A whirlwind tour of tourist places like Araku and Bhimili in Visakhapatnam district to beat summer heat is now possible thanks to a tour package finalised by the Krishna region of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) in association with the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC).

The weekly package covers places in Visakhapatnam city, Araku and Bhimili by a super luxury video coach bus.

The bus leaves Pandit Nehru Bus Station every Friday, from May 7 onwards, for a total of three nights and two days.

APSRTC Regional Manager A. Koteswara Rao told a press conference on Thursday that for the first time the corporation had entered into an agreement with the APTDC to conduct a tour. Those opting for the tour could visit Kailasagiri in Visakhapatnam and Tyda jungle bells located between Visakhapatnam and Araku, besides Borra caves, Araku valley, Padmapuram gardens, tribal museum and Bhimili beach.

“The tour includes accommodation to our guests in quality hotels along with breakfast, vegetarian lunch and dinner. The entry fee to the visiting places will have to be borne by the guests,” Mr. Rao said.

He said Rs.2,900 will be charged per head for adults and Rs.2,300 for children, and this will take care of transportation, food and stay.

New attraction

He said while ‘Tyda jungle bells' was located amidst dense forests, the light show at Borra caves will be a new attraction to the visitors. Those visiting Araku valley could have a first-hand experience of 19 different tribal cultures and will be able to enjoy the beauty of a wide range of flowers and medicinal plants at Padmapuram gardens.

The tribal museum at Araku valley depicts the history and culture of tribals and the Bhimili beach was known for the famous lighthouse.

New package

Mr. Rao said plans were afoot to launch an ‘Aalaya Darshanam' package soon, which would enable pilgrims to visit the famous temples of Dwaraka Tirumala, Annavaram, Simhachalam, Arasavilli and Srikurmam in one tour.

Further details could be had from the central marketing cell of the Krishna region on phone number 99592-25475. Deputy Chief Traffic Managers A. Sudhakar, Nagendra Prasad and others were present.

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