A phone call on a hot summer noon was all it took to fly away to an enchanting valley! A long lost male friend of mine, a batch mate at school had found me on Facebook. A long conversation revealed he owned a hotel in Araku Valley. I was too excited to take a trip and unwind from the hustle and bustle of city life. The mere thought of relaxing, no cooking and cleaning, soothed my nerves! Travelling with kids and my sweetheart was something that I always looked forward. The adrenaline rush got me to pack suitcases with enough clothes for four days. My friend booked the best room with the view of the valley and even arranged a taxi to reach the hotel.
After a long drive through the ghats, we were welcomed to Krishna Tara Comforts, the best hotel in the region. The rooms were large, spick and span and their hospitality great. A lovely spread of local cuisine was served for lunch and it was delicious to the core. For a foodie, the more the merrier! Home to 19 indigenous tribes, I could get insight to their lifestyle, culture and traditions. Dhimsa was a folk dance of the tribes here with colourful costumes and rhythmic beats that set your feet tapping too! The salubrious climate, lush landscape and gurgling streams was a sure breath of fresh air for us city bred people!
The tribal museum at Araku aims to preserve the culture, tradition, fine arts and handicrafts of the tribes of India. Our visit to the botanical gardens was truly exhilarating! The bright colours of flowers and the lush greenery made us to linger a little longer. Butterflies gently sucked nectar, birds flew past, squirrels ran around and my kids were awestruck! The waterfalls created a rainbow and we stood still as the flow soothed every inch of our body. Sitting by the musical sounds of the stream as a 29 year old, I wondered at God’s creation. I am blessed to be a female, wife and a mother of two vivacious kids. Returning to our restaurant which doubled up as a Dhaba, lip smacking dishes, fresh seafood and a lime soda completed our vacation. Our book of memoirs is expanding. Am glad I have a good friend!