Araku Valley lies in the eastern ghats of India. It connects to the east coast of India in Andhra Pradesh.
Araku can be reached from Visakhapatnam by a morning train that takes you through a series of tunnels. You travel through the valley on one side and hillocks on the other.
Everyone starts with an attempt to count the number of tunnels. Alas, you 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 one is 896 meters and the shortest one is only 26 meters, with an average length of about 400 meters.
Landscape views during Train Ride to Araku Valley
Watch out for some beautiful landscapes 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.
The 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 station near Jammu.
Just before Borra Guhalu station, the train runs above the famous Borra caves. You would see a sign of it inside the caves when you visit the caves.
APTDC Rail Road Package
APTDC runs a Rail cum Road package that takes you on the Araku Valley train and brings you back by bus after covering major tourist attractions. They even serve you breakfast and tea on the train. A guide gives you the titbits about the train and the Araku 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.
To get a glimpse of the landscape, watch our video of the Train ride at the beginning of this post. Do not miss the below-listed attractions in and around Visakhapatnam. Plan your travel accordingly & make the most of it.
Katiki Waterfall & Dumbriguda Waterfall
Watch our video to find seasonal beautiful waterfalls en route, by the Borra Caves, and near the town to explore. Katiki Waterfall by River Gosthani is near Borra Caves and the Dumbriguda Waterfall is near the town.
Some of the things that you can do here include
- Watch the making of Bamboo Chicken
- Try Coffee Chocolates right in the middle of coffee plantations
- Honey-Making in the fields.
- Borra Caves are the top tourist attractions with stories of Ramayana as well as railway engineering marvels.
- Tribal Museum documents and showcases the lives of tribals of Andhra Pradesh.
You can also explore these lovely Places to Visit at Visakhapatnam.