One of our friends was riding from Kolkata to Visakhapatnam. And this gave us a reason to travel again. The excuse was to meet our friend; and the purpose was to explore yet another unknown land- Vizag! It was such an impromptu trip that the planning wasn’t really very good! Yet we tried to make the best out of it. Neither I nor my husband could afford to take any leave from Office so it was strictly a weekend trip.
First, we looked for a train on Friday night. Unfortunately, there were no tickets available. We could have availed overnight bus journey but I am not very comfortable in it. Luckily, we got ticket in Janmabhoomi Express, which departs from Secunderabad Station at 7:10am. The train was very punctual and we started our journey on 25 th March, 2017. The train was scheduled to reach at 7:40pm, but it was late and reached at 8:15pm. The train journey was pretty enjoyable, looking at the scenery around. We crossed two rivers on our way to Vizag – the Krishna river at Vijayawada and the Godavari at Rajahmundry. The train doesn’t have pantry. Breakfast – Idli-vara was sold @ Rs.35/- right after the train departed from Secunderabad. Lunch – Veg Biriyani was sold only at Tenali Jn. around 11:45am. We thought it’s too early to buy lunch. We planned to buy in our next stop at Vijayawada. However, to our dismay, lunch was not available at all. Snacks, cold drinks, cold samosas were always at service. N.B. When you travel by this train, make sure to buy lunch whenever available or you can try buying from e-pantry!
Anyways, we reached at 8:15pm. The train journey became tiring and boring at the end. Our hotel was pre-booked. We reached hotel within 15 minutes. After a smooth check in, we quickly ordered for dinner. The day was pretty tiring. We slept off early after dinner so that we can make the best of the following day!
Next day, we woke up as early as 4:45am. The plan was to watch sunrise over the Bay of Bengal.We left our hotel at 5am and reached Ramakrishna Beach. It was still dark and the beach area was illuminated by lights.