Araku Valley can be reached from Visakhapatnam by a morning train that takes you through a series of tunnels. Valley on one side and hillocks on the other. Everyone starts with an attempt to count the number of tunnels. But soon lose count as they get lost in the views of the landscape and small stations that come on the way.
Thankfully en route to the valley the tunnels are numbered and you can start again. There are 52 tunnels on the route, the longest being 896 meters and the shortest being only 26 meters. And an average length of about 400 meters.
Landscape views during Train Ride to Araku Valley
Watch out for some beautiful landscape of the hills and the valley.
Keep an eye out for Tunnel No 10 where the train enters at a right curve. You can actually see the train entering the tunnel from the window. This East Coast rail link was built in 1958 by HCC through an Indo-Japan collaboration. To transport Iron Ore from the state of Chhattisgarh to the port at Visakhapatnam. Araku Valley train ride takes you from a height of 5.6 meters above mean sea level to a height of 996 meters at Shimliguda. Shimliguda station on this route is said to be the second highest rail station in India after Udhampur near Jammu. Just before Borra Guhalu station, the train runs above the famous Borra caves. You would see a sign of it when you visit the caves.
APTDC Rail Road Package
APTDC runs a Rail cum Road package that takes you on Araku Valley train and brings you back by bus after covering major attractions. They even serve you breakfast and tea on the train. While a guide gives you the titbits on the train and the region. You have the option to come back the next day too…
As and when the train halts for the passage of goods trains carrying coal, the Samosa vendors make some brisk business.
Get a glimpse of the landscape, watch our video of the Train ride at the beginning of this post. Do not miss below-listed attractions in and around Visakhapatnam. Plan your travel accordingly & make the most of it.
Kartiki Waterfall & Dumbriguda Waterfall
Watch our video find seasonal beautiful waterfalls en route, by the Borra Caves, and near Araku town to explore. Kartiki Waterfall is near Borra Caves and the Dumbriguda waterfall is near the town.
Recommend you to read the following travel blog on places to visit here.
Read the following travel blog on places to Visit at Visakhapatnam.