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iXiGOers Apr 18 2013

Suggest a 1 day tour itinerary for Araku Valley.

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Situated near Visakhapatnam, this beautiful, unknown hill station in Andhra Pradesh is a delight to visit. The distance between Araku and Visakhapatnam is about 84 km with an easy availability Visakhapatnam to Araku cabs. If you are looking for a break from the furore of cities, this is the place to be. Away from civilization, enveloped in the serenity of nature, you’ll be delighted to explore Araku. Small hills perfect for trekking, scenic waterfalls and streams along with numerous uncharted sightseeing spots making Araku Valley a perfect holiday spot. Here is a short one day itinerary tour if you are visiting the town for a day.


If you reach here in the morning, you could rest at your hotel for a bit and settle in for a hearty breakfast. A long, action packed day awaits you at the valley.

Start with the enthralling and unique Padmapuram Gardens. A km away from the Railway Station, the gardens were established in 1942 for providing vegetables to the troop fighters during the second world war. The lovely gardens eventually then became a ‘must see’ sightseeing spot. The variety of flora here will simply surprise you besides the intriguing Araku Tribal Museum which is situated in the gardens itself and counts amongst the best places to visit in Araku.

Offering interesting insights into the various tribal communities, the museum takes a look at the lifestyle, traditions and culture of the tribes. The rugged museum is reminiscent of an old world charm and houses a variety of clay figures amongst other things.

Besides being a marvel for history buffs, the tribal museum also houses a number of Araku restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal and a colourful shop selling tribal paraphernalia.

After a fulfilling journey back into history with some shopping and eating thrown in, you can now head to Bheemunipatnam Beach. Elegantly situated at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and Gosthani River, the beach is surrounded by tall coconut trees and abundant greenery. Said to be an earlier important settlement during the 17th century, you can admire the ruins of monuments and forts around the beach. Perfect for both adventure and lounging about, you can either indulge in some exciting water sports or find your spot and settle in with a book.

As the evening rolls in, you can make your way back to the hotel for a mouth-watering meal and hit the bed after such a memorable day.

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