Araku Hill Station, Araku Valley

Araku Hill Station

Araku hill station and Araku Valley are situated in Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh state, India. It is part of the Eastern Ghats.

Araku valley and Araku hill station
Araku valley and Araku hill station

Araku consists of Anantagiri and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forests. These forests are rich in flora and fauna. The area is known for its high quality bauxite ore reserves. Galikonda hills is the top station in the area, at an altitude of 5000 feet.

Raktakonda hills, Sunkarimetta hills, Chitamogondi hills, Tribal museum, Botanical garden, etc, are some of the the other Araku tourist places in the area.

Araku Tribal Museum was established in 1996 by the State Tourism Development Corporation. It is built with mud and metals. This local museum gives you insights into the life of the 19 tribes that live in and around Araku valley. It is at a distance of around 0.2 kilometers from the Araku Bus station.

Chapa Rayi falls is a scenic spot with a small waterfall. Chapa Rayi waterfalls is at around 15 kilometers from Araku. Katiki Waterfalls on River Gosthani is another nearby scenic place. Katiki falls is at 30 kilometers distance from Araku town. Public transport facility is available to these falls.

Trekking Araku hills is one of the best trekking packages available for the adventurous.

First ever international hot balloon festival in Andhra Pradesh state is to be held at Araku Hill Station from 14th to 16th November, 2017. Participants from 13 countries are expected to participate in this mega event.

How Do I Go to Araku Hill Station or Araku Valley?

Araku is well connected by roads. The hill station is close to Odisha state border. Araku Valley and the hill station town is located at a distance of 114 kilometers from Visakhapatnam city. The train journey from Visakapatanam to  Araku passes through some of the best picturesque locations; many a railway tunnels, green valleys,  etc.

Kakinada is at 222 kilometers distance and Rajahmundry at 250 kilometers away. Amaravathi, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh is at 430 kilometers distance from this scenic hill station town of Araku.

There are two railway stations at Araku . Araku railway station with station code ARK, is situated at the hills station town. Shimiliguda railway station is also on this hills.

Vishakhapatnam airport is the nearest airport to Araku Valley and hill station.

Which is the Ideal Season to Visit Araku Hill Station and Araku Valley?

September to October and March to May are the ideal months to visit this hill station.

Nagalapuram Falls, Nagalapuram Trekking Package, Nagalapuram Temple

Nagalapuram falls are a group of small beautiful falls in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh state, India. There are four small falls cum pools at Nagalapuram.

Nagalapuram falls
Nagalapuram falls

Nagalapuram Waterfalls are easily accessible by trekking some distance. You need to walk some distance along the stream side to reach the falls. You can hear sound of the fall waters from a distance.

Nagalapuram trekking packages are very popular. Local guides are there to help you. An ideal landmark for the local guides to pick up the trekkers is the small Dam at Pichattur. They may take you by tractors up to the water stream, for a fee. From there, you need to trek. The trekking route is along the water stream, on your left. You can trek without much difficulty, up to the second pool. There is a small rock to climb, having a height of 7 or 8 feet or so. There are steps to climb this rock. After the second pool, trekking becomes little bit difficult. It is advisable only for an experienced trekker.

Its an ideal weekend getaway place for the Chennaites, especially for the bachelors. They can go by bikes and enjoy trip. Its advisable to go in groups. There are no shops on the trekking route to the falls. Please buy sufficient water and snacks in advance.

Nagalapuram town was built by Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara Empire, in memory of his mother Nagala Devi.

Nagalapuram Temple

Nagalapuram town has the famous Vishnu temple, Vedanarayana Temple. The deity here is in the form of Matsya (Fish in English). Fish was the first among the ten avatars (or incarnation in English). i.e. Fish was the first incarnation among the ten incarnations Lord Vishnu has taken. The 10 incarnations are called Dasavatara. Vedanarayana temple is built in the Vijayanagar style of architecture. The specialty of the Nagalapuram temple architecture is that during the three day temple festival, sun rays falls on the main deity’s fore head, navel and feet.

How Do I Go to Nagalapuram Falls?

Nagalapuram fall is situated in Arai Village. If you are coming from Tirupathi, travel 23 kilometers towards Uthukottai. Take left at Pichatur town and head towards Pichatur Dam. From Pichatur Dam, Arai village where is the falls is situated, is at around 8 kilometers distance.

If you are coming from Chennai, Pichatur town is at around 20 kilometers distance, after crossing Uthukottai town. Take Right at Pichatur and go towards the Pichatur dam and then to Arai village.

Puttur railway station is the nearest railway station, at 37 kilometers from Nagalapuram falls. Ekambarakuppam railway station (station code EKM) is at 39 kilometers from the falls cum ponds at Nagalapuram. Nagari railway station with station code NG, is another railway station at around 40 kilometers distance. Renigunta Junction railway station (near Tirupathi) is at around 61 kilometers distance from the falls at Nagalapuram.

Tirupati town is at around 70 kilometers from Nagalapuram town. Uttukkottai is at around 40 kilometers from the falls at Nagalapuram. Chennai is at around 90 kilometers from the falls at Nagalapuram. Bengaluru is at 280 kilometers from Nagalapuram falls. (Bangalore is the older name for the city of Bengaluru) .

Kone Falls

Kailasakona waterfalls or Kone falls is another beautiful falls, on the Uthukottai – Tirupathi Road, at around 34 kilometers away from Utukkottai Town. (Kailasakona falls is 10 kilometers ahead of Puttur). Uthukottai is a small town spread over the states of Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh, on the inter-state border.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Spot-billed Pelicans

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is located at Nelapattu, a small village in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh state in India.

Spot-Billed Pelicans at Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary
Spot-Billed Pelicans at Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh.

This Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of 458.92 hectares. The sanctuary is known for pelican breeding, especially the Spot-billed pelican breeding. 187 species of birds are found in this sanctuary, out of which around 50 species are migratory bird species. [amazon_link asins=’B078MPTF2F’  template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’toursitinindi-21′ marketplace=’IN’ link_id=’b80b92fd-37b3-11e8-a458-1d5b10375b22′] 

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is also the breeding site for white ibis, night heron, openbill stork, little cormorant, etc. This sanctuary is home for some of the rarest avian species.

Nelapattu Sanctuary has an environmental education center, a museum and a library, for those interested in knowing more about the Sanctuary and its birds.

How Do I Go to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary?

Bird Sanctuary at Nelapattu is at around 80 kilometers from Nellore town, the headquarters of the district where the sanctuary is situated.

Sullurpeta railway station is the nearest railway station to the Bird sanctuary, at around 50 kilometers distance. Chennai International airport is the nearest airport, at around 100 kilometers distance from the Bird Sanctuary at Nelapattu. Nelapattu sanctuary for birds is well connected by bus services to nearby cities and towns.

Which is the Ideal Time to Visit Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary?

The ideal time to visit the Bird sanctuary at Nelapattu, is from October to March when the weather turns pleasant. Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is open from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Kurnool Fort – Historic 16th Century Fort in Andhra Pradesh

Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Fort is a historic site at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh state, India.

Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Fort
Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Fort or Konda Reddy Buruju.

Kurnool Fort is also known as Konda Reddy Buruju or Konda Reddy Fort. The fort construction was started in 1530 and was completed by 1542. This historical place is situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River. Achyutaraya, the Vijayanagar ruler, built this historic site.

There are many gateways and bastions for the fort at Kurnool. Gateways of the fort were constructed during the 17th century by the renowned  Vijaynagar emperor, Gopal Raja. The fort got its name from the last ruler of Alampur, Konda Reddy ,who lost his kingdom to Golconda Nawabs.

Kurnool fort has three levels; the first and second floors are open to public, while the ground floor is closed to public.

How Do I Go to Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Buruju or Konda Reddy Fort?

Kurnool, The Gateway of Rayalaseema region, is well connected by roads to other parts of the state and to the rest of the country. There are frequent bus services from different cities of Andhra Pradesh state and nearby Telunga state, to Kurnool.

Kurnool Railway Station is the nearest railway station at around 2 kilometers distance from this historic fort.

Alampur is at around 24 kilometers distance from the Konda Reddy Buruju alias Konda Reddy Fort.

Hyderabad airport is the nearest airport at a distance of around 200 kilometers distance. Tirupati airport is at around 280 kilometers away. There is a planned greenfield airport on 1110 acres of land, to come up at Orvakal, at a distance of around 25 kilometers from Kurnool city.

Kurnool Fort Timings

The Fort is open to the public from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

Fort Ruins inside The Largest Tiger Reserve in India – Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is The Largest Tiger Reserve in India spread across 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telungana states. The last count in 1989, puts the number of Tigers inside the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve as 94.

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam inside Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve
Nagarjuna Sagar Dam inside Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve.

Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve is spread across 3,568 square kilometers in the following 5 districts; Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Kurnool, Prakasam and Guntur. National Tiger Conservation Authority has declared the Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve as a Project Tiger Reserve in 1983, a project to save Indian’s National animal, the Royal Bengal Tigers. The Tiger reserve was renamed as ‘Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary‘ in 1992.

Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve or Nagarjuna tiger reserve as it is called locally, has many historic places. Ruins of the ancient Nagarjuna Viswa Vidyalayam, started by the great Buddhist scholar, Nagarjunacharya of 2nd century, is found inside the Tiger reserve. Fort ruins of Ikshwaku Chandragupta, a third century ruler is also found inside the Tiger reserve. Fort ruins of king Pratap Rudra and other rulers are found on the banks of River Krishna, inside this tiger reserve. Ruins of the wall with a length of 169 kilometers, built during the Kakateeyas is seen here. There are many cave temples and rock shelters in the tiger reserve.

Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated at Srisailam, on the banks of the River Krishna. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and Reservoir is situated inside the Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve, at a distance of 150 kilometers from Hyderabad in the border areas of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh state and Nalgonda district of Telungana state. Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoir is the second biggest water reservoir in India.

How Do I Go To Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve?

Srisailam is at a distance of around 210 kilometers from Hyderabad, the capital of Telungana state. Srisailam is at a distance of around 180 kilometers from Kurnool Town in Andhra Pradesh state.