This winter, the sun kissed beaches of Vizag and the green capped valleys of Araku seem to be topping the travel charts of the tourists. The room bookings from December 28 to January 1 have already touched its peak and almost 90 per cent bookings are done from December 15 onwards at all the hotels and resorts of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) at Vizag and Araku.
Better infrastructure, green environs and clean stretch of beaches have attracted tourists from all parts of the country and even abroad to the region this year. The last tourist season from September to November witnessed a 10 per cent rise in tourist inflow as compared to the figures of last year during the same period. Taking Borra Caves as the benchmark, the number of tourist arrivals recorded during the season was 1.25 lakhs.
In its efforts to attract more tourists, APTDC has initiated several projects in the Araku valley. “The work for the tribal bazaar project near the tribal museum in Araku has already started and is expected to get over within a year’s time,” APTDC Divisional Manager S. Surya Prakasa Rao told The Hindu. The total budget for the project is Rs.1.5 crores and the bazaar will feature tribal handicrafts, an amphitheatre, musical fountain plaza, children’s play area and a boating zone.
The corporation has also taken up a project to develop road and other infrastructure facilities at the scenic Thatiguda Waterfalls at Anantagiri at a cost of Rs.57 lakhs. At its Anantagiri hill resorts, nine economy-type accommodations are coming up at a cost of Rs.40 lakhs.Read More....