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

Experience scale
  • Excellent 71
  • Very Good 46
  • Good 14
  • Average 3
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0
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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

135 traveller reviews for Borra Caves

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Manikantan mp

  • Tourist
  • Manikantan mp
  • 2 Reviews
  •  271 readers

"Excellent place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1641 readers

"Awesome experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
  •  2194 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
  •  3559 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
  •  1389 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
  •  1470 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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Ashwini Dabbe

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  • Ashwini Dabbe
  • 22 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  7230 readers

"Amazing caves!!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2016
The cave is one of its kind in the country. You must visit Borra caves when in Vizag. Once you enter the cave there are lot of stairs leading up and down. It gives a feeling of underworld. With its wet smell and hundreds of Bats staying in there. There are colourful lights everywhere which helps in good visibility. You can also see the lime melting since hundreds of years which appears beautiful.
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Rajat Pasrija

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  • Rajat Pasrija
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 7 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3016 readers

"Nature's beauty!!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2016
Good place to visit especially if you have any plans to go to Araku. It's worth going there, clicking pics. Good time to go is before 5 pm as it gets quite dark inside Caves. It's all naturally made, which make it look more beautiful.
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Ramadevi Indarapu

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  • Ramadevi Indarapu
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 12 Reviews
  •  9047 readers

"Great tourist attraction in Vizag"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2016
"Visiting Borra Caves is an always enjoyable, we had great experience in Borra Caves. Last time visited with friends and enjoyed". It is a great tourist attraction in Vizag.
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Sunanda Devi

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  • Sunanda Devi
  • Lives in Nalgonda
  • 1 Review
  •  1627 readers

"Greatest cave to visit but filled with Bats"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2016
We visited this place when I came to Vizag for exams. As approach I visited Araku also at that time I visited this "Borra Caves" which are created by "sea eruption before thousands of years". The view from the "entrance to the cave is awesome" and it looked to "me as a big large size hole". It is "maintained well by the government tourism dept. " the entrance ticket is only 10/- per head. The lights which are focused in the cave is "so beautiful". But the disappointing point is that it is full of "Bats" and it can also be called as "Bats house". The "carbon dioxide level is also so high in getting closer into the cave". There is also another small "natural made goddess statue" of "Lord Shiva which is worshipped by the local people". Overall good sight to visit.
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