Borra Caves – Araku Valley

Borra Caves - Araku Valley

The Borra Caves are located about 90 kms North of Visakhapatnam (Vizag), in the Ananthagiri hills range of the Eastern ghats in Andhra Pradesh. William King the British geologist discovered the caves in 1807. Borra (which means hole in Oriya) caves are naturally formed and believed to be 150 Mllion years old.

The main entrance of Borra Caves is at an altitude of 705 meters while the interior goes to a depth of 625 meters. The total length of the caves is about 200 meters.

Day Trip to Ethipothala Falls & Nagarjuna Sagar

Ethipothala Falls

We kicked off the day by waking up around IST 0530. Unfortunately, Hyderabad has nothing great to offer within a 200-kilometer radius and we were left with very few options. So, Nagarjuna Sagar it was! During my 6+ years in Hyderabad, I had never been here, hence I was excited to learn what the huge deal was about. Everyone spoke greatly about the dam and the lake there. The time had come for me to witness it first hand.

Faith – Ganesh Chaturthi, Hyderabad

Ganesh Chaturthi (Hyderabad, 2012)

Faith by Priya Ramachandran, narrates the underlying irony of the frenzied public display of devotion during Ganesh immersions every single year.

Kurnool

Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary

Kurnool is surprisingly close to the city, has an interestingly diverse topography and impressive landscapes that you would never expect to see just 215 odd kilometres from Hyderabad. All you need is a car, some good company, a spirit of adventure, a little knowledge of Telugu to get by, and most importantly, the generous help from Google Maps.