Borra Caves, Visakhapatnam

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.
 

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Mahadevan

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  • Mahadevan
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  12 readers

"Borra caves" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Train from Vizag to Borra caves memorable passing through umpteen tunnels. Borra caves illuminated with different hues of colour fascinating. Dance by local tribal ladies with music and drum best is captivating.
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Dr debashis basu

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  • Dr debashis basu
  • 4 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  13 readers

"This is one of the best coastal cities in India" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Vizag is one of the best coastal cities-well organised, well maintained, people are tourist friendly, accommodation & fod are good, transport is also good. Most importantly the journey by Kirundul Exp train to Araku valley passing through 52 tunnels is a life time experience.
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Ravi Kumar

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  • Ravi Kumar
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  777 readers

"Must visit place in Visakhapatnam"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2017
Borra caves is on the way to araku valley hill station, which is termed as little Ooty for Andhra Pradesh. Water percolating from the roof of the caves dissolve limestone which develop interesting forms and structures inside the caves such as Shiva-Parvati, Mother-Child, Rishi's beard, human brain, mushrooms, crocodile, temple, church, etc. Is very good visual treat for tourists.

An Araku and Borra rail-cum-road package tour organized by the Andhra Pradesh State Tourism Department is best to visit Borra Caves. A walk around the caves provides views of the mountainous area which is rich in flora and fauna. Also local guides are there if you use their service it will be more interesting.
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Sharmistha mitra

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  • Sharmistha mitra
  • 1 photo
  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1071 readers

"An outstanding gift of nature"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 9, 2017
We went there and were just spellbound. A nature 's gift can be like this. Once there lived cave men.. I can't imagine.. As we are approaching a new surprise was waiting. I can't explain it in words... It is 705m above MSL and 625 below MSL. Just imagine.. You must take a water bottle otherwise will die in thirst.
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7rishabh

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  • 7rishabh
  • 7 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  8184 readers

"Awesome place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 9, 2017
This place is near araku valley so try to visit both places together. Entry is paid there are few restaurants near it. The site is very good it's an old cave transformed into sightseeing. Best time to visit is during day and with group. You need to pay extra if you want to take your phone or camera.
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Suman

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  • Suman
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  5216 readers

"Beware !!! To enjoy it you have to have strong knee joints"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2017
Nearly 70 odd downstairs you will find the entrance of the cave ... Unlike Patel Bhuvaneswar" of Himachal you can keep your head upright all through the excursion as it has a height of 60 to 100ft all through.
But don't go without a guide because you can't see the walls ... A powerful torch and a pair of trained eyes are must to guide you inside the cave and point you the similarities between the formed stalagtites and the hindu dev-devis, indian celebrities, foreign who's who etc.
But again to have a complete round-up you have to cross more than 70 stairs.
Travelling during a bright daylight is better because a natural opening is there which lets the sun rays inside the cave which makes the journey easier.
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Shailendra b

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  • Shailendra b
  • 2 Reviews
  •  949 readers

"Awesome PLace"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2016
A must visit place to go. The walk a way is very nice and decorated. Natural beauty and nice. Only thing is to roam around caves carefully. The all facilities are very good ans a shiv-linga is there, that also is very good to go.
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Rakesh mehta

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  • Rakesh mehta
  • 9 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1597 readers

"Best cave of india"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2016
What an awesome cave it is BORRA CAVES. Looks so attractive with lights inside and its natural beauty. You have to see it to believe it. Entry fees are there along with charges for carrying Mobile cameras but every shot taken is pure magic. Make sure you ear Bamboo Chicken there as its a local delicacy.
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Cs murali

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  • Cs murali
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1193 readers

"Unique Caves"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 5, 2016
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
  •  1482 readers

"Magnificent. Must visit."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 4, 2016
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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