Araku Valley

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Araku Valley
అరకు లోయ
Hill Station
Araku Valley Scenic View
Araku Valley Scenic View
Araku Valley is located in Andhra Pradesh
Araku Valley
Araku Valley
Coordinates: 18°20′00″N 82°52′00″E / 18.3333°N 82.8667°E / 18.3333; 82.8667Coordinates: 18°20′00″N 82°52′00″E / 18.3333°N 82.8667°E / 18.3333; 82.8667
Country  India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Visakhapatnam
Elevation 910 m (2,990 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 56,674[1]
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 531 149
Telephone code 08936

Araku Valley is a Hill station in Visakhapatnam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is a valley in the Eastern Ghats inhabited by different tribes.


Araku is located at 18°20′00″N 82°52′00″E / 18.3333°N 82.8667°E / 18.3333; 82.8667.[2] It has an average elevation of 911 metres (2,989 ft).

It is located 114 km from Visakhapatnam, close to the Odisha state border. The Anantagiri and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forest which are part of Araku Valley, are rich in biodiversity. This valley is surrounded by mountains like Galikonda, Raktakonda, Sunkarimetta and Chitamogondi. These hills are endowed with rich quality bauxite ore.[3] Galikonda hill rising to a height of 5,000 feet (1,500 m) is one of the highest in Andhra Pradesh. The average rainfall is 1700 mm, bulk of which is received during June–October.[4]



Telugu is largely spoken which is also the official language. Local tribals having their own dialects which do not have any script. most of the tribal population speak Telugu and Adivasi Oriya particularly residing in adjoining mandals to Odisha state


Araku is popular for its famous coffee plantations. India’s first tribal growers' organic coffee brand was launched in the Araku Valley in 2007. The premium organic "Araku Emerald" brand of coffee sells globally. Thousands of tribals in the Agency area are engaged in coffee cultivation as farm hands or small farmers.[5]


The valley is connected through both rail and road to the city of Visakhapatnam. There are two railway stations at Araku on the Kothavalasa-Kirandul railway line of Visakhapatnam division of the East Coast Railway, on the Indian Railways network. Shimiliguda railway station is located at an altitude of 996 meters above mean sea level.

In films[edit]

Tollywood films like Happy Days, Katha, Darling and Life is beautiful were shot here because of its scenic beauty.


External links[edit]

  • Araku Valley Pictures of Tribal museum, Horticulture nursery, Tribal dancing & Borra caves.