Are you the kind that veers off to offbeat places? Then the lush Eastern Ghats with steel grey tarmac sinuously cutting through the hills are for you. The valley is one of the oldest tribal enclaves of India. Amongst driving in Maruti Suzuki Alto around Araku Valley, roaming the lush organic coffee plantations and treading the impressive cave system at Borra, top the list. Araku is a short 100+km drive from the coastal city of Vizag, making it an ideal getaway from the city.
Araku Tribal Museum
Vizag has two distinct faces; a city that is leading the march of development in Andhra Pradesh and a serene beach resort that stretches along the edge of the Bay of Bengal. On Day 1, we explore the city’s highlights; a museum housed in an actual submarine, the bustle of a fishing harbour and the stunning Yarada Beach. Local cuisine and the markets liven up the evening as we prep to leave the city next morning.Day 2:
The drive to Araku Valley is short, but this means more pit stops to take in the fantastic view of the rolling hills and detours to Borra Caves, the Ananthagiri coffee plantation and the Padmapuram Gardens, before you hit the bed at night. Araku was once a British summer resort; and we all know that they had a penchant for discovering the best, so expect nothing less.Day 3:
Araku valley is one the oldest tribal enclaves of India. It is home to a number of indigenous tribes who live a non-urbanised life in these hills. Today, we get a peek into their history at the Tribal Museum. Later, we change wheels to a cycle, for a ‘slow down-take in the surroundings’ time, after fueling up on a local cook-out. The evening ends with a drive to the Galikonda View Point, from where you can see rows of mountains stacked behind each other.Day 4:
After breakfast, we catch the road back to Vizag, bidding the verdant Araku goodbye.
Detailed itineraries will be shared closer to the trip date.