The Famous and Ancient Borra Caves Visakhapatnam


I started my sightseeing in the city by visiting the Borra Caves Visakhapatnam, which is quite famous and has lots of history associated with it. The caves are also called the Borra Guhalu, which in Telugu means something that is bored deep inside the ground. The word ‘guhalu’ means caves and the place is located on the Eastern coast of India and quite near to the ocean. It is on the Ananthagiri hills in the Araku valley, which is in the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. The hills stand high at an altitude of around 800 meters and the place is quite amazing. There were a large number of tourists present and I could see that they were delighted to visit the place. I was interested in the elevation of the hills that varied between 800 meters to 1300 meters.


Borra Caves Visakhapatnam
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According to the reports, those caves are the largest in the country and most of them are at an elevation of 705 meters. They have a variety of inclinations and impressive pictures that range in various sizes. There are many irregularities and shapes formed by the stalactites and also the stalagmites. The caves are basically made of Karstic and limestone components and they extend to a depth of 80 meters and they are considered as the deepest caves in the country. I enjoyed every bit of my journey as the caves were quite amazing. All the tourists were not allowed to enter the caves and this was because of the low-pressure and shortage of oxygen inside. However, the place was quite beautiful and there were a number of tourists who went inside because it was one of the best tourist spots in the city.


Inside Borra Caves Visakhapatnam
Inside Borra Caves Visakhapatnam | Image Resource :


Another thing that I could find in the Borra Caves Visakhapatnam was lots of monkeys and for that purpose it was advised not to carry any food items inside. The cave is not like any traditional cave and one can easily find many alternate routes if he or she uses a guide. The cave is quite unusual and much different from the other caves that I have seen in the country. It was fun and entertaining and I decided to head to the famous Ramakrishna Beach, which is near to the place.


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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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