Visakhapatnam is an industrial city located on the south east coast of the Indian state Andhra Pradesh. It is the second largest city of the state and is also the Home of the Eastern Naval Command. The city was named after Visakha, the Lord of Valor. This city situated about 625km from the capital city Hyderabad has the Bay of Bengal towards its East. This city is also known as the “The Jewel of The East Coast” and “Goa of the East Coast” owing to its virgin beaches, the enchanting landscapes, the mesmerizing hills and the ever smooth roads. Visakhapatnam being the Port City has rapidly developed over the years. Some of the state-owned heavy industries and steel plants are present here and it also houses India’s oldest shipyard and largest ports. The breathtaking valleys, the deep blue sea and the sun-kissed beaches add to the beauty of the place.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
VISAKHA MUSEUM (VISAKHAPATNAM MUNICIPAL CORPORATION MUSEUM): Here the visitors interested in antique, historics and artifacts can have a gala time observing the different collections of coins, portraits, manuscripts is, jewellery etc. The artifacts of the Kalingandhra region can also be found in this museum.
INDIRA GANDHI ZOOLOGICAL PARK: This park provides good experience and recreation for people who are tired of the city hustle. The wildlife of this place is renowned amongst the people.
KAMBALAKONDA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY: This is located in the outskirts of the city and houses various rare species of animals. This place provides quite an experience to the visitors due to the animals that it houses. It covers an area of about
LAWSON’S BAY BEACH: This beach is an ideal place for swimmers who can have a gala time in the crystal clear water. The serene environment with the golden sand and the luscious green environment is a place that should not be missed by people traveling to Vishakhapatnam. One can go for sunbathing or swimming and can enjoy the enchanting beauty of the place.
SIMHACHALAM: This is a popular pilgrim centre as it houses the Sri Varaha Lakshminarasimha Temple of the 11th century. This is the second richest temple in the country after Tirupati. All the idols of the temple are covered with sandalwood.
ROSS HILLS: This church of Mother Mary built in 1864 is at the peak of Vishakhapatnam. One can view the mesmerizing shipbuilding yards and ports of Vishakhapatnam from here.
DOLPHIN’S NOSE: this is located towards the south of the city. A mammoth rocky that resembles a Dolphins nose protrudes towards the Bay of Bengal from here. This unique gift of nature is witnessed by the visitors.
Visakhapatnam with its virgin beaches and sun-kissed sand is also a great place for shopping. it is a shopping paradise for all the shopaholics. One can purchase beautiful jewellery, various handicrafts, clothes and other items of desire from here. The sandalwood products of this place are very popular amongst the tourists. One can buy soaps, spices, pickles, musical instruments at reasonable prices. One can buy sportswear from Dabagardens. Some of the most visited places for shopping include the Waltair, rtc complex, and tsr complex, jagadamda junction, and Kurupam and Dwaraka nagar. The ideal place to buy handicrafts would be the Lepakshi emporium eastern, art museum and girijan co-operative society.
There are many hotels in Vishakhapatnam that provide exquisite food together with good ambience for the visitors. Some of the hotels are:
The Park Vishakhapatnam
Welcomhotel Grand Bay
Fortune Inn Shree Kanya
Green Park Hotel
Palm Beach Hotel and Resort
TRANSPORT: Being well-connected by road, rail and air, one wishing to visit Vishakhapatnam can reach with convenience.
Road: There are various bus routes one can opt for to reach the place. One may come via Bhubaneswar, Tirupati, Vijayawada or Hyderabad through the national highway 5.
Rail: This place is well- connected to the different towns of the state as well as to Bhubaneswar which makes it convenient for travelers to reach.
Air: Visakhapatnam has air links to almost all major cities of India like with Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad.