Visakhapatnam - Vizag
- Visakhapatnam- A Jewel on the East Coast
The port city of Visakhapatnam or Vizag traces its origins back to 260
B.C when it was part of Ashokas Kalinga Kingdom. The city has served as a
citadel of power for many great rulers and also the colonial powers,
until finally it was integrated with the Indian Union. Vizag is a
melange of surprises offering a wealth of culture and a myriad of
natural blessings, thus dazzling travelers of all sorts. Vizag has the
countrys largest ship building yard, a beautiful natural harbor, and
gorgeous sun-kissed beaches with swaying coconut palms.
Vizag boasts of a rich history and scenic elegance which very few places in the country can surpass. Visakhapatnam derives its name from the god of valor and courage- Lord Visakha. The backdrop of the majestic Eastern Ghats add further to the beauty and grandeur of the place. The place was a major Buddhist center in ancient times. From being a sleepy fishing hamlet, Vizag has seen an amazing growth over a short span of time as the magic beanstalk in the fairytale story. Vizag remains an exemplary example of Andhra at its best.
At a distance of 8 km is the picturesque beach of Rishikonda, with
lush green hills in the background. The pristine golden beach is an
ideal spot for swimming and water sports activities like skiing, wind
surfing and also for sunbathing. The majestic Sri Sapta Rusheswara
Temple built in the 14th century is located in Rishikonda.
The picture perfect beach of Bheeminupatnam or Bheemli is considered to be one of the safest beaches in the state. The beach with its gently swaying palm trees epitomizes serenity and peace at its best. The 25 km drive hugging the coastline from Vizag to Bheemli offers breathtaking views.
Dolphins Nose is undisputedly the most prominent and signature landmark of Vizag. This massive hillock rises to about 350 mt height resembling a Dolphins nose. This enormous hillock protects the natural harbor here. The Light House of Vizag is located on top of it.
The Ramakrishna beach also known as R.K beach attracts hordes of tourists and locals. There is an array of places of interest located along the stretch of the beach including the Submarine Museum, the Aquarium, the Visakha Museum, the War memorial, and a number of parks and open spaces.
Kailasagiri Park on the lush green park offers panoramic views of the city of Vizag and Bay of Bengal. The Park located at a height of 130 meters has many viewpoints and a huge idol of the celestial couple of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvathi. There is also an art gallery and a capsule lift to the highest view point.
Set amidst thick woods at a distance of 16 km from Vizag is the exquisitely sculptured Simhachalam temple. The temple is an example of architectural brilliance at its best with exquisite carving on its pillars and walls.
The Vuda Park named after the former chief minister of A.P, Mr. N.T Rama Rao, has musical fountains, facilities for boating, horseback riding and camel riding facilities.
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park set in the lush green Eastern Ghats has the Bay of Bengal on its Eastern boundary. Spread over a distance of 625 acres, it offers Deer safaris and wildlife safari.
At a distance of 112 km is the pleasant hill station of Araku Valley. The place is set amidst the thick forests of Eastern Ghats at a height of 3200 ft. The botanical gardens at Padmapuram, Government Silk Farm with Mulberry gardens, and the Tribal Museum are some of the biggest attractions of Araku.
About 90 km from Vizag on the way to Araku valley is the spectacular Borra caves. The caves have stalactite and stalagmite formations evolved over millions of years. The place offers a spectacular natural display for the eyes to feast on.
The ancient Buddhist site of Thotlakonda is about a distance of 16 km from Vizag. Extensive excavations undertaken in the region has unearthed several structural remains. Bavikonda, another important Buddhist heritage site, is located at a distance of about 15 km from Vizag. The Buddhist monastery here flourished between 3rd century B.C and 3rd century A.D. Several artifacts have been unearthed from the region.
Sri Sapta Rusheswara Temple
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Thotlakonda- ancient Buddhist site
Bavikonda- ancient Buddhist site
- Best Time To Visit
September to February.
- How to Reach
Vizag airport, located at a distance of 16 km from the city is well connected to all major South Indian Cities.
Vizag is well connected by rail.
Well connected by road. Hyderabad is at a distance of 650 km.