Araku Valley is located in the Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh and it is known by the popular name of Araku. This place is at about 3200 feet above the sea level and is a famous hill station in this part of the country. The Araku hill station area falls in the Eastern Ghat section. There are hills around and the whole place is covered with greenery including the thick forests around. There are many gardens, waterfalls, water streams, coffee plantation, silk farm, mulberry gardens, tribal museum, and other picturesque places located in this big valley. One of the prominent waterfall is Sangda waterfall. Due to its natural beauty this hill station attracts a large number of tourists not only from our country but from abroad also.
The main forests in the Araku region are Anantagiri Reserved Forest and Sunkrimetta Reserved Forest. Some of the forests in this region are home to the local tribes also. There are many mountains around this large valley. These are Raktkonda, Sunkrimetta, Chitamogondi and Galikonda mountains. The Galikonda Mountain is having an elevation of 5000 ft making it the highest mountain in Andhra Pradesh.
There are many activities that an adventure loving tourist can opt here and the most common is the trekking. There are many trekking routes undertaking climbing the hills, going across the valley, and many other interesting trails. Some trails pass through the waterfalls while some cross the water streams.
Araku has many mid range to budget hotels for the tourists and there are also some cottages and lodges as well as some resorts. Govt run accommodation is also available in affordable rates. As regards the food and eateries, there are a variety of food and edible items available here and a tourist can choose from that big range.
One can reach Araku by road. It is situated at about 112 km in southeast direction from Vishakhapatnam. This road journey itself is an adventurous one and presents a picturesque view of the forests and hills. There is a Railway Station also in Araku and some limited train services are available from the nearby cities like Vishakhapatnam. The best time to visit this hill station is from October to March.
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