Vizag-Araku

#1 Oct 1st, 2014, 22:46
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I am planning for a short trip to Vizag-Araku in mid Dec (with my wife and son[18]).

My plan is like this - Day 1. Reach Vizag by afternoon.
Day 2. Leave for araku. Bora cave. Night at Araku
Day 3. Araku visit and back to Vizag.
Day 4. Vizag sightseeing
Day 5. Yarada beach. Board train at 9 pm for Kol

A have gone through different posts and saw that a handful of IMers have recommended the Rail-cum-road tour of AP Tourism for Araku. The 2 day/1 Night of this tour starts at morning (Day 1) and ends at 9 pm (Day 2).
Can anybody tell me what is the itinerary for the second day.

Should I take whole day sightseeing tour of AP Tourism for Vizag? Or hire car?
#2 Oct 2nd, 2014, 01:57
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Unfortunately I threw away the brochure...

I did the one-day trip just recently and liked it a lot. For me, there was enough time at all the places we visited. According to our very knowledgeable and funny guide you should consider booking ahead, as in season they make the tour also only as a bus tour. The space in the train is limited - if you come too late then you will only get seats in the bus.

The one day tour costs 875 Rs including all entries, breakfast, a meal and snacks and chai. I do not know about the costs of a car. Of course this would give you the freedom of stopping on the way, but you would miss the train ride. Which is nice (lots of tunnels, nice views).

There was one couple that was on the two day tour. They came with us till Araku railway station and were then brought to their hotel. We met them after our sightseeing in Araku at the hotel again where we were having our meal - they in turn just finished their meal.

After lunch we all attended the Dhimsa Dance and went then on to the Borra Caves (without the two day couple). So I think that on Day two you would join the group after lunch and therefore go the Caves on day 3 of your initeary.

Surely, the good thing about the two day tour is, that you can spend the day in Araku itself. The one day trip is a loooong day.
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Originally Posted by uligaen View Post Unfortunately I threw away the brochure...

I did the one-day trip just recently and liked it a lot. For me, there was enough time at all the places we visited. According to our very knowledgeable and funny guide you should consider booking ahead, as in season they make the tour also only as a bus tour. The space in the train is limited - if you come too late then you will only get seats in the bus.

The one day tour costs 875 Rs including all entries, breakfast, a meal and snacks and chai. I do not know about the costs of a car. Of course this would give you the freedom of stopping on the way, but you would miss the train ride. Which is nice (lots of tunnels, nice views).

There was one couple that was on the two day tour. They came with us till Araku railway station and were then brought to their hotel. We met them after our sightseeing in Araku at the hotel again where we were having our meal - they in turn just finished their meal.

After lunch we all attended the Dhimsa Dance and went then on to the Borra Caves (without the two day couple). So I think that on Day two you would join the group after lunch and therefore go the Caves on day 3 of your initeary.

Surely, the good thing about the two day tour is, that you can spend the day in Araku itself. The one day trip is a loooong day.
good information, kindly submit some pictures....thank you
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Uligaen

Thanks a lot for your nice information. And yes, perhaps it is the train journey which is the most attractive part of Araku tour. So going by train is a must.

But is it only loitering at your own and take rest on first day second half and second day first half for the 2 day tour of AP Tourism! Will it be good? However, it will be less strenuous than the 1 day tour .
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SinghAlongSA: Sorry, I do not have a camera. It is all stored in my head

m_sion: I actually do think that the train journey is a must. There may be others who disagree... but when I see the joy of the people on the train during at least the first few tunnel passages, I think you should not miss that.
As I said I threw away the brochure so I am not 100% sure about the two day trip, but I think to remember so. To be sure please contact one of the numbers you find on http://www.aptdc.gov.in/contactus.html (central reservation office at RTC Complex in Visakhapatnam; they were very helpfull when I was there).

To loiter... had to google that one . See, after the arrival in Araku you would be dropped at the hotel, while the others go to the Botanical Garden for half an hour and to the tribal museum for a half an hour. Of course I would recommend that you would do that (on your own) as well and take more time for that (f.e. shoot some arrows at the tribal museum - looks easier than it is...).

Hmmm, well it could be that you join the group on day two before lunch (at the station) and would visit the places with the group... Please do call them about that.

Besides these two places I am not aware on any must do things in Araku. But the views are nice and the wheater cooler than in the plains so it is good for a walk around the village, try the chicken which the tribals make without using water or oil, shop some tribal art etc.

Hope this helps...
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Uligaen, you surely create a vibe to jump onto the train-journey....just the picture missing. ( sure you will have one on next trip!!! )
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Uligaen, Thank you again for your informative inputs.

Yes, I'll call APTDC for the package details. Moreover, at the online booking portal of their site I find only the one day rail-cum-road tour!
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We have a bit more time and have had the following travel itinerary:
25/03/2015 - Start from Kolkata by Falaknuma Exp at 7:25 AM and reached Vizag at 9 PM
26/03/2015 - Vizag tour (Fishing harbour,Bheemli Beach, Film City, Rushikonda Beach, Kailash Giri, Visakha Museum, Submarine Museum)
27/03/2015 - Vizag tour (Simhachalam temple, Sagardurga temple, Port, Yerada beach, Dolphine's Nose and Light House)
28/03/2015 - Ramkrishna beach, Ramkrishna Temple and Marine aquarium (A bit relaxed)
29/03/2015 - To Araku by Train and sight-seeing at Araku. Night-stay at Araku
30/03/2015 - From Araku to Jagdalpur by Train. Night-hault at Jagdalpur
31/03/2015 - Jagdalpur sight-seeing (Dalpat Sagar, Danteswari Temple, Teerathgarh Waterfalls, Kotamsar Caves, Chitrakoot Waterfalls, Tribal Museum, Balaji Temple)
01/04/2015 - Jagdalpur to Vizag by train.Night-stay at Vizag
02/04/2015 - Train from Vizag to Howrah (Chennai Mail). Reach Howrah at 4:15 AM
You can catch direct train from Jagdalpur to Howrah to save time.

The most pleasant experience in Vizag is the hotel at RK Beach. It was really awesome. The contact person is Ajoy - +91 96189 29887. I did not see such hospitality , caring and at-home feelings very much earlier. From our hotel room, we were enjoying the sea. We got perfect Bengali foods from the kitchen of Ajoy. For Vizag tour, we found a very good and knowledgeable driver (Mr. Ramana - +91 99497 15331)

If you are interested in details of the tour, please visit the following link :

https://blogpritamsil.wordpress.com/
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Cheap and Decent Accommodation in Vizag?

Hi All,

We are planning a trip to Vizag in coming November. It is a family trip and we are wondering if the Ramakrishna Mission is a good place for staying in Vizag. There will be elderly people in the group and we are looking cheap but decent accommodation.

If anyone has ever stayed in the RK mission in Vizag, please share your feedback. Other cheap but decent accommodation options are welcome.

Thanks
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#10 Jun 28th, 2015, 00:43
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Hi Joydtraveller,

Hotels at RK Beach are quite costly. Still, you may try 'Nirala Saikate' (0891-2705699; 09346309398) which is a good option for the Bengalees. And it's located exactly on the prime area.
No idea about RK Mission.
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Hi m_sion,

Thanks so much for your reply. I contacted a local tourist agent and he is telling me the same thing: the hotels near the beach are 3-4 star properties and will cost a lot. Also, I am not able to contact the RK mission there.

The agent is offering a good deal for a 4n 5d deal (it includes sightseeing in vizag, one night in Araku with sightseeing, and one night in Rishikonda). He is offering stay at MVV Bhavan or Sea City Grand in Vizag, and Krishnatara in Araku.

Any suggestions on these accommodation options?
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Hi Joydtraveller,

Actually 'Harita Valley Resort' of APTDC is perhaps a far better option for Araku. I paid Rs.1124 (incl taxes) for a double bed room in Dec 2014. APTDC's 'Hill View Resort' is more costly though it offers a nice view of the valley. You better go to the site of APTDC and check the rates and then decide.

For Vizag I would stick on Nirala Saikate as it is on the RK Beach. No idea about MVV Bhavan or Sea City Grand. One night at Rushiconda will be good choice for your trip.

You may read my post on Vishakhapatnam today
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m_sion,

Thank you once again!

Your post is really detailed and the photos are breathtaking!!!

Regarding the accommodation, let me talk to the tour operator and see if he can book APTDC hotels in Vizag/ Araku.

We have to take the packaged trip, as we will have elderly people in the group, who feel more comfortable with a packaged trip. Can't help it. But, the good thing is that the agent personalizes tour packages as per the requirements.

In the meanwhile, it will be great if you can share a few eateries, where Bengali food is available.

Thanks
#14 Jul 18th, 2015, 21:42
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Thank you for reading my post.

The area on RK Beach we stayed, we couldn't find any restaurant nearby to serve Bengali food. But the restaurant at Nirala Saikate at RK Beach ( I mentioned in earlier post) offers bengali food.

The agent who will organize the trip for you may help in this regard.
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Perhaps he can...

After some online research, i found a restaurant called Nimantran. It claims that it is the only Bengali eatery in Vizag.

By the way, did you taste Bamboo Chicken in Araku?

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