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Nestled amongst the gushing waterfalls of Eastern Ghats, Araku Valley has been a major attraction. The journey to Araku Valley snakes through 84 bridges and 58 tunnels in the Anantagiri range. The hazy evenings, the chill in air and the placid aroma of coffee scattered around the valley, will leave you awestruck. Even when the civilization has gone deep within the valley, the place is still soaked by the heritage of the age-old tribal groups.
Situated at a distance of 29 kilometers from Araku Valley are the historic Borra caves. Araku Valley has so much to offer for anyone hoping to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. You can go to Galikondalu viewpoint for a breathtaking view of the entire valley or trek to the beautiful limestone caves, Borra. Along with the beautiful stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave, it is also known to have mythological significance. The locals believe that Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita dwelled in the caves during their exile period.
Borra caves are not only the longest but also the deepest caves in India. The travelers get an illusion of some alien land with halogen lamps, creating mesmerizing effects on the damp pathways. No amount of pictures can capture the captivating beauty of these caves.
The Borra caves are among the deepest caves in India that showcase an assortment of enthralling formations in various irregular shapes. People from the nearby places flock these caves to worship the holy cow idol and the Shivlinga. According to a famous legend, a cow slipped through a roof hole while grazing atop the caves and when the cowherd went inside looking for his cow, he found a formation similar to Shivlinga. Since then it has been perceived that Lord Shiva protected the cow. The tribals who dwelled in the village around the caves have also built a Shiv temple outside the cave.
Except for some staircases bridging the uneven plains along with some fencing and lighting in certain areas, the Borra caves are maintained in its natural state. The new shapes keeps on forming along with the old ones getting re-shaped due to the constant chemical reactions.
Apart from this there are various other attractions in the valley that one can’t afford to miss. Padmapuram Botanical Gardens, Damuku View Point, Tyda Tunnel, tribal museum and much more. The awe-inspiring beauty of Araku Valley comes to life with it gardens, waterfalls and railroads. This summers, pack your bags and head to Araku Valley for a glimpse of it rich cultural and historical heritage.