Waterfalls are scattered throughout Araku Valley and are, arguably, its most famous feature. With the monsoon season in full swing, it’s an excellent time to visit the many waterfalls in and around Araku Valley – and even better, the roads to Araku are now open year-round. Don’t miss out on these five unforgettable waterfalls to explore in Araku Valley this winter!
1) Katiki Waterfalls
Katiki Falls is a waterfall that cascades down the Gostani River about 90 kilometres from Visakhapatnam. Located near Bora Cave, this waterfall is a famous attraction for picnickers and nature lovers. The natural landscape surrounding the falls is lush and rugged, adding an element of adventure to visitors hiking to the falls. It is therefore an ideal attraction for beginners and advanced hikers alike. There are several food kiosks along the way offering snacks and drinks, especially Bamboo chicken and fresh coconut water. A quick pit stop before continuing doesn't disappoint.
The cool breeze, greenery and soothing sounds of Katiki Falls will blow all worries away from your mind. At 50 feet tall, the natural formations are a spectacular sight even from a distance. Listen to the birds chirping, sit quietly or dip your feet in the cool river water. Those who like to get into the water can enjoy exciting moments with family and friends. Monsoons are especially beautiful as natural vegetation flourishes in the area. Katiki Waterfall is a perfect place for those who want to rejuvenate their soul.
2) Ranajilleda Falls
Ranajilleda Waterfalls are one of the most beautiful waterfalls near Visakhapatnam, located 6 km from Araku Bus Station and 3 km from Padmapuram Gardens. Ranajilleda Waterfall, also known as Araku Falls, is located in Ranajilleda village below Arak Valley Mandal, Ranajilleda Panchayas in the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. The village borders Visakhapatnam and Koraput districts and is close to the border of Orissa.
Visitors can reach Ranajilleda Falls by walking or hiking to the top of the mountain, which is about 60 feet high and takes 10 to 15 minutes by car. Ranajilleda Falls is a very small and lesser-known waterfall on the mountain top of Ranajilleda village. Visitors can visit this place during the monsoon season and winter season as well.
3) Ananthagiri falls
Anantagiri Waterfall is located in the Eastern Ghats about 60 km from Visakhapatnam. It is 30 km from Arak Valley and 3 km from Anantagiri town. Dense rainforests, lush coffee plantations, rolling hills, deep canyons and swirling waterfalls will overwhelm visitors.
It is the ideal place for nature lovers and honeymooners to enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets and to be immersed in the beauty of nature all around. The waterfall is located 1-2 km from the main road that connects the Arak Valley with the town of Anantagiri. A 20-minute walk from the main road will take you to the falls.
4) Maryland Waterbody
Unwittingly blessed with bountiful precipitation and a mostly temperate climate, Maryland was among those places that are a hidden gem. However, much of its landscape is still untouched. During your stay at one of Maryland Resort, set out on an adventure by exploring some of its little-known water bodies. Team Treksome helps you to reach this place and spend some quality time with your pals.
5) Nelapalem Waterfalls
These waterfalls are located in a remote part of the Visakhapatnam district, which lies at a distance of 70 km from Araku. They are easily accessible by bus and can be reached within 3 hours from Vizag. Nelapalem is an unexplored virgin place that is surrounded by lush greenery all around. Due to its privacy, it has not gained much popularity among tourists yet and hence remains untouched, making it a perfect destination for trekking and waterfall exploring. Team Treksome organises trekking events guiding you to this beautiful plunge pool taking care of all the resources and safety aspects.
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