About 116 kms from visakhapatnam and around 3200 feet above Main sea level is situated “ARAKU VALLEY” virtually a natures paradise in the midst of mighty and magnificent mountains of Eastern Ghats.
A Train which commences at 06:50 am at visakhapatnam that takes to Araku refreshes a vary Traveler and puts him into heights of joy as he comes into intimate contact with nature which is splendid, beautiful and glorious. The Train passes through around 42 tunnels giving us a new experience. A Train reaches Araku at around 10:30 am that invites the visitor with its spectacular beauty around it.
Huge Mountains , vast plains and Tall trees are the unique features of this Hill station.
A few decades ago, one has to order for food and there were hardly any aminities for stay. Alas ! Over Years and Off late there has been a Drastic change due to the Influx of Tourists.
We have a good number of beautiful and Comfortable Resorts suited to all categories of people. Many of these resorts have dining Attached to them. There are other few hotels at the market place offering decent and delicious food.
Having put to ease and composure a tourist can go around for a site seeing at “Araku valley” There is a Botanical garden which invites the visitor with Tall oak Trees, acacia and Palm Trees. There is a road around the garden and a toy train runs amusing the travelers.
There is a tribal museum, that showcases the tribal lifestyle, culture and their day to day Life. Some of the statues of the Tribals prostraying their Garments and Jewellery are quite lively. So many equipments that have been used by the Tribals are being exhibited Much to the amazement of the visitors.
The way to paderu about 30 kms from Araku by road just mesmerizes the On lookers with the abundant Natures Glory with huge Mountains, Vast Plains and Tall Trees as mentioned earlier. Nature Lovers would simply be Drowned in its beauty and would remind of famous lines of a poet Keats “WOODS ARE LOVELY DARK AND DEEP”
People of average taste would also enjoy nature unfolding itself. Even crude and insipid minds would find a solace with the Aura of beauty around it, Such is the influence of the mighty and magnificient Nature at Araku.
On the way to Paderu about 116 kms from Araku we have “chapurai” water stream, One can enjoy crystal clear waters seeping through small Boulders. There are other waterfalls like dudumma waterfall near onakadilli in Orissa with a power house project which one could visit on an extended trip.
On the Return drive to Vizag a tourist can enjoy Ananthagiri coffee plantations where coffee trees are being grown and we see small vendors selling flavoured Coffee seeds and Powder. Then we have Galikonda view point where one can have a Birds eye view of the valley which is awe inspiring to the spectator.
Borracaves a top attraction, makes one spell bound by the stalacties and stalagmites of calcium deposits in the Caves. This is a Thrilling experinece to the visitor.
On the Whole a Journey to Araku Valley refreshes and Replenishes the mind of the visitor and offers him abundant solace and Joy by making him come out of the monotanous , Darb , mechanical Day to day life.
Why Late then, Dear Tourists for a Lovely Trip to Araku along with your Family and Friends and Enjoy Nature which brings abundant Joy and bliss into your Bosom.