Araku Valley is a hill station in the district of Alluri Sitharama Raju in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, 111 kilometres west of Visakhapatnam. This area is known as the “Ooty of Andhra.” It is a valley in the Eastern Ghats populated by various tribes, primarily the Araku Tribes.
Araku is in the Eastern Ghats, about 114 kilometres (71 miles) from Visakhapatnam, near the Odisha state border. The Araku Valley Reserved Forests of Ananthagiri and Sunkarimetta are rich in biodiversity and are mined for bauxite. Galikonda hill, which rises to a height of 5,000 feet (1,500 m), is one of Andhra Pradesh’s highest peaks. The average rainfall is 1,700 millimetres (67 in), with the majority falling between June and October. The elevation is approximately 1300 metres above sea level. The valley stretches for about 36 kilometres.
The British introduced coffee to the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh in 1898 in the Pamuleru valley of the East Godavari district. It later spread to Araku Valley in the early nineteenth century. The Andhra Pradesh Forest Department established coffee plantations in the valley after independence. Andhra Pradesh Girijan Cooperative Corporation Limited (GCC) was appointed by the Coffee Board in 1956 to promote coffee plantations in the valley through local tribal farmers. The plantations were handed over to the A.P. Forest Development Corporation in 1985, and the GCC promoted Girijan Coop. Plantation Development Corporation (GCPDC) to develop coffee plantations in tribal areas. Various flavours of honey are commercially available.All plantations developed by GCC and GCPDC were given to tribal farmers at a rate of two acres per family. Apiculture farms have proliferated throughout Araku Valley, and several types of flavoured honey are produced commercially.
araku valley famous for:
Araku is well-known for its coffee plantations, which are surrounded by beautiful gardens, streams, waterfalls, and valleys covered in lush green forests.
How to Reach Araku Valley:
Araku is connected to Visakhapatnam by rail and road. Araku railway station is on the Indian Railways network, on the Kothavalasa-Kirandul railway line of the Visakhapatnam division of the East Coast Railway. Every half hour, RTC buses depart for Visakhapatnam.
Araku valley best time to visit: The best time to visit Araku Valley for that signature monsoon magic is from June to September.
Araku temperature in december: December is the coldest month in Araku, with an average high temperature of 26.6°C (79.9°F) and a low temperature of 14.6°C (58.3°F).
Araku valley places to visit:
- Borra Caves
- Chaparai Araku
- Tribal museum araku
- katiki waterfalls
- padmapuram gardens araku
- Tadimada Waterfalls
- Matsyagundam araku
- Duduma waterfalls
- Tatipudi Reservoir
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