The hill station at Araku has your typical cool weather and undulating hillscape, as well as limestone caves, waterfalls and streams. If you’re looking to unleash your inner child, nearby Padmapuram Garden offers tree houses for limber visitors; is there anything more exciting than climbing a tree? After a ride on a toy train (if that takes your fancy), you wouldn’t want to miss Coffee House. More than a café, this museum of sorts is a coffee connoisseur’s paradise.
To say biryani is an epicurean’s delight would be an understatement. When you embark on a trail to sample the many ways this concoction of fragrant rice, meat and vegetables is prepared, be sure to carry a packet of tissues because you are going to come across some eye-watering dishes! Also, if you’re a vegetarian, don’t fret. Because India has the largest variety of vegetarian options anywhere on the planet.
A village, home to over 200 farmers, lies in an inconspicuous bend of the Varaha River just off Vizag. You’d be surprised however, at the creative intellect behind these rough hands. The place is best known for the namesake wooden toys that are created here. The handmade toys are painted in various shades of lacquer and made in a sustainable way.
Say Bollywood and think millions of fairy lights, lush weddings, large estates and laws-of-physics-bending action sequences! Akin to Bollywood, the Telugu Film Industry has its chops. Ramoji Film City can best be described as a conjunction of a carnival and Tollywood; where you can experience the grandeur first-hand. The vibrant birds and butterflies in the surrounding thematic gardens also give you a taste of the magic.
Epic proportions of 18-foot-high walls topped with metal spikes speak of a time when the imminent threat of war loomed large. In a feat of engineering, the builders designed a simple system of alerting the royals to danger. You can clap at the front gate and it will be heard in the depths of the fort! The late evening sound & light show offers a glimpse at its grand history.
The Kurusura Submarine Museum, true to the Indian spirit of valour and courage, speaks tomes of the vessel’s battles and its company’s difficult decisions made during the Pakistan War. The first ever submarine museum in Asia is staffed with officers of that period, who will give the tour an authentic feeling. If you enjoy scoping out gargantuan mechanical wonders, this one is a must-see.
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Home to a multitude of tribes, the hill station jewel near Vizag is a great place to spend a day at leisure.
A persisting port city from the time of Maharaja’s, Vizag is best known for its old town vibe that are evident in the beaches, bungalows and museums.
The technological capital of the fledgling state of Telengana has a charming backstory in its historic monuments and a thunderous appeal in its glorious film industry.
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