Travel to Araku Valley

Araku is one of the most important tourist destinations in Andhra Pradesh. A pleasant hill station famous for its scenic gardens with lush green nature, valleys, waterfalls and streams, offers an amazing scenic view. The tribes living in this valley wear colourful dresses and costumes.

Dhimsa dance with costumes and cultural performances accompanied with rhythmic pleasing songs are very popular. This famous folk dance is performed ‘Itika Pongal’, a traditional festival celebrated over there. It has got many overwhelming places and a travel to Araku valley gives you absolute joy over fold.

Araku valley tourist attractions-

Borra Caves

Borra Caves are located in the Araku Valley of the Ananthagiri hill range and is drained by the Gosthani River. These caves are considered one of the largest caves in India and are at a height of about 2,313 feet above sea level. These caves were discovered in 1807 by William King George of the Geological Survey of India and since then they have become a popular tourist attraction in the area.

Ananthagiri Hills

Ananthagiri Hills are most popularly known for coffee plantations. It is a good experience to witness the natural beauty of these hills. The hills of Ananthagiri come on the way to the valley of Araku. These hills also contain beautiful waterfalls that flow into the valley.

Araku Tribal Museum

Araku Tribal Museum is located on Araku Road in the Araku Valley. This Museum is built with mud and clay. This Museum is spread over two levels, one section displaying some rare artefacts belonging to the Eastern Ghats Tribal Culture. Another section of this museum showcases the local dances of Mayur and Dhimsa. October to March is the best time to visit Araku Tribal Museum.

Katiki Waterfalls

Katiki Waterfalls are the beautiful waterfalls in Araku. At a distance of 38 Kms from Araku, these Waterfalls are magnificent waterfalls near Borra Caves. Ghostani river is the source of these waterfalls and an approximately 50 ft Drop. August to December is the best season to visit this waterfalls.

Tyda Park

Tyda is a small tribal village and a distance of 75 kms from Visakhapatnam on the Araku road in the Araku Valley. This park is home to many animals like hares and avifauna. Tourists can enjoy their stay in log huts and tents set in tribal environs.

Padmapuram Botanical Gardens

Padmapuram Botanical Gardens is a historic garden located on the Araku Road in the Araku Valley. This garden was built to provide vegetable supplies for the soldiers who fought in the Second World War. These gardens act as a horticultural nursery and contain various types of flowers and trees. The main attractions here are the rose garden, the exotic varieties of plants and the toy train.

Matsyagundam

Matsyagundam is a beautiful pool in the Araku valley. This is a famous tourist destination with fish of many varieties. Popularly known as fish pool, this pool draws a large number of tourists. The villagers neither eat nor hunt the fish as they consider the pond to be a holy place. There is a Lord Shiva temple and a handful of tribals who live around. People from the Araku forest area and from the surrounding places gather once in a year to celebrate Maha Shivarathri to perform pujas and cultural programs.

Dumbriguda Waterfalls

Dumbriguda is a small village in the Araku Valley. It is a popular tourist attraction with its endless streams that cut across big rock formations of Araku Valley. The beautiful Dumbriguda waterfalls present a serene picture with row upon row of Silverwood trees stacked up along the slopes of a valley.

Sangda Waterfalls

Sangda waterfalls are very close to the small village of Sangda and thus, the name of the falls. These falls are a very popular tourist attraction because of their beautiful surroundings. These waterfalls are located in the middle of jungle. The tremendous sounds of the cascading waters of the fall break the peace of the jungle. These falls are a favorite picnic spot.

The most shopped item in araku valley is coffee. The other items for which the tourists can shop around are handicrafts, silk and cotton weaved fabrics and attire, old antiques, junk jewelry etc. Hope this brief information on travel to Araku valley helps you to explore and visit this place at least once in your life time.

Coffee House
At the Araku town behind APRTC bus stand there is a coffee House. Here you will get all variety of Coffee. This is more of a museum of coffee plantation and production of India and world. There is a light and sound show on coffee plantation for 15 minutes with an entry fee of Rs 25. Inside you will get history of coffee plantation in Africa, Europe and India.

You can buy chocolates, cakes and different of coffee related products under one roof.

Araku tribal museum There is a tribal museum on tribal heritage, living system and culture. Near the museum boating facility is also available.

Ticket cost is Rs 10/- & Rs 5/- for child

Opening time
8.00 AM to 1.30 PM
2.30 PM to 6.30 PM