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Places to see in Araku Valley

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    Best time to Visit Araku Valley: Mar,Apr,May,Oct

    Category : Nature Explorer: Nature Explorer,Caves Exploration,Forest/Wildlife,River/Lakes/Waterfront,Hill Station

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Description

    Araku Valley is a beautiful hill station in Visakhapatnam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a valley in the Eastern Ghats inhabited by different tribes.
    It is often referred to as Andhra Ooty.

    Araku Valley is mostly preferred by travellers from Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam. It is at a distance of 114 km from Visakhapatnam, and is situated close to the Odisha state border. 

    The Anantagiri and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forest which are part of Araku Valley, are rich in biodiversity. This valley is surrounded by mountains like Galikonda, Raktakonda, Sunkarimetta and Chitamogondi. 

    The Anantagiri hills on the way to Araku Valley are famous for coffee plantations. And also popular for its forests, lovely orchards and the serene environment.
     

    Unique experience:
    See the tribal folk dances like Dhimsa and Mayuri at Araku. 
    Visit the Araku Tribal Museum which houses rich tribal tradition of the tribal culture.


    Best time to visit:
    September to October and March to May are the best seasons to visit Araku Valley.

    During the months of November & December, the mustard flowers spread across the valley, changes the Araku valley into beautiful yellow color.


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    Araku Valley

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    Araku Valley is labelled Andhra’s Ooty, in the Eastern Ghats, is home to a number of tribal communities. Spread over an area of 36sq. kms with pleasant climate, lush greenery, waterfalls and streams, this tourist spot has a tribal museum showcasing the lives and styles of the locals. 112 km from Visakhapatnam, the journey to Araku valley on the Eastern Ghats with thick forest on either side is exciting with breathtaking locales along the route. Accommodation facilities are available, but pre-booking is advised. Take a glimpse of the Dhimsa Dance by the locals.
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      Tribal Museum Araku

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      Tribal Museum, Araku - Showcases The Orthodox Lifestyle, Along With The Social, economical And Cultural Norms And Customs Of The Native Tribes Of The Region. The Museum Itself Is Built With Mud And Various Metals That Give It An Authentic Tribal Feel And Lend More Credence To The Artefacts That Reside Within.
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        Borra Caves

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        Brightly illuminated, these million year-old limestone caves are at a height of 1400 Mt above sea level. Filled with fascinating stalagmite and stalactite formations of calcium deposits, some fashioned like a ‘Shivalingam’ and a cow (Kamadhenu), plus with the Gosthani River flowing through, impart a religious significance to the caves. The Borra Caves are located in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku Valley. It is one of the largest caves in India, at an elevation of about 705 m. Borra caves are at a distance of 40 kms from Araku.
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          Katiki Waterfalls

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          About 4 kms away from Borra Caves, a hundred steps and a two-kilometre trek amidst the thick greens to reach Katiki Waterfall is worth every ounce of energy spent. Splashing in the cool water of this perennial waterfall or climbing up to its summit, the childlike joy of playing in water and beauty of the scene overwhelms you. The Katiki waterfall has its source at the Gosthani River, and an approximately 50 feet drop.
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            Galikonda view point

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            It Is The Highest Point Of Vishakapatnam, Which Gives a Spectacular View Of a Lush Green Valley, Hills, a Railway Track And Cottages. This Is The Second Highest Peak In The Eastern Ghats With An Altitude Of 4320 ft Above MSL. The Venue Comes On Your Way To The Famed Borra Caves From Araku Valley.
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              Padmapuram Garden / Paadmapuram Botanical Gardens

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              Paadmapuram Botanical Gardens contains rare varieties of trees and flowers. It is home to many variety of exotic roses. A toy train runs round the garden providing an enjoyable joy ride for children. The tree top huts on the trees can be booked for short stays by visitors.
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                Ananthagiri

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                Ananthagiri is at a distance of 26 kms from Araku and it is a beautiful little hill station between Vizag and Araku. It stands at a height of 1168 meters. The extensive plantations of coffee and a large number of waterfalls makes it a place worth visiting.
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                  The valley is connected through air, rail and road to the city of Visakhapatnam.


                  The train journey from Vizag to Araku is a memorable experience with 46 tunnels, several bridges through lush green valleys.


                  Vizag airport is the nearest airport, which is about 107 km from Araku.