There are very few travel destinations that offer sea, hills and caves at the same time. Luckily, Visakhapatnam is one such place. The very mention of caves ignites the wildness in you. Caves, the abode of the early stone man and also a geological marvel that make you wonder over the great architecture of nature.
Located in the Ananthagiri hill which is a part of the Araku Valley, Borra Caves happens to be one of the largest caves in India mounted at a height of 705 meters. It has beautiful cave formation that exhibiting different shapes and sizes of stalactites and stalacmites. With a depth of 80 meters in its karstic limestone structures, Borra Caves happen to be the deepest caves in India.
As per the local myth, there is a stone inside the caves that resembles the Lingam and above that is a stone in the shape of a cow. It is believed that the source of Gosthani River that flows through Visakhapatnam is at the udder of this cow.
The Borra caves are situated amidst the forest which has a rich reserve of flora and fauna. The green view from the caves is soothing to the eyes. The interiors of the caves are lighted with sodium vapor and halogen electric lamps which provide a very colorful view of the speleothems. The riot of colors inside the caves cast a spell on you.
Borra caves offer a unique combination of hill, river, caves and forest that is difficult to find in any other part of the country. It is as if the nature is in its full bloom. The other adjacent areas worth visiting include Damuku View Point, Ananthagiri Coffee Plantation, Tyada Railway Tunnel and Padmapuram Gardens.
When I visit the Borra caves I just forget about my first love, the sea. It is a delight sitting by the cave and enjoying the beautiful view of the woods with a river running by. It reminds me of The Brooks Song by Alfred Tennyson – “I come from haunts of coot and hern, make a sudden sally… And sparkle out among the fern, To bicker down a valley.”