Ananthagiri Hills Tourism

Ananthagiri Hills, Andhra Pradesh

Set amid the Eastern Ghats, Ananthagiri Hills is a beautiful retreat 90km away from Hyderabad city. One of the earliest human habitat areas, Ananthagiri is a hill town of ancient caves, temples, medieval fort palaces that showcases the history of the area.

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The place offers some of the best trekking trails and thus serves as a trekker’s paradise. Breathtakingly gorgeous and absolutely scintillating, the town oozes out charm mixed with the whiff of coffee aroma and beauty of exotic flora. With romanticism in every aspect of the region, it is a perfect place for honeymooners as well as family vacationers.

Places To Visit In Ananthagiri Hills

  1. Borra Caves
Borra Caves

Weather : N.A.

Timings : Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 Hours

Entry Fee : Adults: INR 40, Children: INR 30, Camera: INR 25

Photography : Allowed

Discovered in : 1807

Best Time to Visit : November – March.

Borra caves, Visakhapatnam Overview

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Located on the east coast of India, the Borra Caves are situated in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district. Breath taking hilly terrain, beautiful landscape, semi-evergreen moist deciduous forests, and wild fauna of the Borra Caves are a visual feast.

A marvellous creation of nature, the Borra caves were formed when river waters flow through a limestone area, and the calcium carbonate turns into calcium bicarbonate, which is easily washed out by the running water. The most striking feature of the caves is its exquisite variety of speleothems ranging in size.

Borra Caves are deemed to be among the largest in the country and are perched at a whopping elevation of about 705 metres. They are basically karstic limestone structures extending to a depth of 80 m and are considered to be the deepest cave in India. The combination of sunlight and dark conjures amazing dancing shaped in the depths of the Borra Caves, which is a sight in itself.

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Natural skylights in the caves make way for colourful imagery that imparts them a unique enigma of their own. Animal lovers will find bats as well as the golden geckos hiding in the shadows of the niches. The journey up to the primary destination with its picturesque location and a thrilling hike is a treat in itself. Visit this destination and explore the unique beauty of Araku Valley in all its glory.

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Legend of Borra Caves 

The legend of Borra Caves is rich with narrations from tribal communities such as Jatapu, Porja, Kondadora, Nookadora and Valmiki, who inhabit the villages in the region. One such legend dictates that a cow dropped through a hole in the caves as it was grazing the nearby fields.

Legend of Borra Caves

Soon enough, people came looking for it and discovered a stone in the caves which resembled a Shiva Lingam. The cow returned safe and sound and the well-being of the animal was attributed to the Lingam. A small temple was soon built around the caves and people flocked the area to seek the blessings of the Lord.

History of Borra Caves 

The history of Borra Caves is perhaps as old as the history of the Araku Valley itself. Believed to have been formed as a result of perennial water flows over millions of years, the caves were discovered by British geologist William King in the year 1807. The process of the formation of the Borra Caves is quite intriguing as well. Humic acid in the water reacts with the calcium carbonate in the limestone and dissolves the minerals breaking the rock gradually.

History of Borra Caves

As a result of this, varied rocks and shapes are formed in the caves. The total length of the Borra Caves is about 200 meters and the Dandakaranya – Bolangir – Kibur train track passes over the caves. Anthropologists have also found stone tools of middle Paleolithic Age dating back to 30000 to 50000 years indicating human habitation in the Borra Caves.

Borra Caves Trekking 

The picturesque territory and thrilling terrain of Borra Caves is the perfect destination to pursue a little trekking adventure over the weekend. With the waters of Katika Waterfalls cascading nearby, the scenic beauty of this place is only second to the adrenaline rush that a hike here provides.

Borra Caves Trekking

The trekking difficulty is easy to medium, so even beginners will not have a problem in navigating this destination. The journey up to the caves can take 3-4 hours, but the final view of Borra Caves is definitely worth all the hard work!

Things to do near Borra Caves 

A couple of interesting activities await you near the Borra Caves. The Tribal Museum of Araku Valley is a wonderful look into the culture and lifestyle of the tribal communities that live nearby. Padampura Gardens and Katika Waterfalls are other destinations in the close vicinity of the Borra Caves. You can also enjoy a steaming hot cup of coffee in the plantations nearby.

2. Araku Tribal Museum

Araku Tribal Museum

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Entry Fees : INR 40 for Adults and INR 20 for Kids

Time Duration : 30 Minutes – 1 Hour

Timings : Monday to Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Established in : 1996

Araku Tribal Museum

Opened in 1996 by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, the Araku Tribal Museum depicts the tribal culture of Andhra Pradesh. From utensils, jewellery, hunting tools to wedding photographs, the museum gives a taste of what traditional tribal lives look like.

Located at a distance of just 200 metres from the Araku bus station, the museum is not historical but has been constructed to enlighten people about the tribal way of life, with the display of the lifestyle of about 19 tribes living in the vicinity. While tribal artworks adorn the walls, local Mayur and Dhimsa dances are exhibited at one of the sections on the museum.

Interestingly, the museum is home to a fortune teller with a parrot who speaks only the local language and whose predictions are believed to have been right. One can also go boating in the pond nearby or relax by cycling around the museum. The two-storied building is an excellent place to get souvenirs; the money for which goes to the locals as one of their sources of employment.

3. Musi River

Musi River – Tributary of the Krishna River

Musi River is a tributary of Krishna River in the Deccan Plateau. It was known as Muchukunda River in earlier days. Hyderabad stands on the bank of this river which divides the city between the old and the new. The Purana Pul is the oldest bridge over the river in Hyderabad. Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar are the two dams which are constructed over the river.

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Timings : Monday to Sunday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 Hours.

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The Current Situation of Musi River 

The Musi river has become a dumping site for domestic and industrial waste because of lack of planning and impartial urbanization. It was once the mighty river which has become a dumping giant now. The river is dying a slow death affecting the health of the citizens. As it passes through Hyderabad, it converts into a giant sewer. Years of neglect have made the river to come among the most polluted rivers in the country. Crores of rupees have been spent on treating it but no progress has been seen.

Musi River

Despit being a part of National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) for the past six years, 2 projects undertaken by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) and many other projects no significant change has come into notice. The industrial waste contaminates the groundwater. The Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) were set up to take care of this, but no progress has been observed in the decaying condition of Musi River.

4. Padmapuram Gardens

Padmapuram Gardens

The Padmapuram Gardens is known to be a favourite spot among many tourists who visit Araku Valley. Boasting variety of species of flora, the garden is home to an exquisite rose garden, treetop huts and a fun toy train for rides around it.

The garden was built to supply food and vegetables to soldiers of World War II in 1942 in a plot of 26 acres and later on, converted into a horticulture nursery with a training centre. The range of flower species and trees is a visual feast, which can be enjoyed even more if one decides to stay in one of the hanging cottages ten feet above the ground.

Weather : N.A.

Timings : Monday to Sunday: 9 AM – 6 PM

Entry Fees : INR 40 For Adults and INR 20 for Kids

Best Time to Visit : October – March.

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5. Trekking in Ananthagiri Hills

Forest Trekking in Ananthagiri

Given its terrain and sceneries, Ananthagiri is also known for its trekking trails. There are 2 most popular Trekking Trials in Ananthagiri, one starting from the temple and the other begins towards the Kerelli.

Weather : N.A.

Best Time for Trekking : November – March

Camping Options : Available

Difficulty Level : Beginner

Timings : 24 Hours.

6. Dolphins Nose

Dolphins Nose

As the name suggests, Dolphin’s Nose is a massive rock nearly 357 m high extended out of a sea in the shape of Dolphin’s nose. A lighthouse is built on this rock whose beam of light is visible around 65 km away from the sea. Dolphin’s Nose, with its picturesque views, is one of the most favourite picnic spots in Ananthagiri Hills.  

Weather : N.A.

Entry Fee : INR 15 Per Person

Timings : Monday to Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Time Duration : 1 Hour

Best Time to Visit : October – March.

8. Tyda Park

Tyda Park – Environmental Friendly Project

Tyda Park is a beautiful natural habitat and environment-friendly project to several wildlife animals. Tyda Park also offers camping facility at Jungle bells. Other than a variety of fauna, this place is home to a plethora of exotic birds as well as offers rock climbing, target shooting and bow and arrows.

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Best Time to Visit : October – February

Timings : Monday to Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

9. Camping

Camping

Camping in Ananthagiri Hills is an ideal option for a perfect weekend getaway. With rivers cutting through its forest and a vast number of options available for adventure seekers. One can also enjoy camping in Ananthagiri.

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Best Time : July – October

10. Lord Anantha Padmanabha Temple

Lord Anantha Padmanabha Temple

A most popular temple in the town, Lord Anantha Padmanabha Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, in form of Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swami. Within the Ananthagiri temple premises, an idol of Lord Vishnu can be seen situated on Anantha, the snake floating on the cosmic waters in Viakunta.

Lord Anantha Padmanabha Temple andhra pradesh

An idol of Goddess Lakshmi can also be seen lying besides Lord Vishnu. As per the legend, this temple is said to be built by Rishi Markandeya in Dwapara Yuga. It is believed that Anantha Padmanabha meditated for 400 years to worship Lord Vishnu. Lord finally appeared in the cave where the sage meditated in form of Shali Gram. To worship Lord Vishnu, Devotees have to enter the cave in between 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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Timings : 4:30am to 6:30am (Abhishekam) 7:00am to 1:00pm (Sarva Darsanam) 3:00pm to 8:30pm (Sarva Darsanam)

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee.

11. Bhavanasi Lake

Bhavanasi Lake

Considered to be a holy lake of Ananthagiri, Bhavanasi Lake originates from Nallamala Hills. Located in the middle of greenery, the spectacular Bhavanasini lake is situated on the route of Ahobilam.

Equivalent to the Badrinath of South, A bath in this lake is said to be quite auspicious and visitors come here in large number for a dip. One can also consider trekking this beautiful sacred Bhavanasini lake. 

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Time Duration : 1 Day

Best Time to Visit : August – December.

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How to Reach Ananthagiri Hills

Ananthagiri is located around 90 km from Hyderabad and 6 km from Vikarabad. The most convenient way of travelling here is by road from Hyderabad as the drive is scenic. The nearest airport is located in Hyderabad, and the nearest railway station is situated in Vikarabad. 

How to reach Ananthagiri Hills by flight

Nearest airport to the town of Ananthagiri is Hyderabad which is located about 100 km from the desired destination. The airport is well connected to many major cities of the country including Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi etc. Taxis are easily available outside the airport for a comfortable ride.

Nearest Airport: Visakhapatnam Airport (VTZ) – 58 kms from Ananthagiri Hills

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Tentative return flight prices to Visakhapatnam Airport (VTZ) from major cities in India.

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How to reach Ananthagiri Hills by road

Ananthagiri is well connected to Hyderabad through several private as well as state owned buses. Online booking services are also available. The smooth roads often make for an enjoyable ride from Hyderabad and bikers often take this route to enjoy the drive. If you are on a family vacation, you can hire a taxi or a bus and enjoy the scintillating scenery on the way. 

How to reach Ananthagiri Hills by train

Srikakulam serves as the nearest railway station to Ananthagiri lying at a mere distance of 3 km. This railway passing through the Eastern Ghats offering breathtaking views is one of the highest broad gauges in the world. The other major railway station is located in Vikarabad, almost 6 km away from Ananthagiri. Taxis and auto rickshaws are easily available for hire from outside the railway station. 

Local transport in Ananthagiri Hills

Ananthagiri is a beautiful town where commutation between the places is quite an easy task. The town offers bus as the cheapest mode transportation though a bit slow. Auto rickshaw is another mode of transportation while drivers act as good guides. Taxi however is the most convenient and fastest way to move around the place. However, do keep in mind the weather condition of the region while panning your trip.

What is the best time to visit Ananthagiri Hills?

Ananthagiri experiences pleasant weather throughout the year with temperature varying from 16 to 22 degrees Celcius during winters. Hence, the ideal time to pack your backs and take a trip to this mesmerizing place is between the months of October and March. The weather during this time period is extremely pleasant and the whole place looks spectacular enveloped in lush greenery. The aroma of fresh coffee beans floating in the air adds to the magnificence.  Summers in the area can be a bit hot with figure nearing 40 degrees Celcius. This season is not an ideal time to travel to Ananthagiri Hills because the of the torrid and humid weather. But if you are planning to stay in and relax amidst nature, you can travel between these months. The monsoon season augments the romantic aura with the incoming of rain. Ananthagiri Hills looks at its best during this time of the year. There is freshness and a sense of positivity everywhere. But if you are an adventurous soul, indulging in trekking, boating and other activities might be difficult due to heavy rains.

Monthly Weather in Ananthagiri Hills

MonthHigh/Low (°C)Rain
January28°/ 16°4 days
February29°/ 17°8 days
March31°/ 19°12 days
April33°/ 22°13 days
May36°/ 24°20 days
June34°/ 24°24 days
July29°/ 23°21 days
August29°/ 22°24 days
September28°/ 21°26 days
October28°/ 20°26 days
November30°/ 18°2 days
December27°/ 16°1 days

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Ananthagiri Hills in Winter (November – March) 

The winter season starts to set in from the month of November. Since Ananthagiri is 1400mt above the sea level, the temperature cools down during the winter season. It is during the winter season that the footfall on the hills remains highest. Also, this season is ideal for adventure activities like trekking and camping. The winter season in Ananthagiri Hills lasts from November to March and the weather during this period is pleasing and charming with a temperature that varies from 16°C to 22°C. The hills get wrapped in a magical beauty of lush green trees. The pleasant where will let you explore the mountains to the fullest, and you can choose to take a lazy stroll to be close to nature at any time of the day. The contrast of the clear blue sky with the variegated hills covered in green trees is spectacular with waterfalls and other water bodies are replete with water making activities like swimming and boating even more fun. The animals are also strolling around freely, and you might see some of them. The colourful birds can be seen chirping and fluttering their wings. Winter season is also the perfect time of the year to indulge in adventurous activities as this place will make your adrenaline level shoot up and make your heart beat faster. Activities such as hiking, rock climbing, rappelling and camping will satiate your soul and warm just not your body but your heart too. Hence, the winter season is the best time to visit Ananthagiri Hills and see and enjoy this place at its full glory.

Araku Valley, Ananthagiri Hills
Araku Valley, Ananthagiri Hills

Ananthagiri Hills in Monsoon (July – October) 

The monsoon season in Ananthagiri begins in July, and the rain continues to fall till October. The weather during this period is gorgeous. The whole place is under the spell of the rain and looks verdant and splendid. The hills are covered with lush green trees and plants. The iridescence of the flora is picture perfect. The waterfalls are bubbling with water making the whole place look magical. Rains also brings with it a bit of love and romance making it an ideal time for honeymooners or anyone who wants to rekindle their romance with their beloved. This is the perfect season to cuddle with your loved one surrounded by verdant trees and panoramic views of nature. Since it is a hilly area, rain also creates a tad bit of slush. If you want to visit Ananthagiri Hills for the sole purpose because just thinking about the adventure activities makes your heart beat faster, this is not the right time for you. Adventure activities like trekking, hill climbing, camping, rappelling and rock climbing are all closed around this time.

Ananthagiri Hills
Ananthagiri Hills

Ananthagiri Hills in Summer (April – June) 

Summer season in Ananthagiri Hills begins from the month of April and continues till June. During this time period, the temperature reaches up to 40°C, making the place warm. Throughout the day, the sun shines brightly and there is a tad bit of humidity in the air. This season is not ideal to travel to Ananthagiri Hills and should be avoided. During this time of the year, the waterfalls and other water bodies are not bubbling with water. Rather they are almost dried up with little scope for boating or taking a dip. Trekking and exploring the Ananthagiri Hills during this period would be a tiring and tedious task because of the humidity and intense heat. You will also not be able to spot a large number of animals and birds as they hide in the dense forests to protect themselves. But, if you plan to stay in and enjoy beauty of nature, you can travel here at this time.

Anantagiri Hills, Vishakapatnam
Anantagiri Hills, Vishakapatnam

Hotels in Ananthagiri Hills

1. Casa Holiday Resorts

2. Ushodaya Resorts

3. Sri Sai Suvarna Inn

4. At Home Prakruthi Resorts

5. Krishna Tara Comforts

6. Ushasree Residency

7. OYO Flagship 86410 Bsquare Valley

8. Sterling Puri

9. HOTEL RUPASHREE BANGALA

10. Shonar Kutir

11. Pipul Hotels and Resorts Suites near Puri Sea Beach

12. Sea Blue Inn -Premium Suite-

13 .De Sea apartments

14.Hotel Prabhupada

15. SARA guest house

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FAQs on Ananthagiri Hills

Can you suggest an itinerary for Ananthagiri hills? 

Ananthagiri is nature’s paradise that is packed with enough tourist attractions to make your even one day in the town worthwhile. Begin your trip in the place with early morning stride while basking in the glory of Mother Nature. Take breakfast at the hotel and proceed to your first stop of the day i.e. Lord Anantha Padmanabha Temple.

Next stop on your list should be The Borra Hills and Caves which is a place for nature lovers. Other than these, other major attractions of Ananthagiri are Dolphin’s Nose, Katiki Waterfalls, and Tyda Park. Each of the above destinations is a wonder in its own and will make sure your trip ends on a pleasant note.

How can I commute within Ananthagiri hills? 

Ananthagiri is a beautiful town where commutation between the places is quite an easy task. The town offers bus as the cheapest mode transportation though a bit slow. Auto rickshaw is another mode of transportation while drivers act as good guides. Taxi however is the most convenient and fastest way to move around the place. However, do keep in mind the weather condition of the region while panning your trip.

What are the top sightseeing places in Ananthagiri hills? 

The top sightseeing places in Ananthagiri hills are The Borra Hills and Caves, Araku Tribal Museum, Musi River, Padmapuram Gardens, Trekking in Ananthagiri Hills, Dolphins Nose.

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