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Where to stay in Araku

Exploring Araku

The Eastern Ghats hill station of Araku ranks among the least commercialised and least crowded regions of South India. The nearest large city, Visakhapatnam, lies 112kms away from this forested retreat whose 19 tribes have successfully preserved most of their centuries-old traditions. This area's most popular outdoor activities are hiking, rock climbing, and exploring the surrounding coffee plantations.

There may be no Western-style luxury resorts in Araku, but Dhimsa Resorts is a comfortable place to stay with air conditioning and other modern conveniences. Other options include the state-run lodges close to Araku Railway Station, the 10 double rooms at the Araku Tribal Museum, and the mid-range hotels along the main Araku to Visakhapatnam road. Guests who don't mind roughing it are welcome at the ethnic tribal-style cottages with attached toilets. The Borra Caves, Katiki Falls, and Padmapuram Gardens are just a handful of the Araku Valley's naturally lovely landmarks. Visitors can also sunbathe on Bheemunipatnam Beach, hike the Ananthagiri Hills, or spend a rainy day at the Araku Tribal Museum during their Araku stay.

Sights nearby

The road between Visakhapatnam and Araku is notorious for its seemingly never ending steep slopes, hairpin turns, bridges, and tunnels. However, visitors who prefer to pay attention to the road's stunning waterfalls, towering cliffs, and lush coffee plantations can make the journey by train.

Borra Caves
British geologist William King George first discovered these stunning limestone caves, among the largest in India, in 1807. Owls, the faces of lions, and even Lord Ganesha are some of the unusual shapes these stalactites and stalagmites are believed to resemble.

Katiki Falls
The refreshing pool formation at the end of this towering waterfall four kilometres from Borra Caves may be dry in summer, but provides an ideal place for hikers to cool off during all other times of the year.

Padmapuram Gardens
A toy train runs through these relaxing gardens whose vegetables fed countless soldiers during WWII. Eucalyptus and pine trees grow among the hanging cottages and fragrant gardens of these gardens near Araku Railway Station.

Araku Tribal Museum
The best place to learn more about the 19 tribes who call the Araku Valley home is this conveniently located museum close to Padmapuran Gardens. The Araku Tribal Museum first opened in 1996 and now contains a tribal art and crafts centre with 10 double rooms in addition to its more conventional exhibits.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

There may not be a ton of restaurants in Araku, but most places offering visitors tasty bites to eat are situated along the busy main road between Araku and Visakhapatnam. Fine dining options may be few and far between, but most Araku restaurants serve a wide variety of good quality food from cuisines throughout India and the rest of the world. Shopping options may appear to be equally few and far between, but locally-produced coffee is on the top of most visitors' shopping lists. Authentic silk, cotton weaves, antiques, and other handicrafts are other popular Araku souvenirs.

Public transport

Visitors reluctant to drive the scenic, yet treacherous, road between Araku and Visakhapatnam can take a much more relaxing journey aboard the Vizag-Kirendul passenger train which departs from Vishakapatnam at 08:00 each morning and makes two stops at the Araku Valley. One railway station along this breathtaking route, Shimiliguda, towers nearly a kilometre above sea level and ranks as the highest railway stop in India. Daily buses and regular taxis are also available between Araku and Visakhapatnam.