You've surely visited the valleys of the North but have you ever wondered about Araku Valley? This secret valley is hiding rolling green and gold fields, flooded rice terraces right out of postcards, picturesque hills guarding aromatic coffee plantations, captivating tribal dances, limestone caves, surreal waterfalls and a WiFi village. Get there before it is discovered by the masses.
Things to do: Hop aboard Vizag-Araku Eastern Ghat Express for the most scenic journey of your life. Go deep into the Borra Caves. Stroll amidst the aroma of coffee and spices in Anantagiri Coffee Plantations. Visit the Tribal Museum to learn about local culture. Catch a dhimsa performance, a traditional dance. Wet your feet in the numerous waterfalls of Araku Valley.
Food: Some local delicacies hard to find elsewhere are ragi dosa, upma dosa, paratha kurma, malpua and few other local sweets.
Weather: Average – 27 degrees Celsius. High – 33 degrees Celsius. Low – 18 degrees Celsius.
Average Expenditure Per Head (excluding flights): Approximately, Rs. 5,000 per day for two people.
How to reach: Visakhapatnam is the nearest airport, 107km from Araku Valley. You can hire private taxis from the airport to Araku Valley. But, the best way to get here is by the Vizag-Araku Eastern Ghat Express.
Further read: Araku Valley, Andhra's best-kept secret
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