Borra Caves are located at a distance of 92 Km north of Visakhapatnam. The caves open with 100 meter on horizontal plane and aobut 75 meters on vertical plane. These caves spread over an area of one square KM and the origin of river Gosthani which flows through the district. This you must see if you are in Araku Valley or in Visakhaptanam. This location is at a height of 800 to 1300 meters from MSL. William King the British geologist discovered this million years old cave in the year 1807.
Breath taking hilly terrain, beautiful landscape, semi-evergreen moist deciduous forests, and wild fauna of the area are a visual feast. This cave is the biggest in India considering the area it has spread geographically.
The humic acid in the water reacts with calcium carbonate in the limestone and dissolves the minerals breaking the rock gradually. The perennial water flow over a period of time results in the formation of caves. Stalagmites are formed due water percolating from the roof containing calcium bi carbonate and other minerals from mounds. Same way stalactites are also formed and because of their different shapes tourist and locals have given different names to them. One can see different formations of the stalactites and stalagmites as Shiv-Paravathi, Mother-Child, Rushi's Beard, Human Brain, Crocodile, Tiger and Cows udder.
On your journey to Araku by train you can 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 take a jeep ride to Katiki Waterfall
Adult Rupees 40/-
Child Rupees 30/-
Cameras allowed at fee of Rupees 25/- and
Video and Digital cameras at a fee of Rupees 100/-
Timings: 10 AM to 5.00 PM ( 1.00 to 2.00 lunch break)
There is a daily Rail cum Road package tours available from Visakhapatnam to Araku valley.
Rs 25 for still camera and Rs 100 for video and Digital camera fee is to be paid at counter. There is no locker facility to deposit your cameras if you decide not to carry them inside the caves. Local shops will keep your cameras at a fee of Rs 5 , they will hand over one hand written token and you have to keep it with you
There is no accommodation available close to Borra caves, nearest point is Tyda Jungle bells 15KM or at Anantagiri hill resort (10 KM )of AP tourism . However there are plenty of hotels available at Araku 36 KM and at Vizag 92 KM . This place is covered in Araku valley package tour. You can either stay at Araku or Vizag
Small restaurants are available near the cave and before half KM ( near to railway station ) while going towards the cave. Good restaurant is available at AP tourism resort at Anatagiri ( 13 KM from Borra caves ) on the way to Araku valley. Take your lunch here while enjoying the greenery of the Araku valley.
Visit Borra caves picture gallery for inside photos of the cave
Borra Caves Railway station ( Station Code : BGHU )
From marketplace you need to take right turn to travel towards Railway station. Left side road will take you to the entrance of the cave. Vizag - Kirandul passenger is the only train passes through this line.
Retiring room is available at Railway station. There are 2 rooms with 4 beds capacity. Charge of each room is Rs 110/- for 12 hours.
58501 VSKP to KRDL 09.39 Arrival 09.40 Departure
58502 KRDL to VSKP : 15.50 Arrival 15.51 Departure
|I HAVE NOT GONE YET|
|Is it safe to visit this area with kids? Or with senior citizens?|
|it was an exhillarating experience. one has to bow his head to mother nature for her creative genius borra caves are really a hair raising experience. one can have a real good time along with family. |
|IS IS SAFE TO VISIT WITH 4 YEAR OLD CHILDREN AND SENIOR CITIZENS? PLEASE ADVISE.|
|we r planning to visit borra caves in this summer vacations.we have a small kid (relative)with us who is 7-8 years old.he is very michevious.is it safe to visit this area in this condition|
|there is something special to see our nature freely that is a ooty of andhra|
|is there trekking available in borra|
|borra caves and araku vally are worth seeing. take rail cum road tour through APSTDC which is inclusive of food & sightseeing. worth the cost|
|We r planning to visit borra caves in this puja vacations (October, 2011).We have a small daughter with us who is 8 years old as well as my mother who is 60 years old. Is it safe to visit this area in this condition?|
|yes we are safe have gone there with infant and 76 yr old mother cheerz it is a gr8 xperience|
|yes u r absolutly corect manya.really borracaves r not harmful and enjoyable place.realy i njoyed lot at borracaves.its a gr8 experience.|
|Is there any weekly closing day?|
|we r planning for vizag tour at december '11.|
|vizag is an excellent and exciting place. i love vizag|
|s its safe to travel with children n senior citizens|
|we r planning for Araku in feb. month...this is good time to visit Araku and Borra caves or not?|
|realy A city of Destnity.LUV vizag.|
|before 10 days my brother lenin went to araku loya and he said his experience with me. really his exp. is amazing. so, i decided to go to araku loya.|
|i went in dusshera holiday it is so lovely and beautiful but so lengthy to walk|
|we are visit to borra caves in our college excourtion (14 january).how is the condition of weather in this time? |
|its a superb place to visit! |
|Its a very different and rare visit place in world Every one should to see good location especially in train|
|Dharmbir Singh Yadav|
|Main bora cave & vishakha patanam ghoomna chahata hun|
| just one day back i go for borra caves.its ameging.but aged people how to getin the steps.its difficelt go up.but nice place|
|i visited nice place i never saw in my life like this place|
|Aditya Kumar Patra|
|Visited Borra cave with my wife on 24 May 2014. It is really wonderful. Travel by road from Visakhapatnam to Borra cave was enjoying as it passed through hills and forests. Lots of jack fruits and mango in trees on the side of the road was capturing our attention. Took about 1 hr 30 min to see the cave. After we came out from the cave, we enjoyed snacks at a spot looking at Gosthani river amidst green surroundings of valley. It is a must see place.|
|i am planning to visit Vizac and Araku. What is the current rate for Rail cum Road tour from Vizac to Araku per head? I am searching for hotel at Vizac @ Rs 500-800(DAB), help me. I am planning to go 04/10/2014.|