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If your idea of an ideal vacation is digital detox, Araku Valley in southern state of Andhra Pradesh state should be on top of the list for its remote location and virgin landscapes. Start your day with a visit to the beautiful Chaparai or Dumbriguda Falls. Surrounded by thick forest cover, the place is a popular camping and swimming site. Spend the night here and watch a zillion stars take over the clear skies. In the morning, visit one of the coffee plantation­s in the Ananthagir­i Hills and get insights into the entire process of brewing the famed Araku Coffee, which is grown by tribals and known for its bitterswee­t scent. If tribal culture entices you, visit the Araku Tribal Museum to know more about the lifestyle of the 19 tribes that call the valley home. Or, stop by at the Padmapuram Botanical Garden ( to take a toy train ride around the garden and learn about its origin that dates back to the World War II. For couples who are adventurou­s foodies, bongulo chicken is one of the prime highlights of the trip. Prepared using almost no oil and spices and merely with bamboo and coal, the local delicacy can be savoured at small stalls set up by tribal women at popular tourist attraction­s.


Direct flights operate from New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai to Visakhapat­nam (115 km away). Either take a scenic train journey (tickets avaialable on to Araku, or hire a taxi from the airport.


The Haritha Valley Resort offers a pleasant stay (starts from `1,700/US$25,


June to October


Visit the Borra Caves and admire the stalagmite formations in different shapes that date back to thousands of years.

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