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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.
What Is It?
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.
What’s In It?
With an opening of 100 meter 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.
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.
How To Get There?
Borra caves are well connected by all means: rail, road and air.
The nearest airport: Vishakhapatnam
By road: 90 km from Vishakhapatnam. It is a hill road and takes around 3 years to get here.
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.
Cameras allowed at fee of ₹25 and
Video and Digital cameras at a fee of ₹100
When: 10 AM to 5.00 PM ( 1.00 to 2.00 lunch break)