Araku Valley is a fascinating hill station that lies around 112 kilometers from Vishakapatnam or Vizag. The undulating ghat road here ascends to a height of around 1168 meters above sea level and climbs down to Araku Valley, 975 meters above sea level. The lush green surroundings of mountains , coffee plantations, tunnels and waterfalls add a splendid look to the place.
Reasons to Visit Araku Valley
Right in the middle of Araku Valley, there is Araku Tribal Museum. It gives you the unique chance of having a look at the traditions of the tribal communities residing in Araku Valley.
In order to encourage tribal skills, Tribal Arts and Craft Center organizes several workshops and exhibitions. Its open everyday from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Padmapuram Botanical Garden near the Araku Tribal Museum is a paradise for botanists and nature lovers. There is a toy train too therein.
You can even hire a tree house in this garden. Visit Tyda Park if you enjoy nature, camping and trekking.
Borra Caves at a distance of 30 kms from Araku Valley are almost two centuries old. There are numerous legends associated with this place.
These are the largest caves in India. The fruit bats amidst the limestone of the caves add a bit of spookiness to the place.The visit timings are 7 AM to 7 PM daily.
Katiki Waterfalls, Chaparai Waterfalls and Dumbriguda Waterfalls are some of the most scenic waterfalls here.
The natural beauty of water falling from around 3215 feet height at Dumbriguda Waterfalls would leave you spellbound.
On the way to Araku Valley from Vizag, you come across Ananthagiri Hills. The coffee plantations and mango groves along with fantastic waterfalls make this place very enjoyable for the tourists.
The tribal dance of Araku Valley, known as Dhimsa, is also worth checking out.
Stay and Food
There are numerous hill resorts, hotels as well as tribal cottages at Araku Valley that warrant a comfortable stay for you. Local delicacies of Andhra Pradesh are worth trying out if you happen to be here.
Reaching Araku Valley
Vizag , at a disyance of 112 kilometers is the nearest airport to Araku Valley. You can even reach Araku Valley by the six hours scenic train journey from Vizag. If you choose roadways, the view of the Eastern Ghats along the way would really be very soothing for your senses.
Araku Valley is a great tourist destination for couples seeking solitude as well as families looking for a relaxing vacation. Have you booked your tickets yet?