Who would not like the beauty of nature cast in hilly background with flowing hill streams splashing water drops, foggy air caressing onlookers and flocks of birds flying innocently. Yes, these scenes are aplenty in the mountain regions of Eastern and Western Ghats that stand tall proudly on East and West sides of India. Maredumilli perched in Eastern Ghats is located in East Godavari District in the post bifurcated Andhra Pradesh. Maredumilli region has rich biodiversity with semi evergreen forests with many streams flowing over undulating rocks and hilly areas in the deep woods. It is an eye feast to every onlooker visiting the area. India has been always favorite destination to spend time for tourists. At the start of 2014 Kerala won the award for sustainable tourism by United Nations and that was a huge achievement for Indian Tourism.
There is a an Eco-tourism project in Maredumilli region managed by local tribal community constituting Vana Samrkshana Samithis (Forest Preservation Committees) of Valamuru, Somireddypalem and Valeekipeta villages. These Committees are supported by Andhra Pradesh State Forest Department. This project is funded by World Bank. Upkeep of this forest region is evident in the steady rise of tourist activity and increase in tourist traffic in all parts of this area. There is one campsite called ‘Jungle Star’ adjoining Valamuru River that flows on 3 sides overlooking ‘Vali-Sugriva Konda’ (Hill). This Hill is believed to be the battle ground of Vali and Sugriva during Ramayana period.
This significance of Ramayana epic episode of this battle ground with carpet like green grass encircled by forests on the surrounding hillocks truly mesmerizes Tourists. As part of tourism development in Maredumilli region a Forest Guest House was constructed way back in 1914 that is catering to the needs of enthusiastic Tourists, even today. Tourists who love trekking on the mountainous terrain can really enjoy all the thrills of mountaineering. There are three popular Trek Routes in this region, namely;
- Valamuru village to Amrutha Dhara stretching 8 km, including 2 km trek deep into the forest to view an amazing waterfall
- Cross Country Trek from Tiger Camp to Vijjuluru village – 8 km
- Adventure Trek from Valamuru village to Nelluru village – 10 km
Some package tours are organized depending on the needs and interest of Tourists.
Two day package:
There are three options in this package with or without transport. There is a special package option for students studying 10th standard and below, that comes at a lower price. These tours include hospitalities, accommodation, food, entry ticket and tent.
One day package:
This is a group package with minimum 50 numbers. It needs to be booked in advance. This tour includes transport, entry tickets and food, and guide service.
How to reach Maredumilli?
You can reach Maredumilli by air, rail and road. By air, you need to catch a flight from Hyderabad to Madhurapudi and from there you need to travel by road. You can also reach Rajahmundry or Samalkota by train on the South Central Rail route, from where you need to travel by road. If you want to travel by road you can opt to come on NH 5 and reach Rajahmundry or Visakhapatnam from where it is easy to arrive at Maredumilli.
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