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How to Reach Araku Valley

How to Reach Araku Valley by Air

Araku Valley does not have an airport. The nearest air link is at Vishakhapatnam, placed 112 Km away. The Vishakhapatnam Airport has two terminals that cater to domestic travellers only. While terminal 1 receives Air India, Kingfisher Airlines and Spice Jet passengers, the brand new terminal 2 is largely utilized by the no frills carrier Jetlite.

The airport is fairly well connected to the city centre by a handful means of transportation. Of all the options available, pre-paid taxis are visibly the most viable. You can book one at the reservation desk handled by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The prices will surely punch holes in your pocket especially if you’re travelling on a limited budget, which may prompt you to indulge in some haggling with the private cab drivers outside the airport.

The ubiquitous auto-rickshaws are also found near the airport complex. Though they’re not budget friendly, you can use their services to access the closest bus terminal. Once you’re there, look through the shuttles run by the state department APSRTC (Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation). These buses operate on several routes including Araku Valley. For further information on departures and arrivals please check the APSRTC website.

How to Reach Araku Valley by Rail

Araku has a rail head accessed by one passenger train every day. This train starts early in the morning from Visakhapatnam Railway Station and takes 6 hours to complete the journey. Once you’ve reached Araku, you may if you wish opt for a guided tour in a public bus or hail a cab to a desired destination.

How to Reach Araku Valley by Bus

The 117 km distance between Visakhapatnam and Araku is bridged conveniently by an efficient network of buses operated by the state department. The route to Araku Valley is frequented by several APSRTC buses in a day. The trip is a treat for the senses and may compel many to travel on their own with the freedom of stopping over at breathtaking spots. Therefore, you can also look into some rental deals at the Airport or contact the local agencies for a car suited to your needs.

Getting Around Araku Valley

Araku Valley can be easily explored on foot. But you can always hire a car if walking is too tedious for you.

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