Nestled in the environs of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, Araku Valley is an invigorating hill station to step around in scorching summer. Perched at an elevation between 600-900 meters above sea level, the breathtaking vicinity of Araku Valley is sprawled over an area of 35 square kilometres. With its natural abundance and charming climate, Araku Valley has evolved into a popular tourist puller in south-eastern coast of India. Today, plenty of tourists flock here from various distant locations for an invigorating time-off. Despite being an elevated destination, the place is evenly enjoyable in all season. However, from a tourist perspective, the best time to plunge into the scenic splendour of this region is June to February.
Araku Valley is an absolute delight for nature buffs and travel enthusiasts. The place is laid out with many overwhelming sites to behold! Some of the leading attractions in and around Araku Valley include; Araku Tribal Museum, Borra Caves, Chaparai Waterfalls, Anantagiri, Tadimada Waterfalls and Padmapuram Botanical Gardens.
In recent past, Araku Valley has reached a significant feat of popularity amongst neighbouring and distant visitors. Hence, the place witnesses a decent influx of tourists from all across the sphere. On probing about the accessibility to this captivating hill station, visitors can get there by any of the following modes of commutation:
By Air: For air travellers, the nearest airport is Vishakhapatnam, which is located nearly 110Kms from the destination. Vishakhapatnam airport has good air connectivity with different parts of the nation, and one can easily book a taxi or cab to reach Araku Valley.
By Train: If you are planning your trip to Araku Valley by train, there is nothing to worry! The place has its own railhead. In addition, visitors can also board into various passenger trains run from Vishakhapatnam, and the travel time by train between these two locations is nearly 5-6 hours. From Araku Valley railway station one can take a bus or hire a cab to commute further. Travellers from Chennai and Bangalore can get into Mas NJP Express and Mys Howrah Express respectively.
By Road: The exciting modes of commutation to reach there is by road! Pleasant sceneries on the go leaves your journey absolutely spell bound. From Vizag (Visakhapatnam), various state and private run buses are there to reach Araku. Additionally, the government transports can also be availed from the RTC Complex Vizag. The bus frequency from Vizag is somewhere around 40-45 minutes. Besides, one can also hire a car to reach Araku via NH5. The route takes one through some of the striking destinations like Pendurthi junction, Kothavalasa, S- Kota and some other small villages. By road the travel time to reach Araku Valley is approximately 4 hours.
Having reached in this beautiful hill station, the next hunt for a tourist is to find a suitable accommodation. Over the years, plenty of resorts and decent hotels are set up around the region. If you wish to enjoy an audacious stay amidst the bush, Haritha resort at Tyda and Ananthagiri Hill resort are two recommendations for you.
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