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Getting There & Away

From Visakhapatnam a train (₹100, four hours) leaves daily at 6.50am, returning from Araku at 3.40pm. Get to Visakhapatnam early to secure a seat and be aware that the return train often leaves late. A special AC 'vistadome' (glass roof) carriage has been added to this service; you need to book 'Executive Chair' class on the IRCTC website (www.irctc.co.in) and tickets cost ₹665.

Buses (roughly hourly) from Visakhapatnam (from ₹130) take 4½ hours. A taxi day trip costs ₹3300 to ₹4000. The APTDC (Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation; http://aptdc.gov.in) runs tours that all include the Borra Caves; however its day trips are very rushed.