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Visakhapatnam Tourism

Visakhapatnam Info

  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: City
  • Altitude: 5 m
  • Pincode: 530001
  • District: Vishakhapatnam
  • Language: Telugu
  • STD code: 0891
  • Weather: Summer 24 to 35°C, Winter 18 to 33°C
Bearing the sobriquet “The Jewel of the East Coast”, the port town of Visakhapatnam is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh and is an important port. The city was also called Vizag. It is a fast growing industrial city that also has good options for education.

Visakhapatnam is situated near the Eastern Ghats facing the Bay of Bengal to the east of India. The capital city, Hyderabad is situated 625 km from here, towards the east. The other nicknames that the city has are “The city of destiny” and “Goa of the east”.

History of Visakhapatnam

The city is mentioned in the Ramayana and Mahabharata as a city that was once roamed by Rama and Lakshman in search of Sita, Rama’s wife. The Mahabharata says that Bakasura, the evil demon was killed in a place close to Visakhapatnam by Bheema.

Visakhapatnam was also home to Buddhism in the early history of India under the Kalingas and King Asoka, one of the most important kings of Indian history. The city was also under the rulers of Vengi, Chalukya, Chola, Ganga, Pallava and the Gajapathi dynasty. Vishakapatnam was also under the Mughal rule who ruled from Hyderabad.

This port city was under the British who developed the city and used it as a trading centre. The port used to be a place where tobacco, ivory, muslin and other products were exported by the English East India Company.

People & Culture of Visakhapatnam

People in Visakhapatnam pre dominantly speak Telugu, the local language of Andhra Pradesh. The Visakha Utsav is an annual festival which is held for four days in January every year and throws light on the ethnic culture and lifestyle of the region. Organised by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department, it is held on the Rama Krishna Beach with food stalls, art exhibitions and cultural programmes being the main crowd pullers.

A famous event in Vishakapatnam is Chandanotsavam. Also known as the Chandana Yatra, it is an annual festival which will be held on 24th April 2012, at Sri Varaha Laxmi Narasimha Temple in Simhachalam. The deity inside is covered with sandalwood paste and on this day, the existing layer is removed and a fresh layer of sandalwood paste is applied. Four layers of sandalwood paste are applied and the first layer is applied after 9:00 pm on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. This is the one day that devotees get to see the god in its original form.

Things to do in Visakhapatnam

“The jewel of the east coast” has tourist attractions such as the War Memorial, Borra caves, the Matsyadarshini Aquarium, Simhachalam, Ross Hill, Jagadamba Centre, Kailasagiri, the Submarine Museum, Naval Museum, Bojjana Konda and the Buddhist remains in addition to the beaches. The city is also a fast growing health tourism centre. To explore all the attractions as well as events and festivals of the city tourists can avail the Visakhapatnam holiday packages according to their requirements.

Food & Shopping in Visakhapatnam

Food in Visakhapatnam is generally very spicy. Some of the local specialities are murku, booralu, appadam, pulihara etc. Eating joints in the Siripuram area are popular amongst food lovers. Another local favourite is the murri mixture which is a mix of puffed rice, chopped onions and tomatoes. This is widely available in the beaches of the city.

In Visakhapatnam tourists can shop for locally made handicrafts, sandalwood sculptures and pearls. The state owned Lepakshi Emporium is a good place to buy genuine handicrafts. Other shopping areas are Jagadamba Junction and RTC Complex area near Dwaraka Nagar. While the shops in Dwaraka Nagar are known for their toys and handicrafts, the Kurupam Market is for its jewellery, both gold and silver.

Travelling to Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam can be reached by rail, road and air. The city has an airport that is connected with the metropolitan and other cities of the country. The airport is 16 km away from the city centre and is connected by buses and taxis. It is also connected with many important cities by train.

To reach Visakhapatnam road transport is also available. Services are provided by government as well as private operators. Regular services are available to Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore, among other cities.

Travelling within Visakhapatnam

Buses, taxis and auto rickshaws are the usual modes of transport for travelling within Visakhapatnam. One of the cheapest modes of travel, buses usually leave from the Dwarka Bus Complex and spread out into the city.

Taxis are widely available in the city and the charges are around INR 13 for every kilometer. Taxis are readily available at the railway station and airport. Auto rickshaws are a popular means of commute but do not run on metre. So, the fare needs to be negotiated before boarding. There are no extra night time charges.

Accommodation options in Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam hotel options include mid-range and star rated hotels. Most of these are located near the temples and the Buddhist pilgrimage spots. There are several business hotels also which have business facilities like conference halls, Wi-Fi access etc.

Visakhapatnam has a tropical climate. The best time to visit Visakhapatnam is between November and February.

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Suprodip Das
  • Suprodip Das
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 9 Reviews

"Good for a romantic visit or getaway" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
I really enjoyed Vizag beaches but I must say sea beaches like Digha, Pur, Chandipur, Gopalpur are also very good and reasonable.

During summer we must avoid Vizag due to hot and humid climate. Cab for local sightseeing can be taken from other travel agents as the hotels will add their own commission if they arrange cars for you.
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Surinder Singh
  • Surinder Singh
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 5 Reviews

"Vizag is definately a place for peaceful enjoyable visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Vizag has most beautiful beaches all across India. Your choice of hotel can make a lot of difference on your visit, I strongly recommend Novotel, taj Gateway hotel and most amazing park hotel which is right on the beach. There is greenery, seaview and even malls to enjoy. A Boat ride is also available at a nearby beach, I could not visit Araku valley but people told me it is a fantastic place to visit, so you can also go there if you have time.
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Arnab Manna
  • Arnab Manna
  • Lives in Bardhaman
  • 6 photos
  • 10 Reviews

"A memorable trip to Vizag" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
This Feb we got a chance to travel to Vizag. I must say, it was a great experience for us. The city has to offer so many stuffs to visit, starting from Hills, Parks, Shopping Malls, Temples, Heavy Industries, Fishing Harbor. But few of the beaches are simply outstanding. Also the places around Vizag are exclusive.
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Arnab Chakraborty
  • Arnab Chakraborty
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 10 Reviews

"Co-existence of deep blue sea and serene mountains" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
If you want to see the perfect combination and co-existence of deep blue sea and serene mountains, have a trip to Visakhapatnam also known as Vizag in AP, India. We had a 3 nights day trip to this coastal city on the eastern part of India and it was a very good trip though we travelled in March'2015 (just few days back). Actually the appropriate timing is from November to February when the temperature is normal and you can have a nice holiday here.
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V b rao Rekapalli
  • V b rao Rekapalli
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 11 Reviews

"Very Thrilling Stay" new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is a very cool and quite place with very courteous people in the city to guide you as and when you need. I visit frequently as I have business interests as well as near and dear relatives. The beaches are mostly common destination spots for the travelers to this coastal city.
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Vidya Thool
  • Vidya Thool
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 4 Reviews

"Cheap, great and memorable trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visited vizag before it was destroyed by the cyclone. It is very good place to visit. Food here is very affordable and tasty. My advice will be don't go for local sight seeing packages but discover the place yourself. Most of the places to be visited are located on beach road itself. Vizag is very clean. You will find many gardens along sea. Beaches are very clean too. You can enjoy on beaches whole day.

Do take ropeway for kailasagiri. View of sea and whole vizag from ropeway is awesome. You will find some sketch artists on kailasagiri. You can get yourself sketched by paying few bucks. Its worth it. Plan a one day trip to Araku. Take morning train from vizag station. The train route is through jungle and is very beautiful. Pay coolie and you can get window seat in train. There are ancient caves, coffee gardens, water falls to be visited. You can have freshly brewed coffee, different flavoured assorted coffee chocolates too.

We took auto for our whole day travel there and it was very cheap. There are many small roadside hotels where you can have homemade tasty lunch. It was raining the whole day when we visited Araku. Rain just added romance in the beauty of araku. Araku is treat for your eyes. Greenery everywhere, clean and hilly roads that would be like roller coaster ride. Stay at Araku overnight if possible. We took bus for return journey but because of hilly roads it was very difficult. Train journey is best. On beach road there is one nice cafe where you can eat while listening to sea tides. During evening it becomes most happening place as many youngsters tourists flock here. I had most delicious and hygienic panipuri on the beach here. They will give you pain in separate small still glasses. :) There is one big mall on beach road where you can watch movies and have affordable food in food courts. Biryani from vizag is famous too. If you are foodie vizag is place for you. One must visit vizag for the sea, peace, beauty and food the most. We had awesome experience in Vizag. :)
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Mahesh Ponnada
  • Mahesh Ponnada
  • Lives in Bheemunipatnam
  • 3 Reviews

"A must visit place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
My over all experience was so satisfied by me because the city was so good and there are many visiting places in the city such as the ramakrishna beach which is highlight to the city, the lord varaha lakshmi aparna god, the submarine museum which is only one submarine museum in the asia continent the food is so good especially the seafood like crabs and the frown is so tasty there are many places to visit but I went for office purpose so there is no enough time to visit the tourist place which are present there.
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Ravindra Daggupati
  • Ravindra Daggupati
  • Lives in Eluru
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  • 14 Reviews

"A nice place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
My experience is great. I stayed with my friend. We have visited kanaka mahalakshmi temple, a powerful goddess. Here you can do abhishekam with your hand. No pujari will be there. If you want any archana, then pujari will help you. I have visited araku, borra caves, rishikonda beach, ramakrishna beach. I have stayed at bay leaf resort for 1 day.
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Dhinakar Reddy
  • Dhinakar Reddy
  • 13 Reviews

"Awesome city which is most adorable"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is really an awesome city. The RK beach is really a good one where I enjoyed being for most of the time. There are a lot of sight seeing spots. Especially the Karakul Submarine which is simply amazing. Bheemili, a beach spot very close to the Visakhapatnam is another adorable spot. It is simply amazing. One should never miss the place. Don't forget to take a camera with you to click out all the spots.
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Sudha San
  • Sudha San
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 4 Reviews

"No doubt it is city of destiny"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Visakhapatnam truly called as city of destiny. It is having all tourist attractions nearby in the collection of one city i.e visakhapatnam. It is having a famous temple simhachalam, beautiful rama krishna beach, kailasagiri, rushikonda beach, kali temple, ramanaidu studios. One can easily roundup all these places within a day of low budget also. You can travel to all these attractions with a one day bus pass of Rs 80. People are so friendly.
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