Araku Valley is an enchanting hill station where nature is at its full bounty with a river gurgling through the woods, waterfalls adding to the beauty of the green landscape. Located at a distance of 112 kilo meters from Visakhapatnam, Araku Valley is mounted at a height of 3,200 feet atop the Ananthagiri hills.
The valley is a home for 19 indigenous tribes. Journey to Araku Valley happens to be a very enriching experience if you love to explore tribal cultures and traditions in India. These tribal people are very forthcoming in displaying their art and culture to the visitors.
Dhimsa dance, a tribal dance form that they perform with rhythmic beats is a major attraction at Araku Valley. The rhythm, beats, the local instruments and the people adorned in colorful attire give you the kind of experience that no words can explain. Specially, if you fortunate enough to visit the valley during Itika Pongal, which is a popular festival in this part, you will be in for an unforgettable experience.
Araku valley is also known for its famous coffee plantation. Strolling down the undulating road through the coffee plantation that takes you to the Anantagiri hills feels like a dream. The tranquility of the place and the all encompassing greenery as far as you can see revives your mind and soul.
Araku valley provides some of the most picturesque views of the Eastern Ghat. Some of the must visit places in the valley include Damuku View Point, Tida Tunnel, Padmapuram Botanical Gardens, Mulberry Gardens and Government Silk Farm.
The day I visited Araku valley, there was a short spell of shower that made the valley all the more beautiful. The sun shining on the freshly bathed green hills revealed an spell binding view. The touch of the sun painted the valley in different shades of green that made me just stand and watch.
I filled my mind with the freshness and flavors of raw nature as this was the last tourist spot before leaving for home. Before leaving, I thanked God for the beautiful world and more so for rendering the eyes and mind to admire his creation.