Visakhapatnam Tourism
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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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Ashok  Mondal
  • Ashok Mondal
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 10 Reviews

"Attractive Vizag" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 days 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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Rajesh Kumar
  • Rajesh Kumar
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 2 Reviews

"Best for tourism" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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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Soubhik bhowmick
  • Soubhik bhowmick
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Very enjoyable experience with food and frolics" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was indeed a very enjoyable and delightful experience altogether. We had a gala time in the hotel stay in Vizag and Araku and visit almost all the places as per the plan and tour options available there. Some of the locations are not covered under the plan as we went in off-season although we have enjoyed our journey with good food and places to stay.
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Pranab kumar kundu
  • Pranab kumar kundu
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 7 Reviews

"A very pleasant place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Very pleasant place to visit for Vizag-Araku rail-cum-road tour early in the morning & also Vizag city tour by APTDC, also famous for Ramakrishna Beach. These two tours must be done be every tourist. We went to sea beach twice. There are shortage of Mughlai or Chinese foods and momos.
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Mahesh Menda
  • Mahesh Menda
  • Lives in Srikakulam
  • 2 Reviews

"Perfect place to get relaxed" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Experience was good. Araku was the most beautiful and there are lot of places to visit for example beaches, Kailashagiri, naval base, ship yard, steel plant, scenic hills, valleys and lakes. Overall, it's a beautiful landscape. One who is interested in nature's beauty can feel this as one of the best location.
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Suprodip Das
  • Suprodip Das
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Good for a romantic visit or getaway"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I really enjoyed Vizag beaches but I must say sea beaches like Digha, Pur, Chandipur, Gopalpur are also very good and reasonable.

During summer we must avoid Vizag due to hot and humid climate. Cab for local sightseeing can be taken from other travel agents as the hotels will add their own commission if they arrange cars for you.
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Surinder Singh
  • Surinder Singh
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 6 Reviews

"Vizag is definately a place for peaceful enjoyable visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Vizag has most beautiful beaches all across India. Your choice of hotel can make a lot of difference on your visit, I strongly recommend Novotel, taj Gateway hotel and most amazing park hotel which is right on the beach. There is greenery, seaview and even malls to enjoy. A Boat ride is also available at a nearby beach, I could not visit Araku valley but people told me it is a fantastic place to visit, so you can also go there if you have time.
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Arnab Manna
  • Arnab Manna
  • Lives in Bardhaman
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"A memorable trip to Vizag"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This Feb we got a chance to travel to Vizag. I must say, it was a great experience for us. The city has to offer so many stuffs to visit, starting from Hills, Parks, Shopping Malls, Temples, Heavy Industries, Fishing Harbor. But few of the beaches are simply outstanding. Also the places around Vizag are exclusive.
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Arnab Chakraborty
  • Arnab Chakraborty
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Co-existence of deep blue sea and serene mountains"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you want to see the perfect combination and co-existence of deep blue sea and serene mountains, have a trip to Visakhapatnam also known as Vizag in AP, India. We had a 3 nights day trip to this coastal city on the eastern part of India and it was a very good trip though we travelled in March'2015 (just few days back). Actually the appropriate timing is from November to February when the temperature is normal and you can have a nice holiday here.
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V b rao Rekapalli
  • V b rao Rekapalli
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 11 Reviews

"Very Thrilling Stay"

  • 3/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a very cool and quite place with very courteous people in the city to guide you as and when you need. I visit frequently as I have business interests as well as near and dear relatives. The beaches are mostly common destination spots for the travelers to this coastal city.
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