All You Need To Know About Asia’s Biggest Hot Air Balloon Festival – Araku Balloon Festival
Date: Not yet officially announced (usually held during January or February)
Venue: Araku Valley, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
Known for its rich cultural past, picturesque beaches, sky-scraping mountain ranges and serene landscape, Visakhapatnam is one of the stunning and most preferred tourist destinations in Andra Pradesh. One of the enchanting attractions of Visakhapatnam is the picturesque Araku Valley, placed at a lofty height of 910 meters above sea level. This gorgeous hill station adorned with lush green gardens, sparkling waterfalls and crystal clear streams is renowned for its spectacular Araku Balloon Festival. The vibrant hot-air balloons of various colours and shapes create a visual spectacle in the sky during the festival which adds to the scenic beauty of the Araku Valley.
Read on to know more about Araku Balloon Festival:
Araku Balloon Festival:
Araku Balloon Festival is a 3-day International Hot-Air Balloon Festival organized by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism every year in the month of January at the most scenic Araku Valley, nestled in the Eastern Ghats Range. This year, the third edition of the Araku Balloon Festival will be scheduled in the month of January or February (official date will be published soon). This 3-day carnival is filled with adventure, fun and galore, featuring unique and colourful hot-air balloons from around 15 countries across the world, sure to attract tourists and hot-air balloon enthusiasts to Araku Valley.
The hot-air balloon rides offer you an opportunity to explore the stunning Araku Valley, its lush green gardens and surrounding hills, all from a bird’s eye view which is the main highlight of the Araku Balloon Festival. The festival also includes scintillating balloon nightglows and tethered flights, paramotoring displays and stunts, musical concerts, trekking, as well as night camps, making it an extra-special event, not to be missed at any cost. In addition to this, one can explore the aromatic coffee plantations of Araku Valley drenched in emerald green and soothing waterfalls to connect yourself with nature and the tribal villages to get a glimpse of the cultural ethnicity of the Araku Valley.
Popular Tourist Attractions Near Araku Valley:
The blissful Araku Valley is dotted with a cluster of tourist attractions that are equally stunning as well as worth exploring. Some of them are:
- Borra Caves.
- Araku Tribal Museum.
- Araku Waterfalls.
- Chaaparai Waterfalls.
- Katika Waterfalls.
- Padmapuram Botanical Gardens.
- Tatipudi Reservoir.
Visakhapatnam International Airport, about 107.4 Km.
Araku Railway Station, about 1.9 Km.
Vijayanagaram Bus Station, about 85.4 Km.
Join in the fun and thrill of Asia’s Biggest Hot Air Balloon Festival “Araku Balloon Festival 2020” and treat yourself for a memorable adventure at the picturesque Araku Valley!
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