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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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Bonam Kedarnath

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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Good place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Nice city, well maintained. Good care taken by local bodies. Very well access to the city from everywhere. Places to visit
Vuda park, rk beach, kailashagiri, marine drive, rushikonda, ramanaidu studios, ins kurusura submarine museum, shopping malls, simhachalamand many more parks which are well maintained. Do not go to shilparamam, which is at madhurawada which is approx 12 kms away from vizag city. There is nothing to see in this shilparamam. No handicraft shops, boating nor food available in shilparamam. No maintenance of washrooms, garden was not clean. No volunteers to guide or explain the place. I recommend not to go shilparamam by seeing promotions by aptdc and other travel agencies
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Dathoore

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"Amazing"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Great and amazing stay at Visakhapatnam. The Beach, Submarine museum, Kailashgiri and caves are all great and it is highly recommended to visit Visakhapatnam at least once with family and enjoy the tour. I have a amazing stay at Green Park Hotel which is located very near to are. K. Puram beach and the food along-with cordial and ever smiling staff are excellent. Complimentary breakfast served is second to none. Highly recommended to visit Visakhapatnam and have a comfortable stay at Green Park Hotel.
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Vinod

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"Visit for wisdom"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I am a tour guide and been first time in vizag. I fully recommend vizag for a spiritual and wisdom trip as well entertainment and flash of the waves at rushikonda beach. Knowledge and wisdom are archival at. Museums, park, caves, lakes, and SUBMARINE. MUST YOUR CHILDREN THERE.
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Abhijit Pal

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  • Lives in Gurgaon
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  •  67 helpful votes
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"Nice and relaxing experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Visakhapatnam (Vizag) is an excellent port city in Andhra Pradesh. It is the hub of core industries - like oil refinery, steel plant, heavy machinery and also a naval base. However, the visit to Vizag is not for the industrial tour, but to visit its serene beaches and one of the most scenic valley - Araku valley. October to March is the best season to visit. The temperature goes up significantly from April and with early onset of monsoon, the sea becomes rough from June onwards.

The city is surrounded by hill from three sides, with Bay of Bengal on other side. From Kailasagiri hill at the north and Dolphin's nose at the south, one can get breathtaking view of the city and the port. The entire road from RK Beach to Rushikonda beach to Thotlakonda beach is a scenic driveway. Nice and clean road, with hill at one side and the beaches at other side. The best part is that the beaches are serene and less crowded (except Rushikonda).

The ancient Buddhist monastery at Thotlakonda beach is being developed by VUDA and ASI and will be a great place for attraction in near future. Till now, it is less known. This is an ancient monastery - which was flourished during Satavahana dynasty. The view of Thotlakonda beach from the Monastery is awesome.

The other attractions includes the Submarine museum - the only such museum in Asia. A place of must visit. The museum is located at RK Beach.

Being a coastal region, fish is the main attraction. A simple meal with rice, Dal and fish fry at APTDC restaurant is worth mentioning. While Andhra cuisine is rich in spices, the taste is unique and keep a lingering taste in mouth. The masala-muri at RK Beach, as well as pani-puri is the snacks - ideal as evening snacks.

This time we did not visit Araku Valley due to paucity of time. It is better to keep two days for Araku valley - so that one can enjoy the calmness of the valley and also has adequate time to visit Borra Caves, with a sip of Araku coffee. During Vizag visit, please keep time for morning walk at RK Beach. No vehicle is allowed in the beach road during morning hours - till 7:30 AM. The pleasant walk can end with a darshan at Kali Mata mandir.

One word of caution. Be careful with auto-drivers - specially if you are taking auto from RK Beach. Bargaining is essential, otherwise they will charge exorbitant fare.
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Jaideep Khanduja

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  • 8 Reviews
  •  155 helpful votes
  •  382 readers

"A Perfect Weather in March"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I was fearing to face high humidity but that was not at all the case. High and cool breeze during the daytime made it an excellent experience. Even while travelling or outside, heat doesn't bother you. It is almost cool all the time even during the day when the temperature was around 30 degrees. I stayed at WelcomHotel Grand Bay that is on the beach road. And the beach is just a few metres away on a walking distance.
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Soyabsha

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"I love Visakhapatnam. Its the city of love. Relaxed"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Visakhapatnam is ALSO know as vizag. It is huge city located in Andhra Pradesh, India. In Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam is the city of love .. Here we have many palaces to visit. We have to Beach which is very famous in vizag. Many tourists came here visit Visakhapatnam I many palaces. You have all facilities here. Like shops. Cab's, etc. So in life visit Visakhapatnam once .. Thanks for watching
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Revanth sid

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"Awesome private beach at The Park-Vizag, wonderful Borra caves !!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We stayed at the Park for one day and night. The private beach experience was amazing. In Vizag we visited RK beach, Submarine museum. Next morning we has planned to visit Araku valley. Train ride to Araku through tunnels is spectacular.
Borra caves is a not to miss place few kms before reaching araku. Araku is a scenic beauty. Suggest not to spend much time visiting the parks in araku as they literally have nothing to offer but charge some entry free. Instead spend time admiring the nature an feeling the cool breezes.
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Avi bhargav

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"Great"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2017
Visakhapatnam is very good city. It is different from other city. It has clean atmosphere and it has no dust on the road. The city is neat and clean and ihave spend great time with this city. I visit kailasagiri, visakha meseum, ramakrishna beach, simhachalam temple, indira gandhi zoological park, rishikonda beach and etc you must visit arku velley
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Naveenreddy.nr

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"The amazing beach view"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 21, 2017
Hello all, this is naveen from Chennai.
That was my first visit to vizag and stayed at novotel. One of the most beautiful beach views in india, im telling you. Hotel was very good, good service, the main thing is I planned for two days trip but later I have changed my mind to stay for days there.
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Kislay Singh

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"Good place for a weekend"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 19, 2017
Visakhapatnam is a good place for a weekly tour for 3-4 days. Visakhapatnam is famous for its beaches, ports, sea food. Visakhapatnam has various tourist spots of which my best place was the Kailasagiri and Rk Beach.
There are various hotels near Rk Beach where you can get sea face rooms. The best seafood you can get here. There is film studio, Rk Beach, navy museum, zoological park.
There is araku valley and Bora caves near Visakhapatnam which is best tourist destination. The road is good, you can see the nature and the mountains.
Visakhapatnam is best place and you can enjoy a lot.
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