Araku Valley: Get Mesmerized – A Travel Guide

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Introduction

A quaint hill station in the quiet town of Visakhapatnam, Araku Valley is usually referred to as the Ooty of Andhra Pradesh. As the name suggests, this is a valley situated in the Eastern Ghats of India. The Anantagiri and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forests are a part of the Araku Valley lending biodiversity and serenity to the place. Araku Valley is also well-known for its coffee and rich tribal culture.

Geography

Araku Valley lies in the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh and is spread across an area of around 36 square kilometres and at an altitude of about 1300 meters above sea level.

Araku Valley Weather

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The best time to visit Araku Valley is the winter season spanning the period from November to February. The Araku Valley temperature ranges between 14 and 26 degrees C during these months making it an ideal time for a visit. Summers (March to June) are hot here with temperatures rising as high as 25 degrees C plus humidity. However, the altitude makes the weather bearable. Araku Valley can receive heavy to very heavy rainfall during the peak monsoon months. While the weather can get cooler than summers, incessant rains can put a dampener on your plans.

Waterfalls in Araku Valley

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Katiki Waterfalls

Araku Valley is surrounded by greenery on all sides and blessed with some picturesque waterfalls – the best attraction of this hill station. Here are some Araku Valley waterfalls that are worth a visit:

  • Katiki Waterfalls – you need to trek a bit to reach the waterfall
  • Tatiguda Waterfall – at an altitude of around 3100 feet
  • Chaparai Water Cascade – slide down smooth rocks like a water slide
  • Aluru Kona Waterfalls – crystal clear water flowing through a rocky bed
  • Kollaput Jala Tarangini – an ideal spot to pitch a tent for an overnight stay
  • Kothapalli Waterfalls – a recent discovery by a local village kid, this place is as pristine as it gets
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Kothapalli Waterfalls

How to reach Araku Valley

Here is how you can reach Araku Valley using different modes of transport:

By Train

Araku Valley does not have a railway station of its own. The nearest railhead is Visakhapatnam, at a distance of around 120-130 km from Araku Valley. You can get a train from most major cities to Visakhapatnam. Once there, you can take a taxi from Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley and reach your destination within 2.5-3.5 hours.

By Road

The best way to reach Araku Valley by road is through Visakhapatnam. There are two common routes available:

  1. Via the Araku-Visakhapatnam Road – a distance of around 110-115 km and travel time of around three hours
  2. Via NH516E – a distance of around 140 km and travel time of around three and a half hours

You can book a cab from Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley and enjoy the vistas as you reach your destination. Remember to check the road and traffic conditions before leaving.

By Flight

There is no direct flight connectivity to Araku Valley. The closest airport is in Visakhapatnam. You can catch a flight to Visakhapatnam and then hire a taxi from Visakhapatnam Airport to Araku Valley.

Interesting Facts about Araku Valley

The best part about traveling is learning about the place and the people who lived there. Here are some interesting facts about Araku Valley:

  • There is a train track tunnelled right along with the hard Borra Caves.
  • Unlike most hill stations, Araku Valley is popular as a shopping destination too for ancient antique jewellery, handicrafts, clothing, etc.
  • The food of Araku Valley has a unique flavour that will linger on your taste buds for a long time.
  • The Chandana Yatra is a popular pilgrimage attraction of Araku Valley.
  • Araku Valley Coffee is famous around the globe.

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Places to visit Araku Valley

When you visit a place as beautiful as Araku Valley, all you want to do is just sit and soak in the beautiful landscapes. However, every place has something special to offer. Here are some Araku Valley tourist places to consider:

  • Borra Caves – The deepest caves in India, these limestone caves are a million years old. They were discovered in 1807.
  • Waterfalls – There are several waterfalls in Araku Valley that offer some beautiful vistas and make for a perfect spot for a picnic. 
  • Tribal Museum – This belongs in the top few names in the list of Araku Valley – places to visit. It explores the tribal culture of the Eastern Ghats. Interestingly, it does not just offer information about the history, but about the tribes that live in the current times too.
  • Padmapuram Gardens – A botanical garden with tree-top huts available for rent.
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Borra Caves
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Things to do in Araku Valley

Araku Valley has something to offer to all kinds of tourists. Here are some things to do while in Araku Valley:

  • Explore the Borra Caves. The different formations of stalactites and stalagmites inside the caves can take you through a journey in time.
  • There are numerous beautiful waterfalls in Araku Valley. Ensure that you visit them for a memorable experience.
  • Sip on one of the world’s most popular coffee – the Araku Valley Coffee.
  • Stroll the Padmapuram Gardens and admire the varieties of trees and flowers grown here.
  • Araku Valley has a tribal museum that can help you learn about the ingenious tribes that live here.
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Places to eat in Araku Valley

Although Araku Valley does not have a lot of restaurants, the food available here is delicious and lip-smacking. Here are some places where you can eat including street food places and the best restaurants in Araku Valley.

  • Amantran Bengali Restaurant, Sarabhaguda – for Bengali and Bangladeshi cuisine
  • Araku Haritha Resort Restaurant, Sarabhaguda – For Indian food
  • Hotel Star Annapurna, Araku Valley – Indian food
  • Aadhivasi Bamboo Chicken, Araku Colony – for local cuisine
  • Vasundhara Restaurant, Padmapuram Junction – North Indian Food
  • Taste And Tasty Restaurant, Araku – Visakhapatnam Road – Indian and Chinese fast food items
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Araku Valley Coffee Beans

Places to visit near Araku Valley

Here are some places near Araku Valley that you might consider while creating your travel plans:

  • Galikonda Hill – Galikonda View Point or Galikonda Hill is at a distance of around 20 km from Araku Valley. It is the highest point in Visakhapatnam and offers an amazing view of Araku Valley and its surroundings.
  • Araku Coffee Plantations – Since Araku Valley is famous for its coffee, a visit to the coffee plantations is a must. You can visit some traditional Araku Valley Coffee plantations on the Ananthagiri Hills located at a distance of around 24-26 km from Araku Valley.
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Padmapuram Gardens

Homestays in Araku Valley

Homestays are one of the best ways to experience life in a laid-back hill station like Araku Valley. There is only one homestay in Araku Valley:

  • Prudhvidevi Santosh Homestay, Araku Village
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Ananthagiri Hills

Araku Valley Hotels and Resorts

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Here are some Araku Valley resorts and hotels in and around the area to help make your trip memorable:

  • Natures Nest Araku, Main Road Ravala Guda
  • Mythri Inn, Near Jyothi Cinema Hall
  • Holiday Resorts, Ravvalaguda
  • Krishna Tara Comforts, Padmapuram Garden Road
  • Ushodaya Resort, Near Padmapuram Gardens
  • Hill Park Valley, Opp. IOCL Petrol Bunk
  • Rahul Resorts, Hectaguda Village

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