Borra Caves, Visakhapatnam

Borra Caves

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About Borra Caves

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM , Saturday: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM , Sunday: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM , Public Holidays: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM

Borra Caves are situated on the East Coast of India in the Anantagiri Hill range of the Araku Valley. Spread across an area of about 2 sq km, the caves are situated around 1,400 m above sea level. In 1807, the caves were discovered by William King George of the Geological Survey of India. Considered to be one of the largest caves in India, the caves have karstic limestone structures, which extend to a depth of 80 m.

A small temple inside the cave was believed to be constructed by the locals in respect to the religious incident that once happened in the region. According to the popular story narrated by the tribal people residing in this area, a cow which was grazing on the top of the caves dropped through a hole in the roof. When cowherd was searching for the cow, he came across the caves and found a stone inside the cave, which resembled a Shivalingam.

Tourists can spot number of bats and golden gecko in these caves. Mosses and brown-to-green algae are some of the popular floras seen inside these caves. The interiors of these caves are installed with sixty three lamps of mercury, sodium vapour and halogen lamps. The destination also has several mica mines; hence a project named Thalipudi Reservoir Scheme is introduced for mining precious stones like rubies.

What travellers are saying about this Sightseeing

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  • Excellent 75
  • Very Good 46
  • Good 14
  • Average 3
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 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

139 traveller reviews for Borra Caves

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Cs murali

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  • Cs murali
  • 4 Reviews
  •  47 readers

"Unique Caves" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Borra caves is a must-see for youngsters and aged alike. Located just 100 kms from Vizag, it can be a day trip or can be combined with Araku Valley for a 2-day trip. It is best to use a guide as one needs to understand its history and the unique natural formations.
The aged can miss the temple inside as it is an extremely steep and narrow set of stairs which can get very crowded. Rest of the cave must be explored and presents many photo opportunities. The caves are open from 10 am to 5 pm and for some strange reason, the ticket booth closes for an hour between 1 and 2 pm.
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Agni tripathi

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  • Agni tripathi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  336 readers

"Magnificent. Must visit."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
By far the most unique sight we visited in the entire Vizag Araku trip. Formed more than 150 million years back the caves are magnificent creation of nature that have become a part of the local folklore. Takes around a couple of hours to visit the three caves open to tourist. Must visit this place with a guide to understand the history and the tales built by locals around the place.
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M Bhide

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  • M Bhide
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1048 readers

"Experience ..."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is one of the best place to visit .. In our own country, we have such lovely place .. We should be proud to have such place in India .. Aptdc is doing good work ... As per my opinion, the color lights illumination can be stopped and can be used ordinary light, so that we can enjoy the natural scene.
The aptdc personnel are committed in their work and extending services to the tourist ... Visit this place. Very safe, clean, enjoyable and life long memorable.
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Saket xxx

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  • Saket xxx
  • 10 Reviews
  •  2165 readers

"Amazing Caves"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
After Ajanta Ellora Caves... I liked them the most.

Lightings are very good.

Should see at the end of the trip & reach there before 3 pm.

Taking guide with you is worth.

Keep Camera ready as it is a very good photo site.

Food junction is there & Omelets are yummy. Even Dosa is worth eating.
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Manikantan mp

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  • Manikantan mp
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1311 readers

"Excellent place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 2, 2016
It is a dream destination for myself. Train connectivity from Visakhapatnam is good. Train through tunnels are awesome. Lightings in caves gives you pleasant feel. Aged people can not walk. Extensive walking and climbing upstairs and downstairs make us tired. Shoes are required. Very small shops are available for eat, so havings snacks is good. You are allowed only during day time.
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Kalyan mandal

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  • Kalyan mandal
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2684 readers

"Awesome experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 27, 2016
I'm excited to face this experience. My so learned and read the caves in history book come real to me.

Sightseeing awesome.

Restaurant was nearby with all types of meal. Though bengali food i.e fish curry, fish fry etc unavailable. But meals are neat and clean.

Only negative purpose is its train schedule. Only two trains to & from Borra Guhalu station we have to wait long.
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Rakesh gujarathi

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  • Rakesh gujarathi
  • 7 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3781 readers

"Not that good"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted May 10, 2016
I have been to some good places, than borra caves. This was my first visit to borra caves. Natural formation and all those thing didn't attract as much as said in reviews. And, you especially don't want to roam around smelling bat poo.. :P.

Things must carry: nose mask.
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  • Mishra
  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  6126 readers

"A nice place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 25, 2016
This is definitely a place that you should go for a visit. Inside you"ll feel like you have been under grounded. You"ll have no relationship with the outer world. Such a calm and quiet place.
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Nitya Deb

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  • Nitya Deb
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2418 readers

"Worth spending time with family and friends"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2016
Visit to Bara Cave is a life time experience, it is fascinating and worth spending time with family and friends. Don't forget to taste Bamboo Chicken from nearby hotel, it is mouth watering.
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Hyder ali himmathi

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  • Hyder ali himmathi
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2498 readers

"Was inside all alone at the closing time"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2016
Wow, I was all alone inside the cave at closing time, everybody were out of cave no body around, great experience. I was late, however, I requested them but they were not allowing me at closing time. Any how, I paid and requested. I was a little scared since I was alone. It was adventurous going inside the cave all alone. Inside the cave, bats were flying around. However, good lighting thank god lights didn't go. Not good to go alone. Good to have second person with you or people around you just to be on the safe side :)
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