
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Awesome Experience, carry camera"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Awesome Experience. Must visit during daytime, lot to explore, Carry a bottle of water with you to avoid thirst. Go with family not for couples. Do carry a camera to capture beautiful heritage pictures
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Lalit Kumar
  • Lalit Kumar
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 3 Reviews

"Borra caves gives a different experience"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2014
Borra caves gives a different experience. Good for couples especially. A good place to visit, when in Araku. Worth the visit.
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Wasim Haque choudhury
  • Wasim Haque choudhury
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  • 5 Reviews

"Borra cave is one of the largest caves in India"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2014
Borra cave is one of the largest caves in India. Inside, an eerie atmosphere is created with rocks of different colours and shape. Sunlight doesn't enter inside the cave, however there are arrangements foe artificial lights.

Overall, it gives an awesome experience and is a must visit sight.
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