Visakhapatnam Tourism

Visakhapatnam Tourism

Visakhapatnam Info

  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: City
  • Altitude: 5 m
  • Pincode: 530001
  • District: Visakhapatnam
  • Language: Telugu
  • STD code: 0891
  • Weather: Summer 24 to 35°C, Winter 18 to 33°C

History of Vishakapatnam

The coastal city of Vishakapatnam or Vizag, located by the Bay of Bengal, has a history that dates back to the 6th century B.C. Once a part of the erstwhile kingdom of Kalinga, it was ruled by the Chola Dynasty of Tamil Nadu and the Gajapatis of Odisha. Other rulers included the Mughals, the Nizam, and the French colonists before the British annexed it. The British name for it was Waltair which is still used to denote certain parts of the city.

People and Culture of Vishakapatnam

Telugu and Oriya are the languages commonly spoken here apart from English and Hindi. There is a large migrant population in the city which comprises of employees at the shipyards, Naval Base, and steel plants. The Muslim community here predominantly speaks Urdu.

Despite being a major industrial centre, the people of Vishakapatnam have not lost touch with their folk and tribal culture. Members of the hill tribes perform their music and dances such as Dhimsa at various fairs and festivals. The ‘Vishaka Utsav’ and Rishikonda Beach Festival are some popular annual events that are enjoyed by those on a Vishakapatnam tour.

Things To Do in Vishakapatnam

There are plenty of places to visit in Vishakapatnam and its vicinity. The golden unspoilt Rishikonda Beach is a great place to indulge in some water sports during your vacation. Nearby is the Kailasagiri Hill Park which offers a spectacular view of the bay and is one of the many picnic spots in Vishakapatnam. Dolphin’s Nose, Submarine Museum, the city zoo, the harbor, and Matsyadarshini Aquarium are some of the places to see in Vishakapatnam.

Apart from the common Vishakapatnam tourist places, a drive along the coastline can bring you to various hidden slices of heaven. Tiny islands, isolated beaches, and pristine lakes are some of the lesser known Vishakapatnam places to visit.

Food and Shopping in Vishakapatnam

One dish you might want to sample during your trip to Vishakapatnam is ‘Pesarattu’, a local favourite which is a ‘dosa’ with a filling of semolina and onions. Fish curry, shrimp pickle, prawn curry, and rasam are some other items you might want to sample when sightseeing in Vishakapatnam. Just remember that Andhra cuisine is usually quite spicy like the famous mango pickle Aavakkai.

Shopping is definitely one of the things to do in Vishakapatnam. Pochampalli sarees and dress materials make great gifts for dear ones when you go home after Vishakapatnam sightseeing. Kalamkari printed fabrics and wall decor and Nakapalli toys are some other souvenirs you can take with you.

Accommodation in Vishakapatnam

There is no reason to be concerned about how to reach Vishakapatnam due to the availability of various options. The city is well-connected by air, rail, and road to numerous other places in the country and abroad. Vishakapatnam airport is the busiest in the region and flights to Singapore, Dubai, and Kuala Lumpur also originated here. The city railway station is a major hub and headquarters for the Waltair Railway Division. Accommodation is also not a problem for those on Vishakapatnam sightseeing trips given the choices available. You can find budget hotels in Vishakapatnam as well as boutique hotels and resort facilities.



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Alok Pandey

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  • Alok Pandey
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 21 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
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"Simply Vizag !!!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Visakhapatnam - A port city and industrial center of Andhra Pradesh, on the Bay of Bengal. It's known for its many beaches, including Ramakrishna Beach which is home to a preserved submarine at the Kursura Submarine Museum.
Other must visit places are the elaborate Kali Temple and the Visakha Museum, an old Dutch bungalow housing local maritime and historical exhibits, Palmolive Yarada Beach, Sandy Rushikonda Beach.
Kailasagiri Hill offers panoramic views of the city connected to the seafront by a cable car. The Dolphin's Nose headland, plus rides on a mini train encircling the summit. The peak is topped by a giant Shiva Parvati statue.
Simhachalam Temple, a 11th-century Hindu shrine, plus the Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary are among must visit places. Near the quiet beach of Bheemunipatnam are a ruined Dutch fort and cemetery. Farther northwest are the Borra Caves, a limestone labyrinth in the Eastern Ghats mountains, and the Katika Waterfalls.
Vizag Beaches attracts many visitors as it is less touristy clean water and clean Beach shores away from the hustle bustle of Goan Beaches.
Best time to visit :- December - May as the weather will be dry.
Local Delicacies :- Dosa, Sambhar, Uttapam, Idly, Rasam and other south Indian foods.
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Mohit kumar

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  • Mohit kumar
  • 1 Review
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"Nice beach in Visakhapatnam"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Ram Krishna beach in Visakhapatnam is very good and have nice surrounding around the beach. The location of the is only 4. 5 km from the railway station and 14 km from the airport. The food of the Visakhapatnam is very good.
I just want to say that it was great trip to vist that beach ...
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Amit

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  • Amit
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  176 readers

"It's a fun place to be in."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I love the fresh air, the beaches and the mountains. The people are friendly. Just like any city, it's got good and bad shades. However the good shade overpowers the bad and that makes it a fun place to be in.
I would love to go there again & hopefully be able to enjoy a good hotel stay.
Last time, I ended up staying at hotel Laxmi Grand. The word "Hotel" and " Grand" may make it seem like a great place to stay. However, it is not a hotel but a lodge & there is nothing grand about the place. It is a broken down mess, with dirty, shabby rooms and cobwebs, crawling insects & torn pillow cases & bed sheets. A good experience to feel the immense dark & gloomy shade of life.
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Kishore prabhala

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  • Kishore prabhala
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"City to be vibrant"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I ha visited the place for two days. The beach road is fabulous and clean. Food at Das Palla was good. Roads were clean. Greenery had become a trade mark. Need to improve amenities at the railway station, but adequate. After what Houd tufan did, the city rose to a better place and I stayed in low end hotel which is clean and mouse free.
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Bonam Kedarnath

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  • Bonam Kedarnath
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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 Reviews
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  •  2012 readers

"Good place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 29, 2017
Nice city, well maintained. Good care taken by local bodies. Very well access to the city from everywhere. Places to visit
Vuda park, rk beach, kailashagiri, marine drive, rushikonda, ramanaidu studios, ins kurusura submarine museum, shopping malls, simhachalamand many more parks which are well maintained. Do not go to shilparamam, which is at madhurawada which is approx 12 kms away from vizag city. There is nothing to see in this shilparamam. No handicraft shops, boating nor food available in shilparamam. No maintenance of washrooms, garden was not clean. No volunteers to guide or explain the place. I recommend not to go shilparamam by seeing promotions by aptdc and other travel agencies
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Dathoore

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"Amazing"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 19, 2017
Great and amazing stay at Visakhapatnam. The Beach, Submarine museum, Kailashgiri and caves are all great and it is highly recommended to visit Visakhapatnam at least once with family and enjoy the tour. I have a amazing stay at Green Park Hotel which is located very near to are. K. Puram beach and the food along-with cordial and ever smiling staff are excellent. Complimentary breakfast served is second to none. Highly recommended to visit Visakhapatnam and have a comfortable stay at Green Park Hotel.
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Vinod

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  • Vinod
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"Visit for wisdom"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2017
I am a tour guide and been first time in vizag. I fully recommend vizag for a spiritual and wisdom trip as well entertainment and flash of the waves at rushikonda beach. Knowledge and wisdom are archival at. Museums, park, caves, lakes, and SUBMARINE. MUST YOUR CHILDREN THERE.
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Abhijit Pal

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"Nice and relaxing experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 22, 2017
Visakhapatnam (Vizag) is an excellent port city in Andhra Pradesh. It is the hub of core industries - like oil refinery, steel plant, heavy machinery and also a naval base. However, the visit to Vizag is not for the industrial tour, but to visit its serene beaches and one of the most scenic valley - Araku valley. October to March is the best season to visit. The temperature goes up significantly from April and with early onset of monsoon, the sea becomes rough from June onwards.

The city is surrounded by hill from three sides, with Bay of Bengal on other side. From Kailasagiri hill at the north and Dolphin's nose at the south, one can get breathtaking view of the city and the port. The entire road from RK Beach to Rushikonda beach to Thotlakonda beach is a scenic driveway. Nice and clean road, with hill at one side and the beaches at other side. The best part is that the beaches are serene and less crowded (except Rushikonda).

The ancient Buddhist monastery at Thotlakonda beach is being developed by VUDA and ASI and will be a great place for attraction in near future. Till now, it is less known. This is an ancient monastery - which was flourished during Satavahana dynasty. The view of Thotlakonda beach from the Monastery is awesome.

The other attractions includes the Submarine museum - the only such museum in Asia. A place of must visit. The museum is located at RK Beach.

Being a coastal region, fish is the main attraction. A simple meal with rice, Dal and fish fry at APTDC restaurant is worth mentioning. While Andhra cuisine is rich in spices, the taste is unique and keep a lingering taste in mouth. The masala-muri at RK Beach, as well as pani-puri is the snacks - ideal as evening snacks.

This time we did not visit Araku Valley due to paucity of time. It is better to keep two days for Araku valley - so that one can enjoy the calmness of the valley and also has adequate time to visit Borra Caves, with a sip of Araku coffee. During Vizag visit, please keep time for morning walk at RK Beach. No vehicle is allowed in the beach road during morning hours - till 7:30 AM. The pleasant walk can end with a darshan at Kali Mata mandir.

One word of caution. Be careful with auto-drivers - specially if you are taking auto from RK Beach. Bargaining is essential, otherwise they will charge exorbitant fare.
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Jaideep Khanduja

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"A Perfect Weather in March"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 12, 2017
I was fearing to face high humidity but that was not at all the case. High and cool breeze during the daytime made it an excellent experience. Even while travelling or outside, heat doesn't bother you. It is almost cool all the time even during the day when the temperature was around 30 degrees. I stayed at WelcomHotel Grand Bay that is on the beach road. And the beach is just a few metres away on a walking distance.
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Soyabsha

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  • 4 Reviews
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"I love Visakhapatnam. Its the city of love. Relaxed"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2017
Visakhapatnam is ALSO know as vizag. It is huge city located in Andhra Pradesh, India. In Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam is the city of love .. Here we have many palaces to visit. We have to Beach which is very famous in vizag. Many tourists came here visit Visakhapatnam I many palaces. You have all facilities here. Like shops. Cab's, etc. So in life visit Visakhapatnam once .. Thanks for watching
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