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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Manasvi Lakshmi

  • Tourist
  • Manasvi Lakshmi
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review
  •  40 readers

"One of the cutest and nice place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Burra Caves it has been one of the cutest and nice place to see which I have been seen in my 35 years of age. I am very much excited when I saw this Caves. I want to see more and more times in the future.
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Kiran Kumar

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  • Kiran Kumar
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  748 readers

"Best place of Aaraku"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
These are the famous place all over Araku. Tourists are allowed to carry cams and it is an awesome and enthusiastic feeling in the caves. There is a goddess sita can be observed in caves if only observed keenly in the corner of the caves. A river called Gosthani flows through the Araku and swimming in that river is highly prohibited because so many squirrels that cannot be predicted. Hence tourists must be advised that not to swim in that river. These are big caves that were discovered by a man while searching for a cow and these are naturally formed caves, there is enthusiastic moment for the tourists to visit this place and facilities provided in this place is very good. To travel in winter is best because it has low foggy climate conditions and also so many flowers are raised during winter season.
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Arjun Prasad

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  • Arjun Prasad
  • Lives in Vizianagaram
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  909 readers

"Naturally formed caves with scenic beauty"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a good experience to visit Borra Caves in winter season as Araku Valley will be full of snow and a pleasant weather. Naturally formed caves and has a beautiful scenic beauty it was a great experience. One has to bow his head to mother nature for her creative genius Borra Caves are really a hair raising experience. One can have a real good time along with family.
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Safiul hussain

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  • Safiul hussain
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3192 readers

"Wonderful place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We visited the place with my friends, it is a really wonderful place, we went there by train from Visakhapatnam. Departed at Barra Guhalu, Rail station, very close to the rail station. The entry fees to the cave is little bit higher, you have to pay even for your mobile camera and still camera but what ever is there in the cave is really mesmerizing.
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Krishanu roy

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  • Krishanu roy
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2440 readers

"Some thing new which you will not find more"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is really a new kind of experience for me. The cave was good light was enough, may be bit problematic for the older people as there are many steps to go down.
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Bunty Dawn

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  • Bunty Dawn
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review
  •  1138 readers

"Wonderful experience would advice the travellers not carry much food"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The caves are little dark at first then you will get used to it. The speciality of the caves are that the resounding effect you get when you scream. Kids may get somewhat scared of the darkness. I had a wonderful experience would advice the travellers not carry much food because the food outside is really good, especially the bamboo chicken is the best. The things the travellers should carry is torchlight and please don't carry expensive gadgets like laptops.
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Noel T

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  • Noel T
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1934 readers

"Great nature's design"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Been here in Nov and liked the trip from Vizag to Araku and on the way visited the Borra caves. Its a neat and clean maintained well place with a loads of steps to climb up and down. Can see Nature's marvel of creativity and secrets. Can easily spend more than a hour here. Snacks and food is avail at the entrance.
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Sirsendu Das

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  • Sirsendu Das
  • Lives in Barrackpore
  • 9 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  2729 readers

"Borra Caves - Worth seeing the place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Last Oct 2015 me and my wife was there at Borra Caves. Wonderful place to visit. God's wonder creation indeed. Nice lighting inside. Lots of steps are there, so aged people be prepared before entering. But worth seeing the place.
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Durga Tarun

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  • Durga Tarun
  • Lives in Khammam
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1274 readers

"Nice caves"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We had gone there as a batch and had lot of fun. There are a lot of space to look at. More caves are available. We feel like an adventure at that place. Plan with your batch and cameras are allowed so maximum no restrictions. Have fun guys.
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Ayush Kumar

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  • Ayush Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review
  •  1059 readers

"Beautiful place - Ancient History"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Awesome place to visit as it shows various ways in which the limestone has been formed since ages and resembles in few of the God like Shiva, Hanuman foot, etc.
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