The lush green hills of #Visakhapatnam hold many secrets, and one of these is the scenic #Thatipudi reservoir.
Located 65 kms away from the city, near a town called S Kota, the Thatipudi reservoir was built in 1963 across Gosthani river as a major source of water supply for the city’s residents. It has been a fascinating tourist spot since then, and is not only frequently visited, but is also often compared with the best sights in the world. No wonder, it is a popular spot for movie shoots as well, and one of the scenes from the Telugu film ‘Legend’ is said to have been shot here.
With the #Thatipudi dam being a major attraction here, the blue waters of the reservoir are mesmerizing as well. Holding over 3.3 TMC of water, the reservoir not only feeds the fields but is a primary source of water supply for the city as well. And that’s not all. Because of its access to trees and fresh water, the region is also home to many species of flora and fauna. Beautiful migrant birds, which are not seen in the city, head here while many others have even made this their home. Contrasting the deep blue waters are the verdant greens of the #Eastern ghats as well.
If you plan a trip to the place, then you can choose between spending a couple of hours here to planning a weekend getaway too. Sit still by the water and stare at the deep blue expanse that extends before you. One can also go boating in these waters or plan a camp with family and friends. Other than private getaways, this is also an ideal locale for corporate groups and outdoor #camping too. Exploring the area takes approximately an hour and you can choose to include a boating trip. Food options are easily available through small dhabas and restaurants that will have your standard fare of food. If you plan to stay overnight, check out the hotels and resorts in the region. Salson’s Retreat is a great option that offers a residential bungalow with two suites and six acres of outdoor space. You can also check options by APTDC here which offers tour packages too. In fact, you can choose to club this destination along with a trip to #Araku, as Thatipudi reservoir is conveniently located halfway along the road to Araku valley.
So pack a light bag and get set for plenty of fresh air, breathtaking sights and a wonderful adventure within the city.
How to get there: Araku-Visakhapatnam road
Time taken: Approximately 2 hours.
The Urbanised Retreat
A delightful getaway cottage in the midst of nature with all the comforts of an urbanised dwelling is the Salsons Retreat.
Thatipudi is a charming picnic spot but it is also a great weekend holidaying destination; close to the city and yet far enough to chill out in the natural ambience of the reservoir. Adding a touch of urban comforts like air conditioned suites and swimming pool with a #Jacuzzi is the Salsons Retreat.
Nestled in the tranquil ambience of the Thatipudi Reservoir, this retreat is situated only 70 kms away from the city. Spread out in over six acres in the midst of mango orchards and Teak plantations this retreat is a nature lover’s paradise.
Making this a family getaway destination, the retreat has something for all age groups. Relax by the quiet waters of the check dam, or indulge in a boat ride in the placid waters of Thatipudi Lake or just stroll into the unending wilderness while the children safely play in the play area. Have a friendly game of basket ball or cricket with family and friends. Explore the nearby tribal villages and the Thatipudi hamlet.
In addition to the comforts provided in the retreat there is also the option of roughing it out in a tent. Camping sites with tents or a bungalow with two suites and a well equipped kitchen are available.