Home to enchanting temples, pristine beaches, and beautiful hill stations, Araku Valley is one shining gem of South India that is still unexplored and untouched. Situated in the heart of the state of Andhra Pradesh, Araku Valley is one of the most stunning tourist destinations in the area.
Encompassed by thick verdant forests and floating clouds – Araku has a pleasant climate throughout the year and a perfect escape from the monotonous and chaotic city life. If you want to get away into a tranquil and serene ambiance, Araku Valley is the name. Here is a complete guide on Araku Valley that will help you have a safe and memorable trip.
About Araku Valley
Trip Duration: 1-2 days
Closest City: Vishakhapatnam (or Vizag)
Distance from Vishakhapatnam: 112 kilometers
Peak time: September- May
State: Andhra Pradesh
Best time to visit Araku Valley
As per travel experts and weather in Araku, the best time to visit Araku Valley is from November to February. The temperature during this period falls down to around 4 degree Celsius. Many travelers also prefer visiting the scenic valley post August, soon after monsoons. There is a special charm around as you drive from Vizag to Araku Valley passing through the lush green forests and that soothing moist smell of wet sand.
Accommodation in Araku Valley
You can find various hotels and guest houses within budget at Araku Valley. The APTCC (Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) has two resorts in the area. Based on the time of the year and the duration for which you are there, we would suggest you to book accommodation in advance. However if you haven’t booked it, you can even book the normal hotels in Araku Valley on reaching there as they are quite comfortable and affordable. A few of the good hotels and resorts in the area include Tribal Cottage, Dhimsa Resorts, Haritha Valley Resort, SRK Resort and Ushodaya Resort.
Sightseeing in Araku Valley
When in Araku, you must pay a visit to the tribal museums and the ancient Borra Caves. The carvings, texts, and pictures on the cave walls will definitely fascinate you, especially if you are a history buff. If you are someone who values art and culture, you will get engrossed in the positive aura of the place. Araku Valley has a lot of other amazing places around which tourists love visiting such as the Anantgiri falls, Chaprai falls and Kartiki Falls. There is also a coffee museum close to the valley which will take you closer to the coffee culture in Araku. At the coffee museum, you can savor a hot cup of strong coffee and get the famous and delicious assorted coffee based chocolates packed on your way back home.
How to Reach Araku Valley
There is only one train that connects to Araku valley and it runs from Vishakhapatnam which also connects it to several other cities en route. It will take you around five hours to reach Araku Valley in train. If you want to travel by road, you can board a private or public bus from h nearby cities like Chennai, Vijayawada, Vizag, Mumbai, Bengaluru, etc. In case you want hire a car, you can connect to the several cab services available from Vishakhapatnam.
Interesting Activities to do in Araku Valley
On a trip to Araku, the adrenaline quench in you will definitely get fulfilled as you hike and trek through the terrains and mountains on the beautiful valley. Not just trekking, you can enjoy swimming as well. In addition to swimming and trekking, get some thrill by visiting the surrounding green fields, sightseeing, interact with the friendly locals and capture some awesome pictures while you cover all this.
Things to keep in mind while planning a trip to Araku Valley
If you have made the plan to explore the beautiful terrains along Araku Valley, ensure that you get the tickets pre-booked. In case you are thinking of how to return from Araku to Vizag, there is only one train that runs between Vizag and Araku. The return train is late at night and it is a journey worth experiencing.
We would like to advise you to have an umbrella, a couple of woolen clothes and at least one pair of shoes in your bag as the weather changes frequently in Araku.
Araku Valley has got various hotels for almost all type of travelers. Be prepared for a new journey as you most locals you will come across would be tribal.
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