Araku Valley is a hill station and valley region in the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It’s surrounded by the thick forests of the Eastern Ghats mountain range. The Tribal Museum is dedicated to the area’s numerous indigenous tribes, known for their traditional Dhimsa dance, and showcases traditional handicrafts. A miniature train runs through Padmapuram Gardens, with its sculptures and tree-top huts.
Near the Gosthani River, the ancient Borra Caves are characterized by distinctive limestone formations. Many coffee plantations cover the slopes of the surrounding Ananthagiri Hills. The secluded village of Tyda is home to Jungle Bells Nature Camp, which draws birdwatchers and hikers. North, a path leads through dense vegetation to the Katiki Waterfalls, which tumble over craggy rocks into a pool below. Chaparai Waterfall flows down a gentle gradient, making for a popular recreational area and picnic spot.
When to visit : A popular time to visit Araku Valley is Nov–Jan, when days are often mild and dry. Monsoon season (Jun–Oct) sees heavy rainfall, peaking Jul–Aug. During the annual Itika Pongal hunting festival (Apr), women from the local indigenous tribes don colorful saris and perform the Dhimsa dance.