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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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"Beautiful city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Very good city to visit and see the beaches and sea. There are tourist spots like kailash giri, vuda park, RK beach etc. City is expensive but very good to visit. City is very polluted because so much industries were here but city is clean. I love the city very much and it's beauty.
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"Happy trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
When I visited Visakhapatnam I lodged in Novotel. Happy to say that when staying there visited some beautiful places like rishikonda beach, araku valley. I enjoyed a lot there with my friends it was a wonderful trip.
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"A city that serves the immediate need of anything" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Beautiful place for anyone to enjoy. I had a splendid time and good sightseeing places to have fun. Most attracting is the beach which is fabulous and great experience. For those who have not visited till now, it's a city that serves the immediate need of anything.
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"Great place to visit again and again" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Beautiful place to see a combination of sea and mountains in metropolitan city. The most important is the cleanliness and it's a natural beauty. Went there on the eve of New year with my family. My daughter and all of us really enjoyed like anything. Stayed in Gateway of Taj. Awesome experience.
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"Good place for shopping" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Visakhapatnam is a nice place. I love R. K Beach, Araku Valley is nice, Malls, Hotels, Roadways, Railway station and the other sceneries are good to watch. The purity of happiness in Vizag may be unwrapped. Hotels and Shopping Malls are very nice to shop.
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"Beautiful city with combination of sea & mountains" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Really beautiful place to see a combination of sea and mountains in metropolitan city. It's a natural beauty. Visakhapatnam the most advanced and fast forward city in Andhra Pradesh. The top 10th city in GDP list in India. It is a natural port city with an old shipyard in India.
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"A beach place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
For the one who belongs to a plain and landlocked state it's really fascinating to see beaches and sea. Its coastal areas of Bay of Bengal are really beautiful and you will be awestruck to see such a beautiful area. Although due to sea it's really humid but its worth visiting place if you want to enjoy marine beauty. In terms of coastal food, obviously for seafood lovers its a heaven, as you will find fish in almost everything.
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"A beautiful place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visakhapatnam is a beautiful bustling city which boasts of a beach of two kilometre stretch in the city. The city beach is clean and has drawn crowds from all over. For the city people it's the place to unwind after a long day at work. And Vizag has several other beaches too which can compete with the likes of Goa any day. The beaches are clean and the waters are blue. Rishikonda and Yarada are the favourites. You can catch sight of turtles and porcupines there while you soak the sun up.
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Srikanth Balabadruni

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"Must visit caves, water falls"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We travelled to araku to visit borra caves which was famous in India, andhra pradesh and this is located near Araku which was called as Andhra Ooty, because here temperature will be near to zero in winter season, here we can see a lot of things, good nature, good forest, water falls, best travelling experience in our life it will be after you visit, you will enjoy a great food.
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"City of destiny"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Cool, romantic, spacious, enjoyable, mobility, movies, funny, shopping malls, go carting. Every place I visited is good and can enjoy everywhere, and some educational tourist places like submarine, museum, zoo, thotlakonda etc. This city is nice for couples, business persons, group visits, tours like educational tours, summer vacations and all.
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