As our stay continued in Visakhapatnam I was very keen to visit the Araku valley which is a very famous hill station located in Andhra Pradesh. Being a nature lover I
knew it was going to be delight to be in the lap of such scenic beauty and naturalness. The Araku valley is located on the Eastern Ghats and is at a distance of 120 kilometers from Vizag. This
valley comprises of waterfalls, lush green vegetation, a variety of fauna and streams; a real treat to the senses.
The most enjoyable part of the visit to the Araku valley is the train journey that passes from amidst hill sides, tunnels and streams. I would recommend traveling via rail while going to this valley and return back via road. Most of the tourist spots in Araku are located at short distances and hence it takes just about two hours to visit most of them. If one has ample of time he can go 15 kilometers farther to visit the Chaparai waterfalls that pass over rocky slopes.
Some nearby tourist destinations are the Padmapuram garden, Tribal Museum, Movie shooting that is at a short distance before Araku,
Galikondalu view point and a coffee plantation that lies on the way to Araku valley. One of the main attractions of this valley are the tree top cottages that are actually hung at a height of
about 10 feet from the ground level. Even after being hung at the top of the trees these cottages are fitted with toilets and continuous water supply facilities. The swing that one can experience
rarely while staying in the hanging cottages is hell of a fun. There is also a toy train for tourists in the Padmapuram Garden. Sanvi was very eager to take a ride on this toy
Behind the APSRTC bus stand at Araku town there is a coffee house. A variety of coffees were available at this coffee shop. I purchased a few
of the varieties as souvenirs of our trip to the Araku town coffee outlet. This shop is not like any ordinary store; in fact it is a museum of coffee production and plantation of India as well as
the world. There is also a light and sound show on coffee production which can be seen with a minimal fee of just Rs 25 per head. We tried to cover all the nearby sites of tourism importance and
this was my best day of this trip so far.