Fast Facts :
Location : At a distance of 90 to 95 kms from Vishakhapatnam
Discovered in : 1807
Main Attraction : Stalactities and Stalagmities Cave formations
Recommended time to visit : November to December
Borra Cave is placed in the Eastern Ghats in the Ananthagiri Hills which is approachable from Vishakhapatnam at a distance of 90 to 95 kms. This cave bears religious and historic grandness. This cave is located at the height of 1,400m over the sea level, occupying the area of 2 sq kms of the Eastern Ghats.
The Borra Cave was being founded in 1807, in the survey of Geological of India by William King George. There are tribals populated in the area of the cave for this people this place has a spiritual implication. There is the ‘Shivalingam’ in the cave deep inside; this is the linga above which there is the cow idol which is known as ‘Kamadhenu’, from the udder of the cow here the river Gosthani has its origin. The cave is lighted with 63 halogen and sodium vapor lamps, mercury lamps, this helps making the interior of the Borra Cave more dramatic and mind-bending, and this is done by the Tourism Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh. Here is the possibleness of finding rubies during the mining; even you can find mines of mica all around the village here. The best recommended time to visit this place is between November and December.
Formation : The Borra Cave is rich in the formation has it is astoundingly beautiful. During the action of limestones in the Gosthani River this cave was formulated, when pressure maintained in the flowing river on the deposits of minerals, by this the limestones got dissolved and the caves goy formed. This process is a two-way process. The solidified irregular shapes of stalagmites are formed due to the trickling of the drops of dissolved limestones on the caves floor. Also the drops of water helped to form stalactites. After a certain point of time, the deposits of calcium in stalactites and stalagmites grow in the direction of upward and downwards severally and to form unlike parts of caves they even touch one other. There are some deposits even form wired shapes while some bears great structures that has gained religious grandness in the certain time period.
Prime Attraction : The interior of the Borra Cave is full of mattering structures like the temple, mushroom formation, a church, a mosque and many more things. On the ground of the caves you can have a look at the deposits of the sulphur, yellow-coloured; this flows from the solidified stalagmites and stalactites of the river Gosthani when out of the cave it moves towards Orissa.
There is a tour conducted for Borra Caves which is a one day tour called the Araku. This tour is arranged on daily basis, between 7.00 am to 9.00 pm. The charges for the tour including lunch are Rs.160 for adults and Rs.120 for children. The destinations covered in this tour are the Damuku View Point, Ananthagiri Coffee Plantation, Tyada Railway Tunnel, Araku Valley and Padmapuram Gardens.