Borra Caves, Araku Valley
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Borra Caves

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About 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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  • Very Good 10
  • Good 3
  • Average 3
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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32 traveller reviews for Borra Caves

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

"Naturally developed caves" new review

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  • Devasis Bramha
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 1 Review

"Extraordinary location, pleasant and peaceful" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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
  • Mdv Prasad
  • Lives in Kakinada
  • 1 Review

"Its a very cool place to visit" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
  • Pushpanjali Mehta
  • Lives in Muzaffarpur
  • 3 Reviews

"A place of scenic beauty"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 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
  • Bibek Mishra
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 1 Review

"Incredible"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 months 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 3 months 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 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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Kiran Prabhu
  • Kiran Prabhu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 5 Reviews

"Good to visit"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Dec 3, 2014
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 Nov 17, 2014
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 Nov 2, 2014
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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