Araku Valley is a Beautifull Hillstation Near To Vishakhapatnam In the State Of Andrapradesh. This place is referred to as Ooty of Andhra. It is famous for scenic beauty. Araku Vally Located on the eastern ghats. The journey from Vishakapatnam to Araku Valley through Train is the most enjoying as the Train passes through tunnels, hillsides and streams.
Suggestion for journey: It is better to go from Vizag to Araku valley by train,return is your wish.
Borra Caves are located 36 km distace from Araku,90 Km distance from Visakhapatnam. The caves open with 100 meters on the horizontal plane and about 75 meters on the vertical plane.The caves are naturally formed caves which are believed to be 150 million years old were discovered by the British Geologist William King in 1807. The caves are located in the Ananthagiri Hill ranges of the Eastern Ghats at an elevation ranging from 800 to 1300 meters. inside the caves to explore it fully. The interiors of the caves are well illuminated with color lights and every sight inside are absolutely amazing.
The stalactites and stalagmites formations in the caves appear in different shapes and tourist and locals have given different names to them based on their imaginations. can see different formations of the stalactites and stalagmites as Shiv-Parvati, Rishi's Beard, Mother-Child, Crocodile, Human Brain, Tiger, and Cows udder.
Entrance Fee:Rs.40 (Adult), Rs.30 (Children), Camera: Rs.25, Video: Rs.100
Katiki Waterfalls 7 km Distance from Borra Caves and 39 km from Araku,Katiki or Katika Waterfall is magnificent waterfall situated near Borra Caves.It is one of the best waterfalls in Araku and also among the top places to visit in Araku.
Before one km from Borra caves at Gatevalsa point, jeeps are available to reach Katiki waterfall. the waterfall is 7 km distance from this point.You need to change your vehicle as rugged Jeep is made necessary to cover the narrow muddy road passing through Jungle.The katiki waterfall is formed by the Gosthani River and it flows down from a height of 100+ feet.appears like a white silky canvas spread from an elevation of over 50 feet and offers a stunning view. There is a water pool at the base where the visitors can take a bath.
The waterfall appears awesome in Rainy season,may go dry in summer months.So if you have enough time and energy to half km trek with 15 minutes climbing then visit this waterfall, otherwise go straight to Borra caves.
Best time to visit: Auguest to December.
3.Galikonda View Point.
Galikondapuram viewpoint 30 km distance from Araku valley,You can travel by taxi and on the way you can view the Ananthagiri Coffee Plantations and the Galikonda View Gsalikonda view point,located at an elevation of 4320 feet above sea level,offers spectacular views of the entire valley, misty mountains, railway tracks, and cottages. You can enjoy the pleasant scenic beauty and capture some memorable photographs. It is a photographer’s heaven and it is one of the best places to visit in Araku Valley.
Best time to visit: Auguest to December.
Tribal Museum is 200 meters distance from Araku Bus station,it's very near to Coffee Museum,which is one of the most important places to visit in Araku Valley. Built in 1996, the museum reflects the traditional lifestyle, culture, and customs of the Eastern Ghats.
Araku Tribal Museum built with mud and real metals to descibe tribal life. The museum has been designed to showcase of tribal lifestyle in motion, starting with a kitchen that displays utensils made of iron and mud.The museum also displays beautiful models of the tribal dances Dhimsa and Mayur with their colorful traditional attires.Various artifacts of the tribal people are exhibited which includes jewellery, hunting tools and kitchen utensils. The museum is well equipped with sign boards, which provides requisite information to aid the visitors.An artificial pond inside the Tribal Museum complex is provided with paddle boating facility.
Padmapuram Gardens is 2.5km from Araku bus station, Padmapuram Gardens is a popular botanical garden situated in Araku. the garden is one of the well-known places of sightseeing in Araku Valley. The hanging cottages are the main appeal of the Garden. These tree houses are built 10 feet above ground level and offer a thrilling experience, these hanging cottages also known as tree huts. The garden has varieties of plants and trees, orchards, flowers, a rose garden and several beautiful sculptures that attract tourists.
6.Chaparai Water Cascade:
Chaparai water cascade is also known as Dumbriguda Waterfalls, it is a scenic place surrounded by forests and is one of the most popular Araku valley Tourist Places. It is not indeed a waterfall but endless streams of water flowing across wide rock formations, which everyone can enjoy. The beauty of water gushing over natural rocks is an exciting sight. the waterfall is a beautiful picnic spot and also the most common preferred shooting location for Telugu filmmaking.
Ananthagiri hill station is a distance of 27 km from Araku valley,86 km from Vizag. Anantagiri Hill station is well known for its scenic beauty and charming weather. It is a perfect gateway to spend some time amongst the lap of nature. Anantagiri is a paradise for coffee lovers and nature aficionados.
The famous Borra Caves are very close to Anantagiri hill station. This unexplored and peaceful environment of the hill station attracts tourists from various Regions. Watching the panoramic views ranging from sunrise, sunset, thick forests and mountain ranges cover the en route from Vizag to Anantagiri.
Anantagiri hills can be reached via both road and rail. The closest railway station at Borra Caves, 9 km distance from Ananthagiri.