Araku Valley Tourism
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Araku Valley Tourism

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If you are an ardent admirer of nature in its basics, if you would love to enjoy an experience in the jungle trails, if you are passionate about enjoying the serene and sombre silence of nature in forest tracks punctuated by the occasional sound of falling leaves, chirping birds and rare species of reptiles moving around in their natural habitat then Tyda is a must visit destination for you. It is about 75 kms from Vizag via Simhachalam on way to Araku valley. The Jungle Bells Nature camp at Tyda is an eco-tourism spot in the lap of mother nature and the Loghuts and cottages are the perfect places to spend a night or two.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are not too many options for you to satisfy your cullinary instincts. However the Restaurant at Jungle Bells , Tyda amidst the serene silence of nature with occassional intruders such as the red-faced monkeys and small reptilians peeping at you from a safe distance has really a great ambience. The food served is pallatable though not of the highest standards.
A visit to the Borra Caves and Ananthagiri Falls are a must to be in your agenda but that can be done on your way to the Araku Valley.
A nature camp and shopping centres do not go hand in hand. However, if you have interest in pottery and craft-work, a visit to the the tribal potter\'s village 8 kms from Araku valley will satisfy your need.

Activities & things to do: Enjoying nature in its mystic serenity and exotic solitude is the only activity you can have there. Forest trekking and bird watching are other activities that might interest you. If you chance to drop in at Tyda at the weekend, you might get to enjoy the Dhimsa Dance by the local tribal dancers amidst the sombre ambience of nature in the eco camp.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: As for me, I drove all the way from Kolkata to Vishakhapattanam and from there via Simhachalam-Araku Road to Tyda (75kms from Vizag) on way to Araku Valley which is another 40 kms off Tyda. Alternatively you can avail the rail route from Vizag to Araku which has a stoppage at Tyda. One way by the rail route through the numerous tunnels through the mountains of the Eastern Ghats will really be an exciting experience....the reverse route could be by road.
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Muralitharan Venkataraman
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  • Lives in Tiruchirapalli
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  • 22 Reviews

"Have a happy time at Arakku"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is called Ooty of Andhra. It should be visited firstly to enjoy the train journey. The train crosses many tunnels which make it exciting. Plan to go by the morning train from Vizag by 6.45 a.m. Take reservation to confirm seat and try to....... More
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Kumar K
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  • 4 Reviews

"Araku was awesome"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Araku Valley is a very beautiful hill resort for peculiarly nature lovers. In Araku couples have privacy, children have fun youth have freedom and perfect for re-leaf from daily tensions. I went to Araku with my family on September 2013. We....... More
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Hemanth

"Araku Valley & Borra Caves - beautiful place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Visit to this Arakku Valley is must for those who love nature. Arakku Valley is very beautiful, green everywhere. Best time to visit this place is monsoon season. Once must visit Borra Caves which is near by. This is a single big caves....... More
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Sesha rao Ch
  • Sesha rao Ch
  • Lives in Vijaywada
  • 3 Reviews

"Araku is a beautiful hill station."

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
Araku Valley is a very beautiful hill for peculiarly nature lovers. In Araku couples have privacy, children have fun, youth have freedom and perfect to escape from daily tensions. This location is mostly budget friendly they have all budget....... More
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Sujata Dinda
  • Sujata Dinda
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Feast for your eyes!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
Last week I have visited ARAKU with the families of my two friends. At first we went to ARAKU by KIRANDUL EXP. It was a pleasant riding through hills, forests and 41 long tunnels. we stayed in APTDC HARITHA (mayuri) HILL RESORTS, located in a....... More
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Araku Valley Info

  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Hill
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. 

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