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.

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Heera Chand

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  • Heera Chand
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1250 readers

"Too hot and few good places to visit"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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  • 8 Reviews
  •  16580 readers

"Beautiful location"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  •  1392 readers

"Superb natures beauty"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • 42 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  4879 readers

"Nice place for any type"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
  •  1925 readers

"Exotic views with greenary all around"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
  • 1 Review
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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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Smita M

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  • Smita M
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 1 Review
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"Very good place to rejuvenate your mind and body"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 28, 2016
I run away for relaxing from, hectic city life to beautiful Araku valley, surrounded by range of hills green tall trees and jungles for one week in the month of December. A valley in mid of up and down eastern ghat hills, with beautiful, landscape surrounded by lash green forest. From distance it was looks like nature has spread beautiful green and yellow carpet to welcome the guests, The beautiful scenic view, and fresh air of this valley will flourish your soul, and relax your mind.

This is undoubtedly one of the best place in Andhra pradesh. And near to Telengana state. Best time to visit Araku valley is November to January in winter. You can travel by train Vizag to Araku, train journey is the best for Araku. Green valley hotel is good place to stay. Most of hotels will provide transport for sightseeing, bonfire in evening and morning. Bamboo chicken is very famous here, they prepare chicken marinated with masala in the green bamboo.

Bora cave is must visit place here. Apart from this coffee garden, Tribal museum, mulberry garden, Damuku view point. Botanical garden. This is a good place for trekking for trekking lovers. Local market and weekly market is good place to purchase fresh vegetables with reasonable rate.
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Surya Kondeti

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  • Surya Kondeti
  • Lives in Rajahmundry
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"The best one in Andhra Pradesh"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2016
Araku is a very exciting and adventurous spot in southern India. Especially the train journey from Visakhapatnam to Araku valley is marvellous. Borra caves are a perfect delight to art lovers The resorts at this place are not so expensive and convenient Perfect destination with family and friends.
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Harish Babu

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  • Harish Babu
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2319 readers

"Best of tourist spot!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2016
This nice tourist place. Good for sightseeing. Weather was awesome in winter. Good place to hangout with friends. Awesome tourist place to visit. It was one of the best picnic spot in city.
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Reenarani Panda

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  • Reenarani Panda
  • 3 Reviews
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"Amazing place, with awesome nature!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 25, 2016
Travelling to Araku with friends, will never forget. The small waterfalls on the way. Coffee gardens, Hill view, light rainfall. The barbecue chicken during camp fire you will enjoy each & every moments of your life. Overall never forgotten trip. After that I travelled twice to Araku. As it excites me every time when I got time to think for a small weekend trip at Visakhapatnam.
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