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Rail cum Road package for Araku

Araky valley package
Rail cum Road package ( popularly known as RR package ) of AP toursim is one of the best tour to cover Araku. One of the main attraction of visiting Araku is the train journey up to Araku where train passes through tunnels, bridges and hills. This exciting train journey along with the return road journey becomes one of the best way to visit Araku and Borra caves. This package of AP tourism includes train journey upto Araku and then return by road including local site seeing at Araku , borra caves including food and snacks. This tour starts from Visakhapatnam Railway station at morning 6 AM and ends at same day night 8 PM at Visakhapatnam city. All entry tickets for the Padmapuram botanical Garden Araku, tribal museum Araku, Borra Caves are included in the package.
The RR package includes train journey at the starting so the reporting time depends on the departure time of the Visakhapatnam - Kirandul passenger train ( number 1VK ). The present departure time of this train is 6.50 AM from Visakahaptanam so the reporting time at AP tourism counter at Railway station ( Near the entrance to Platform Number 1, Opposite to Enquiry counter ) is 6 AM. Package tickets are available at different locations throughout the city through the agents or you can directly buy from AP tourism offices.

The Price is Rs 700 /- for adults and Rs 550 /- for kids (during all seasons).

Huts at tree top After the train started from Vizag station South Indian breakfast ( two idlis and one Vada ) packets with one bottle drinking water were given to us. The guide was alerting us before any waterfall or valley coming on the way. There are total 52 tunnels. The first tunnel starts at around 9.15am and the next one hour journey will be through tunnels. After 44th tunnel Borra caves station comes. People who don't want to visit Araku and only wishes to visit Borra caves can get down here. Private vehicles are to be booked separately for this. No booking facility available at Borra caves. Vehicles are to be booked at Vizag and to be asked them to reach Borra caves at 10.00 am. They can return to Vizag by the same private vehicle after visiting Borra caves. People who wish to do so, have to come by the same train without any package. They need to take the normal train ticket (INR 20 only) at Vizag railway station and board the train.

Finally we reached Araku at 11.30 AM . The altitude of Araku is 3100 ft above MSL. You can read about our train journey here. Three buses were waiting outside the station for all the tourists coming by this package. Our bus number & seat numbers were given to us at the train itself. Araku temperature used to be less than Vizag always so it was a perfect temperature at Araku for the tourists to enjoy. Our first stop was Tribal museum where the life style and culture of the local tribes were displayed in a two stored building. After a brief stay here we left for Padmapuram botanical Garden, inside this garden there were good collection of various plants and flowers. There is a toy trains to take you around the garden. One of the main attraction of this garden is tree top huts available for booking. See the picture gallery for more pictures of this garden. Our next stop was at Punami resort for lunch.
Araky valleySouth Indian Lunch was arranged at this AP tourism resort. After lunch it was time for the Dhimsa dance , visit the picture gallery for more photos of the dance. Many toursites also joined the dancers , the dance is very simple and one has only to match the hand and foot sequence of the tribes.
The speciality of Araku area is that, out of 473 tribes in India, 33 tribes reside in Andhra pradesh and 15 are in Araku. Land selling and purchasing is not possible for out side people. One need to marry a tribal girl in Araku area to become the land owner. The land is normally registered in the name of girl child in Araku under ITDA (Integral Tribal Development Authority). Only leasing of land is possible for outsiders.

After the dance program we left for Borra Caves passing through the coffee plantation by tribal development authority. On the way we stopped at Gali Konda View Point. This place is highest point of Visakhapatnam district and gives a spectacular view of the valley and hills around. This is the second highest peak in western ghat which is at an altitude of 4320 ft above MSL. The highest peak of western ghats is in Srikakulam called Mahendra Konda which is at an altitude of 5317 ft above MSL. The train track was below the view point. After a brief stop at Anantagiri tourist resort for tea we reached Borra caves at 5.00 PM. The distance between Araku and Borra caves is 40 Kms.
Check the photo gallery of Bora Caves and details about this cave here. After spending one hour we left for Visakhapatnam and at 8.45 PM we were at Railway station.

Araku valley Dhimsa tribal dance If you have time constraint then this one day rail cum road package is good for you. Carry an umbrella with you as the weather can change any time at Araku.
Dumbriguda Chaaparai is not included in this package. If anybody wants to visit this place, there are other packages conducted by APTDC. People can hire private vehicles and see this scenic waterfall and forest area which is only 15 Kms from Araku.
The rail and road package of Araku started during 1992. Best time to visit Araku with Rail and Road package is from October to January. The valley will be with full of yellow flowers which makes the entire view color full with greenery all around. The distance between Visakhapatnam and Araku is 132 Kms. The total number passengers who can book through APTDC is only 90 for one coach. APTDC is trying to have one more coach from Railways and may happen soon.


Rakhi Bose22-05-2009
I need a room for 3 people at araku.
my budget is 500/- for a room.
Please advice how to book the room from kolkata. My arrival date is 7th june 2009.
MADHUR13-07-2009
I want the package of 4 couples and 10 children in sep 2009 so please kindly give goods package in punnami hill resort
ssb19-07-2009
it's really amazing.............
uma10-08-2009
i need train timings from hyd to araku....and information regarding accommodation and price details
kalpana18-08-2009
i need a room for two persons that to tribal cottage , please advise how to book the room from hyderabad
saidarao22-11-2009
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kiran28-11-2009
i need to stay at ananthagiri hills cotages and let me to know how much cast for 2 days and is there is any packages for vizag, anathagiri hills and araku
roopesh04-12-2009
i need a room for two persons that to tribal cottage cost 750/- for a room.
S DASGUPTA RAJA16-12-2009
train journey to araku is now suspended
uma28-02-2010
Is monday holiday in burracaves
anil06-06-2010
aruku to dumbriguda is my love and friends bashka ( 2.2) kame (maoduku) rajkumar (boyra) jaga (deo deo)
rintumukherjee25-11-2010
i need journey from howrah to araku,vizag,borra caves package for 5 adult & 1 children for 8 days
sairamsingh03-12-2010
i need a room for 8 persons that to tribal cottage , please advise how to book the room from vizag and how many members for cottage
sankar15-12-2010
Nice article .Given good information about araku.
Abhijit 28-12-2010
what is the fare for a cab from vizag to araku and return??
Comrade.KK08-01-2011
give the package to cover only rishikonda,araku & borra caves.Accomidation vthin Rs.1000(2 adult)
surekhaReddy31-01-2011
I need a room for two persons that to tribal cottage , please advise how to book the room from hyderabad
pranita27-03-2011
give a package for araku n borra caves for 5 adults for a day from vizag only. The cost per person should be around 500. budget should be kept in mind. if possible rushikonda beach too be included.
pinku01-04-2011
hi,can suggest me any good hotel in vizag beach side for 2 person at cost around 600 rupees and how to go to araku and bora cave from vizag...wat r the places to visit at vizag.plz reply soon as i m going 2morrow.
prasad12-04-2011
Hi... I am planning for a small trip for 3 days with a group of 12 members. Can you please suggest the places in Araku and near by to visit and also the accomodation cost. will you be able to send me the details along with the accomodation cost also which will be very help to me. Please also send me the contact details of the person to contact for stay arraingement etc..,
satishkumar16-04-2011
Hi... I am planning for a small trip for 3 days with a group of 12 members. Can you please suggest the places in Araku and near by to visit and also the accomodation cost. will you be able to send me the details along with the accomodation cost also which will be very help to me. Please also send me the contact details of the person to contact for stay arraingement etc..,
sarada19-04-2011
Hi... I am planning for a small trip for 3 days with a group of 12 members. Can you please suggest the places in Araku and near by to visit and also the accomodation cost. will you be able to send me the details along with the accomodation cost also which will be very help to me. Please also send me the contact details of the person to contact for stay arraingement etc..,
p.kranthi kumar13-05-2011
Hi i am planing for a small trip for 3 days with a group of 8 members.karimnagar to araku can you will be very help to me please also send me the contact details of the person to contact for stay arringement
CAROLINE15-05-2011
Hi,
I was planning a trip to Araku Valley from Hyderabad. We prefer to travel by train. We would be a family of 5 adults and 1 kid. Can you provide us details of any package which would include travel, accommodation food and sightseeing?
sneha16-05-2011
Hi, I live in vizag and I am planning a trip width my husband to araku and nearby waterfalls for 2 days saturday and sunday. We want to go there by train and want to know about the cab services there and a good hotel..
bharath raj06-08-2011
wow what a nice place in india
kamala06-08-2011
wow it is a wonderful
RAMESH BABU16-08-2011
I would like to book RR package for aruku vally. Please let us know i can book online if not please provide camjunication detilas of AP tourisim counter near gajuvaka,vishakapatnam.
lykondas22-08-2011
araku valley was a beautyfull location to sightseeing......
It was a wonder of the destni........
Evry one must seen this wonders
manoj sarkar28-08-2011
I WOULD LIKE TO BOOK ONE DAY RAIL CUM ROAD PACKAGE IN AMY DAY BETWEEN 20.10,11 to 24.10,11.NO OF SEAT REQUIRED ARE THREE .PL SEND ME DETAILS.
MANOJ GUPTA26-09-2011
I WOULD LIKE TO BOOK ONE DAY RAIL CUM ROAD PACKAGE on 28.12.2011.NO OF SEAT REQUIRED ARE 15 .PL SEND ME DETAILS.
abhijit09-10-2011
pls inform me what is the taxi fare for arakku site seeing and return to vizag.
t.sivaprasad16-10-2011
i want to visit araku with my family of 4persons suggest me the best way.
Venu27-10-2011
I am planing to aruku Bally for 1 day. Two nos only, my budget 1500
partha nandi11-11-2011
please give me info. about how can i book tickets for RR package...! do e-mail me about it as wel as about other required info.! thank you
Moon Moon Dutta18-11-2011
Please provide me with phone numbers and tariffs of tribal cottages and Dhimsa resort in Araku
nani29-11-2011
please give me infomation of availble of rooms for couple
yathi15-12-2011
please give me infomation of availble of rooms for couple
balakrishna10-02-2012
Pls tell tirupathi to araku pakages in bus for 3nights.
KALICHARAN PADHY28-04-2012
how to book this tour?
suraj30-05-2012
it is a wonderful, Given good information about araku.
Chandan Shome06-02-2013
I was got my best travel experience on 24th Jan. 2013 by APTDC Rail cum Road tour. The arrangement was so nice, awesome, comfortable including food was very very good. And the tour guide was very nice gentleman (Bus No may be 5363/23). His behavior so pretty.
anusha29-08-2013
we need 2 rooms in aruku for 6 people my budget is 400 per room please provide information
praveeenm20-11-2013
I was got my best travel experience on 24th Jan. 2013 by APTDC Rail cum Road tour. The arrangement was so nice, awesome, comfortable including food was very very good. And the tour guide was very nice gentleman (Bus No may be 5363/23). His behavior so pretty.
Balaji07-01-2014
I visited araku on 2sep2013.The train journey is awesome. katiki waterfall is amaizing.The tribal museam,borra caves,shooting locations are beautiful. thanks to ECR,APTDC.
Dr.A.B.Avadhanulu 19-03-2014
We visited Araku on 7th March 2014 by Ap tourism rail cum road package one day tour. We reached Vizag by train on 5th march from Hyderabad. The trip is really thrillingy and excellent. Ap Tourism guides, Mr Venkatrao & M r. Bhanu Pr akash are quite helpful in explaining the importance of the locations we visited. It is really a memorable trip. We could see Borra caves around 4.30 PM.We returned to Vizag as per schedule.
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