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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

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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Md Khan

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  • Md Khan
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Must visit place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Its good place for weekend destination. [3-4 days]. Good Beach for relaxation, light house and other places also very good to enjoy and relaxation.

Yarada Beach must visit in the my opinion its best beach in the vizag.

Daily tour, and weekend tour also available in the APTDC in the good money.

Araku Valley it's another hill station near to Vizag, also booking available from APTDC. one day tour: start from 6 AM by Train, and end with 9 PM by Bus Non AC.

Its beautiful place for this month, feel very good.

Special dish must eat "Bamboo Chicken".

Chicken cooked in the Bamboo. Price Rs. 250/- 1/2 kg.
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Kumar Roushan

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  • Kumar Roushan
  • 1 Review
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"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Nice place surrounded by hills but temperature is very hot due to humidity, place is very good, lovely sightseeing surrounded by hills and seashore looks awesome through airplane. Awesome stay at Visakhapatnam went to attend my friend's marriage ceremony near simhachalam.
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Rakesh Ippili

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  • Rakesh Ippili
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 3 Reviews
  •  465 readers

"Great place for weekend" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I actually live in this place. It is an amazing place to live with its diversity of culture. People are very friendly and less polluted. The beach is amazing and very well-maintained. Arak is a nice Hills Tatiana nearby which has the world's highest broad gauge railway. This city is an industrial hub. Its surrounded by the beach and the eastern ghats.
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Mr.palav kumar bhardwaj

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  • Mr.palav kumar bhardwaj
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
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"A peaceful place" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I visited in the month of February, 2016. The weather was warm but not very hot. Beaches are average and nothing like as compared to Goa. Beaches here are very peaceful and perfect place to relax.

I would like to add from my experience that there is not much to do here and as I was with my girlfriend, we got bored very quickly with the place. You cannot do anything on the beaches and you start wondering after few minutes of walk on the beach, what to do next. So if you are planning your visit then plan it for 2 days or max 3 days.
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Munish Bhatia

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  • Munish Bhatia
  • Lives in Jalandhar
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"Relax and enjoy the clean city" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
City is very clean, people are very nice. Good beaches for day out. Relax evening walk @ RK Beach. Enjoy Rishikonda Beach for Sea bath. Fish museum and Submarine museum to visit. One can plan for a day tour for araku. 3-4 day tour is good for exploring the city.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 94 Reviews
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"A trip to coastal Andhra Pradesh" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I had been by train to Visakhapatnam in September 2015. The port city of Visakhapatnam is the second largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It has the oldest shipyard in India and houses a natural harbour on the Indian east coast. The must-visit attractions in and around Visakhapatnam include Borra Caves, Araku Valley, Rishikonda beach, Katiki waterfalls and the Indira Gandhi zoological park and the Kailasagiri hill park. Borra caves is located 92 kilometers away from Visakhapatnam and is situated 1400 metres above sea level.

Incidentally, these caves are the biggest caves found in India. Araku Valley is located 3200 square meters above sea level and it boasts of green gardens, streams and waterfalls. Rishikonda beach is located 8 kilometers from Vizag. It is one of the best beaches in Andhra Pradesh and one can relish the aura of water sports here. The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park was established in 1977 and spans 625 acres of fertile land. The Kailasagiri hill park is located 360 feet above sea level and it is sure to be fun and frolic for children.
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Bishal Patel

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  • Bishal Patel
  • Lives in Burla
  • 5 Reviews
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"The largest city of newly constituted AP" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Vishakhapatnam, the largest port on the east coast of India also became the largest city of AP after Hyderabad was left with Telangana. The city incorporates not only the metropolitan culture but also you will enjoy the calmness by sitting on the sea beach. You can also visit the Araku valley, Simhachalam, Kapilas etc. Come and have a wonderful experience.
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S Mitra

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  • S Mitra
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"A relaxed holiday for you and yourself !"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We all know Visakhapatnam or Vizag is a very common name for a quick and a short kind of holiday. Well, from Bengal, Orissa and South Eastern part of India at least. I only want to say Yes Yes to it!

Being a woman and travelling solo and not having a million rupees to spend on a holiday are not considered to be favourable conditions while selecting a destination where you can go Stay, Relax, Enjoy, Feel safe, Connect in your own way.

Here comes Vizag to fulfill all that you want for yourself.

The place is well connected by trains. As you choose one of them and reach the station. You get down no matter at what time of the day or night, you get a feeling that you will not get lost here among crowds nor in uncomfortable emptiness. You get a warm and safe vive. You see people are entering the station through the unmanned and unattended metal detector.. You understand that next few days you can take easy! And as you come out of it. Your sight which was so long pent up in train bogie meets with the sudden expanse of empty roads, small buildings, and vast sky. You immediately feel that your holiday has started!

For me this holiday was meant to be a break from monotony of a routine. I planned not to do anything but to spend time with myself, undisturbed. I knew wherever there is a beach there will be a beach road. So I took an auto and headed towards it. I smiled and explained to the driver that I am not rich (naturally. Why or else I would ride a train and an auto) and I am alone and I want to stay in a safe and undisturbed and economic place. My auto driver, Prasad, gave me a smile back. Making it clear that he understood my needs.

There are plenty of lodges alongside hotels, big or medium, on the beach road. Lodges are safe, clean, mostly accommodating families, with small but working tv set and fantastic data network, having no frills yet no nonsense air about them. You can have plenty of selections. I got myself checked into one of them. The room was not so big, non-ac, with a big balcony from where the sea can be seen. Bathroom was ok and clean. I wanted nothing more. I stayed there for next 5 nights. Safe and undisturbed. Which were my prime needs. Btw, ac rooms too were available.

In march sun is quite strong after lets say 9 or 10 in the morning. So you really cannot roam out, well generally. So I decided to take shower. Eat lunch. Have some sleep and get ready around 4.30pm for the tryst with sea in the evening.

And now you are out, dressed in comfortable clothes, on the seaside boulevard. Crazy and fantastic breeze welcomes you and you immediately forget the routine that you have left behind. You see people. Locals and visitors are starting to trickle in. Vendors are getting ready with their sales for next 5-6 hours. You see those evening joggers. Grand parents with their cranky grandchildren. Mothers with their well behaved kids. Not holding hands but chatting constantly kind of lovers. Nothing to do young boys trying to eat almost everything that is being sold there. Tourists - Bengalis, odissis, from southern states, hindi speaking ones. In groups or in small families flocking in and going down to the beach. You can follow them to the beach, to the water or you can sit on the promenade, dangling your lazy feet as long as you want. You hear the laughter and the chatter all around. See the frolic people around you are making. And you start soaking into it. The fair will continue till 9-9. 30 in the night. Nobody will notice you. You can eat those sweet corns roasted in almost extinguished charcoal or the ice cream or the chaat or the chilli bhajis and raw mangoes. You can walk or can do whatsapp. Take selfies, Post. Take pictures, post. Listen to music with ear plug on.

Or just keep sitting and do nothing as you get blended with the surrounding. This happy pattern can continue for next four five days and I bet you will not get bored.

Then comes the dinner or catching up with your favourite tele series. Cricket match. News shows Or Sitting at the balcony amidst breeze and solitude witnessing how the night takes over and how a busy road of a small town gradually falls silent. And here I too retire.

Early morning. I see you again on the beach. Vast and empty. People. That is tourists are there in some specific points. You go there to stand and to see. Women, mostly fat ones in salwar kurtas are sitting in the water screaming in excitement more than the height of the waves actually could cause. They are sea bathing that is kids having real funs. Parents of those kids taking photos of the kids, well. Only young girls trying to explore themselves in the sudden happy distractions of water. Fathers of the girls are following them like undercover CIAs. Mothers hollering after both the daughters and the fathers. Old local couples bathing in seawater with a mug and a bucket, unshaped newlyweds are cuddling and taking selfies, groups of young boys and girls are trying to be hep in their attires. Some rare local crooks trying to take some advantage. Small groups doing some kind of rituals and you see policemen too but NO beggars. But you don't stop there, it is a long beach. So you keep walking. Albeit with a watchful eye, singing to your own self! A happy feeling in you becomes unreasonable and grows in you and spills all over within so that all your tensions, worries, monotonous duties get washed away. You thank yourself that you chose to take a sudden break and chose Vizag to fulfill it.

There are few places or points where you can venture out on your own. Like Simhachalam Temple. Like ropeway point etc. Both the places you can go by local buses which are safe, fast, clean, well connected and filled with local flavours in form of fragrant hair oils and colorful gajras and dazzling sarees and bright smiles. You will get tempted to strike conversations with local women who are reciprocating in nature. Only none of you will understand each other's language. So it would be less of talking and more of nodding your head at the wrong moment and mostly smiling. But while getting down when they will hold your hand and will smile at you. You will know that a perfect communication was made, actually! Rest, like this park, that aquarium, this museum, that garden, shopping centres, KFC and dominos. I am sure you are not interested in.

So this was Vizag for me. I would be happy if you like reading it and decide to spend few days with yourself there :-)

Few vital info you may like to know :

Auto took Rs100/- to reach beach road from station. The return journey costed me 30 bucks! How? Because I asked the traffic police about the fare. Apart from frequent buses are are available.

Lodges charges from 500/- to anywhere 1600/- or 1800/- ( for non ac and ac rooms ), no matter how many people stay in one room.

Food - both veg and nonveg abundantly available but if you are not used to strong taste of red chilli, it's a problem. Though not very expensive. Fresh fruit juices are available in plenty.

If you are keen to walk. Please carry a pair of walking shoes for early morning walk seaside boulevard. I missed the fun and sure you will love it.

Carry comfortable cotton clothes. I feel the best way to travel safe is to show respect to the local culture. So better not to be too daring in your attire and get singled out.

ATM's are to be found easily.

Beware of your mobile and money.

Vizag is a city which has very good data connection. It is a very clean city. In every few yards you will find a trash-bin, so don't litter please.

BON VOYAGE!!
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Soumya brata chakraborty

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  • Soumya brata chakraborty
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"Fantastic city to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Vizag or Visakhapatnam, is spectacular. The city is so clean and maintained. No traffic pressure, but good number of vehicles on the road. Rushikonda is absolutely amazing experience. Specially because of my hotel. I stayed in APTDC Beach Resort. The view from the resort is fabulous. You can visit, Ramanaidu Film Studio, Simhachalam Temple, RK Beach which is the beach of Vizag and thoroughly maintained, Yarada Beach, Dolphin's Nose, Light House, Harbour and Port, Visakha Museum and Submarine Museum and of course Kailasagiri. Yarada beach is a must visit, you have to take a ticket for this. But the beach is just awesome. Highly maintained and less crowded. In Vizag, Juice is very nice, specially from those stalls which are situated just opposite side of the road at RK beach. Kamat Hotel is really good, for good quality food, one must have to try Kamat Hotel, which is near to Kailasagiri. Finally, one should stay in Rushikonda, and visit Vizag as sight seeing if he/she is looking for cool and calm holiday.
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Kumar Varma

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  • Kumar Varma
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice place to visit and stay"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice place to live, pleasant life with nature, very good locality and beaches. Nice people, up coming next financial capital of India, good locations to feel and experienced life. Good ambiance, first time I have travelled in flight and it was very nice experience with Airasia. They have maintained schedule timings perfectly both takeoff and landing. Service was superb.
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