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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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Krishna Mohan

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  • Krishna Mohan
  • Lives in Bobbili
  • 3 Reviews
  •  7 readers

"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Over all, its a great experience to me.. It is fully relaxed are for spent the time with family members. There is not much cost to view and stay there. Every family must and watch the view of Rishikonda beach, Visakhapatnam hill and see view.. There are a lot of places to watch in Visakhapatnam.
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Raju Chsn

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  • Raju Chsn
  • Lives in Machilipatnam
  • 5 Reviews
  •  54 readers

"Most beautiful city" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
I have been to Visakhapatnam many times. It is a most beautiful and calm city. The main attractions I liked :
1. The long beach. From KGH down, we can straight away go to Bheemili. When we go through this way, we can see the Ramakrishna beach. We can spend some time here. We can also go to Ramakrishna Mission, Kaki temple. They are just opposite to Ramakrishna beach. On the way to Vuda park, we can see the most beautiful hotels like Novatel, Taj Gateway, Park view etc.
2. Then Annamacharya statue, Mastet EK, who is a great Guru, statue. Further we can go to Vuda Park and spend some time there.
3. We can also see big Alluri Sitaramaraju statue. Before that we can also see the submarine and we can also go inside. Also we can see the aquarium and yoga village. From Vuda park if we go further, we can see Shanti Ashram, then further we can see Kailasa Giri, and many beach resorts, we can also go to Kailasa Giri. A small hill by cable car. From here we can see the entire Visakhapatnam. This is worth seeing.
4. If we go further we can see Gitam college and then further we can see beautiful hills on the way to Bheemili. When we are passing on this way, we will pass through a way between hills and the sea. This is a wonderful scene. On the way you will pass through Naval base and after that if we take a diversion, we can also see " erra matti dibbalu" where many films were Shoo ted. If we go further we will reach Bheemili, a very old town. Here you can also visit Sadguru Sivananda Murthy Ashram, called Anandavanam. He passed away last year.
This beach Tour is so peaceful and calm. We can also see " Ramadri", a temple complex on the way to Bheemili. A large Hanuman statue, Rama Nama stupas of Tulasi plants and Kadambari Tree and Mother Goddess statue situated here. It is worth seeing.
There are lot of beautiful beaches along the seashore and also cottages to stay.
Try once. Go with family and children. But remember one thing. Enjoy the sea from a distance. Don't go for swimming. The VIZAG beaches are not good for swimming. Most dangerous. Just enjoy and relax. So many cottages and resorts are there near to beaches. AP state resorts are also there on the small hill with beautiful sea view near Gitam College.
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Anuj Sharma

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  • Anuj Sharma
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 1 photo
  • 1 Review
  •  81 readers

"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Really I enjoyed my holidays with my batch mate. I rounded near beach and museum. Thank you Andhra Pradesh. In September I will be right back with again an interview. Hotel in that area was very good. I felt very comfortable but here climate didn't match to me...
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Ab

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  • Ab
  • Lives in Kurnool
  • 4 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  412 readers

"2nd Goa" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Visakhapatnam is the sequel to Goa,
This place offers number of sightseeings,
Simply the city was like an alrounder.
Because here you can see western and Indian cultures.
You can go religious places, beaches and pubs.
Cost of stay was also reasonable ..
You can go single or Vth friends or Vth family. You can handle the three kinds easily.
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Ab

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  • Ab
  • Lives in Kurnool
  • 4 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  412 readers

"Second Goa" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Wanna see another Goa in india, just visit Vizag, you will surely agree with me.

The coincidence is, Goa located at West and Vizag located at East.

Lot of places to visit, Beaches, Resorts, Hotels, Araku Valley, Borra caves, And lots.

East coast naval base will make you the country lover.
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Chinnaraja Subramaniyam

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  • Chinnaraja Subramaniyam
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 photos
  • 29 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
  •  47030 readers

"Most memorable place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I just came for my project work. But I went so many place for shopping and entertainment. Really a great city for all. Once again I want to visit or else I want to live in this city. Full of developed people and almost everyone working in steel plant. So everything is around itself
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Dervender Kumar

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  • Dervender Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  304 readers

"Vizag is great destination" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Vizag is absolutely a beautiful place. At Least travellers have to visit Vizag once. Its cleanliness is superb. People are good and helpful. Only two days are enough to visit spots in VIZAG. However one day tour to Araku is essential, but no need to spend night in Tyda. Its waste of money.
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Kalyan mandal

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  • Kalyan mandal
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  775 readers

"All worthy to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Among Digha, Puri, and Vizag ofcourse Vizag stand first. Ramkrishna beach, Palm beach, Rushikonda beach all are nearby and easy to cover same day. Besides, museums, Kailasagiri, Ropeway experience, fishing harbour all can be covered without much hassle because they all are on the beach side. Beaches are well decorated. Most worthy is that the sea is situated on the lap of hills. Only two or three day is enough but thrill is awesome.
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Maheswari Satyamurti

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  • Maheswari Satyamurti
  • 1 Review
  •  484 readers

"Pleasant stay at Vizag"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Mountainous surroundings, well maintained roads, beautiful views and courteous people. Good hotels. Pure vegetarians may have some difficulty in finding pure veg hotel. We went to Sairam Parlour.

Tourists can visit Araku Valley approx. 120 km - Bora caves must visit. Elders may check first as there are lots of climbing stairs involved. Tribal dance time is from 12:30 to 02:00 pm. Tribal museum, coffee museum at Araku Valley, Simhachalam Temple - approx 40 km.

City sightseeing - RK beach, must visit Maritime Museum, Submarine Exhibition all on beach road. Also light house - good view of city, timing 3 pm to 5 pm. Some power cut of 1 to 2 hrs found. Night view of city is excellent. Drink lots of water - keep yourself hydrated. Best for adventure seekers, options are available.
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Ashok handa

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  • Ashok handa
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1638 readers

"A very clean and well-maintained beach city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had too little time to visit the entire city but my friend, a local, drove me for a long stretch and I could see the city. From the Kailasagiri at the top of hillock one could see the city beautiful. Beaches were also very nice. Will plan another trip with wife for at least 4-5 days. Would also like to visit Naval Ships if I could get a permit.
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