Visakhapatnam also known as Vizag is the largest city and Financial Capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
The city is home to the oldest shipyard and the only natural harbour on the east coast of India. It is referred with many nicknames such as, Goa of the East Coast, The City of Destiny, The Jewel of the East Coast. It has been selected as one of the Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under the Smart Cities Mission. As per the Swachhta Sarvekshan rankings of 2017, it is the third cleanest city in India
Visakhapatnam is one of the main tourism destinations in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The city is famous for beaches, caves and the Eastern Ghats as well as wildlife sanctuaries. About 30% of the city is covered with Greenery.
The landmarks of the city include Dolphin's Nose, Lighthouse, Kailasagiri, Beach Road, VUDA Park, Visakha Museum and Matsyadarsini (an aquarium). INS Kursura Submarine Museum is the only of its kind in India. Indira Gandhi Zoological Park in the city has variety of wildlife species
According to the history, Visakhapatnam is named after the God of Valour, Visakha, the son of Shiva and Parvati and ruler of the planet Mars and the God of War. The region boasts a mention in both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. According to the Ramayana, it is the place where Lord Rama meets his devotee, Shabari, who directed him to the mountains where Hanuman lives. Rama also met Jambhavan, the half-bear half-man, who helped him in his battle against Ravana. It was also here, that Bheema was said to have defeated the demon Bakasura. The Pandava's huge stone club can be seen in the village of Uppada, about 40 km away from the main city. Read More...
|Temperature (Deg C)||- Summer (March to May)- Max 36, Min 25
-Monsoon (June to September)
- Winter- (December-February)-Max 30, Min 18
|Altitude||15 feet above sea level|
|Clothing||Light Cottons in summers and light woolens in winters|
|Languages Spoken||Telugu, Hindi, English|
The City Of Destiny
Vishakhapatnam is built along the seashore of the Bay of Bengal, and is bounded and broken by the bold headland called the Dolphin's Nose (357m above the sea level). The city boasts of a beautiful beach with a long beach road ending at nearly Bheemunipatnam on the northern end. The surrounding area is dominated on the west by the well-forested Eastern Ghats and farther east is drained by numerous rivers, among them the Godavari and Indravati.
The city is also known as "Vizag" and is surrounded by three hills, each of which has a shrine dedicated to a different religion - Venkateswara temple (also spelt as Venkateshwara) on Venkateswara Konda, Baba Ishaq Madina Dargah on Dargah Konda and Church of the Virgin Mary on Rose hill.
Kailasa Giri is a beautiful hilltop destination offering beautiful view of the sea. The place is surrounded by Rushikonda Beach and Ramakrishna Beach on its left and hillock on its right. The name of the hill is derived from the word Kailasa, which means abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
The main attraction of the place includes ropeway trolleys, enshrined sculpture of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Road Train for kids and a huge Floral Clock. Recently emerged as a popular picnic spot, the place has several viewpoints offering beautiful view of hills and the sea.
Rushikonda Beach is dotted with golden sand and the tidy waves of Bay of Bengal . Possessing a vast stretch of water, it is an ideal beach for indulging in various water sports such as swimming, water skiing and wind surfing. Lined with green plants and foliage, the beach attracts many nature lovers and adventure lovers to the destination
One of the loveliest beaches on the East Coast, the Ramakrishna beach is a favorite resort for tourists visiting Vishakhapatnam the beach constitutes a large part of the seafront. Often referred to as twin beaches, the Ramakrishna Beach and the Lawson's Bay Beach offer beautiful views of sunset, sunrise and the natural surroundings.
Submarine Museum, the Kali Temple, VUDA Park, Matsyadarshini and War Memorial are all lined up near the beach. Offering various kinds of water activities to the travellers, the beach is popular for sunbathing and wind as well as water surfing. Deep sea angling is another prominent activity, which is carried on traditional fishing boats.
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park:
The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is located in Vishakhapatnam amidst the scenic eastern ghats of India, flanked by hills on either sides and Bay of Bengal on the east. Spread across an area of around 625 acres, the zoological park is named after Indira Gandhi the former Prime Minister of India. Surrounded by Eastern Ghats on three sides, the park has the flowing Bay of Bengal on its fourth side.
Housing more than 80 species of fauna and avifauna, the park provides natural ambiance and habitat to these species. Further, the zoological park is surrounded by Kambalakonda Reserve Forest, which also offers natural habitat to various species of birds and animals.
The park provides special sections for primates, lesser carnivores, carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, ungulates and birds. Tourists can spot various animals in the park including Rhesus Monkey, Mandrills, Tigers, Pumas, Olive and Sacred Baboons. Apart from this, Panthers, Lions, Jaguars, Wolves, Hyena, Jackals and Ratels are the prominent animals that can be seen in the park.
Ananthagiri Hills, most popularly known for their coffee plantations, are found while heading towards Araku Valley from Visakhapatnam. Located at a distance of 6 km from Vikarabad, these hills are surrounded by the ranges of the Eastern Ghats. Located at an elevation of 1,168 metres along with coffee plantations, these hills also contain mango groves and beautiful waterfalls that flow into the valley.
Ananthagiri hills can be reached via both road and rail. The closest railhead to these hills is 3 km away in Srikakulam. State buses are also available, in order to reach these hills.
About 16-km from Vishakhapatnam is Simhachalam, famous for the temple of Sri Varaha Lakshminarasimha. Architecturally this ancient temple deserves high praise. Simhachalam has derived its name from two words, Simham meaning ‘lion’ and Aachalam meaning ‘hill’, which is a town situated in Vishakapatnam. The most prominent attraction of the destination is Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple, popularly known as Simhachalam temple.
Dedicated to the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, known as Narasimha and Varaham, this temple is one of the eighteen temples in India that are dedicated to Lord Narasimha. Situated atop a hill, Simhachalam has got its name from this temple.
The major attraction is the deity of Varaha Lakshminarasimha presiding in the temple, which is always covered with sandal paste all the year round, except for one day. This day is known as Chandana Visarjana, when the sandal paste is removed and the idol is open to devotees in its original form, which is nijaroopa darshan.
Araku Valley is an extremely scenic hill station in the district of Vishakhapatnam in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Famous for its expanse of coffee plantation, the valley is surrounded by green hills, lush valleys in different shades of green, and forests all around. Located in the country’s Eastern Ghats, it is at an average altitude of 911 meters above sea level and is at a distance of 115 km from the city of Vishakhapatnam. The valley is quite close to the Orissa border in the north.
The natural beauty of the valley is the main attraction of the place and draws tourists from all over the country as well as abroad. The journey to the valley is equally enthralling passing through dense forestry and scenic hills and valleys. At about a distance of 29 km is known for Borra caves, which is famous for its million-year old stalactites and stalagmites.
At a distance of about 90-95-km from Vishakhapatnam are the Borra Caves, which attained historical and religious importance. Spread across an area of about 2 sq km, the caves are situated around 1,400 m above sea level. In 1807, the caves were discovered by William King George of the Geological Survey of India. Considered to be one of the largest caves in India, the caves have karstic limestone structures, which extend to a depth of 80 m.
A small temple inside the cave was believed to be constructed by the locals in respect to the religious incident that once happened in the region. According to the popular story narrated by the tribal people residing in this area, a cow which was grazing on the top of the caves dropped through a hole in the roof. When cowherd was searching for the cow, he came across the caves and found a stone inside the cave, which resembled a Shivalingam. Tourists can spot number of bats and golden gecko in these caves
About 25-km from Vishakhapatnam is Bheemunipatnam, also known as “Bhimili”. The most important aspect of interest at the place is the beach, which is perhaps matchless for its beauty all along the east coast. Most Beautiful Bay of Bengal on one side, the little Gosthani on the other and Ravishing Red Sand dunes on the third gracing this magnificent piece of land Bhimili is the 2nd oldest municipality of India. Bhimili is not only a beautiful piece of land but also is a Historical treasure and even got a place in Hindu mythological story.