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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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Srikanth Balabadruni

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"Must visit caves, water falls" new review

  • 5.5/7
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We travelled to araku to visit borra caves which was famous in India, andhra pradesh and this is located near Araku which was called as Andhra Ooty, because here temperature will be near to zero in winter season, here we can see a lot of things, good nature, good forest, water falls, best travelling experience in our life it will be after you visit, you will enjoy a great food.
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Chakravathi .

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"City of destiny" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Cool, romantic, spacious, enjoyable, mobility, movies, funny, shopping malls, go carting. Every place I visited is good and can enjoy everywhere, and some educational tourist places like submarine, museum, zoo, thotlakonda etc. This city is nice for couples, business persons, group visits, tours like educational tours, summer vacations and all.
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"Beautiful place with country's largest ports" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Visakhapatnam is considered a centre for education in Andhra Pradesh. Visakhapatnam has one of the country's largest ports and its oldest shipyard. It has the only natural harbour on the eastern coast of India. As the city is located on the Bay of Bengal, the humidity remains high throughout the year. The months from November to February are the best times to visit the city.
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Mani Mani

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"A mixture of all elements of nature and amusement" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Visakhapatnam also known as Vizag is a good destination for students for their tours, couples to enjoy themselves and also a relaxing location. The beauty of the city lies in its cleanliness and well maintained beaches and visiting spots. It's a good experience riding in the city. We have providers of cab facilities like OLA. Coming to the accommodation, seriously guys at least you have to spend 1000 for a decent room.
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"City of Sea and Montains" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Vizag, a port of Andhra Pradesh is a city of sea and mountains. It's calm and the quite natural beauty attracts tourists. The ideal time of visit at Vizag is between October to February. The nearby place of Vizag like Ramakrishna Beach, Sea Aquarium, Submarine, Dolphin's Nose, Naval Museum, Light House, Simhachalam Temple, Kailasa Giri, Yarada Beach, Rishikonda Beach and Ramanaidu Film City are also very attractive and beautiful and enjoyable tourist spots. The journey from Vizag to Ramanaidu Film City by road is awesome. Araku Valley trip from Vizag by train and return back to Vizag is also very attractive and joyful journey.
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Gopi Chand

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"A good city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It's a sea shore city, lot of beaches are available, tourism is good, good opportunities for students doing internship. In vizag steel plant, BHPV, shipyard etc are famous. Kailasagiri tourism is very good, small rope way is available to the hill, it was a nice and short journey.
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"A good place to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The destination was good and we went with my family. It was good to be in Vizag after a long time. Though it seemed shaken by the hud hud cyclone. It was business as usual for the people out there. I enjoyed a lot while coming to Visakhapatnam by road and stay at Visakhapatnam in a hotel where cordial relation with customers is given by the staff and other persons. This is also a good place to enjoy.
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Venkata Tejomurthula

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"Visit to Visakhapatnam" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I enjoyed a lot while coming to Visakhapatnam by road and stay at Visakhapatnam in a hotel where cordial relation with customers by the staff and other persons. This is also a good place to enjoy with children during vacations and other auspicious occasions.
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"Vacation destination with sea" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We stayed at Iskcon temple near Rishikonda beach and it is right on sea. It is a temple complex with excellent facility. Riding cable car to reach top of Kailash Giri Hill is quite an amazing experience. Toy train riding over hill top is fun for all. One can lookout for visiting Aquarium and Submarine at Ramakrishna Beach.
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"Good destination to hangout"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The destination was good and I went with my family. It was good to be in Vizag after a long time. Though it seemed shaken by the hud hud cyclone. It was business as usual for the people out there. The spirits are high and they we confident of restoring the place back to its normalcy.
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