Araku Valley

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Araku Valley
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Location Location.png 18.32735, 82.87752
Parent Regions RegionIconUp.png Asia
RegionIconUp.png India
RegionIconUp.png Andhra Pradesh
RegionIconUp.png Vishakhapatnam
Trail Type
Typical time
Hike Distance 5 km
Highest Elevation 996 m
Elevation Gain --
Camping Facility Campgrounds by Private facility
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Permits required 0 - No

Introduction

This place needs no introduction, The most popular hill station Araku Valley is dotted with lush green forests, hills, waterfalls, valleys and provides for a true nature experience for a trek. The area of the valley is roughly 36-km and the altitude is between 600 and 900m above the sea level. The distance of the valley from Vishakhapatnum is 110 km and 760 km from Hyderabad,

The journey to this place on the Ghat road with thick forests on either side is in itself interesting and pleasant. We shall have a wonderful trekking trip. The Ananthagiri hills on the way to Araku Valley are famous for coffee plantations. The Borra caves, located 29 km from Araku Valley, is a nearby tourist attraction full of stalactites and stalagmites.

Arrival

The best mode of transport to reach Araku is undoubtedly train as the route passes though series of tunnels and bridges (50 plus tunnels and the longest tunnel is 520 meter long)

The Hike

The deep valleys thick with trees are a compelling characteristic of the Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh, and Araku Valley is one among its most beautiful. What strikes you first about these forested hills is the unmistakable combination of greens and yellows that they wear. The collective hues of Araku's hill slopes are a real attraction to nature enthusiasts. It is not even over 40 kilometers in size, rising to an altitude of 900 meters above sea level and can be found in Vishakapatnam (Vishakhapatnam), also called Vizag. Many tribal communities inhabit the virgin hills of Araku. It is true that the main reason that it is possible for them to do this is because this valley continues to be nascent - in the sense that it is still untouched by tourism. They have, however, managed to reap the benefits of commercialism without surrendering to it. For instance, Araku is extremely popular for its plantations of coffee. Hinging on the richness of their coffee, it launched India's first tribal growers' brand of organic coffee under the brand name of 'Araku Emerald'. It has been functional since 2007, selling its coffee to a global market. Araku Valley is an astounding sight especially during the monsoon and winter months. Its hairpin bends that cut through the thick jungles are scenic and a pleasure to drive through. Sometimes, a stream that spills out on to the road and into your path will surprise you. This Valley is stationed in the Ananthagiri Hills and reaps the benefits that only hill stations are privy to, which would be fantastic weather all year round. So, on your trek of Araku, you don't have to worry about the scorching heat or dehydration. This is one of the many reasons why Araku Valley is a great choice for a trek. Most trekkers stretch this expedition out to occupy six days, beginning at the base camp situated at Shivlingapuram. Of course, you can choose the number of days – less and more. The preferred means to get here is by taking a train to Vishakapatnam, only 70 kilometers away. This train journey showcases some of the most wonderful views as you cross more than 40 tunnels. You can see one of the most glorious sights when the surrounding hill slopes, Araku Valley included, transform into bright yellow stretches of mustard flowers that roll on endlessly. This happens in the months of November and December and is an awesome sight. While trekking at Araku, the terrain can get quite steep. But you will be passing over a range of landscape – bridges, quaint villages, gentle tumbling streams, countryside meadows with flocks of sheep, waterfalls and a lush green valley that accompanies you all through. These have been used as a backdrop for many popular films of the regional film circuit, better known as Tollywood. If you are the kind of trekker who is also intrigued by the culture and history of people, catch the colorful folk dances of the Dhimsa and Mayuri tribes. The Araku Tribal Museum gives you a taste of the region's art and tradition. The best season to visit Araku is between October and February. While you're here, make the most of your trip and visit the Borra Caves as well. There is an entrance fee levied on all those who want to visit the caves and needless to say, this comes with a time slot – between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. They lie at a relatively higher elevation of 1,300 meters above sea level and are one of the largest in the country. The caves are also one of the few places in the South of India where you can see the geological and naturally occurring phenomena of stalactites and stalagmites. The stalactites and stalagmites are composed of Karstic limestone and can go as deep as 80 meters, also considered the deepest caves in India. They have been created over millions of years, 150 million to be precise, and were discovered as early as 1807. The Borra Caves are kissed by the Gosthani River, which makes the trek much more pleasant and beautiful. You could also visit the Katiki Waterfalls. It is a 30-minute drive on a dirt road followed by a 30-minute trek deep into the forest. Although it may not invoke as much natural wonder as Araku and Borra, it sure is a salvation for tired trekkers and a great way to end your trip.

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Red tape

Rs. 50 Entrance fee at Borra Caves

Beta sites

http://techitrek.blogspot.com/2010/08/visit-to-araku-valley-andhra-pradesh.html

http://aravindgj.blogspot.com/2013/02/araku-valley.html

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