Once you have had your fill of Monet and Frost in real life, head to one of these tribal villages. The villages around Araku are artworks from another age. Mud houses, thatched roofs, almost-naked people, chillies drying outside huts, oxen ploughing fields, women beating paddy, and barefooted bright-eyed children playing volleyball. And these are the villages connected by road. There are some hidden in the hills that have neither seen road nor electricity.
Cuisine on offer
Delicious South Indian food is easy to find. You can have your fix of authentic dosas, idlis, vadas, upmas, and uttapams. Some local delicacies hard to find elsewhere are ragi dosa, upma dosa, paratha kurma, malpua, and few other local sweets.
By air: Visakhapatnam is the nearest airport, 107km from Araku Valley. You can hire private taxis from the airport to Araku Valley.
By bus: Two APSRTC buses ply the route. The first one leaves at 5am and the second one at 1.15pm. Both take around four hours and cost ₹102. (February 2018)
By train: Ever wanted to travel like Paul Theroux, the writer of famous travel memoirs such as The Great Railway Bazaar, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and The Old Patagonian Express? Then forget about the first two options I mentioned. Take the Vizag-Araku Eastern Ghat Express like I suggested.
Attractions in Araku Valley are within walking distance.
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