Weekend in Araku & Tyda: Karst Landforms, Luxuriant Forest, Tribal Village
Tyda, nestled in Anantagiri Hills of the Eastern Ghats in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, is an eco-tourism destination at an altitude of 1,520 feet. Tyda, 70 km from Viskhapatnam, commands view of the Eastern Ghats and offers an opportunity to trek, rock climb and practice archery. You can take a bus, car or train to visit the hill station located on the 112-km long Viskhapatnam-Araku route.
Jungle Bells, an Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) managed camp inspired by local tribal architecture and design, is a good base to explore Tyda, and Borra Caves. Reasonably priced camp offers cottages and log huts.
Borra Caves, located between Araku and Tyda, features illuminated stalagmites and stalactites. Well-marked pathways make walking easier within these limestone caves, situated 90 km from Viskhapatnam.
Visit Botanical Garden, coffee plantations, mulberry gardens, Silk Farm, Tribal Museum and join folk dance performances at Araku, a hill station at an altitude of about 3200 feet.