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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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Maheswari Satyamurti

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  • Maheswari Satyamurti
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"Pleasant stay at Vizag" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Mountainous surroundings, well maintained roads, beautiful views and courteous people. Good hotels. Pure vegetarians may have some difficulty in finding pure veg hotel. We went to Sairam Parlour.

Tourists can visit Araku Valley approx. 120 km - Bora caves must visit. Elders may check first as there are lots of climbing stairs involved. Tribal dance time is from 12:30 to 02:00 pm. Tribal museum, coffee museum at Araku Valley, Simhachalam Temple - approx 40 km.

City sightseeing - RK beach, must visit Maritime Museum, Submarine Exhibition all on beach road. Also light house - good view of city, timing 3 pm to 5 pm. Some power cut of 1 to 2 hrs found. Night view of city is excellent. Drink lots of water - keep yourself hydrated. Best for adventure seekers, options are available.
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Ashok handa

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  • Ashok handa
  • Lives in Delhi
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  •  2 helpful votes
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"A very clean and well-maintained beach city" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I had too little time to visit the entire city but my friend, a local, drove me for a long stretch and I could see the city. From the Kailasagiri at the top of hillock one could see the city beautiful. Beaches were also very nice. Will plan another trip with wife for at least 4-5 days. Would also like to visit Naval Ships if I could get a permit.
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Milan m

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  • Milan m
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Excellent place" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Vizag is the most secure natural harbor in Asia, Visakhapatnam has some of the best and the safest beaches in the entire South Coast line of the country. If you are in the city and do not have enough time to travel long to see the beach, then the R K Beach is your best place to have fun with water. Children can find pure excitement and joy at the VUDA Park, a special park with a right mix of fun with water and a bit of green patches.
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Sandeep Reddy

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  • Sandeep Reddy
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 7 Reviews
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"Refreshing experience" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is a very good coastal city whee you can enjoy on the sea shore.

The city has a long shoreline with beaches, some of them are pretty busy too, still they seem to be peaceful and will have a festival atmosphere.

You get lot of Street food nearby the beaches.

Places to visit here are:

RK Beach: Just in the city and always crowded. Good place for swimming.

Rushikonda Beach & Bheemili beach are at a 30 mins drive to Vizag. In Rushikonda beach swimming is not allowed due to strong currents in that area, but these are good places for a family picnics, since there will be less number of people around.

Kailasagiri: This park is located high up on a hilltop. You can reach there by the taxi's, walk or aerial trams. Kailasagiri has neatly paved walkways and trimmed shrubbery.

We can enjoy the panoramic views of the city, the curved coastline of the Bay of Bengal and green hills on the other side, at a point called titanic view point.

Submarine Museum: It is the museum inside the submarine which is present on the beach road. It will be very interesting to see the interiors of them with the marine people idols inside them.
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Md Khan

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  • Md Khan
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Must visit place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Its good place for weekend destination. [3-4 days]. Good Beach for relaxation, light house and other places also very good to enjoy and relaxation.

Yarada Beach must visit in the my opinion its best beach in the vizag.

Daily tour, and weekend tour also available in the APTDC in the good money.

Araku Valley it's another hill station near to Vizag, also booking available from APTDC. one day tour: start from 6 AM by Train, and end with 9 PM by Bus Non AC.

Its beautiful place for this month, feel very good.

Special dish must eat "Bamboo Chicken".

Chicken cooked in the Bamboo. Price Rs. 250/- 1/2 kg.
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Kumar Roushan

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  • Kumar Roushan
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"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Nice place surrounded by hills but temperature is very hot due to humidity, place is very good, lovely sightseeing surrounded by hills and seashore looks awesome through airplane. Awesome stay at Visakhapatnam went to attend my friend's marriage ceremony near simhachalam.
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Rakesh Ippili

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  • Rakesh Ippili
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 4 Reviews
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"Great place for weekend"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I actually live in this place. It is an amazing place to live with its diversity of culture. People are very friendly and less polluted. The beach is amazing and very well-maintained. Arak is a nice Hills Tatiana nearby which has the world's highest broad gauge railway. This city is an industrial hub. Its surrounded by the beach and the eastern ghats.
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Mr.palav kumar bhardwaj

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  • Mr.palav kumar bhardwaj
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A peaceful place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited in the month of February, 2016. The weather was warm but not very hot. Beaches are average and nothing like as compared to Goa. Beaches here are very peaceful and perfect place to relax.

I would like to add from my experience that there is not much to do here and as I was with my girlfriend, we got bored very quickly with the place. You cannot do anything on the beaches and you start wondering after few minutes of walk on the beach, what to do next. So if you are planning your visit then plan it for 2 days or max 3 days.
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Munish Bhatia

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  • Munish Bhatia
  • Lives in Jalandhar
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"Relax and enjoy the clean city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
City is very clean, people are very nice. Good beaches for day out. Relax evening walk @ RK Beach. Enjoy Rishikonda Beach for Sea bath. Fish museum and Submarine museum to visit. One can plan for a day tour for araku. 3-4 day tour is good for exploring the city.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A trip to coastal Andhra Pradesh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had been by train to Visakhapatnam in September 2015. The port city of Visakhapatnam is the second largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It has the oldest shipyard in India and houses a natural harbour on the Indian east coast. The must-visit attractions in and around Visakhapatnam include Borra Caves, Araku Valley, Rishikonda beach, Katiki waterfalls and the Indira Gandhi zoological park and the Kailasagiri hill park. Borra caves is located 92 kilometers away from Visakhapatnam and is situated 1400 metres above sea level.

Incidentally, these caves are the biggest caves found in India. Araku Valley is located 3200 square meters above sea level and it boasts of green gardens, streams and waterfalls. Rishikonda beach is located 8 kilometers from Vizag. It is one of the best beaches in Andhra Pradesh and one can relish the aura of water sports here. The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park was established in 1977 and spans 625 acres of fertile land. The Kailasagiri hill park is located 360 feet above sea level and it is sure to be fun and frolic for children.
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