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.
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.
Adult Rupees 25/-
Child Rupees 15/-
Cameras allowed at fee of Rupees 10/-
Video cameras at a fee of Rupees 100/-
Timings: 10 AM to 5.30 PM
There is a daily Rail cum Road package tours available from Visakhapatnam to Araku valley.
Rs 10 for still camera and Rs 100 for video cameral 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
For reservation and further details contact
Central Reservation Manager
Central Reservation Office, No 46A, RTC Complex,
Visakahaptnam Phone: 0891-2746446, Telfax 2713135
Mobile 9848007022, 9848185775,9848023948