Araku valley.... india's own scotland...

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Photo of Araku valley.... india's own scotland... by Shiva Kumar Bashetti

Araku Valley is a famous hill station located in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is located 115 km from the Vishakhapatnam district, close to the Orissa state border. This place lures people with pleasant weather, hills and valleys. The natural beauty of this valley comes alive with its rich landscape. The area of the valley is roughly 36 km and the altitude is between 600 and 900 m above the sea level. The journey to this place on the Ghat road with thick forests on either side is in itself interesting and pleasant. One can have a wonderful trekking trip. 46 tunnels and bridges will greet guest on the way. Rolling grass lands, lush orchards and pleasant climate make Araku Valley a delightful place.

Photo of Araku, Andhra Pradesh, India by Shiva Kumar Bashetti
Photo of Araku, Andhra Pradesh, India by Shiva Kumar Bashetti

Araku Geography and Climate

Visakhapatnam has a hot climate during summers, a pleasant winters and heavy rainy monsoons during June to September. Summers during March to May are oppressive and uncomfortable with temperature reaches a scorching level of 45°C or above and the high humidity level make the climate very sultry. Winters during December to February are somewhat pleasant and warm with temperature levels ranges in 18°C to 32°C.

Most of the religious festivals like Deepavali (October) and Navarathri (October-November) are also celebrated here with much festivities and show. Tourism promotion festival Visakha Utsav during the cold seasons (December-January) is very attractive with the traditions and culture in the form of sport events, music and dance, food fair, exhibitions, arts and crafts.

Best periods to visit here are during October to March.

Best time to visit Araku

Best periods to visit here are during October to March.

Araku Orientation

Vizag is an important industrial town and naval base as well. The second busiest port in India after Mumbai. Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is rapidly becoming the largest shipyard in the country. Vizag harbour is one of the natural harbours in the world. A temple, mosque and church are located on hills overlooking the harbour. The Vizag beaches, particularly the Ramakrishna Beach, are lovely and serene. The beaches are ideal for swimming and water sports. On the north of Vizag is this pretty cove, Lawson's Bay, ideal for swimming. Old Dutch museum and the drive to Bheemli are also very enjoyable.

Araku Near Getaways

Ananthagiri Hills

Anantagiri is a breathtakingly beautiful resort sheltered in the lush undulating ranges of the Eastern Ghats. It is considered to be a perfect head off to get away from the blistering summer months. Ananthagiri is perched at an altitude where the panoramic vista unfolds stunning viewpoints. more..

Bheemunipatnam Beach

About 25-km from Vishakhapatnam is Bheemunipatnam. The most important aspect of interest at the place is the beach, which is perhaps matchless for its beauty all along the east coast.

Borra Caves

Borra is an agency village lying in the Ananthagiri hills in the southeast corner of Srungavarapukota Taluk at a distance of about 43-km from Srungavarapukota.

Chandana Yatra

Simhachalam, near Vishakhapatnam is one of the most important 'Vaishnavite' shrines of South India. It has Sri Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy as the presiding deity.

RamaKrishna Beach & Lawson`s Bay

One of the loveliest beaches on the East Coast, the Ramakrishna beach is a favourite resort for tourists visiting Vishakhapatnam.

Rishikonda Beach

Just 8-km from Vishakhapatnam is the Rishikonda Beach, a golden, unspoilt beach, washed by the sun-warmed sea.

Photo of Araku valley.... india's own scotland... by Shiva Kumar Bashetti
Photo of Araku valley.... india's own scotland... by Shiva Kumar Bashetti
Photo of Araku valley.... india's own scotland... by Shiva Kumar Bashetti
Photo of Araku valley.... india's own scotland... by Shiva Kumar Bashetti
Photo of Araku valley.... india's own scotland... by Shiva Kumar Bashetti
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