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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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Bharath Nalla

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"A good destination to visit" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
We went to Visakhapatnam from Hyderabad with friends. We stayed in Tirumala hotel. here good accommodation is available. Then we visited port full of ships. Later we visited kailasagiri from where total Vizag can be seen with full of scenarios and coast line then we visited rishikonda beach which was very clean and well-maintained. At Vizag, food is very delicious. After staying for two days we came to hyderabad by Train.
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"A budget hangout place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Its a very good place to hangout with friends there are many beautiful places in and around Visakhapatnam. Main attractions are RK Beach, Yarada beach, Araku valley also historical temple Simhachalam adds a devotional touch to the journey. There are many good hotels which are affordable by any one so its a best place to hangout with a small budget.
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"Beautiful city with nature's wonders" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's just a place with all the variety you want to see at one go. Such a good landscape along the coastline buzzing with activities all the day where it is an industrial hub to the numerous industries present out there and also one would get to see the nature's wonders in the form of Borra Caves and Araku Valley situated at some distance from the busy city into the serene space.
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"City of beaches" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is a beautiful city where you can spend a lot of time in beaches. There are are lot of hill stations, waterfalls and malls. Excellent time pass to go to Malls. Overall, an awesome city. So, I suggest to people to go to the city and everyone must vist this place as you will be relaxed a lot and have a pleasant experience.
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"A religious, adventures, romantic place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This city is like a dictionary if you want to search place then you will find so many religious, adventures, romantic places to spend time with your family. If you are leaving some places while returning you will get excited to watch 2nd time.
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"Amazing trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Had an amazing family tour of Vizag and Araku Valley. We are from Delhi. It was little hot but worth bearing it with breeze of beach and the beautiful valleys of Araku.
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"Good place to visit and enjoy with friends" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Many places to visit, but one need proper planning to cover them all in minimum time possible. Cab services in Vizag suck, so better plan accordingly. Better to visit Araku and borra caves by train to get the most from the trip. The RamaKrishna Beach and Rishikonda beach are the best beaches there to be. The dolphin nose is a wonderful place, but now it is almost destroyed due to the Hudhud cyclone and the lighthouse there opens from 3pm to 5pm, so better plan out accordingly. The Submarine museum, and Kailasagiri are other good places to visit. For a peaceful night time, you can go to Euphoria restaurant for good food and live music (you can request songs also). We went during May 1st week, and it was very humid and hot there.
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"A wonderful destination to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Very wonderful sight with great beaches and natural harbour with vast number of industries surrounded by water of bay of bengal, the rk beach, yarada and bheemili beach is very good, the sub marine museum and rope way is very amusing. The kailasagiri is good for prayer and toy train is also good and it is well-connected with airport, rail and roadways.
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"Attractive Vizag"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Attractive sea, Araku valley is nearby to the vizag. Apart from this temple, garden, scenic beauty is very good in this area. There is no special local foods but all types of foods are available in this place. Availability of Hotels and Restaurants are good. Local transportation system is also good. Ideal place for staying and touring.
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"Best for tourism"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
In Visakhapatnam there's so many tourism spots. The most beautiful place in Visakhapatnam is beach. It is the best location in Visakhapatnam. Their is another best place is Kailasagiri. It is a best shooting spot. It is a best place to stay there's a museum to visit.
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