"Borra caves" or "Borra Guhalu" (Borra in Telugu means hollow and Guhalu in Telugu are caves) are one of the happening tourist destinations when you are on a visit to Andhra Pradesh. Borra Caves is situated on Ananthagiri Hills in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. Formed at an elevation of about 2,313.0 ft, and depth of 262.5 ft, these caves are a million year old stalactite and stalagmite formations. These 300 feet thick roofed Borra Caves are spread over an area of one Square kilometre.
A flight of well-laid staircase leads you inside this legendary Borra Caves that are said to be one of the largest and deepest caves in India. These caves are nothing but natural formation of well sculpted stalactites and stalagmites from the river that flows beneath. Borra Caves have their origin from River Gosthani that has been flowing in this region through the layers of lime earth millions of years ago.
These caves are situated amidst the picturesque mountains covered with thick vegetation and river flowing at the foot. Birds chirping and the monkeys ready to snatch your packs are always encountered on your way to the cave. Inside the cave you can find a Shiva Lingam formed due to the Stalagmite accumulation.
There are many such places inside the cave that can be explored. The natural stalactite and stalagmite formations have taken the shape of lion s face, Lord Ganesha, Owl and many others that are worth seeing. Also don t miss to see the place which was supposed to be used by the Buddhist monks. There you can see a formation of the cave that is like a bed and pillow. Here and there you can see very small water puddles. Many bats inhabited these caves which you can see flying above you.
The Tourism Department of Andhra Pradesh State has installed about 26 mercury, sodium vapour and halogen electric lamps that add to the beauty of the cave. The colourful illumination in the interiors of the dark cave gives a spectacular look and attracts the visitor again and again.