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Andhra Pradesh: Araku Valley and Borra Caves
Araku means red soil in Oriya language. Araku valley, located at an elevation of 1166 meters, is hidden in the serenity of silver oaks, pines and eucalyptus. The heavenly Araku is encircled with 5 tilas. The health resort has mild temperature which varies from 4 to 34 degree Celsius. The highest peak of Araku valley is Galikonda or Haw hill, situated at an altitude of 1700 meters. Watching the incredible sight of the panoramic sunset standing on the peak of Araku will be an ecstatic feeling. Watch the clouds hugging the majestic Araku. The scenic beauty around the roads of Araku is magical. Bonda, Marris, Muriya and Gonda tribes live their lives on the lap of the nature. The green slopes of the adjoining hills are the homelands of innumerable backward communities. Their professions are mainly dependent on the productions of silk and coffee. Dhimsa and Mayuri are the traditional and ethnic forms of their cultural festivals. Musicality is there in their bloods. Tribal museum, located at the opposite side of the Mayuri complex on the two storied circular house, displays the excellent cultures and traditions of the ethnic tribes. Horticulture Nursery Cum Training Centre Padmapuram is located about 5 km away from the tribal museum, covering 26 acres of area, houses 35 different species of roses along with various medicinal plants.
Tourists who are interested to watch the museum and nursery closely can stay at the tree house.
Nature lovers can fascinate themselves by watching the shooting spot, about 15 km away from the nursery, set in the shades of the soaring trees. The offerings of the magnificent nature will definitely amuse everyone. Surrounding hills and rippling rivers along with the darkness of trees will provide you the shade and tranquility.
Dumburiguda water fall, about 15 km towards Jagdalpur from the marvelous shooting spot, is another wonderful creation of the nature.
It would be a good idea to avail a touring package of the tourist authority to Araku valley from Visakhapatnam.
Anantagiri, the hillock, situated at an elevation of 1168 meters, about 87 km from Vishakhapatnam, is situated amidst the breathtaking natural locale on the Purbaghat hill range. The enthralling sight of the stalactite cave is unique and stupefying. The half km long Railway Bridge, built on the Kolba River, will thrill holiday makers. The adjoining Thatiguda waterfall, located in the middle of the unchallenged and scintillating nature, will definitely offer you a lifetime experience. You can watch the pleasing vista of the drawn out fields where coffee is produced.
Haritha Hill Resort, atop the hill, built by the APTDC, is remarkable. Tourists can enjoy the nature staying at this cottage like resort.
Borra cave: Borra cave, located at a height of 722 meters, about 34 km away from Araku valley, is the longest cave of India. The stalactite cave is more than million years old. Each drop of water with stalactite is forming stalagmite. The fascinating natural cave is adorned with the astonishing and romantic architectures. Geologist William King had rediscovered the cave in 1807. 118 stairways access the 40 meters deep and 300 meters wide cave. Innumerable Hindu deities are engraved on the walls of the cave. Water drops on the top of the deity, Shiva. The interesting fine arts of the cave amuse each and every tourist. According to the Hindu mythology, Ram, Sita and Lakshman had spent some days in the cave during their exile. Even though the electrification has been done in 1992 but it is sensible and wise to carry a torch into the cave. The swift Gostani River is another attraction.
Not many hotels have come up yet in the vicinity. Railway retiring room is there. If you are lucky enough then you can get a room in the retiring room. But it is better to hire a car to visit Borra cave and Araku valley from Visakhapatnam.
Jungle Bells-Tyda, located at an altitude of 3000 feet, is a wonderful place to spend a week end. The excellent looking Tyda, about 17 km away from Araku, can be a destination for the tourists who are searching the peace of mind in the middle of the shades of trees. Eco tourism project, nature camp, rock climbing and the tower that offers the view of the vibrant birds of the locale, are formed especially for holiday makers.
Log hut, Eaglu and many more cottages are there where tourists can stay at.
How to reach: Vishakhapatnam can be reached by innumerable trains from Kolkata and Chennai. Borra cave and Araku valley are connected to Vishakhapatnam by railways. Araku valley can be accessed by bus or hired cars from Vizag as well, and completed in the same day, with no night stay required at Araku.
Where to stay: Arunudaya Hotel, Hill Park Tourist Home, Venkateswara Holiday Home, Zilla Parishad Guest House, Pwd IB, Hotel Rajdhani and Hotel Sri Sai Krishna.
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