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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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Vinay Tata

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  • Vinay Tata
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 6 Reviews
  •  46 readers

"Very Good place to stay" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
This is second time I have checked in to Meghalaya hotel. You will definitely enjoy the ambience and hospitality of the hotel.
Food service is very good and you can have drinks at your room itself. Good center to roam beaches, railway station & airport.
Breakfast complimentary is good
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Biswajit Ghosh

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  • Biswajit Ghosh
  • 1 Review
  •  62 readers

"Very nice city" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Vizag is a nice cosy city nestled between hills and ocean. Clean well maintained and very less on pollution count ... Weather is mostly pleasant during the winter months (december-january). Nice eating joints all across the city. Nearby places like araku are readily accesible ...
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Kandachamy vijayakumaran

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  • Kandachamy vijayakumaran
  • 2 Reviews
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"A good mix of everything" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is one of the places where I had spent one third of my adult life. I love revisiting because of the unending charm of the place.

You can spend a good time in the fabulous parks: VUDA Park, Shivaji Park, Tenneti park or Kailas Gri.

You can go to beaches at RK Beach, Rushikonda, Yarada, etc.

You can spend some time in Rushikonda, Thotlakonda and Bheemunipatnam driving along the beach road.

You can go to Araku or see Borra Caves on jolly trip.

Shopping opportunities are plenty.

Connectivity is very good.

Hotels and hospitality is wonderful.

Good time - November to March - January most ideal.
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Chirag Solanki

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  • Chirag Solanki
  • Lives in Indore
  • 14 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  2628 readers

"Jewel Of the east coast" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Visakhapatnam is a well organised and maintained port city. Being the first port and also the first southern city I visited, the experience was over whelming.
You will a find a refreshing energy that binds the city together, spreading positive vibes all over.
The beaches are one of the cleanest in the country with good connectivity with the city. RK Beach is one of my favourite, being host to a no of good cafes and eating places just at face of it, giving you a pleasurable experience of the view and the sound of waves smashing against the rocks. The beach also hosts shops all along the border at night.
City is an amazing example in term of its perfect blend of development, maintenance, Cleanliness with the natural beauty making it stand apart from the rest. You will enjoy the view even if travelling around the city. Traffic is comparatively low, roads are clean and worth riding.
Food is good, Auto Rickshaws are also reasonable but make sure you bargain good before making a deal, Local buses may consume your time(if at all you plan to travel in it ). Google translator may come in handy although Hindi and English will do your work.
Places to travel can be searched on google and they are many of it but don't miss the train safari at kailashgiri and the sunset at RK beach.
Overall it is one the best cities I have visited.
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Roking Tharun

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  • Roking Tharun
  • Lives in Guntur
  • 2 Reviews
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"City of destiny"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited city if destiny, vizag recently. There are lot of experiences for me in this city. Who ever comes 2 this city their spot will be are. K beach for sure. I enjoyed there. Later I also visited yarada beach and enjoyed there as well. Coming to food there are lot of five star hotels in this city which includes novotel. The food in this city is good. We can find all Indian foods in this city. The city climate is also attracting me to stay there only. Coming to shopping we have shopperstop and cmr central as well, where we can find lot of brands to buy. Overall this city is good one to visit at least once.
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Prasanna katakam

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  • Prasanna katakam
  • 5 Reviews
  •  383 readers

"Very Clean city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Very Clean snd neat city to visit. I did not even see a single plastic bottel or cover or paper.
Transportation : Good amount public and private transport with very reasonable price.
Places to visit : Beaches, historic places, submarines, hilly places.
Food : More of South Indian food and at some places like borra caves you will get Bengali food even.
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Vrunda gadgil

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  • Vrunda gadgil
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  514 readers

"Picturesque and clean city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Vishakhapatnam is a beautiful, clean ( compared to other cities in India) It has vast sea shore on one side and lush green mountains on the other, which is a rare combination. It can be a perfect destination for your family trip.
Apart from numerous beaches, where you can go swimming, boating etc. There are some nicely developed picnic spots on hill tops. One such place is Kailasgiri which has huge Shiv-Parvati statues, toy train which gives you magnificent 360 degree view of the city. You can go on the top either by car or cable car ( rope way)
There is a very ancient Simhachalam Temple and Borra caves which are a must see destinations.
We visited in October, when it was pretty hot there. So probably winter would be better time to visit weather wise.
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Ajay kumar d

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  • Ajay kumar d
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 2 Reviews
  •  501 readers

"Very good"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Rr grand was super and it's good to stay and room was excellent and also room service ... Breakfast is not nice and lunch and dinner was awesome and bathroom is good and atmosphere of the hotel is comfortable and good to visit again in to the hotel. Worker also good. Room reception is also very good and I can give rating 6 out of 7 ... Thankyou
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Pratik Ghoshal

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  • Pratik Ghoshal
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 7 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  596 readers

"Exotic Vishwakapatnam, beautiful sea beach"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A beautiful place, with beautiful sea beaches and simachLam scenic beauty with interesting borra caves and lots and lots of fun in rishikonda beach. Hotel Grand is very good hotel with good hospitality, ambience, and good food. The attendants are very friendly. Hotel rooms are spacious neat and clean. Travel assistance provided in the hotel ...
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Susmita Bhattacherjee

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  • Susmita Bhattacherjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 photo
  • 7 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  2936 readers

"Wonderful wind-up tour"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Vizag is one my favourite city. I am in love with this city not only for its coastline but for its maintenance and cleanliness.

The place is a perfect combo of mountain and sea. Subsequently it provides a large array of sightseeing places to choose from.

I'll recommend my friends and relatives to keep this place in their holiday destination list.
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