Araku Valley Tourism
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Araku Valley Tourism

Araku Valley Info

  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Visakhapatnam
Araku Valley is an extremely scenic hill station in the district of Vishakhapatnam in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Famous for its expanse of coffee plantation, the valley is surrounded by green hills, lush valleys in different shades of green, and forests all around. 

Located in the country’s Eastern Ghats, it is at an average altitude of 911 meters above sea level and is at a distance of 115 km from the city of Vishakhapatnam. The valley is quite close to the Orissa border in the north. 

Things to do in Araku Valley

The natural beauty of the valley is the main attraction of the place and draws tourists from all over the country as well as abroad. The journey to the valley is equally enthralling passing through dense forestry and scenic hills and valleys. At about a distance of 29 km is known for Borra caves, which is famous for its million-year old stalactites and stalagmites. 

The Ananthagiri hills, which is known for its coffee plantation is also on the way to Araku Valley. And not just coffee plantation, the hill is also popular for its forests, lovely orchards and the serene environment. 

The Araku Valley is mainly inhabited by the local tribes.  The Tribal Museum here is a place worth visiting since it houses a range of tribal handicrafts and artefacts of the indigenous tribal lifestyle. 

The valley is perfect for a trekking trip or to just enjoy a relaxed vacation taking in the beautiful view of the landscape around. There are quite a few streams and waterfalls nearby which are visited by tourists and add to the beauty of the place. The Sangda waterfalls is one such beautiful waterfall. 

The valley experiences a moderate climate which is neither too hot nor too cold. During the peak of summer however temperatures does soar, and the humidity also increases. Winter here is quite pleasant with comfortable temperatures and minimal humidity. The best time to visit Araku Valley is during the months of October to March during which time the weather is perfect for trekking and spending the day outdoors exploring the valley.


Travelling to Araku Valley

Araku Valley is connected both by road and rail, but most people prefer using the railways since the ride is considered to be one of the best, passing through a range of tunnels and valleys. The view by the side of the tracks is stunning and allows travellers to get a glimpse of the unexplored sides of the area.

Vishakhapatnam airport serves as the closest airport to Araku Valley at a distance of 115 km. Tourists can hire taxis which cost about Rs 1500 to reach Araku Valley from airport. There are regular buses from Vishakhapatnam to Araku Valley. 

Accommodation options in Araku Valley

There is a wide array of accommodation options in Araku Valley available for tourists depending on their needs and budget.

Best time to visit Araku Valley in the next six months

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Kulkarni Atul

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  • Kulkarni Atul
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 8 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1300 readers

"Adventurous place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Was with a group there.. Had a great time at waterfalls and from there felt to stay there and decided... The weather was damn cool. We would feel that at 4 pm itself. Best way to enjoy is by putting campfires and the place Chaprai which on seeing initially thought, it would be a waste but had a good time there too.
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Naga phaneendra nagubandi

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  • Naga phaneendra nagubandi
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"Excellent Experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The Araku Valley experience is one of the most enjoyable trip for everyone who faces a hassle daily routine life.

In the trip you will get a chance to visit:

1. Borra Caves (3/5)

2. Katiki Waterfalls (4/5)

3. Shooting Spots

4. Coffee Plants

5. Chapa Rayi (5/5 if plenty of water is there).
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Ashish Bhattacharya

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  • Ashish Bhattacharya
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1260 readers

"Overwhelming"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The travellers who visits Visakhapatnam must visit Araku valley. The hill station is a must visit for its breathtaking views which can't be expressed in words. Although, the place offers very few activities, it rejuvenate the whole body. The Chaprai waterfalls, Tribal Museum, Padmapuram Botanical Garden are the major attraction. On the route from Visakhapatnam, one can also visit Borra Caves.
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Sayantan datta

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  • Sayantan datta
  • 2 Reviews
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"Felt better than Munnar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The train ride to Arakku is awesome but be sure to book in advance and if possible reserve a window seat on the right side !! The train journey is filled with amazing views and plethora of tunnels. Weather is very nice, the temperature was around perfect 24C during the month of July. However, it is recommended that you carry umbrella since it rains now and then. Visit all the water falls if possible but don't waste time visiting tribal museum and botanical garden. Be sure to visit Borra caves. This part is interesting. Apart from the general places inside the caves which are well lit with flood lights, there are plenty of opportunities for adventurous ones who want to enjoy the cave in its pristine form where the only source of light is the LED torch. The adventure trip includes 45 minutes of journey trough cave followed by steep descent though dense forest and then climbing 90 degree mountain using only natural flora for support. Be sure to take a good tour guide if you plan on to get adventurous. You need to get your hands as well as clothes dirty in order to visit those places.
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Heera Chand

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  • Heera Chand
  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Too hot and few good places to visit"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted May 25, 2016
The place is not at all fit to be visited in summer. Though it is designated as a hill station, but the temperature during the day soars up to 46 degree ie. Much higher than any township. There is no water at the waterfall. Food is horrible and costly. Except Borra Cave, Tribal Museum and Coffee Museum, there is no place to visit.
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Bhargav Reddy

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  • Bhargav Reddy
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 9 Reviews
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"Beautiful location"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 7, 2016
The place is located 910 m above mean sea level. Excellent location for holiday stay, movie shoots. Going to katiki waterfalls is like an small adventure it is a memorable adventure and chaparai waterfalls is also good. Borra caves, Tribal museum, Ananthagiri hills are the other ones to watch out for.
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Ramya Garikipati

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  • Ramya Garikipati
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 1 Review
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"Superb natures beauty"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 1, 2016
Place where we can enjoy nature's beauty. Travelling in train will be excellent. As we pass through so many tunnels it will be like an adventure. Borra caves tribal people honey what not will enjoy everything. Go with family or friends, surely will feel relaxed and pleasant.
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Soumya brata chakraborty

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  • Soumya brata chakraborty
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Nice place for any type"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2016
Araku is such a beautiful place. Specifically, The Mayuri Resort of APTDC. The view from the resort itself is splendid. You can visit, Tribal Museum, Coffee Museum which were just by the side of Mayuri. From Araku, one can also visit, Chitrakot falls in Chhattisgarh. Although it will be a hectic day, but worth going. If anybody is staying at Jagdalpur, they can easily visit Chitrakoot and Tirathgarh falls. From Araku, no such attractive sightseeing. Although they will guide you for some. Except Borra Caves, nothing is worthy. Borra Caves lost its natural look. With huge number of colourful lights, it seems like a created creature. But it's good and overall I rated the entire area of Araku, as one of the most peaceful place. Nice place for any type, any age of visitors.
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Lokesh Teja

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  • Lokesh Teja
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 1 Review
  •  4192 readers

"Exotic views with greenary all around"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 17, 2016
The train journey starts from Visakhapatnam and when it reaches Kota the ghat section starts. You will love the sceneries around and the tunnels the train passes through. Borraguhalu is places you will enjoy watching naturally formed caves. One should have a lot of energy to see entire Burra caves. Kaitiki waterfall is another attraction. The accommodation and food we can adjust with. Its definitely worth visiting araku for the people who loves hilly areas.
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Chandra Kishore

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  • Chandra Kishore
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2016
It is very different and enjoyable place and the right time for the visit is the spring season for the flowers in the valley. The main attraction are Borra caves, coffee plantation and tribal dance. We went on car through road way and the way was so beautiful with the newly bloomed flowers. It very sportive place and very good place for nature lovers. It is good to go by road than the train during summer.
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