Years ago when I travelled like tourist, it was then when I happened to stumble upon Borra caves by chance, while crossing Visakhapatnam. It was the winter of 2010. Since we had few extra hours and the gypsy feet that I inherited from my father, we decided to explore something close-by and the first recco that came was Borra Caves ( or ‘Borra Guhalu’, as called in Telugu language).
The word “Caves” in itself is kinda prehistoric and gives that feeling of time travel to a different era. These wonder caves were discovered by the British geologist William King Gorge in the year 1807.
Formation and history:
Not equipped with smart phones then, I decided to pick a booklet and read a little bit about them, before I get meet and greet the Borra Caves. Located around 1450 feet above the sea level these natural caves that is said to have originated from the Gosthani river is a result of the river flowing over the limestone in that area.
If you remember a bit of your geography lessons well of Stalagmites and Stalactites – then dripping of these limestones cause formations and this time was the Borra caves. The dissolved limestone that dripped down drop by drop took the shape and is today’s Borra caves. Formed over more than millions of years of hard work by nature, these caves spread over more than 200 meters.
As I entered this geologically active cave, I was like a kid in a candy shop I was all excited and curious to take a peep into these nature’s own amusement. the sudden cool breeze will sooth you the moment you step inside this dark secret. Located in the Ananthgiri Hill Ranges of Eastern Ghats, the Borra caves sees of rugged and mountainous landscapes around the place. Being rich in flora and fauna the places around the caves are inhibited by the Jatapu, Porja, Kondadora, Nookadora – the local tribes.
To my amusement I saw that different shapes inside the caves have been given different names – Mother child, Human brain, Shiva-Parvati, Rushis Beard and more. These interesting formations will leave you spellbound. Mercury, sodium vapour and halogen lamps lights up inside the cave. A huge staircase will lead you to the top of the cave where you get to see a temple. Watch out for bats there. Be safe!
Don’t miss the excursion that you can take to the close by Araku valley ( a place rich in biodiversity), which is just 15 kms from the cave. The breath-taking landscapes around was simply blissful to soak in that place.
Tip: The Dandakaranya – Bolangir – Kibur train track passes over the caves so what better than this train ride for a better experience.
If planning then stay close by then Haritha Resort, Araku happens to be one of the best option.
Approx 100 kms from Visakhapatnam
Adult – Rs 40/- , Children – Rs 30/-
Cameras – Rs 25/- and Video / Digital – Rs 100
Photo Courtesy: Arun Jetlie, Head of Photo with the New Indian Express.