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Vizag viz. Visakhapatnam; Where hills meet at sea | Part 2

Vizag Cover Pic Inside Bora Cave

In continuation of Vizag Part 1, we will discuss on below-mentioned topics in this post.

  1. Sightseeing from Vizag
  2. Foods you must try
  3. Season to Visit Vizag
  4. Accommodation options
  5. Transportation options
  6. Suggested itinerary.

Sightseeing from Vizag:

Araku Valley & Borra Cave:

You cannot complete a Vizag trip without these two points. Araku is approx. 120 kilometers from Vizag at an average elevation of 1000 meters and on the way you can see a lot of places like Galikonda View Point, Katiki falls, Bora caves. I visited Araku more than a decade ago, still, I can rejoice those memories. This place is not for visiting tourist attractions although we got a tribal museum there which demonstrates tribal life, rather relaxing. 

Greenery towards Araku

I did not get a chance to visit Galikonda View Point & Katiki falls due to road construction but definitely will go on the next visit.

While Araku valley offers you relaxing weather, another hand Bora cave will feel you wonder. One of the largest caves in India and deepest too. It is made of Karstic Limestone and located at an average elevation of 700 meters. You have to pay for entry tickets as well as photography devices. You can check biological and geological environment details here. Peoples say there are approx 440 steps, you need to climb down to explore the cave. The inside temperature of the cave is always less than outside. The formations look more attractive with the RGB lighting, fitted by APTDC.

Try to explore the cave completely and witness one of the millions of wonders of nature. For heart patients, think before you move down because you have to climb while returning and the last piece of advice would be to watch before the rush, most of the surface may feel slippery.

Food you must try:

Although you will get all types of cuisine here but I would recommend trying South Indian food, those are cheap and tastes good too. Try filter coffee, Dosa and Idli. If you don’t like these, move out a little bit you will find Puri-Sabji, Momos or bread toasts, etc. Those who love Bengali food may taste at Sonar Bangla and other restaurants. If you love Mughlai or tandoori dish, try Hotel Kamat.

If you are non-vegetarian and love chicken, don’t forget to order Bamboo Chicken before entering Borra cave, they will take 50% as advance and serve you once back. I am damn sure, everyone will love it.

Season to Visit Vizag:

Vizag remains pleasant to moderate throughout the year. But I would always recommend visiting after the monsoon, these time greenery will be more and the waterfall will have plenty of flow too. Generally, you will feel the heat in the daytime and a pleasant cold at night. December-January will be very cold at Araku and inside borra cave especially but overall feel better.

Accommodation:

I would prefer to stay at RK Beach which ensures local sightseeing by walk and you can relax even on sea beaches. Balaji beach guest house and Beach lane holiday home will be my choice to stay in Vizag, first one is a budget accommodation @Rs. 1200/- approx and the second is more towards coziness & homely feeling @Rs. 2000/- (we had very good Bengali food here in 2016). There are many budget hotels available near the railway station area but the beach will be a little far.

Transportation:

If you are in the budget, reserve an auto for day sightseeing else hotel guys can help to book a cab for you. You can take a train which routes many tunnels and jungle. Visit borra caves and board into the reserved car to Araku and return the next day by car (few people find it more convenient due to the onwards journey schedule from Vizag). For your convenience, I am sharing a rate chart (I used my own transport so I can’t comment on behavior and final rates), although always research before you book and justify the rates.

Suggested Itinerary:  

  • Day 1: Reach Vizag, explore RK Beach and visit Matsyadarshini, INS Kurusura, TU 142 Aircraft museum near the beach in the evening.
  • Day 2: Reserve your cab/auto for the day, places to cover Simhachalam Temple,  Indira Gandhi National Zoological Park, Kailasagiri, Rishikonda Beach, Vishakha museum.
  • Day 3: Take train/cab to Araku, on the way Borra cave.
  • Day 4: Visit Tribal museum, Araku. Start towards Vizag on the way visit Kataki falls, Galikonda View Point. If you reach early you may plan for Dolphin nose, harbor, Yarada beach, few more places.
  • Day 5: Leisure day.  

You can modify according to your taste and requirement.

There are few more places I never been to but others recommend to visit like Dolphin Nose point, Yarada Beach and Indira Gandhi National Zoological Park.

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