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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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Subhankar Das

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"Vizag-Araku Tour!" new review

  • 5.0/7
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Vizag is best visited from October to February. One should avoid summer to visit Visakhapatnam. Rishikonda Beach, Ramakrishna Beach, Simhachalam, Kailas Giri, Submarine Museum, Dolphin Nose Point, Fishing Harbour etc. Are major attractions of this place. Three nights stay at Vizag is enough. One should reach Araku by Kirandul Passenger in the morning. One should stay one night at Araku. Best stay at Araku Valley is Mayuri Resort run by APTDC. Tribal Museum, Coffee Plantation, Bora Cave etc are major attractions here.
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Amir Paramanik

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"Great place to visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I went Vizag (Visakhapatnam) on 2015 and stayed there for a month. I loved the place very much. Visited Vizag Steel Plant, it's a great place to watch, it's a very big plant and so clean. The atmosphere is very good. Also, seen Kailasagiri and the beach there, that was very nice.
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Durgaprasa Uggina

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  • Durgaprasa Uggina
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
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"Visakhapatnam a beautiful city" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I stayed in Aruku valley (Visakhapatnam)for 2 days. It is a quiet beautiful place to relax there are few places are must visit like borra caves, museum, coffee garden, highest point, and chapa rai it was amazing experience. This is 120km from Visakhapatnam railway station.
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Pratik Jena

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"Perfect for relaxation, Visakhapatnam" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is a very nice city. The people here are very nice and gentle. The south Indian food out here was quite awesome. The beaches here were okay. The destinations like Simanchalam, kailasgiri, Araku, Borra caves were superb. The market here is also quite good. The best part was visiting Borra caves. If one wants to spend quality time with friends then this is a perfect place to enjoy. It is quite a charming city. Don't forget to taste the bamboo chicken at Borra caves.
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Ramesh Maskani

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"Vizag city of beaches" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Vizag is a beautiful city. The main tourist attractions are rushikonda and Ramakrishna beaches. Other places of interest are shipping harbour and port area. There are good hotels facing the beach road and available at affordable prices. Vizag is also called the steel city because of vizag steel plant.
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Vishal Malhotra

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"Awesome stay at Vizag in 2 days" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Must visit Kailasagiri, RK Beach. Can visit, Bheemli Beach, Rushikonda beach. Avoid Araku valley unless you have the luxury of time, fuel, love the journey more than the destination (not that the drive to araku valley is great) and have seen all the other places in Vizag. After all this. You can try Araku valley.
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V.s. Malik

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"Amazing nature with awesome atmosphere" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I visited this city in the month of January. It is the best time to visit this city. The average temperature range is 16 to 29 which is quite comfortable. In fact I wanted to spare some time with my family away from Delhi's winter. The city is a located on the east coastal side of bay of Bengal. The effect of last year's flood in the month of December were easily seen every where. All roads and public places were being renovated at a very large scale. The second reason of choosing this place was that I want to see the Festival Pongal from inside of the people. The city is full of beaches which are considered as the best beaches of world. May it be world famous RK beach Yaradda beach Bheemili beach Sagar beach or Rishikonda Beach all are very beautiful. Other places to visit are light house shooting spot hilltop view Simachala Temple Kali temple Dutch Cemetery Totalakonta (a very beautiful place of old Buddha destiny famous Ramanaidu studio zoo park Red sand hills mursarlova park Tenneti park VUDA park and the most beautiful Kailasgiri. Visakha museum submarine museum matsya darshini and fishing harbour boating are other attractions of the city. The most exciting day of my visit was the visit of Araku valley. It was a long way about 3 hours journey of viewing beautiful landscapes and mountains and the nature's original beauty. It was very the wonderful excitement to see the world famous Borra caves which are the largest and deepest original caves in the world. Padmapuram garden coffee house damku view point Galikonda view point tyda jungle bells and visit in coffee garden are the other attraction of this day. In all it was a wonderful visit and full paisa vasool visit.
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Phanindra Kumar

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"Beautiful Visakhapatnam!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's so cool, one of the greatest one on Earth. City of Destiny's. Enjoyed a lot with family and relatives. First impression for Andhra Pradesh State is Visakhapatnam and known for its heritage and culture. Early mornings in vizag Beach is so pleasant and cool.
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Riya roy

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"Totally enjoyed the trip" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I enjoy there very much. There people were also very good. On the world health day go go for a sunrise walk and saw all the people celebrate this, which we attended and enjoyed very much. And all off the side seen also very nice, our car accommodation also very comfortable journey. We see R. K. Beach, Kaylashgiri park, simlachalam temple, Submarine, Matsyadarshini Aquarium, & Ramanaidu studio.
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"City of destiny-Visakhapatnam" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The best place for any type of person. Let it be a group, a family, a couple or single. Vizag gives you the best vibes ever:)The beach, the climate and the people are so kind and pleasant. You come visit this place and you won't find any better place.
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