Location: Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh
Major Attractions: Beaches, Borra Caves, Araku Valley
Best Time to Visit: November to February
Temperature: Summer: 34 – 45?C, and Winter: 18 – 39?C
Also known as Vizag, Visakhapatnam is a wonderful city gifted with amazing tourist attractions. It is the famous port city of Andhra Pradesh. Steeped in sheer natural beauty, it boasts of majestic hills, arresting beaches along the Bay of Bengal coastline and fascinating valleys. It is popular for its biggest ship building yard in the entire country and is affectionately dubbed as the ‘Jewel of the East Coast’.
Visakhapatnam is a leading exporter of ivory, indigo, textiles and tobacco. It also deals in fertilizers, steel, petro chemicals, ship building and oil refinery.
According to the legends, this city was named after the God Vaishaka. The city finds mention in the great Hindu epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata. During the 5th century BC, this town was a part of the Kalinga territory and Buddhist Empire also existed in this region. It was once ruled by the great King Ashoka.
The city is headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command. The beautiful rivers like Godavari and Indravati flow through this city, adding more charm to it. The city also boasts of three enchanting hills namely Sri Venkateswara Konda, Ross hill and Dargakonda.
Major Attractions of Visakhapatnam
Kailasagiri Hill Park
It is a beautiful attraction located on a hilltop. Visit this site and treat your senses with mind-blowing scenic views.
Visakhapatnam is also famous for its two enchanting beaches: Rishikonda Beach and Ramakrishna Beach. Tourists come here to relax in the beautiful surroundings.
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Hemmed in by hills, the Park is located amidst the picturesque eastern ghats of India. To the east of the Park lies Bay of Bengal. The Park is a home to several enchanting species of birds and mammals.
The other attractions of the city are Venkateswara Temple of Lord Shiva, Church of the Virgin Mary, VUDA Park, Baba Ishaq Madina Dargah, Simhachalam temple and Dolphin’s Nose ( a rocky promontory in the port).
Tourists can also go on an excursion from Visakhapatnam:
It is located around 115 km from Visakhapatnam and is famous for beautiful orchards and Ananthagiri Ghats.
Holding religious and historical significance, these caves are located at a distance of around 90 km from the city. Discovered in 1807, these caves look wondrous with its irregularly shaped stalactites and stalagmites.
Shopping in Visakhapatnam
The city offers fine quality gold and silver jewelry.
Visakhapatnam offers accommodation starting from budget hotels to luxury hotels.
How to Reach Visakhapatnam
By Air: The domestic airport at Visakhapatnam connects it to cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad by daily flights.
By Rail: The city is well connected with the main cities of India such as Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai by rail.
By Road: National Highway 5 (Howrah to Chennai) passes through the city. APSRTC buses and private buses connect major cities of the state and the neighboring areas with Visakhapatnam.
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