Jungle bells, located in the jungles of Tyda provides the unique experience of staying in cottages in the middle of a jungle. The resort has many types of cottages, each one spread out to ensure privacy and to give the feel of a jungle. Although the jungle is not quite as dense now as it used to be before, the experience is quite off-beat.
This resort is run by the APTDC. The cottages are well furnished and set
in tribal environs. Even though they are set in the jungle, the cottages have air conditioning and other modern amenities. They also have a wide variety of eateries, which is a pleasant surprise for people who expect variety in food to be scarce at a jungle lodge. The resort has an attached restaurant and bar to cater to the visitors .
The various facilities offered at the Resort include
- Tribal dance in the evenings on Tuesday, Thursday, Satuday, Sunday and on-demand for a large group on other days.
- Air conditioning
- Hot water
Early morning bird watching jungle trek in Tyda:
The resort organizes bird watching treks every morning, with a local guide. Even though the jungle is not very dense, the terrain is steep and this makes the trek challenging. If you are lucky, you may spot the Blue jay, white eagle among other birds.
Camping & Trekking:
There are plenty of good trekking trails and camping spots around Tyda which make it a much sought after resort for adventure enthusiasts. Log Huts, Tents and camping gear can be arranged by the resort.
Other attraction include rock-climbing and target shooting with bows and arrows.
Places to See
Explore the valley, visit the Padmapuram botanical gardens, the Chaparai water stream (in monsoon and winters) and the tribal musuem. Bicycles are available for rent at the APTDC Hill resort, on hourly basis. Ride a bicycle, go into the valley and explore a little bit of Araku yourself.
On the way to Borra caves:
Stop at a couple of view points to catch the cloud filled mountains and the deep valleys. You can see the train track, and if you are lucky, catch the train. There are coffee estates on the way and coffee vendors selling coffee from freshly ground beans.
Believed to have been formed 150 million years ago, the huge Borra caves are a splendid sight and attracts a lot of tourists. It is neither dark nor suffocating as you'd expect of a cave. You will be amazed to see the natural rock formations culminating into popular mythological figures.
By Train: The train journey to Araku is an experience in itself. The train from Vizag to Araku starts at 6:50 am and takes about 4 hours to reach Araku. After the first 2 hours, the valley starts and the landscape becomes very beautiful. The train (that runs on a broad gauge) passes through 58 tunnels and 2 waterfalls, before it reaches Araku.
Note: Tyda is a station on the way from Vizag to Araku, and Jungle bells is about 500 m away from the railway station. If you take the train from Vizag, you can reach Tyda in time for the 10 am check-in.
Tip: If you are traveling from Vizag to Araku, sit on the right side for the valley views (the waterfalls are on the left though), and if you are not traveling as part of the APTDC package, reserve your tickets in first class, as the train gets very crowded in the 2nd class at times.
Tyda is about 75 km from Vizag. You need to hire a cab in Vizag for the return journey. AP tourism has package tours which takes tourists by buses or a combination of train and bus.