All this idea started after completion of my mbbs 1st year exams in the month of September.
So we planned a 2D/1N trip to Araku. We were a bunch of 8 boys.
How to reach Araku Valley:
From Vizag to Araku there are 2 options, rail & road, first being the cheaper, best and more scenic option. Total distance is ~131 kms by train & ~114 km by road. Araku valley falls at the end of the tour via Borra Caves from Vizag city, Araku valley is around 35 kms from Borra.
>> The train goes from Vizag via Borra cave and Borra Rly station, and passes through 52 tunnels, with beautiful scenic views, and takes ~4hrs.
From Vizag Rly St you can take Kirandul passenger train (58501, VSKP KRDL PASS) to Araku valley.
The train has 3 types of coaches with fare (INR) as:
2AC - 695
SL - 100 (Sleeper Non-AC)
CC -45 (General)
Better to book your tickets in advance, otherwise you need to get General ticket from the window and with the huge queue & rush you won’t get seat to sit.
From Vizag to Araku, the train (58501) starts at 07:05 am in the morning from Vizag Rly st, and reaches Araku at 11:05 am, via Borra (at 10:00 am).
Back to Vizag, the train (58502) starts at 16:10 (4:10 pm) in the evening from Araku, and reaches Vizag at 20:50 hrs.
>> Other option is by Cab/Taxi, we got a deal of 4k INR for the complete 1 day tour from Vizag to Araku and back, including all sightseeing whatever possible en-route, which includes, Araku valley, tribal museum, Borra Caves, Anantgiri hills, Galikonda View/U point, Coffee plantations, etc. To cover all you need to start as early as possible, before 7–8 am. With taxi it took us ~3.5 hrs one way excluding stops for sightseeing.