Borra Caves :
The village Borra famous for its one million old natural limes
caves inhabited by 19 sects of tribals. Borra lying in the Ananthagiri
hills in the south-east corner of Srungavarapukota taluk, at a
distance of 29 kms. from Araku Valley and about 90 kms. from Visakhapatnam.
The caves have historical and religious value and archaeological
importance due to the discovery of some Paleolithic implements.
Dating back to a million years, they present a breathtaking display
of naturally sculpted splendour, in superb stalactite and stalagmite
formations. There are mica mines in and around Borra village and
it is believed that there are immense possibilities of mining
precious stones like rubies here. A big project known as the Thalipudi
Reservoir scheme is being constructed at cost of Rs 4.5 Crores
across the river Gosthami at Thatipudi. The caves are illuminated
by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.
Valley : Araku in Oriya means red clay .The valley extending
over 36 sq km is situated at an altitude of 610 to 915 metres
above the sea level. The valley is very nice and attracts tourist
because of its cascading waterfalls and streams which hold one
spell bound and give the effect of music. Green and pleasant and
filled with the music of waterfalls is the picturesque Araku
Valley, about 112 kms. from Visakhapatnam. Rolling grasslands,
lush orchards and bracing climate make Araku Valley
a delightful place. The natural beauty of this valley comes alive
with the aboriginal tribes who dwell here. And who have, to this
day, kept their tradition and culture alive. It is inhabited by
17 colorful tribes, with their cultural traditions vibrantly alive.
The Dhimsa dance, an age-old folk dance is still performed here
during 'Itika Pongal' - the famous hunting festival in April.
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: It is place of historical importance which is 64 km from
Visakhapatnam. In 17th century A.D, it was the capital of the
Gajapati chiefs. The magnificent fort architecture in this town
tells the past glory of these Kings. Moreover, it has a Music
College and a Sanskrit College.