Araku valley tourism

Araku Valley is a hill station in Alluri Sitharama Raju district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, lying 111 km west of Visakhapatnam city. This place is often referred to as Ooty of Andhra. It is a valley in the Eastern Ghats inhabited by different tribes, mainly Araku Tribes.
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Araku Valley is a hill station in Alluri Sitharama Raju district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, lying 111 km west of Visakhapatnam city. This place is often referred to as Ooty of Andhra. It is a valley in the Eastern Ghats inhabited by different tribes, mainly Araku Tribes.

Araku is located in the Eastern Ghats about 114 kilometres (71 mi) from Visakhapatnam, close to the Odisha state border. The Anantagiri and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forest, which are part of Araku Valley, are rich in biodiversity and are mined for bauxite. Galikonda hill rising to a height of 5,000 feet (1,500 m) is amongst the highest peaks in Andhra Pradesh. The average rainfall is 1,700 millimetres (67 in), the bulk of which is received during June–October. The altitude is about 1300 m above the sea level. The valley spreads around 36 km.

Araku Valley is a hill station in Alluri Sitharama Raju district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, lying 111 km west of Visakhapatnam city. This place is often referred to as Ooty of Andhra. It is a valley in the Eastern Ghats inhabited by different tribes, mainly Araku Tribes.
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Places To Visit In Araku Valley

1.Borra Caves

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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.

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.

Borra Caves Best Time

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

History of Borra Caves

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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.

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.

Legend of Borra Caves

Araku Valley is a hill station in Alluri Sitharama Raju district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, lying 111 km west of Visakhapatnam city. This place is often referred to as Ooty of Andhra. It is a valley in the Eastern Ghats inhabited by different tribes, mainly Araku Tribes.

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.

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.

Borra Caves Trekking

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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.

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

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. Katiki Waterfalls, Visakhapatnam Overview

katiki waterfalls- scenic waterfalls originating at the river gosthani

Katiki Falls originates from River Gosthani about 90 kilometres from Visakhapatnam. The waterfall is located near the Borra Caves and is a famous attraction for picnickers and nature lovers. The natural landscape surrounding the waterfall is lush green and goes through an uneven path that adds an element of adventure to the visitors trekking their way to the waterfall. It is, therefore, an ideal attraction for beginner to intermediate level trekkers. There are several food kiosks on the way that serve snacks and beverages especially Bamboo Chicken and fresh Coconut Water. Taking a pit stop for a bite before proceeding won’t be disappointing.

The cool breeze, the greenery and the soothing sounds of the Katiki Waterfall will take off all the worries in one’s mind. The 50 feet high natural formation is a breathtaking sight from a distance. Do take a moment to listen to the birds singing their tunes as you sit in solitude or soak your feet into the cold river water. Those who wish to enter the waters can do so to enjoy some exciting moments with family and friends. Monsoons, in particular, are extremely beautiful with the natural vegetation thriving in the region. Katiki Falls is the place to be for those who wish to rejuvenate their souls.

How To Reach Katiki Waterfalls 

Private vehicles or auto-rickshaws are the best modes of transport to reach the point where one can park the vehicles and either take a paid jeep ride or traverse by foot. The route leading to the parking point goes via Araku – Visakhapatnam road and Sabbavaran road. The local jeep drivers charge around INR 200 per person to take tourists to the point where they can trek for about 25 minutes to reach the waterfall.

Best Time To Visit Katiki Waterfalls 

Tourists should try to reach as early as possible in the day to get enough daylight to explore the waterfall. September to February is the best time to visit the waterfall as the forest is lush green, the weather stays cool and dry throughout the day, making the climb up to the waterfall pleasant.

3. Chaparai Waterfalls

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Weather : N.A.

Timings : Throughout the day

Entry Fee : INR 10 per person

Best Time to Visit : After the monsoons; October to March when the falls are not too dry and yet not slippery either.

At a distance of just 13 km from Araku, the Chaparai waterfalls or the Dumbriguda waterfalls is one of the most popular weekend destinations as well as a much sought after place for the Telugu film industry.

With a perfectly serene environment, you have quite a few local vendors to offer you special delicacies like grilled chicken, kulfi etc. The best time to feel the nature closest to you would be at sunrise or sunset. One can also take a dip in the water as it is not too deep or slippery.

4. Tadimada Waterfalls

Tadimada waterfalls

The Tadimada Waterfalls is a beauty that would make you fall in love with it instantly. Also commonly known as Ananthagiri Waterfalls, the easiest way to experience what nature has to offer here is through hiking.

The waters splashing from 100 ft above creates a majestic view and soothes one’s soul. One can take a dip in the water, although it is a bit dirty. With its amazing views, the Tadimada Waterfalls is undoubtedly one of the best picnic spots in Araku Valley.

Weather : N.A.

Timings : Monday to Sunday: 9 AM – 5 PM

Best Time to Visit : After the monsoons, from August to October.

5. Matsyagundam

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Popularly known as the fish pool, Matsyagundam near Paderu harbours a variety of fishes and is home to a century-old temple known as Sri Matsyalingeshwara Swamy Temple. With immense potent for tourism, the stream has quite interesting folklore entwined around it.

It is believed that there was a massive fight between Singarajulu (snakes) and the Matsyarajulu (fish) in a place known as Gemmili after which the Mother Fish rescued all the fishes and brought them here. Later on, the hamlet came to be known as Matsya Gundam. Till day, owing to this belief, the natives do not kill or consume fish.

Weather : N.A.

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

Best Time to Visit : During Maha Shivaratri.

6. Bheemili Beach

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Bheemili Beach in Vishakhapatnam District’s Araku Valley is located at the origin of River Gosthani, Bheemunipatnam. Remnants of 17th century British and Dutch settlements can be seen here, including a fort and cemetery.

The beautiful Bheemli beach also has a lighthouse and a minor port. Recently, a beach-park has been developed on the Vishakhapatnam – Bheemili beach-road as a tourist attraction. This scenic beach also offers water sports. In the colonial era, both East India Companies had their trading ports here.

Weather : N.A.

Time Duration : 4 Hours – Half Day

Best Time : May – August

7. Tribal Museum

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.

Weather : N.A.

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

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

Best Time to Visit : October – March

Established in : 1996

8. Padmapuram Gardens

Padmapuram Garden

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

How to Reach Araku Valley 

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From Visakhapatnam to Araku train number 58501, Departs at 6.50 AM and arrives at 10.50 AM

From Araku to Visakhapatnam train number 58502 leaves Araku at 3:40 PM and arrive at Visakhapatnam at 8:10 PM daily.  These are Vistadome or Glass Top coaches which for which the ticket price is INR 565.

Private buses from Mumbai, Bengaluru, Vijayawada, Hyderabad and Chennai also run at regular intervals.

  • Air: The airport at Vishakhapatnam is the nearest to reach Araku. It is 80kms away from Araku valley. The journey hereon can be completed via train/ bus or taxies.
  • Rail: The only train to Araku is from Vishakhapatnam which connects it to the other major cities. The journey takes nearly five hours.
  • Road: Apart from buses run by the state government, there are also many cabs available connecting the Araku valley to Vishakhapatnam. Private buses from Mumbai, Bengaluru, Vijayawada, Hyderabad and Chennai also run at regular intervals.

Best time to visit Araku Valley

The best suggested time for visiting Araku valley is between September to February. It gets quiet cold here after December and the temperature often goes as down as 4 degree Celsius. That said, many tourists prefer visiting Araku after August, mostly just after the monsoons. There is a charm about driving through its lush green fields, with the familiar smell of wet soil and the a yellow surface layer of the washed harvest till horizon.

Monthly Weather in Araku Valley

MonthHigh/Low (°C)Rain
January26°/ 14°3 days
February27°/ 15°7 days
March29°/ 17°12 days
April31°/ 20°19 days
May34°/ 22°19 days
June31°/ 22°25 days
July26°/ 20°25 days
August25°/ 20°27 days
September25°/ 19°25 days
October26°/ 18°26 days
November27°/ 15°2 days
December25°/ 14°1 days
Monthly Weather in Araku Valley

Hotels in Araku Valley

1. Casa Holiday Resorts

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Facilities: Parking , Bar , Food

Experience nature like never before at Casa Hotels,located in the heart of Araku with close proximity to Vizag. Surrounded by lush greenery and magnificent waterfalls, guests often explore the coffee plantations nearby for an enriching adventure. There is no dearth of beautiful attractions that you can visit while staying here- go sightseeing at Padmapuram gardens or take a longer road trip to visit Borra Caves,the deepest caves in the country and the beautiful Katika waterfalls.

2. Ushodaya Resorts

Ushodaya Resorts
Ushodaya Resorts

Facilities: Parking , Wifi , Food

 Resort with 2 room options

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Boasting a garden and a terrace, Ushodaya Resorts is set in Araku. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. Free private parking is available and the resort also offers car hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area.

All rooms include a TV, and some units at the resort have a balcony.

Ushodaya Resorts offers a children’s playground.

The nearest airport is Visakhapatnam Airport, 114 km from the accommodation.

3. Sri Sai Suvarna Inn

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Facilities: Parking , Food

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 Lodge with 2 room options

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Set in Araku in the Andhra Pradesh region, Sri Sai Suvarna Inn offers accommodation with free private parking.

Sri Sai Suvarna Inn

A terrace can be found at the lodge, along with a garden.

The nearest airport is Visakhapatnam Airport, 113 km from Sri Sai Suvarna Inn.

4.At Home Prakruthi Resorts

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At Home Prakruthi Resorts is offering accommodation in Araku. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The nearest airport is Visakhapatnam Airport, 77 km from At Home Prakruthi Resorts.

5.Krishna Tara Comforts

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Padmapuram Garden road, Padmapuram, Araku Valley, VISAKAHPATNAM DISTRICT. Visakha-Araku Main Road.

About This Property

Situated in Araku, Krishna Tara Comforts features a garden. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge. At the hotel the rooms have a balcony, a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV.

6.Sea Blue Inn -Premium Suite-

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322 Near New Marine Drive Road, Baliapanda Rd, Puri, Odisha 752001.

About This Property

Situated in Puri, 750 metres from Puri Beach, Sea Blue Inn -Premium Suite- features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. This 2-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and room service.

7.De Sea apartments

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Baliapanda Road Block 6,6A,club Krishna Seasight.

Location & Nearby Places

Baliapanda Housing Board Colony (4.2 Km from city center)

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About This Property

Set in Puri, within 500 metres of Puri Beach and 2.8 km of Jagannath Temple, De Sea apartments offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, a restaurant and a garden. This apartment offers free private parking and room service.

8.Hotel Prabhupada

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 New Marine Drive Road Near light house

Location & Nearby Places

New Marine Drive Road (4.0 Km from city center)

New Marine Drive Road Near light house .

9. NRS Royal Palace

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 New Marine Drive Road 348.0 kms from Araku Valley

Facilities: Parking , Wifi , Pool , Food

 Book without credit card

 4 star hotel with 4 room options

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10. Hotel Sonar Bangla Puri

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 New Marine Drive Road 348.5 kms from Araku Valley7.5

Facilities: Parking

Boasting panoramic views of the Bay of Bengal and a private beach area with relaxed cabanas, this seafront resort is an insignia of upscale accommodations and traditional Bengali hospitality. Each of their rooms features floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies with ocean views, wooden furnishing, window-facing sofa sets and refined amenities. For larger groups, dormitories having bunk beds are available. Hotel Sonar Bangla also houses an Indian restaurant with rooftop seating.

 Hotel with 4 room options.

About This Property

Boasting panoramic views of the Bay of Bengal and a private beach area with relaxed cabanas, this seafront resort is an insignia of upscale accommodations and traditional Bengali hospitality. Each of their rooms features floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies with ocean views, wooden furnishing, window-facing sofa sets and refined amenities. For larger groups, dormitories having bunk beds are available. Hotel Sonar Bangla also houses an Indian restaurant with rooftop seating.

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