Araku hill station and Araku Valley are situated in Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh state, India. It is part of the Eastern Ghats.
Araku consists of Anantagiri and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forests. These forests are rich in flora and fauna. The area is known for its high quality bauxite ore reserves. Galikonda hills is the top station in the area, at an altitude of 5000 feet.
Raktakonda hills, Sunkarimetta hills, Chitamogondi hills, Tribal museum, Botanical garden, etc, are some of the the other Araku tourist places in the area.
Araku Tribal Museum was established in 1996 by the State Tourism Development Corporation. It is built with mud and metals. This local museum gives you insights into the life of the 19 tribes that live in and around Araku valley. It is at a distance of around 0.2 kilometers from the Araku Bus station.
Chapa Rayi falls is a scenic spot with a small waterfall. Chapa Rayi waterfalls is at around 15 kilometers from Araku. Katiki Waterfalls on River Gosthani is another nearby scenic place. Katiki falls is at 30 kilometers distance from Araku town. Public transport facility is available to these falls.
Trekking Araku hills is one of the best trekking packages available for the adventurous.
First ever international hot balloon festival in Andhra Pradesh state is to be held at Araku Hill Station from 14th to 16th November, 2017. Participants from 13 countries are expected to participate in this mega event.
How Do I Go to Araku Hill Station or Araku Valley?
Araku is well connected by roads. The hill station is close to Odisha state border. Araku Valley and the hill station town is located at a distance of 114 kilometers from Visakhapatnam city. The train journey from Visakapatanam to Araku passes through some of the best picturesque locations; many a railway tunnels, green valleys, etc.
Kakinada is at 222 kilometers distance and Rajahmundry at 250 kilometers away. Amaravathi, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh is at 430 kilometers distance from this scenic hill station town of Araku.
There are two railway stations at Araku . Araku railway station with station code ARK, is situated at the hills station town. Shimiliguda railway station is also on this hills.
Vishakhapatnam airport is the nearest airport to Araku Valley and hill station.
Which is the Ideal Season to Visit Araku Hill Station and Araku Valley?
September to October and March to May is the ideal time to visit this hill station.