Araku Valley

Araku Valley

To add some adventure to your Andhra Pradesh holidays, visit Araku valley which is one of the most beautiful hill stations of this state. It is located in the Vishakapatnam district of the state around 120 km from Visakhapatnam city. The views of train passing through tunnels, hill sides and streams of this valley leave tourists completely enchanted. The valley boasts of mesmerizing waterfalls and streams which are rejuvenating. Some of the adventure filled activities which you can enjoy here are trekking, rock climbing and bird watching.

And if you wish to treat your eyes with the wonderful tribal dance, Araku valley is the perfect place for that. You can also visit the tribal museum which displays the tribal heritage. ?Stay in the tree top cottages amidst lush green surroundings in the valley. These beautiful hanging cottages are at a height of ten feet from the ground. The huts are well furnished with all the modern facilities. As you move 15 km from Araku you will come face to face with the beautiful Dumbriguda Waterfalls.

Borra Caves

Located in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku valley, the fascinating Borra Caves are the deepest caves in the country. It is said that this place was discovered by the British Geologist William King in the year 1807. Surrounded by semi-evergreen moist deciduous forests, the caves are truly enchanting. The caves are located at a height of 800 to 1300 m. The most striking attraction of the caves is the formation of Stalagmites and Stalactites. The different formations have been given different names such as Shiv-Paravathi, Mother-Child, Rushi's Beard, Human Brain, Crocodile, Tiger and Cows udder depending on their shapes.

These caves not only have archaeological and historical significance but also hold religious importance. Located deep inside the caves is the Shivalinga and the idol of the holy cow Kamadenu. Local people come here to worship them. The Borra caves got their name from a formation inside the caves which looks like the human brain, which in Telugu language is known as borra.

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