Borra Caves
Andhra Pradesh • India

From: India Travel GuideDeserts of the Central Deccan Plateau

See also: Golden Triangle India

Borra Caves Guide
The Borra Caves (also known as 'Borra Guhalu' literally caves bored into the ground) are well known for the many stalagmite and stalactite formations that occur inside the cave. The caves are beautifully positioned within the Ananthagiri hills at an altitude of around 2313 feet, and offer excellent views of the surrounding valley and a wonderful helping of flora and fauna.

The caves were originally discovered by William King George of the geological Survey of India in 1807, and there are several legends that surround the caves, one of which is that once there was a cow grazing on the ground above the caves when it fell through the roof dropping to just under 200 feet, and when the cowherd came across the cave he discovered a Lingam of the Lord Shiva who protected the cow.

A small temple to Lord Shiva was built outside the cave which is visited regularly by Hindu followers who also come to the caves to view the Lignam of Lord Shiva.

The cave entrance is around a 100 meters in height and 75 meters across, providing an dramatic opening. There are a series of steps that lead you right down into the caves which are wonderfully lit and provide visitors with excellent views of the formations.

Location Guide
The Borra Caves are located in the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh on India's east coast and are sited within the Araku Valley which is a beautiful area of natural beauty, thick with forests, hills and coffee plantations.