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Araku Valley

Araku Valley is one of the most important tourist destinations in Andhra Pradesh. A pleasant hill station famous for its scenic gardens with lush green nature, valleys, waterfalls and streams. It is situated at a distance of 112 km from Visakhapatnam. The journey to Araku valley on the Eastern Ghats with thick forest on either sides is itself highly interesting and pleasant. The place is over 3200ft. high with a bracing climate.

Araku Images

Tourist Attractions

  • Cool hill station surrounded by greenary and tribal villages
  • Chapdey or Chaparai creek, 15 km from Araku.
  • Padmapuram gardens
  • Tribal museum
  • Yellow flowers
  • Tribals 'Dhimsa' dance
  • Bamboo Chicken
  • Best coffee @ coffee house behind Bus station
  • Borra Caves - 35km before reaching Araku
  • Katiki waterfall if you are a trekkie.
  • Ghat rail journey through tunnels, hill sides and waterfalls
  • Tyda – Jungle bells resorts, bird watching and trekking (40km before to Araku)
  • Anantagiri Resorts - 10km from Tyda

Where is Araku Valley

Araku Valley is located near to Visakhapatnam city of Andhra Pradesh state, Inida - 531151.

How to Reach

Araku is around 120 km distant from Visakhapatnam (Vizag) city, connected by road and train

  • Nearest Airport: Vishakhapatnam
  • Nearest Railway Station: Araku
  • Nearest Bus Station: Araku
  • Transport: Frequest buses from Vizag, cabs, One train everyday 6:50 am from Vizag (Kirandul passenger)

Where to Stay

Good option is AP tourism's Haritha resorts. There are many other hotels available.

Best Season & Time to Visit

September to November to see beautiful yellow flowers.


Junk jewellery, handicrafts, old antiques, beautiful silk and cotton weaves. Don't forget to take some coffee back.

Festivals / Events

Itika Pongal - the famous hunting festival for tribals in April.

Things to Take Care

Drivers may demand high price for the trasport to Chaparai, but do not pay because it is only 15kms from Araku

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