Araku (Andhra Pradesh)
Araku Valley is a famous hill station located in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is located 115 km from the Vishakhapatnam district, close to the Orissa state border. This place lures people with pleasant weather, hills and valleys. The natural beauty of this valley comes alive with its rich landscape. The area of the valley is roughly 36 km and the altitude is between 600 and 900 m above the sea level. The journey to this place on the Ghat road with thick forests on either side is in itself interesting and pleasant. One can have a wonderful trekking trip. 46 tunnels and bridges will greet guest on the way. Rolling grass lands, lush orchards and pleasant climate make Araku Valley a delightful place.
Araku Quick facts
Araku Geography and Climate
Visakhapatnam has a hot climate during summers, a pleasant winters and heavy rainy monsoons during June to September. Summers during March to May are oppressive and uncomfortable with temperature reaches a scorching level of 45°C or above and the high humidity level make the climate very sultry. Winters during December to February are somewhat pleasant and warm with temperature levels ranges in 18°C to 32°C.
Best time to visit Araku
Best periods to visit here are during October to March.
Vizag is an important industrial town and naval base as well. The second busiest port in India after Mumbai. Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is rapidly becoming the largest shipyard in the country. Vizag harbour is one of the natural harbours in the world. A temple, mosque and church are located on hills overlooking the harbour. The Vizag beaches, particularly the Ramakrishna Beach, are lovely and serene. The beaches are ideal for swimming and water sports. On the north of Vizag is this pretty cove, Lawson's Bay, ideal for swimming. Old Dutch museum and the drive to Bheemli are also very enjoyable.
Araku Near Getaways
How to reach Araku by Road
Bus service is available from Vishakhapatnam. A.P Tourism also conducts excursion trip from Vishakhapatnam everyday.
How to reach Araku by Rail
Araku has a railhead.
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How to reach Araku by Air
The nearest airport is Vishakhapatnam at a distance of 112-km.
Araku Festivals and culture
Itika Pongal is a renowned Hunting festival in the Araku Valley attended by the young and old alike with exceptional vigor and enthusiasm. A significant feature of this region is the rail route from Ananthagiri to Vishakhapatnam which includes the highest broad gauge track in the Indian Railways. The Coffee Plantations beneath the Valley offer a spectacular scene to the high spirited tourists. Shimliguda Railway is the highest Railway Station in Indian and is located at Araku Valley.
Araku Entertainment and Night Life
Araku Museum and Hill Stations
Visakha Museum : Situated on the shores of the R.K beach, this museum gives historic insights of the past.
Gardens and Parks at Araku
Shivajipalem Park : Covers around 3 acres of land and is open in the evenings. Main attractions are a Skating Ring, three fountains and beautiful gardens. Can also be a picnic spot.
Lake at Araku
Mudasarlova Water Works and Park : Situated 10 km from the city. It is beautiful and the valley is framed by hills with a lake that supplies water to the city. There is also a scenic 18 hole Golf course belonging to East Point Golf Club.
Must do at Araku
While at Kakinada, hire a cab and go to Draksharama. An ancient Shiva Temple. A jyotirlinga. U can enjoy the ride with green fields around u for miles together. U can also visit Dwaraka Tirumala and while coming back u can also visit another Shiva Temple of ancient origins, at Bhimaeshwaram near Samaralakota. While going to Vizag by road u can visit Annavaram temple, where Lord Sathyanarayana Swamy resides. In case u r travelling by train, u can squeeze Annavaram while at Kakinada itself.