Borra Caves Near Vishakhapatnam One Of The Largest In India

by Akriti Seth
Borra Caves Near Vishakhapatnam One Of The Largest In India

Borra Caves located in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku valley of the Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh is one of the largest caves in the Indian sub-continent. Located at a distance of 92 km north of Visakhapatnam, Borra Caves spread over an area of one square kilometre. It is one of the largest caves in the Indian sub-continent and a must-see if you are in Araku Valley or in Visakhapatnam. Also, did you know that Kalaroos Caves in Kashmir was once believed to have secret tunnels to Russia?

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Borra Caves are located at a height of 800 to 1300 meters

With an opening of 100 meters on a horizontal plane and about 75 meters on a vertical plane, Borra Caves are located at a height of 800 to 1300 meters above sea level. William King was the British geologist who discovered this million-year-old cave in the year 1807. What calls us here is the breathtaking hilly terrain, amazing landscape and flora & fauna. This cave is the biggest in India considering the area it has spread geographically.

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There are different formations of the stalactites and stalagmites as Shiv-Parvati, mother-child, human brain, etc. Stalagmites are formed due to water percolating from roof containing calcium bicarbonate and other minerals from mounds. The caves are formed due to perennial water flow over a long time period.

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On your journey to Araku by train you will see picturesque landscape with greenery, peaks and valleys. Before reaching Borra Guhalu Railway station the train passes through 42 tunnels. Before Borra Caves you can go to Katiki Waterfall which is another sight you must not miss.

How To Get There?

Borra caves are well connected and you can reach this place by road, air or train.

Nearest airport: Vishakhapatnam
By road: 90 km from Vishakhapatnam. It is a hill road and takes around 3 years to get here.
Ticket cost: Adult: ₹40; Child: ₹30
Cameras allowed at fee of ₹25 and
Video and Digital cameras at a fee of ₹100
When: 10 AM to 5.00 PM