It is located in the Eastern Ghats about 114 kilometres (71 mi) from Visakhapatnam, close to the Odisha state border. The Anantagiri and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forest which are part of Araku Valley, are rich in biodiversity and is mined for bauxite. Galikonda hill rising to a height of 5,000 feet (1,500 m) is amongst the highest peaks in Andhra Pradesh. The average rainfall is 1,700 millimetres (67 in), bulk of which is received during June–October. The altitude is about 1300 m above the sea level. The valley spreads around 36 KM.
As already hinted, the caves are a Natural wonder just few kilometers away revealing height and depth at the same time. Locals have also made a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva near the entrance of the cave.
For history lovers, Borra caves are one of the best places to visit. Set amidst the Ananthagiri Hills in Araku Valley, it is considered to be one of the largest caves in the country and is located at an elevation of about 705 meters. The caves were discovered way back in 1807, and ever since, they’ve become a popular tourist attraction. Made of karstic limestone, travelers can witness the real beauty of these structures when the natural skylight paves its way in. Being kaleidoscopic in nature, tourists can also admire the enigmatic beauty of evergreen forests, scenic landscape, and the breathtaking views that surround the Borra caves.
Information hungry people can have their fill in places like Museum and tribal museum become a destination to savor with the colorful outfits worn by tribal locals, their daily chores in the form of clay work and their art and craft.
The very first scenery that catches the attention of the visitor is the tall trees sheltering the smaller shrubs of need, just about enough they need. The beauty is oft enhanced by the hanging berries of coffee.
Chaparai waterfalls is a well known picnic spot in Araku valley. A scenic place with water falls and surrounding forest area makes people relax and spend their holiday joyfully. People have to take their own vehicles or hire a taxi/auto from Araku and visit this place. Chaaparai is only 15Kms from Araku valley on the way to Paderu Only road transportation is available to Chaaparai from Araku. People can reach Araku valley by train or bus.
The greying skies of Araku Valley, came alive this week as colourful hot-air balloons from around the world floated hundreds of feet off the ground at the first Araku Balloon Festival.Experienced pilots from 13 countries – Australia, New Zealand, France, Malaysia, Belgium, the US, Italy, Brazil, the Philippines, Switzerland, Spain, South Korea and India – navigated the Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh to get a spectacular view of the lush green terrain. The bright yellow of niger flowers and the golden brown of freshly harvested paddy complemented the dark forest green, painting a picturesque view as people bobbed along the valley. Hundreds of people from Visakhapatnam and the surrounding villages of Araku came to watch the take-offs and night tethers (when balloons are tied to the ground and lit up at night) from November 14 to 16.
Dhimsa is a kind of dance in which young and old, men and women of Valmiki, Bagata, Khond and Kotia tribes living in the enchanting Araku Valley in the hilly tracts of Vishakhapatnam district Andhra Pradesh dance alike.Dhimsa is a dance of the ‘Hill Tribes’.Dhimsa Dance basically tries to establish companionship and closeness between the neighbouring villages. The neighbouring communities join their hands together and this is probably one of the most imperative aspects of Dhimsa. This fact also separates the Dhimsa Dance from other tribal dances.This dance is usually performed in March and April, and on important occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, hunting festivals and yearly celebrations.
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