Araku Valley is a beautiful hill station in Visakhapatnam district in the State of Andhrapradesh.This Valley is famous for scenic beauty and gorgeous waterfalls.
About the Garden
The garden was built in 1942 on a 26-acre plot to supply vegetables to the soldiers who fought in World War II. After the War, it was converted into a Horticultural Nursery cum Training Center where orchards, rare species of flowers and trees, tree houses and stone sculptures greet the eye. garden is a well maintained botanical garden in Araku Town, not very far way from the Araku Railway station. It is a major tourist destination in the town where wide varieties of exotic and rare species of flowers and trees are available. It has a Toy train facility for children and a small rose garden.
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Person
About Tribal Musium
The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation established this museum in 1996. Araku Valley boasts of 19 tribes that live in the vicinity of the town. The purpose of the museum is to create awareness about tribal culture and lifestyle. This museum consists of several clay monuments that depict their day-to-day activities. Various artifacts of the tribal people are exhibited which includes jewellery, hunting tools and kitchen utensils. The museum is well equipped with sign boards, which provides requisite information to aid the visitors. There is a stall in the museum where handicrafts items of the tribes are sold. To encourage tribal art, the museum also possesses a Tribal Art and Crafts Center, where workshops and exhibitions are held.
Location of Musium
At a distance of 200 m from Araku Bus Station, Araku Tribal Museum is a wonderful place which explores the tribal culture of Eastern Ghats. It is one of the top tourist places to visit in Araku Valley.
Timing and Ticket Fare
Timings to visit: 10 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Adults & Rs. 5 for Children
Location of Ananthgiri
This is a distance of 26 km from Araku, 85 km from Vizag & 660 km from Hyderabad, Anantagiri is a lovely tiny hill station between Vizag and Araku Valley. It is one of the top tourist places to visit in Araku Valley and is also among the top hill station in Andhra Pradesh.
View Point of Anantagiri
There is a view point on the way to Anantagiri on main road that offers excellent views of the deep valleys on one side and coffee plantations on the other side.Anantagiri Hills are well known for its scenic beauty and charming weather. It is a perfect gateway to spend some time amidst the lap of nature. Anantagiri is paradise for coffee lovers and nature lovers. The village is surrounded by coffee estates that emit the rich aroma of coffee.
Best Time to Visit
The Anantagiri hill resort is a perfect getaway from the hot and humid weather of Vizag in summer months. The famous Borra Caves are very close to Anantagiri. This unexplored and peaceful environment of the hill station attracts tourists from various parts of the state. Watching the panoramic views of sunrise, sunset, thick forests and mountain ranges cover the route between Vizag to Anantagiri.
Communication and Accommodation.
Accommodation are easily available in Anantagiri Hills. There are various types of hotels and lodges in the area which offer pleasant lodging facilities and services. AP tourism runs a resort is the Anantagiri village. Jungle Bells resort at Tyda is about 11 km from Anantagiri and it’s a wonderful option to stay.
Anantagiri hills can be reached via both road and rail. The closest railhead to these hills is 9 km away at Borra Caves. State buses are also available, in order to reach these hills
About Bora Cave
The Bora Caves, also called Borra Guhalu. These natural caves were discovered in 1807 by William King George of the Geological Survey of India. According to locals, once a cowherd lost his cow while grazing. He soon realized that his cow had fallen down. While searching for the cow, the cowherd found these caves and came across a Linga inside it. The Linga is considered synonymous to Lord Shiva, who saved the cow. After this, a small Shiva temple was built right outside this cave. The Gosthani River used to flow through the caves between the formations. The caves were created due to the flow of river over the limestone area. The pressure was exerted by the humic acid in the water on the mineral deposits and the limestone dissolved in the water. The dissolved limestone trickled down drop by drop forming different shapes in the cave. One can see different formations of the stalactites.
Location of Bora Caves
Borra Caves, are located on the East Coast of India, in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku Valley of the Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh. This is a distance of 36 km from Araku, 88 km from Vizag & 662 km from Hyderabad, Borra Caves are one million year-old limestone caves and the deepest caves in the country, situated in Anantagiri hills of Andhra Pradesh. Borra Caves is one of the best places to visit in Araku Valley.
Reach to Bora Cave
The Vizag – Araku train has a station at Borra Caves, from where the caves are at most 5 km away, some restaurants are available outside the Borra Caves including AP Tourism restaurant that offers lunch and snacks.
Ticket fare and timing
Entrance Fee: Rs.40 (Adult), Rs.30 (Children), Camera: Rs.25, Video: Rs.100
Timings: 10 AM to 5.30 PM.