Araku Valley is a hill station and valley region in the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Araku Valley is one of the most spectacular vacation spots in Andhra Pradesh. It is also knwon as “Andhra ooty”.It is surrounded by the thick forests of the Eastern Ghats mountain range. It is very close to the Odisha state border. Moreover, Anantagiri and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forest are part of Araku valley and are rich in biodiversity. Futhermore, mining for bauxite goes on here. Landscape are very attractive and Araku valley is at 1300 m above the sea level. The valley spreads almost around 36 km. Moreover, Araku weather is a spell of good weather.Although, it is a mixture of fogg, wet, breezy, rains,etc., it receives bulk of rains between the months of june and october.
Coffee was first introduced in Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh in 1898 by British in Pamuleru valley in EastGodavari district. Subsequently, it spread over to Araku Valley in early 19th century. Similarly,food at this place is great, Specially bamboo chicken. Its a best place to visit in winter.
Araku valley is surrounded by high mountains, lush green forests, foggy clouds, and a pleasing climate. It is a perfect escape for one who tired of living the monotonous life. Although, the serene and tranquil environs not only calm your soul but also make your inner soul happy.
Places to visit and things to do in Araku valley:
In Araku valley, one will enjoy the best of sightseeing . In fact, it looks stunning in freezing temperatures. Sometimes, the temperature drops down to about 5-degree Celsius in winter. However, it is perfect for activities like trekking, caving, and sightseeing. The weather in Araku Valley becomes calmy and pleasant to travel and explore. Its beauty is at peak during the months September to May happens to be the best time to visit this paradise.
Places like Borra caves,Araku tribal museum, Padmapuram botanical garden,Ananthagiri hills,Chaparai waterfalls makes visitors worth seeing. Besides visiting these places every tourist must experience Araku valley glass roof train journey.The roof comes with an electronically controlled opalescent glass which offer tourists a panoramic view of the Araku valley.It not only offer panoramic view at the destination but also along the journey.
Borra caves or Borra guhalu:
Borra Caves are the largest caves in the country .These are at a height of around 705 meters. Next, these caves are the deepest and 150 million years old caves which formed naturally. Although, these caves spread across 2 Sq.Kms, the mouth of the cave is 100 Mts wide. The distance we trek in the cave is 0.35 Kms. Therefore, it is one of the only existing structure of the middle Paleolithic culture.In addition to this,26 colorful lamps installed inside the cave to provide beautiful view. Meanwhile, these lights turnoff in pairs for a minute just to make visitors feel thrill with scary dark cave.
Araku tribal museum:
Tribal Museum is one of the most popular stops in Araku valley. It is the place which make people aware of Araku Valley’s lifestyle and culture.While taking us through its historical past,it teaches us more about culture and tradition.
Padmapuram botanical garden:
This is the most significant part of Araku Valley’s historical past. One will witness the most rare flowers and trees here, which are hard to find anywhere else.
Not only just this, but during the World War II, this is the place from where the soldiers got their vegetable supplies.
This is a small but most beautifull and important hills station of AP. It is nested between Araku and vizag, and looks gorgeous altogether.One will find coffee plantations and waterfalls together along the way.
It is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in Araku Valley.This place is a circle of green forests on all sides. Next,It is a place where one can enjoy holiday with family and friends together.
FOOD and ACCOMODATION:
Bamboo chicken or Bongulo chicken:
Firstly,it is a very famous dish in Araku valley. Specially, use of bamboo stick in preparation gives unique taste.one should never miss this dish during Araku trip.Secondly, along with this madugula halwa and theepi avakaya will also be very delicious to taste in this valley.Everybody must try these dishes in Araku trip.
Here are number of Araku valley hotels, resorts, lodges to provide best accommodation facility which fits every budget. Haritha valley resort, Ananthagiri haritha hill resort, Punnami yatri niwas resort,Balaji hotel,etc., will provide budget friendly stay.
Araku valley tourist places are 112km distance from Vizag , 432 km from Vijayawada, 85 km from Vizianagaram, 26 km from Anantagiri and 635 km from Hyderabad.