This new year, I decided to explore Vizag. One of my friend from Hyderabad told me about the amazing train journey from Vizag to Araku. There are very few amazing train journeys in our country with an amazing view and this one is one of them. Though Vizag is not very popular as a tourist destination, but I must say its a worth visit place and journey to Araku is a complete package of experiencing the thrill.
Araku also referred as Ooty of Andra, is a small hill station in Vizag district. Araku is a less crowded hill station, rich in biodiversity and is mined for bauxite. The main attraction of the place is Borra caves, Araku museum and certain viewpoints. There are two trains in a day for Araku valley from Vizag and you need to book tickets well in advance as its very crowded. To enjoy the scenic view of Araku valley its necessary to have the reservation. I planned this trip with my office friends and we reached by 6:00 at the station to catch the train at 6:10 a.m. Since we did not have the reservation we entered into the general local coach.
The experience of the general coach is totally different, after a very long time I struggled into that coach and when the valley started we all were near train gates itself (though I will not recommend this to you but if we will follow all the rules we will miss the fun 😉 ). I found Araku as a hidden tourist attraction of Andra Pradesh. The valley is lush green and very beautiful with some inspiring view and of course another paradise on earth. The valley will surely attract you towards it, you can’t dare to miss the views from the train. The train will pass through 65 tunnels which will make the ride scary and funny.
Though Araku is not very famous still the unfathomable valley lure tourist from all over the country with its breathtaking valleys, awe-inspiring views, silvery waterfalls and verdant forests. The best part of the trip to Araku is its train journey – short and fun loving. Our journey ended at Boora caves by 10:00 a.m. which is before Araku station. We booked a cab from Borra caves station and started our journey to Borra caves, local sightseeing, viewpoints and Araku museum. Stay tuned to my next post on Borra caves and Araku visits.