Visakhapatnam Tourism
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Visakhapatnam Tourism

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Vizag is one of the best places of Tourist interest in Andhra Pradesh. This not so popular destination in terms of tourism on Indian map has huge tourism potential though.

The gorgeous azure blue sea, seductive beaches, breathtaking valleys and a luxuriant country side ..... the natural assets of Vizag are execptional. In addition, Vizag is an amalgam of the old and the new. This city maintains the small -town friendliness blended with contemporary luxuries, modern conveniences and efficiency. A Perfect spot for Honeymoon couples, family tours, week end getaways and even groups and corporates as there are activities which can fulfil every age group.

The marine drive in Vizag gives you an experience of the potential this destination has. The drive to Bheemli with Hills on one side and unexplored beaches and sea on the other is a visual treat to any tourist.

This destination can be blended with a couple of close by destination like Araku valley and Konaseema which forms a very interesting tourist circuit. A visit to Vizag, Araku and Konaseema would cover various themes like Sea and Beaches, Valleys and Hills along with Backwaters and Rural tourism.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The food is hot, spicy and mostly rice based. The local dishes are richly flavoured with loads of tamarind and spice. Most eateries are Multi cuisine offering a varied range of dishes.

Vizag is not known for shopping but the fare on display is varied.

Activities & things to do: Places of interest in Vizag:

Kailashgiri: This familiar picnic spot is a Hillock on a sea front with an enchanting view of the sea, beaches, lush green forests and bustling city. The major attractions here are the 40 feet tall magnificent Shiva-Parvati idol, the Shanku chakra nama, floral clock, titanic viewpoint, Rope way drive over looking the sea and a toy train ride.

Rushikonda beach: This lovely beach is very popular with locals and tourists. This portion of sea is the safest to bathe or surf, though precaution is always advised.

R.K beach: A place for leisure and relaxation, RK Beach is a hot tourist spot in Vizag. The primary attractions here include a visit to submarine museum (The South Asia's only submarine museum), Visakha museum, Fishing harbor, Aquarium etc.

Vizag has much more than R.K beach, Kailashgiri and Rushikonda which people and conventional tourists often miss out. Thotlakonda is one such place. Also called as The hills of eagles, the complex has lot of structures associated with Buddhist activity. The magnificent view of the lovely sea from the top of this hillock is mindblowing.

Yarada beach: Another unexplored spot this is one of the best beaches in Vizag. Nestled between the hills on all the three sides and the Bay of Bengal on one side, this beach is ideal spot for a day out. Also the drive to this beach gives you a chance to visit the light house and view the Dolphin hill.

Kambalakonda: This is a spot which many locals are also unaware off. Nestled on the highway close to the heart of the city this eco tourism project can be termed as one of the best tourist spot in Vizag. A visit to this park gives you a feeling as if you are in a forest though it is very close to the city. Look out for a spot called watch tower. The view from this watch tower is mindblowing. You get to see the lush green hills on one side and sea at its glory on the other. There is a small pond where you may go for peddle boating. If you are traveling in group then you may for a trekking organised by the management early in the morning.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: All in all Vizag has a great blend and variety for a perfect vacation. If one has enough time on hand then a visit to nearby places like Araku valley, Borra caves and Konaseema can make it a
complete trip with different experiences.

Vizag is well accessible by rail, road and air.
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Ashwin Sarda
  • Ashwin Sarda
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 117 Reviews

"Scenic Beauty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Visakhapatnam, more popularly known as the Vizag, is a beautiful port city. Best time to visit the city is in winters, as there is a lot of humidity during the summers. It is also a navy base therefore there are several places which talks....... More
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Rehan Abdul
  • Rehan Abdul
  • Lives in Vijaywada
  • 13 Reviews

"Amazing Travel Destination!" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It is is good destination where in you can have great fun. The place filled with beaches, waterfalls and lovely locales is certainly a travellers paradise! This place is certainly an amazing destination for all travellers! More
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Rana
  • Rana
  • 3 Reviews

"Not fit for summers"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Though I have been visiting Visakhapatnam 3 - 4 times a year for office work, I will not be able to say much about Visakhapatnam. However I have enjoyed the sea beach each and every evening I stayed there. Once I also managed to visit Kailash....... More
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Sukanya
  • Sukanya
  • Lives in Vishakapatnam
  • 3 Reviews

"It's about planning it well"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Vizag is a very peaceful place to stay and have a good holiday. The places are a must in the trip to Vizag is as follows: Ramakrishna Beach, Arakku Valley, Kailashgiri Hills, Palm Beach and others of your choice. Don't forget to taste the....... More
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Bhagwan Jala
  • Bhagwan Jala
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews

"Romantic & adventurous"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Always love to visit this place. Its like every time we go, we feel its some thing new in this place. Good and very reasonable when it comes to budget also, over all we love this place. We enjoyed in Aruku and we had good fun at vizag. For sea....... More
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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
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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