A trip which had a mixture of fun, adventure, drama, unexpected turns, some awesome folks, locations where we could have shot some songs….yeah sounds like a movie story 🙂
It was a weekend trip I was organizing with GHAC to the beautiful valley. We started off from Hyderabad to Vizag from where we had to go to Araku. The train journey went off in a jiffy with us playing games all along. Red hands( ouch) and message passing was awesome in their own way.
We boarded the train as strangers and got down the train as friends the next morning. Had some breakfast and started our second journey which was to take the train to Araku from Vizag. . The train trip had some nice views to show of the valley and also the tunnels it passes through was a one of its kind experience.
We reached Borra Guhalu station by 10am and started off first to see the famous caves. They were unique in their own way with the formations .
We quickly browsed through the caves, had some andhra bojanam in the small huts outside the caves and started off to the next place in our itenary, The Katiki waterfalls. It was a path of 7 kms to reach Katiki and we started off on the mud path. It was a nice hike, along the small stream, in the rain, passing some small villages. At a point we got off the main road and walked in the middle of the stream, playing (eh more of falling for some) in the water, hopping off the stones…water always gives such peace. It was a exhausting hike in the rain but fun in its own way.
We reached katiki in a few hours, took a break, recharged ourselves with some hot corn bhutta and started off the climb to the foot off the falls. After a long trek, a waterfall is always awesome. And me being a water girl, water around me and me not in it was not happening :). I got into the falls and brrrr it was cold, but the feeling was awesome. Just sitting under them and letting it relax you, makes all the trek you have done to reach that point totally worth it. We got to eat some hot hot spicy bamboo chicken over there.
It was getting late and our next point was to reach Galikonda from the foot of the falls. What a climb it was. From the foot of the falls, we started the climb from the path next to it, until we reached the top and from there another path to reach the ghat road. It was a trek on a steep hill, though the lush green forest. By the time we hit the road, it was dark. We stopped some passing jeep and asked him to drop off us at Araku.
The original plan was to camp in a park at Araku, but unfortunately the park was locked and it was raining. So instead we took some hotel rooms, had dinner, played some cards and closed the day.
Next day it was time to see one more waterfall 🙂 Chaparai. It was more of a flat flow of water on the rocks and one can slide from the top to the bottom of the falls in the water, natures water slide to us. What fun it was!! We all had some falls in the water but it was way too much fun to think about the scratches…we fell, we ran again to do it one more time 🙂 ..
After all the water n some more bamboo chicken, it was time to say bye bye to Araku and get back to Vizag. We took a RTC bus, which got us down through the ghat road. Enjoying the beautiful views, singing some songs along the way, and with lemons in hand so that we do not throw up from all that turns on that ghat road, said our bye’s to the beautiful valley.
We reached Vizag by late evening, and had some time to kill. Visited RK beach, had some dinner and boarded our train back to Hyderabad.
For a change this was one of the trips where I came back without any bruises, cuts or aches 🙂 Some improvement..
Overall a nice weekend spent in green with some very nice folks to hang out with.