After the trip to Borra caves, we decided to visit the Araku valley. Our trip to Vishakhapatnam was coming to an end so we decided to visit this one last place before we head back to our mechanical life in Pune. Araku Valley is a small hill station which is located in Andhra state about 120 km from the city of Vishakhapatnam. As the hill station is located on the border of Orissa and Andhra it attracts many tourists from West Bengal, Orissa and other South Indian states.
The hill station is very well connected by rail and road. Though, the best way to travel to this hill station is by rail, as it goes past many bridges and tunnels. Unfortunately we didn’t find tickets for the train journey so we had to take a taxi to reach the station. It is one of the important rail routes as all the mining companies transport minerals from high altitude places in Orissa to the ports in Vishakhapatnam through these rail routes. Only one train runs on this route and these is a lot of rush for tickets and seats.
There are many good places to visit in the Araku Valley. One such place is the Galikonda view point. This point provides beautiful views of hills and the valleys can be seen from here. A tribal museum which contains collection of the tribals living in the Araku and nearby areas also is a popular attraction of the hill station. The beautiful coffee house in front of the tribal museum is a good place to hang out and enjoy some drinks and snacks. For the kids to enjoy there are Padmapuram gardens which is full of swings and a toy train. Another place close to the Borra Caves is the Katika Waterfalls which is a famous tourist spot.
The trip to Araku Valley was a short trip and all the amazing places were seen by us in a day. After this our trip to Vishakhapatnam and surrounding places came to an end. We were taking with us some amazing memories of this city and decided to surely visit it once more sometimes in future.