Go here for: Hills, Weekend Break
Araku Valley is a famous hill station located at a distance of 115 km from Vizag (Vishakhapatnam) district of Andhra Pradesh. Located on the Eastern Ghats, the place is amazingly scenic luring people with pleasant weather, hills and valleys. It is lush green with a rich landscape making it lively and beautiful mesmerizing the visitors.
The Train journey to Araku Valley is a journey to cherish with picturesque locales as the rail passes through many tunnels, hill sides and streams. It’s a journey amidst the gorgeous woods and coffee plantations.
It is wise to go to Araku by train and return by road from Vizag
Most of the time, the valley is on the right side of the train and waterfalls on the left while going towards Araku from Vizag. One can also see a few small and big waterfalls during the train journey. The scenic beauty of the Araku Valley has also lured the film makers and many a film scenes have been shot here.
Another interesting part of the trip is the famous tribal dance called Dimsa. The Araku Valley is the home of around 19 tribes. The tribal women are found in colorful attires. They perform the Dimsa and Mayur dances especially during 'Itika Pongal' - the popular hunting festival in April. There is also a tribal museum in the Araku Valley having rich tribal traditional artifacts.
The tunnels and bridges on the way to Araku, offer a superb trekking trip too. Another important stop on the way to Araku is Ananthagiri hills, which are Ghats covered with dense forests, orchards, clean air and peaceful surroundings. Borra Caves, located 29 km away from the Valley, which was found during an excavation around 18th century is another famous tourist spot not to miss.
As far as accommodation is considered, there are plenty of options to stay at the place like resorts, cottages, guest houses and rooms. The cottages and resorts are strategically built to give a panoramic view of the greenery and the hill slides. Jungle Bells Nature camp, Punnami Hill resort, Mayuri Hill Resort are a few good places to stay.
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