Araku Valley Tourism
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Araku Valley Tourism

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  • 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. 

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.
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Justin Forfun

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  • 5 Reviews
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"Perfect weekend getaway with friends or family" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The best way to reach Araku is to take a train (kirandul express). The journey by train takes you via number of Tunnels and you capture many beautiful sceneries. Places of interest are Chaprai lake, Tribal Museum, Tribal dance. You can have a bone-fire at night and have lots of fun. Don't miss the sunrise. Its simply superb. It would be better to hire a local person for sightseeing.
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"A Peaceful & Romantic Hill Station"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Araku valley is a valley in Eastern Ghat, Andhra Pradesh near to Vizag (120km). We visited there with my family from Vizag by Visakhapatnam Kirandul Passenger which reaches at 10:40 a. M. Daily. The train journey is really a enjoyable and fabulous experience as train lines passes 84 bridges & 58 tunnels, streams, water falls hill sides and different type of trees.

Borra caves, tribal museum, Padmapuram garden with tree cottage & toy train, coffee plantations are the most attractions of this valley. We returned back to Vizag by road. This was also an amazing experience of 4 hours. We visited there in the month if October. October to Feb is the best time of visit to Araku. I'm
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Ravi Naidu

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"Very pleasant and peaceful"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Araku is situated few km from Visakhapatnam. It had full of valleys and a good experience while travelling in train. Cost of living at Araku is nominal. Araku, a valley had a very cool weather. It was very pleasant to visit with a group of loved ones preferably in spring season and nearby this place borra caves looks interesting and katiki water fall.
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"A quite serene spot to spend a night or two"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
In fact it is the journey from Vizag to Araku valley which is wonderful and after that journey with a halt at Borra cave you badly require rest for a day or so before you take the return journey. Araku will provide the needed rest with pleasant stay and good food in one of the state tourist lodges. In fact if one visits that area by no means he should avoid visiting Borra Caves and it needs good amount of walking up and down to have a meaningful tour of the cave. The huge and vast spread of the cave makes one believe that man made structures can hardly beat that of nature. So one should enjoy the scenic beauty during journey from Vizag, experience the wonder of Borra Cave and then rest in the comfortable state tourist lodges.
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"A very pleasant experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A valley with very good cool weather, it was very pleasant to visit with a group of loved ones preferably in spring season and nearby this place borra caves looks interesting and katiki water falls which was very excellent and thrilling where a cold flow of water falls from top of mountains. Finally a must visit area.
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"Thrilling experience"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Araku is situated around few km from Visakhaatnam. It was full of valleys and a good experience while travelling in train. Cost of living at Araku is nominal when compared to other tourist places. Government has provided haritha resorts at nominal cost. Attractions to visit are chaprai, tribal museum and borra caves.. The climate is very cool and very suitable for couple.
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"We enjoyed the scenery and the weather"

  • 7/7
  • Posted May 14, 2015
It was a nice trip and we enjoyed a lot. We enjoyed the scenery and the weather. We spend two days in Araku and then come to Anathagiri hill resorts and went to borra caves with another couple from Karimnagar and stay one day at Anathagiri and come to Vizag.
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"Overall, it was a nice trip"

  • 5/7
  • Posted May 11, 2015
My trip to Araku valley is good but actual greenery was missing as we went in the month of March. Best time to visit Araku is from September to December. Padmapuram gardens is disappointing as it was completely destroyed because of Hudud. Tribal museum & borra caves is good.
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"Seasonal destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted May 6, 2015
The greenery of the valley is superb. Nice place to spend some time in the valley. We're here in January, well fallen snow in the morning. Good to see temperature down under 10c. Water falls are very impressive and had a bath under the falls. Borra caves and some hill stations are superb.
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"A cool place"

  • 4/7
  • Posted May 6, 2015
It is very very cool and pleasant place for all type of categories like students, friends and family. We must go to this place at winter season because the climate is so pretty that I just cannot explain the experience in words. A dictionary of words may not be enough to explain it.
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