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Visakhapatnam as many refer ‘Vizag’ is one of the most sought after tourist spots in southern India with its varied culture and offerings. Many of the natural and man-made spots constitute to its credit of being a place in the front runners for the places to visit during all seasons. Right from the RK Beach to Dolphin’s Nose to Araku Valley, it forms a perfect blend of a city with commercial as well as simple sights.
Overview of Araku Valley
A renowned hill station which attracts a lot of tourists every year is Araku Valley. A beautiful valley with varied tribes and not being as commercial as other places in and around the city in Eastern Ghats adds on its purity and pristine sights. The Araku Valley which comprises of reserved forests like Anantagiri & Sunkarimetta is rich in its bio-diversity, surrounded by mountains like Sunkarimetta, Raktakonda, Chitamogondi and Galikonda. Being known for a non-commercialized spot of Tourism, Araku Valley stand an unexplored valley located 120 km from Vizag city. A scenic place with water falls and streams flowing on the lines of the roads and train tracks. With the train tracks going through various tunnels, hill sides & streams, the journey to Araku Valley becomes a joyous one.
Places near Araku Valley
There are various tourist spots in and around Araku valley which could be visited in a few hours of time like Chaparai, Borra Caves, various Coffee plantations & Galikondalu view point. Coffee plantations quiet and serene beauty is another reason why many couples have their honeymoon retreats. Coffee plantations apart from being an area of tourism interest, it also provides a lot of employment to lot of localities and small businesses. “Araku Emarald” is one of famous coffee brands sold globally.
Borra Caves is located in Araku Valley and are spread over an area of 1 sq. KM with River Gosthani’s Waterfalls origin flowing through the district. Beautiful Landscape, thick dense forest, fauna & hilly terrain are a visual fest. Before a KM of Borra caves, we have another waterfall known for its serene sights which could be visited by rugged jeeps as they are the most convenient in those muddy pathways. Chaparai is another scenic place with waterfalls with surrounding forests very near to Araku Valley and is suggested to be not missed. Gushing water flows hitting rocks is a hang out place to people of all ages however gets risky during rainy season and is recommended to not enter into the flow. The tree top cottages in Padmapuram Garden located in the green lush valley are another main attraction. Few other picnic spots are the Dumbriguda Waterfalls & Katiki Waterfalls along with Thatiguda & Chaparai amongst a few.
Weather in Araku Valley
The Weather is generally cooler as compared to Vizag however not similar to a hill station. It does have its own maximum temperature of 42 Degree Celsius with 12-14 Degree Celsius during summers and winters respectively. The typical tropical weather of the city and Araku Valley makes it a pleasant destination all time of the year.
Transport to Araku
There is only one train going from Vizag to Araku i.e. the Vizag-Kirendul passenger train or you could take the trip on road. The road drive is with various twists, turns and hair pin bends giving an enthralling experience to adrenal junkies.
Araku Valley is the most charming and fun to be with during summers however some might agree that it has its own reasons to be visited across seasons. A must visit to all the tourists as it provides an ensemble reasons for us to have a joyous holiday.