June 2, 2014

Aaraku Valley!

Aaruku Valley in Andhra Pradesh
Recently we visited Aaraku valley, a hill station in Visakhapatnam district. A valley in the Eastern Ghats which is extremely beautiful, free of pollution, quietness and excellent place to relax and rejuvenate.

We planned a train journey, as advised by our friends, the plan was to take Godavari express from Secunderabad and reach Vishakhapatnam in the early hours, and continue to take the Aaraku express that leaves in an hour’s time from Visakhapatnam railway station.  The train got delayed and we missed the Aaraku train.
Aaruku Valley in Andhra Pradesh
So we took a bus journey to Aaraku valley that is surrounded by mountains on all sides and the roads are very steep and covered with thick green forests. I was amazed to see how the tourism has developed this place, driving uphill around the mountains was exciting and thrilling. 

The temperature was cool and the journey was pleasant, watching the beautiful mountains and the lovely trees, full of greenery all around, it was a feast to the eyes.  We had very pleasant trip, moving in and around this valley.
Borra Caves

Some of the interesting places here was the million year old Borra Caves, located deep in the earth, which was discovered by the British geologist William king. Tribal measum which show cast the life style of the primitive tribal groups.

Steep Point at Aaruku
The steep point which is in the highest range offering a fantastic view of the entire valley. Lovely parks and gardens and the coffee plantations, wherein you can get a hot cup of delicious organic coffee.

Aaraku valley is 120 kms from Visakhapatnam and is worth visiting with family for a holiday to refresh and be away from our daily routine city life, which is so much busy and full of stress. I loved the experience of being in this place and moving around the valley, I am glad that we made it as a family.

The road to reach the steep point
This was not a planned trip for this year, but it just happened, while we decided to attend a wedding of one of our close friends in Vizag, we took chance to visit this place. I am happy and glad we made it.

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”Aristotle


  1. Yeah...your description and the pics prove that it's a wonderful place to take a break from those tedious routine tasks...:)

  2. It is beautiful place for relaxation ! sure you would love this place ....


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