Vizag is a popular tourist destination mainly known for its beaches. Located at a distance of 120 km from Vizag is a beautiful hill station called Araku which is as popular as the beaches of Vizag. Blessed with enchanting streams, lush green forests, beautiful waterfalls, sprawling coffee plantations, rich landscape and wonderful weather, Araku valley is no doubt a famous tourist destination attracting nature lovers, honeymoon couples, and adventure enthusiasts from all over the country.
Araku, a promising charismatic hill station offers surging waterfalls, thrilling caves and relaxing gardens. Witnessing the dramatic mountains and breathtaking scenery makes for a remarkable voyage. This enchanting valley draws several visitors especially during the months of November to February.
Borra Caves is one of the major landmark of the revered vacation destination near Araku. Adventure afficandos would be thrilled to visit the underground landscape that is said to have been visited by Lord Rama, Sitha and Lakshmana during their 14 years exile. Considered to be one of the deepest caves of the country it also enshrines a Shivalingam.
Located at an altitude of 911 m above sea level, Araku is a must visit destination for tourists visiting Vizag. Araku valley is mainly inhabited by tribals and the Tribal museum is one of the main attractions here. It houses tribal handicrafts and several artifacts depicting the lifestyle of tribal people. The tribal dance known as Dhimsa dance with tribals dressed in colorful attire is a must see for visitors coming to Araku. Araku is also known for its coffee plantations and boasts of manufacturing India’s first tribal growers’ organic coffee brand. Another major attraction of Araku valley, Padmapuram Gardens is widely visited by the tourists coming to Araku. The hanging cottages are one of the top attractions of Padmapuram gardens. The garden has a wide variety of beautiful plants and flowers and the toy train ride around the garden is quite popular among the kids.