Araku By road From Visakhapatnam
From Vizag Araku valley is 4 hours journey by road and is located at a distance of 106 KM from NAD Kotha road Junction on NH5 ( Visakhapatnam ) . On the plain area the road passes through Pendurthi junction, Kothavalasa, S- Kota and few other small villages . The first glimpse of hill road of eastern ghat starts after 1 hour and 45 minutes of drive from Visakhapatnam .
The road is good and it is well maintained.
To visit Tatipudi Reservoir you can take right turn after travelling 51 KM from Kotta road Junction. From the junction reservoir is 8 KM distance. A casual visit will take 45 minutes ( without boating ) to visit the lake and return to Araku road.
APSRTC – AP State Road Transport Corporation
State Govt owned RTC buses runs from Vizag to Araku daily at a frequency of 45 minutes. Bus service starts from morning 5 AM from RTC complex Vizag till evening 7.30 PM. Similarly from Araku to Vizag bus services starts from 5 AM till 7 PM in evening. It will take nearly 4 hours to reach Araku from Vizag.
One way ticket cost by bus is Rs 106/-
Jungle bells at Tyda
Haritha resort at Tyda is located in the lap of nature in the hills of Araku with Jungle surrounding from all sides and the total complex is located under the shades of big trees.
Inside the Jungle Bells complex there are 8 resorts and a nice restaurant to relax and enjoy nature. This APTDC resort is located at a distance of 58 KM and is one and half hour drive from NH 5 junction of Vizag. Facilities are available for adventure sports like spider web, tree top horizontal ladder etc. Each activity will cost you Rs 75/- per person. Standard foods are available in the restaurant. Booking can be done from any APTDC booking counters across AP and all over India. Parking space is available inside the resort. All rooms will be pre booked during Dussehra vacation ( in the month of October ) and new year period.
Road Distance in KM from Visakhapatnam to Araku
Vizag TO NAD kotha road junction - 12 KM
NAD Jn to Pendurthi - 10 KM
Pendurthi to Kothavalasa -9 KM
Kothavalasa to Tatipudi Jn- 32 KM
Tatipudi Jn to Tyda - 16 KM
Tyda to Borra caves Junction- 8 KM
Borra Caves Junction to Borra caves- 7 KM
Ananthagiri to Sankarmatta - 15 KM
Sankarmatta to Araku - 11 KM
Ananthagiri hill resort
From Jungle bells (Tyda) Anantagiri hills resort is 11 KM. Before Anantagiri ( after 8 KM ) there is a Y junction and the right side road will take you to famous Borra caves. The best tourism hotel of APTDC around this area is located at Anantagiri. The resort has several independent cottages with excellent view of the surrounding hills.
Non-AC standard cottage at Rs 1350
Non - A/C cottage Rs 1900
A/c Cottage Rs 2400
A/C Luxury cottage Rs 4500
Extra bed is Rs 300 ( A/c) and 200 Non-AC.
5% Luxury tax plus 10.3% service charges are extra on 50% of the above tariff ( includes breakfast ). There is a A/c conference hall available in the resort. Booking can be done from AP tourism network of marketing offices in Vizag and other places.
AP tourism has another restaurant by the side of the main road at Anantagiri. The restaurant here serves normal food and the staffs here usually has tough time during holiday seasons.
From Anantagiri Araku valley is 27 KM and this area has plenty of coffee plantations on the hill slopes. You can test local coffee and buy coffee powers near the plantation area by the side of the road.
Galikonda view point
From Galikonda view point (3800 ft above sea level ) the view of valley is excellent. You can locate the rail track way bellow from the top. On the way from Anantagiri after 15 KM there is a small market place known as Sankarmatha. This serves as a marketplace for local tribal and many traditional vegetables and forest products are available in this rural market
Borra caves is 7 KM from the Borra junction which is between Jungle bells and Anantagiri.
Petrol pump is available at Araku valley.
By road from Hyderabad
Travel from Hyderabad to Vijayawada and then take NH 5 to travel towards Visakhapatnam. Before reaching Vizag you can break at Rajahmundry or directly travel towards Visakhapatnam on NH 5.
It will take nearly 12 hours to reach Vizag from Hyderabad.
After entering Vizag ( after Airport ) take a left turn at NAD Kotha road Junction and join Araku road.
AP Tourism one day ( no night stay) by road package Price is Rs 550 /- for adults and Rs 400 /- for kids (during all seasons).
This article is written by go2india.in team.
Number of User Comments : 5
|How are the buses from Araku to Vizag. Will it be comfortable to travel with a one year old by bus or will the train be a better option? And how much will the bus ticket cost? Thanks.|
|The train journey would be much comfortable and enjoyable too.however the buses from Vizag are available for every 30mins but are not that comfortable if you are with the kid.so I suggest better go by train.|
|I would like to know which is the best possible way to reach Jungle Bells Tyda from Visakhapatnam Junction. I will be visting this place with my wife this October 2nd and have no idea about the route. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance...|
|suman shetty |
Recently i Visited Araku Valley. 7th & 8th of October(2014).I took a drive through Bike. I was a Great Pleasure going through Bike,Visting places Here. Stopping near by fabulous Locations and capturing Pictures.I visited borra caves and Katiki watefalls. Its hard to ride on this Steep and highly Elevated Road and founf difficulty to drive .I Hope tourism department of Araku or A.P Government need to take care of this road particularly. I stated at Tribal Cottages which are Cheap and affordable.Its 500 rs/night and its comfortable to stay. U can stay at resorts also which are Costly.I believe November and December are best Months to Visit.Its Near Araku Police station. Soo This is my review ....And Finally the locations are too Good..Its just like Small Shimla....I enjoyed a lotttt......
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