Weekend Getaway to Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh, India

Hi Folks! I will talk about our 3 day trip to Araku Valley, situated around 120kms from Visakhapatnam, the port city of Andhra Pradesh, India. We started from Hyderabad, and went on this trip in

Hi Folks! I will talk about our 3 day trip to Araku Valley, situated around 120kms from Visakhapatnam, the port city of Andhra Pradesh, India. We started from Hyderabad, and went on this trip in July,2016. 

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Visakhapatnam, Transfer to Aruku, Check-in to hotel, Tribal Museum, Coffee Museum and Local Shopping in the local market.

Day 2: Borra Caves, Cheparai Falls, Padmapuram Gardens

Trip in Detail:
We took the Garib Rath express, an overnight train, from Hyderabad to Visakhapatnam. The train reached Visakhapatnam at around 8am, the next morning.

There are two ways of getting around to Aruku:
1. Book the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department package, enjoy their day long package and a drop back to Visakhapatnam in the evening (Excellent for a one day trip)
2. Go to Araku Valley on own means (Private Vehicle/ Taxi/ Bus services) and enjoy a longer stay, with customized places to visit.

On reaching Araku Valley, we had lunch and checked into a pre-booked hotel at around 3PM. We freshened up and started exploring the valley!

At the entrance to the valley
At the entrance to the valley

We headed first to the Tribal Musuem, which is a 10 minute walk around the valley. It was a very well maintained museum, with many unique experiences and props to help tourists get beautiful photos clicked! 

Innnn to the Tribal Museum

Face of a Tribal Woman

 

How ’bout filling some water!

We next headed to the Araku Coffee Museum. This is also a 5 Min walk from the Tribal Museum. The place had a strong coffee aroma, and tourists could take a guided tour of the entire coffee making process. It was one of its kind and left me enthralled, to say the least.

The Aromatic Coffee Museum

 

Yours Truly immersed in the coffee journey

 

We then had some quick dinner and called it a night. Next day, we had planned to go to Borra Caves. We took a bus till around 6kms from the caves and took an auto-rickshaw from there. Borra Caves is the highlight of our entire trip. These are caves of natural formation, formed over 150 million years ago! Let the pictures speak!

A temple inside the caves

 

Exploring the wet stalactites

 

The lovely hues inside

We came back to Araku Valley by around lunch time, and went out to visit Chaparai Falls. The best part of these falls were their horizontal nature!

The horizontal falls!

Finally we wrapped up the trip with a visit to Padmapuram Gardens – beautiful place to hang out and walk amidst the lush greenery, hand in hand with your soulmate!

The lush green gardens!

One notable delicacy to try out in Araku valley is the Bamboo Chicken. Do try it out. It is organically prepared in a bamboo shoot, without oil or water. Don’t have pictures to post, but can vouch for the taste!


We headed back to Visakhapatnam the next day and took the evening train back to Hyderabad! That was our short sojourn to Araku folks! Please comment with your feedback, and for any other information you think I can help with!

 

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