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, Tothlikomnda (a Buddhist relic site), Kailash Giri for 360 degree views of the city, the bustle of a fishing harbour and the stunning RK 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. 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, along with archery and boating. Later, we visit the Padmapuram Gardens. The day winds down with a bonfire, and a tribal dance performance by the local Dhinsas. 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:
The millions of years olf Borra Caves are a ‘must-visit’ in the region. This morning we take a peek at the stalagmites and stalactites. Later, the Katkai Falls make for a refreshing treat. We explore the coffee plantations at Ananthagiri Hills and even visit a museum dedicated to the beverage. 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. The afternoon is reserved for water sports and a quick dip in the sea, before we head back.
Detailed itineraries will be shared closer to the trip date.
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