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 Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)

History: Named after Visakha, the Hindu God of Valour, Visakhapatnam was once part of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka's vast empire. Later, it was ruled by the Andhra kings of Vengi, and other South Indian dynasties, including the Pallavas, Cholas and Gangas. In the 15th century, it became part of the Vijayanagar Empire. It finally came into British hands in the 17th century, after which it was developed into a major port.
 Description: The second busiest port in India after Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is rapidly becoming the largest shipyard in the country. It is an important industrial town and naval base as well. The town makes a convenient point from which to visit some of the beautiful beaches along the Bay of Bengal and  many picturesque temple towns of the northern coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh. An ideal destination, it caters to the religious minded, the Buddhist pilgrim, the fun-lovers and adventure-seekers. A number of beaches and a long stretch of road along the sea-shore up to Bheemunipatnam town, the second oldest municipality in the country, are a pleasure to experience. No trip to Vizag is complete without a journey at Araku, 110 km away, a lovely valley nestled amidst the high Eastern Ghats. Simhachalam temple, Rishikonda beach, the Dolphin's Nose hillock projecting into the sea ,enchantment unlimited - that is Visakhapatnam.

Vishakhapatnam Quick facts

  • Vishakhapatnam Geography and Climate

    Geographically Vishakapatnam  is located in   such a zone where  a moderate climate is enjoyed .. Average Temperature is 30-35 degree Celsius.

  • Best time to visit Vishakhapatnam

    During Nava rathri festival is  the best time to visit temples in Visakhaptanam.

  • Vishakhapatnam Orientation

    Vizag is an important industrial town and naval base as well. The second busiest port in India after Mumbai. Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is rapidly becoming the largest shipyard in the country. Vizag harbour is one of the natural harbours in the world. A temple, mosque and church are located on hills overlooking the harbour. The Vizag beaches, particularly the Ramakrishna Beach, are lovely and serene. The beaches are ideal for swimming and water sports. On the north of Vizag is this pretty cove, Lawson's Bay, ideal for swimming. Old Dutch museum and the drive to Bheemli are also very enjoyable.

  • Vishakhapatnam Near Getaways

    A perfect getaway from the city is the Ananthagiri Hills, which are the beautiful, lush ranges of the Eastern Ghats. The coffee plantations which you will encounter on the way to the hills are also worth a mention.

  • Vishakhapatnam Distance(s)

    Vishakapatnam, a south Indian harbour city is the commercial and industrial heart of Andra Pradesh's isolated Northeast corner. Andra Pradesh is the Southeastern state of India. Vizag is the only place on the east coast where the hills (Eastern Ghats) and the sea meet.

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  • How to reach Vishakhapatnam by Road

    Visakhapatnam is 650 km from Hyderabad and 350 km from Vijayawada. Regular bus services are available to Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Chennai and Tirupati.

  • How to reach Vishakhapatnam by Rail

    Visakhapatnam is a major junction on the commercially important                       Chennai  Kolkata rail line. As such the city is well connected by rail with New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Daily express trains are available to all these four major cities.

  • How to reach Vishakhapatnam by Air

    Connected with Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bhubaneshwar. Indian Airlines flies daily to Hyderabad and five times a week to Chennai, New. Delhi and Kolkata.

  • How to reach Vishakhapatnam by Water

    To Port Blair, the capital isle of Andaman- Nicobar Islands a boat leaves once in every two months. It is a journey of 15 hour and it can be booked at the Shipping office, which is on AV Bhanoji Row( Tele- 565 597 ) within the port complex. An early booking is highly advisable.

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    Vishakhapatnam Festivals and culture

  • Vishakhapatnam Festivals

    A majority of the religious festivals in India come wrapped with a mythological tale. Whatever be the story, the message is one and simple: The triumph of good over evil. 
    Navaratri: Come October, it's time for Navaratri, a festival celebrated across India with fervour. Navaratri is a nine-day festival and it is celebrated in different parts of the country in different ways. In Andhra Pradesh it is celebrated by hosting Bommala Koluvu, the Bengali's call it Durga Puja and the people in general term it as Navaratri. Though there are many stories associated with the festival, the most accepted one is the slaying of the demon king Mahishasura by the Goddess. The demon king who with the help of a boon from Lord Brahma and Shiva that no living being or God would be able to kill him, terrorised the three worlds and was finally slain by the all powerful Mother Shakti in the form of Durga on the Maha Ashtami Day.

  • Vishakhapatnam Culture

    Vizag has Indian culture with a little bit of modern touch. The Visakha Music Academy (VMA), a premier cultural organisation is serving the cause of classical music and dance since 1969. Club culture is also fast catching on: The purpose of going to the club would be to socialise or for a game of shuttle, tennis or snooker, or a dip in the pool, or watch a movie, or have a drink, or for a workout at the health club or probably settle down with a book in the well stacked library.

  • Vishakhapatnam Religious Places

    : One of the most exquisitely sculpted shrines of Andhra Pradesh, Simhachalam temple is situated 16 km from Vizag among thickly wooded hills. The beautifully-carved 16-pillared Natya mantapa and the 96-pillared Kalyana mantapa bear testimony to the architectural brilliance of the temple. The image of the presiding deity, Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy, is covered by a thick layer of sandalwood paste.

  • Vishakhapatnam Monuments

    Dolphin's Nose
    : One of the prime tourist attractions in Visakhapatnam is the Dolphin's Nose, which is a huge rock that looks as its name suggests. This unique structure stands tall at a massive height of over 350 meters.

    Borra Caves: The Borra caves situated at a distance of about 90-95-km from Vishakhapatnam is an important tourist attraction. It is famous for its historical and religious significance.

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    Vishakhapatnam Entertainment and Night Life

  • Vishakhapatnam Adventure

    The Araku-Paderu agency track offers excellent places for trekking, bird watching, camping and adventure in the wilds. Tourists can also make a visit to the million year old Borra Caves and to Araku the only hill station of AP and Similiguda the highest broad gauge railway station in India. The Eastern Ghats offer excellent places for trekking, bird watching, camping and adventure in the wilds. In one word we can say Vizag and Tourism are made for each other.

  • Vishakhapatnam Nightlife

    Visakhapatnam has a very average nightlife, so not much can be said about this aspect of the city, although it has a few discos and a couple of lounge bars.

  • Kidding around Vishakhapatnam

    : Just 8Kms from Vizag, Rushikonda beach is a picture perfect setting with golden sands, surf, sea and hill cottages overlooking the grand vista. For lovers of swimming and water sports, like skiing and wind surfing, Rushikonda is an ideal destination.

  • Vishakhapatnam Shopping

    Perhaps industrial centre is the exact term for Visakhapatnam. Though Vizag is not a shopper's paradise, it has some quality things to set you on a shopping spree. Indeed you must be pondering over the question of 'what of buy', so here comes the answer. From this port city, you can purchase jewellry, handicrafts, clothes and traditional South Indian metal utensils. To get handicrafts, Lepakshi Emporium, Art Museum and Girijan Co-operative Society are good places that offer most of the famous state works. Dabagardens is a great place to buy sports gears, ranging from cricket sets to skates. If you want to buy jewellry, then Kurupam Market is the popular gold and silver  Owing to the proximity of many shops in markets, you can get great bargains. Markets at Waltair, RTC Complex, TSR complex, Jagadamda Junction, Kurupam and Dwaraka Nagar are quite popular amongst the people.

  • Famous To Eat at Vishakhapatnam

    Vizag has typical Andhraite cuisine. It is a must to try the Vizag seafood, which is mainly fish and prawn cooked in sesame and coconut oils. Vizag is also known for its great variety of pickles and chilli powders. Being more of a commercial centre, with businessmen pouring in from all over the world, Visakhapatnam has many good restaurants with a variety of cuisines.

  • Vishakhapatnam Museum and Hill Stations

    Submarine Museum
    : The Indian Navy has installed a decommissioned Submarine I.N.S. Kurusura on the sands of R K Beach, Visakhapatnam, as a Museum for the display to the public and tourists as well. This is the first of its kind in Asia. The aim of setting up of this museum is to create awareness among the public to know how the submarines work during wartime and how the crew takes action etc. 
    Araku - Hill Station: It is situated at a distance of 112 km from Visakhapatnam. A pleasant hill station famous for its scenic gardens with lush green nature, valleys, waterfalls and streams. The journey to Araku valley on the Eastern Ghats with thick forest on either sides is itself highly interesting and pleasant. The place is over 3200ft. high with a bracing climate. 
    The Botanical Garden at Padmapuram, Government Silk Farm with Mulberry gardens is the live examples to know the socio-economic conditions of the area.

  • Gardens and Parks at Vishakhapatnam

    The Vuda Park
    : This park is located on the Sun and Sea beach. The park named after Mr. N.T. Rama Rao, former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, popularly known as Vuda Park is a heavy crowd puller and has dancing musical fountains, boating facility, skating rink, a well-equipped gymnasium and a stable offering pleasure rides on camels and horses.

    Indira Gandhi Zoological Park: Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, situated in between the National Highway -5 & Beach road, spreading over an area of 625 acres, exhibits about 700 animals belonging to about 89 species. The important attractions of the Zoo are Deer Safari, Nocturnal animals, Toy train, Shanty Sarovar view, Zoo van drive and Bay of Bengal view points.

  • Lake at Vishakhapatnam

    Ramakrishna Beach
    : It is located 5km from the centre of Visakhapatanam. It is one of the most prominent beaches on the East Cost. It is commonly called as R K Beach. The important landmarks in the city  are. Submarine Museum, Visakha Museum, Aquarium. A  number of road side parks with children play equipments & lawns, War Memorial, statues of eminent personalities and many more are situated in this beach .
    Lawson's Bay Beach: Another important beach in the city, Lawsons Bay Beach has beautiful golden sands and lush green vegetation.

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    Vishakhapatnam Tips

  • Vishakhapatnam Travel Tips

    While visiting religious places, remove your shoes outside and respect the traditions of the place. Prefer carrying traveller's cheques instead of cash. These cheques can be easily exchanged at various money exchangers. Don't leave your personal belongings unattended. Rather than travelling alone, prefer moving in groups.

  • Vishakhapatnam Tourist Offices

    Tourist Information officer Regional Tourist Information Bureau, Vudda Building, Siripuram, Visakhapatnam - 530 003 Phone : 91-0891-2754716 Andhra Pradesh Tourist Information Counter Visakhapatnam Railway Station

  • Vishakhapatnam ATM's

    HSBC ATM Centers: Area Sirripuram Junction Address Dutt Island, Shop No.5, Sirripuram Junction, Visakhapatnam 530 003 Andhra Pradesh Area T.B. Road Address Vinayagar Paradise, Door No. 10-1-38/b, Waltair Uplands, T.B. Road, Visakhapatnam 530 003 Andhra Pradesh

  • Must do at Vishakhapatnam

    Most popular thing to do in Visakhapatnam is to go to the Ramakrishna beach, which is officially labelled as the most beautiful beach of the east coast.

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