ARAKU VALLEY - AMAZING PLACES TO VISIT IN INDIA

Araku valley is a perfect escaping place from a stressful life. A hill station and a vacation spot, it has so many amazing places to visit and explore. It has beautiful and unexplored landscapes to enchant every visitor. Araku valley is a scenic place with high mountains, lush green forests and vast coffee plantations. Travelling to Araku Valley by train is an experience in itself.

Hi friends! I am back with my latest post. As you have already read above, this time I am taking you to the southeastern part of India, to a place which is both, a nature lover's delight as well as unspoiled by commercialization. It is a hill station which is full of nature's gifts. You will find so many beautiful places to visit in Araku Valley.


Way to Araku Valley
WAY TO ARAKU
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ARAKU VALLEY, Vishakhapatnam
ARAKU VALLEY
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Araku valley is situated in Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. At an altitude of 3000 ft., it provides a calm and soothing environment. Araku valley is rich in natural attractions like misty clouds, greenery all around, natural caves, waterfalls etc. And the icing on the cake is a pleasant climate throughout the year. Large open fields and small villages with simple folks are the sights to behold. Waterfalls and streams flowing by the sides of rail tracks and roads will simply take your breath away.


Araku Valley, Vizag
VIEW OF ARAKU VALLEY
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Places to see in Araku Valley:

1. CHAPARAI WATERFALLS - Located around 5 km(3 mi) from Araku Valley, Chaparai Waterfalls are also known as Dumbriguda falls. Nestled in the midst of lush green forests, these falls make for breathtaking scenery. Water falling from a height of more than 3200 ft with a big noise and then flowing on different sized rocks, is a sight worth watching. Chaparai waterfall is an ideal place for picnicking. The whole area has many streams nearby which cut across different rocks. You can spend hours admiring the work of nature in a serene and peaceful environment. Water gushing through rocks, smooth slanting rocks interrupting the streams, making natural water slide will give you ample ammunition to unwind. Chaparai waterfalls are in fact water cascade and are sure to provide you with great soul soothing experience.


Chaparai Waterfalls, Araku
CHAPARAI WATERFALLS



Chaparai Falls, Araku
PEOPLE ENJOYING AT CHAPARAI
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2. BORRA CAVES - If you go to Araku valley, visiting Borra caves is a must. Sitting at a height of more than 1400 m, these are the largest caves in India. Situated 36 km from Araku, these are very old caves made of Karstic limestone. Borra caves have an area of 2 sq. km. These caves were discovered in the year 1807. Stalagmite and stalactite formations from Calcium deposit can be found in abundance in the caves. These formations take various shapes and the interpretation of these shapes is left to one's imagination. Various formations are identifiable as Shiv Parvati, Crocodile, Tiger and even human brain. There are formations of religious significance too, like a Shiva Lingam and the shape of Kamdhenu cow.


BORRA CAVES, Araku, Vizag
BORRA CAVES ENTRANCE
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BORRA CAVES, Araku Valley
BORRA CAVES
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Locals believe that a cowherd was once grazing his cattle when he realized one of his cows had fallen down. He came searching for the cow and found these caves and a Linga, the sacred sign of Lord Shiva and believed that Lord Shiva had saved his cow. Since then, a temple of Lord Shiva has been built right at the entrance of the caves. Borra caves are among some of the most amazing places to see in India.

3. ARAKU TRIBAL MUSEUM - This is one of the best places to visit in Araku Valley. If you are curious and wish to know about the local culture and traditions, just head to Araku Tribal Museum. You will know about the history of the place and the living style of local tribes. Situated just 200 m from Araku bus stand, this museum was established by the state government in the year 1996. Araku Tribal Museum is a place which will provide you with information about the 19 tribes currently living in Araku valley. The colourful outfits worn by tribals are displayed here along with their daily chores, made in clay. Art and craft of different tribes are also displayed here. Various aspects of their routine, including hunting tools, utensils and jewellery are also on display here. Built in two levels, Araku Tribal Museum is made of mud and real metals and showcases real tribal life. You will have an amazing experience, looking at the lifestyle of tribal people. 


ARAKU TRIBAL MUSEUM, Vishakhapatnam
ARAKU TRIBAL MUSEUM
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TRIBAL MUSEUM, Araku Valley
TRIBAL MUSEUM
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Inside Tribal ARAKU Tribal Museum, Vizag
INSIDE TRIBAL MUSEUM
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4. PADMAPURAM BOTANICAL GARDEN - Built in the year 1942, during World War II, the purpose of the garden at that time was to supply vegetables to the soldiers fighting the war. Later on, it was converted to a horticulture nursery. You will find rarest of rare flowers and trees, which you won't find anywhere else. Padampura Botanical Garden boasts of orchards and stone sculptures. You can enjoy going around the garden on a toy train. 



PADMAPURAM BOTANICAL GARDEN, Araku, Vizag
PADMAPURAM BOTANICAL GARDEN
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Toy train at Padmapuram Garden, Araku
TOY TRAIN
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Tree huts are also available in the garden. These huts are situated on the top of the trees. You can book these huts and stay in them. You will enjoy swinging in the air as these huts sway with trees due to winds. These huts are also known as hanging cottages. Padampuram botanical garden also has a rose garden to mesmerize you. It is situated just 2.5 km from Araku bus stand.



Tree Huts at Padmapuram Garden, Vishakhapatnam
TREE HUTS
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Shiv Parvati image at Padmapuram
SHIV PARVATI AT THE ENTRANCE
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There are plenty of natural as well as man-made attractions and places to see in Araku Valley.
  5. ANANTHAGIRI HILLS - Located between Vishakhapatnam and Araku is this very small hill station, which is full of coffee plantations and waterfalls, making it a breathtakingly beautiful place. It is 26 km from Araku and is situated at an altitude of around 1200 m. Travelling from Araku to Ananthagiri is a thrilling experience in itself. You will see valleys on one side and coffee plantations on the other. The scenic beauty and enjoyable weather of Ananthagiri are sure to keep you in high spirits. You can smell the rich aroma of coffee all around. The quiet and serene place is a heaven for nature lovers among you. You can relax and rejuvenate in the unexplored and peaceful surroundings. Watch the glorious sunrise and amazing sunsets in the valleys and admire the thick forests and lush green mountains.


ANANTHAGIRI HILLS, Andhra
ANANTHAGIRI HILLS
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6. TYDA NATURE CAMP - Another amazing place to visit in Araku Valley. For adventure seekers among you, this is the place to be in. You can satisfy your lust for trekking and camping here. Located about 40 km from Araku, Tyda is a small tribal village turned into a picnic spot. 

In the nature camp, you can go for rock climbing, trekking and even enjoy target shooting with bows and arrows like tribals. And on top of it, you can do bird watching. Tyda nature camp is the destination to various birds and animals and is home to many species of them. You can stay in log huts and tents, set in a tribal environment. The tariff varies from INR 800-1800. 



TYDA NATURE CAMP, Araku
TYDA NATURE CAMP
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Jungle bells camp, Araku
TYDA CAMP
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HOW TO REACH ARAKU VALLEY BY AIR - Nearest airport is Vishakhapatnam, which is about 110 km (75 mi) away and is well connected to all the major airports of the country. You can hire cabs or board buses to reach Araku from here.


HOW TO REACH ARAKU VALLEY BY TRAIN - Araku has its own railway station and a for reaching Araku Valley by train, the daily train is available from Vishakhapatnam. It takes around 4 hrs to reach Araku Valley from Vishakhapatnam. 


HOW TO REACH ARAKU VALLEY BY ROAD - There are direct buses available from Vishakhapatnam to reach Araku. It is well connected by road to Vishakhapatnam.


WHERE TO STAY IN ARAKU VALLEY- 


ARAKU VALLEY RESORT - You can stay in any beautiful Araku Valley resort or Inn. 


ARAKU VALLEY HOTELS - Alternately, you can stay in any of the Araku Valley hotels. You can choose according to your budget.


In short, a tour to Araku Valley is a tour to one of the very few amazing places to see in India, which are unspoiled and relatively less explored. Full of natural beauty, Araku Valley is a not to be missed place.


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Nature has provided an abundance of places to visit in Araku Valley.

So, when are you travelling to Araku Valley?

HAPPY TRAVELING!!


14 comments:

  1. Very neat attractions. I think I would like Borra caves and the tree huts the most.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, these are amazing spots to be in.

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  5. wow! this place looks cool

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    1. This indeed is one of the most beautiful places to see in India.

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  6. Which is the best time to visit?

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    1. You can visit Araku valley any time of the year except monsoon months of July to September.

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