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Ideal Trip Duration: 2-3 Days

Base Station: Vizag

Nearest City to Vizag: Vizag

Best Time to Visit Vizag: November to February

Peak Season: November to February

State: Andhra Pradesh | District: Vizag

Vizag Weather: Summer: Maximum - 36°C & Minimum - 26°C
Winter: Maximum - 32°C & Minimum - 21°C

At a distance of 602 km from Hyderabad, 355 km from Vijayawada, 168 km from Kakinada, 203 km from Rajahmundry and 444 km from Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam (also called Vizag) is a coastal & port city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, located on the shores of Bay of Bengal. It is the headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and is the base for Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. Vizag is also one of the top places to experience Andhra Pradesh tourism.

The city of Vizag, as Visakhapatnam is popularly called, derives its name from the Hindu God of valour, Visakha. The city is located beautifully among the hills of the Eastern Ghats with facing towards the Bay of Bengal. According to the Archaeological records, Visakhapatnam was built by Kulotunga Chola between the 11th and 12th centuries AD.

The religious Hindu texts mention that the region of Visakhapatnam in the 5th century BC was part of the vast Kalinga territory which extended up to River Godavari. The relics found in the area also prove the existence of a Buddhist empire in the region. Kalinga later lost the territory to King Ashoka in the bloodiest battle of the time which prompted him to embrace Buddhism. The city was also under the rulers of Chalukya, Pallava,Vengi, Chola and the Gajapathi dynasty. The Mughals ruled this area under the Hyderabad Nizam in the late 15th and early 16th century. The port of Vizag played a very crucial role for the East India Company during the rule of the British.

Visakhapatnam is the largest city of Andhra Pradesh with around 2 million population and spread over 550 sq. km. It is an industrial city and one of the major tourist destinations in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The city is home to several state owned heavy industries; one of the most advanced steel plants and one of the country's largest ports & shipyard are located here. It is the only natural harbor on the eastern coast of India.

The city is home for several beaches along the Bay of Bengal coast, scenic hills, valleys and caves. Rushikonda Beach, Ramakrishna Mission Beach, Yarada Beach, Submarine Museum, Lighthouse, Kailasagiri hill park, Venkateswara Temple, VUDA Park and Bheemili Beach are important tourist places. Simhachalam, ISKON temple, Araku Valley, Anantagiri Hills and Borra Caves are the nearby attractions to Vizag.

Vizag airport is the nearest airport, which is about 10 km from the city. It is well connected by flights with Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar and Andaman Islands. Visakhapatnam is situated on the Kolkata-Chennai main railway line and is connected to the cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mysore, Puri, Kanyakumari, Kollam, Tirupati, Howrah, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Jamshedpur, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Trichy, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jodhpur, Pondicherry, Goa and New Delhi. Vizag is well connected by bus with Hyderabad, Vizianagaram, Vijayawada, Bangalore and Chennai.

The best time to visit Vizag is from November to February. Usually it takes 2-3 days to visit all the places in and around Vizag.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Very Good
STD Code: 0891
Languages Spoken: Telugu,English, Hindi
Major Festivals: Maha Shiva Ratri (Feb/Mar),
Vinayaka Chavithi (Sep)
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HOW TO REACH VIZAG / VISAKHAPATNAM


By Air

Nearest Airport: Vizag - Vizag Airport (10 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Vizag Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Vizag - Dwaraka Bus Station (2 Kms)

29 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN VIZAG / VISAKHAPATNAM


Beach

At a distance of 4 km from Vizag Railway Station, Ramakrishna Beach (also called RK Beach) is a spectacular long beach on Bay of Bengal. This is one of the most popular beaches in Visakhapatnam and gets its name from the Ramakrishna Mission ashram across the Beach Road from the park. Ramakrishna Beach is one of the prime attractions of Vizag city.

This beach occupying large parts of the seafront is a great spot to spend time leisurely. The RK Beach was jointly developed by the Municipal Corporation of Visakhapatnam (MCV) and the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA). The Submarine Museum, Visakha museum, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, an aquarium, Kali Temple, statues of prominent personalities, road side restaurants and parks are added attractions of RK beach. The beach is best known for the INS Kursura Submarine Museum, which preserves the Kalvari class submarine. The war memorial called 'Victory at Sea' at the shore of the beach was constructed as homage to soldiers .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 6 km from Vizag Railway Station, the Submarine Museum situated on RK Beach is a Russian built submarine of the Indian Navy (INS Kurusura) turned to a museum in 2001. Submarine Museum is one of the prime attractions of Vizag city.

The Submarine Museum is the first submarine tuned to a museum in the whole of Asia and second in the World. INS Kurusura Submarine is a Soviet built I-641 class Submarine inducted into the Indian Navy on 18, December 1969 and the same was decommissioned on 28, February 2001 after 31 years of glorious service to the nation. The Submarine was brought from the sea to the sands of the Ramakrishna Beach and positioned on concrete foundation to set up as a museum. It has been established with the aim to create awareness among the public to know how the submarines work during wartime and for showcasing the life inside the submarine, etc.

The tourism department of Visakhapatnam looks after the maintenance of the INS Kurusura Submarine. The .....


Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 9 km from Vizag Railway Station, Kailasagiri is a charming hill on the seafront at an altitude of 130 meters. Kailasagiri is one of the prime attractions in Vizag city.

Spread over an area of 350 acres, it is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Vizag with an enchanting view of the sea, beaches, lush green forests and the beautiful city. The major attraction of the park is Lord Shiva Parvathi statue. At the base of Lord Shiva's statue, there is a stream that flows all the way to the foot of the hill. The hilltop also has many wonderful attractions like the Titanic viewpoint, floral clock, Shanku-Chakra Namas of Lord Venkateswara, Gliding point, Jungle Trails, Manicured lawns, Art gallery & Children Park. The floral clock on Kailasagiri is one of the biggest in India with a diameter of 10 ft.

A number of amazing viewpoints are developed all around the hilltop. One more major attraction is the toy train operated on top of the hill which takes a circular .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 18 km from Vizag Railway Station & 128 km from Annavaram, 208 km from Rajahmundry, 359 from Vijayawada, 607 km from Hyderabad, Simhadri or Simhachalam is a Hindu temple located in the Visakhapatnam City suburb of Simhachalam in Andhra Pradesh. This 11th century temple is dedicated to Sri Varaha Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Vishnu and situated on top of the Simhachalam Hills.

The temple is believed to have been constructed in 1098 by the famous Chola king, Kulothunga Chola. The queen of Kalinga gifted golden armor to the statue. The Eastern Ganga King Narasimha Deva has constructed the central shrine in 1267. Krishna Deva Raya, the Vijayanagara Emperor visited this temple in the year 1516, as seen from inscriptions here. The temple activities are managed by the Pusapati Gajapatis, for last three centuries.

The architectural .....


Beach

At a distance of 15.5 km from Vizag Railway Station, Rishikonda Beach is a fascinating place at a close distance to the city of Vizag situated on the way to Bheemili. Rishikonda Beach is one of the prime attractions of Vizag city and also one of the top places to experince Andhra Pradesh tourism.

The lovely Rishikonda Beach here with golden sands and vast stretch of water is considered the best beach in Vizag. The unspoiled beauty of the beach is its main attraction and offers a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the golden sands, palm trees and cool breeze. The beach is a haven for watersports lovers and one can enjoy water skiing, speed boating, sunbathing, wind surfing and swimming.

The Rishikonda Beach is the best site for the swimmers. The waves at the beach are peaceful compared to RK Beach. But a sudden increase in depth can surprise the visitors and is advised to be careful while swimming at the beach. On Holi, the beach gets .....


Beach

At a distance of 32 km from Vizag Railway Station, 377 km from Vijayawada, 227 km from Rajahmundry & 628 km from Hyderabad, Bheemunipatnam popularly known as Bheemili is famous for a picturesque beach. It is located at the mouth of the river Gosthani which merges with Bay of Bengal at Bheemunipatnam.

The beach is known for its soft golden sand, blue water and unspoiled beach front. A concrete pathway too has been laid along the beach to hold statues of Buddha, Five Pandavas and a dinosaur. The beach is considered to be safe for swimming. It is an ideal place for nature lovers and adventurers. The beach is famous for several water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and water-skiing. Boating facility is also available here.

Bheemili beach provides a beautiful seafront to the fishing town of Bheemunipatnam, one of the oldest municipalities in India and is dotted with thatched cottages and ancient Dutch bungalows that are .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 4 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, The Kali Temple located near RK Beach is a modern architectural and main pilgrimage attacking of the city.

Constructed in 1984, this shrine of the goddess of power (Shakti) is famous for its splendid architecture depicting tall pillars, arches and minarets. Adjacent to the Kali temple there is another temple dedicated to Lord Siva. The uniqueness of Siva Temple is its 'rasalinga' which is made of a single stone.

Timings: Not Available


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 5 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, Visakha Museum (situated on the shores of RK Beach) has historical treasures and artifacts of the region.

Opened in 1991, the museum is housed in 150 year old architecturally impressive Dutch Bungalow. The collections in the museum include ancient armory, crockery, coins, silk costumes, jewelry, stuffed animals, portraits, Shell of an unexploded bomb dropped by the Japanese during World War II, manuscripts, letters, diaries, scrap books as well as periodicals, maps etc which chronicle the lives of the early settlers.

Timings: 11 AM to 7 PM


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, Sri Venkateswara Swamy Konda on the south of the line of three hills is famous for a temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. It is believed to have been built by a European Captain Blackmoor in 1866, according to the Telugu inscriptions. This temple has a small steeply pyramidal entrance gopura. The port channel, the entrance of the inner harbor for ships and liners can be seen from here.

Timings: Not Available


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, Darga Konda, the north hillock of the line of three hills has a mosque and the mausoleum of the Muslim saint, Baba Ishaq Madina who was revered for his prophecies. It has been visited and venerated by Hindu and Muslim devotees alike.


Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 5 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, Rose Hill is the central and highest among the line of three hills named after Monsieur Ross.

He has built a house on it in 1864 which was later converted into a Roman Catholic Chapel 'Mother Mary's Church'. The pathway to the church is lined with shrines of the stages of the cross. It offers excellent views of the ship building yard. A grand annual procession is carried out to the Ross Hill Church to mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary.


Park

At a distance of 6 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, Vuda Park alias Taraka Rama Park is located near RK Beach is one of the most attractive leisure spot in Visakhapatnam.

Named after the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri NT Rama Rao, the park has boating and swimming facilities along with camel and horse riding, artificial caves, beautiful long lawns, flower garden and a children's park. The playpen for children in the park has 3000 plastic balls and boxing bags. The dancing musical fountain in the Vuda Park provides good entertainment.

Timings: Not Available


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 9 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, the Vizag Harbour is the largest natural port in the country.

This port is largely contributing to the development of petroleum, steel and fertilizer industries in the state. It is also one of countries main fishing ports with a dedicated harbour for the fishing industry and handles a large percentage of India's seafood exports.

Visiting Days: Tuesday to Thursday, 1.30 PM to 3 PM


Wildlife

At a distance of 9 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is stretched over 635 acres of land.

The zoo houses around 80 species of birds and animals and is one of the largest Zoo Parks in Andhra Pradesh. The park has different enclosures for primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals and birds close to their natural habitats. The wildlife variety ranges from common langur, mandrills, olive baboons, wolves, jackals to Himalayan black bear, terrapins, water monitor Lizards, crocodile and hippopotamus. The zoo encloses varied collection of birds.

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Monday.
Entry Fees Rs.5 for children, Rs.10 for adults.


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 10 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, Dolphin's Nose is a huge rocky promontory with a height of 174 meters above the sea and is the most prominent landmark in Visakhapatnam.

This massive hillock, also known as Black Mores Hill located in the southern part of city and facing the cool, blue ocean resembles the shape of a Dolphin Nose. It shelters the harbour from where manganese and iron ore are shipped out. It also serves as the head quarters of Eastern Naval Command. Lighthouse situated atop the hillock with 7 million candle power is visible from more than 65 km.

Dolphin Nose is best visible from Kailasagiri.


Beach

At a distance of 14 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, Yarada Beach is a calm and peaceful beach in the vicinity of Vizag.

This beach offers a fabulous landscape with its exotic blend of golden sands and the lush green stretch of hills. Nestled between the hills on all the three sides and the Bay of Bengal on one side, this beach is an ideal spot for outing. Unlike RK Beach, this beach is not commercialized much.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 20 Kms from Vizag Railway Station & 618 Kms from Hyderabad, Bavikonda is historical Buddhist site near Kapula Uppadu village in Bheemili beach road (after Rishikonda).

The hill acquired the name Bavikonda due to the existence of wells on the hill to collect rain water for drinking purpose. The artifacts recovered here include Roman coins and satavahana coins apart from pottery dating back to 3rd century BC and 2nd Century AD. Excavations on the hill-top brought to light an extensive Buddhist establishment consisting of a Mahachaitya, stupas, chaityagrihas, a congregation hall, platforms, viharas, kitchen-cum-store complex, pottery, relic caskets, tiles, stuccos, iron objects, moulded bricks, coins etc


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 22 Kms from Vizag Railway Station & 620 Kms from Hyderabad, the Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex is situated on a hilltop in Chepala Uppadu village on Bheemili beach road (after Rishikonda).

Also known as 'the Hill of Eagles', the complex has a number of stupas, Chaityas, Viharas, a congregation hall and a refectory belonging to the Hinayana school, mostly excavated during1982-92. These remains are classifieds as religious, secular and civil. Excavations at Thotlakonda comprise pottery, beads, bangle pieces, tiles, stuccos, iron objects, sculptural remains, moulded bricks, inscriptions, coins, etc.


Beach

At a distance of 25 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, the beautiful Gangavaram Beach, lined with palm trees is located near the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP).

The beach has a picturesque coastline which attracts number of tourists and film makers.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 29 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, Pavuralakonda or Narasimhaswamy Konda is a historical place famous for Buddhist excavations situated to the west of Bheemli (5 Kms from Bheemili).

This hillock also called 'hill of pigeons', covering an area of 10 to 12 acres, is at a height of 168 meters above sea level. Excavations of the site believed to be dated between 3rd century BC and 2nd century AD, revealed nearly 14-16 rock-cut troughs or cisterns used for collecting rainwater, foundations of viharas, with cells and common verandah, circular chaityagrihas, votive stupas, halls etc. The river Gosthani which flows nearby Pavuralakonda served as navigation canal for inland trade in the early centuries.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 29 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, Appikonda also known as Kapilakonda is a small village on the coast of Bay of Bengal. The place has given a religious significance because of the existence of a Siva temple. The major attraction of the temple is a life size bull carved out of black stone. It also contains inscriptions dating back to 12th Century AD, with a mention that this village was granted by a commander-in-chief of the Cholas for the maintenance of worship in the temple.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 42 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, Sankaram, situated at a distance of 3 Kms from Anakapalle Railway Station is known for the Buddhist ruins. The ruins are located on the hills locally known as Bojjanakonda and Lingalametta.

Sankaram has numerous monolithic votive stupas, rock-cut caves, structural buildings and images of Buddha and non-tantric form of Hariti. Several antiquities like the seals, inscribed tablets, pots, copper coins mostly of seventh century AD were found during excavations. A gold coin of Samudragupta of the 4th century AD is a significant find. A seated image of Buddha termed as Buddhanna or Bojjana is found in one of the caves on the hill. There are a few plain and small caves on the same hillock, which formed the Viharas for the monks and students.


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 49 Kms from Vizag Railway Station, Kondakarla village situated in Achyutapuram mandal is famous for its biggest fresh water lakes in the state, Kondakarla Ava.

The waters of the lake are surrounded by coconut trees on one side and green hills all around which provides great picturesque location like this. The Bird Sanctuary here, located in lush green surroundings has a rich variety of bird species.


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 65 Kms from Vizag, 55 Kms from Araku & 632 Kms from Hyderabad, the Tatipudi Reservoir is located near Srungavarapukoda (also called S Kota) town situated between Vizag and Araku Valley in Vizianagaram district.

The Reservoir was built in 1963 across River Gosthani to provide drinking water facility to the Vizag City. This location is very beautiful with lush green mountains on all the sides. Boating facility is available. Several migrant birds make this reservoir their home in the months of April/May.

The Reservoir is about 10 Kms from S Kota and can be reached via Kothavooru and Krishnapuram (while coming from Vizag), or via Tennuboddavara and Tadupudi village (while coming from Araku). Private vehicles can be hired by S Kota town to reach this place.

This place can be visited while going to Araku or during return to Vizag with 1-2 Hours additional effort .....


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 40 Kms from Araku, 70 Kms from Vizag & 632 Kms from Hyderabad, Tyda is a small tribal village nestling in the wooded hills of the Eastern Ghats between Vizag and Araku Valley.

Also known as Jungle Bells, the nature camp has facilities for rock climbing, trekking, bird watching and target shooting with bow & arrows. This eco-tourism destination is home for a variety of animals and birds. With the help of naturalists or guides in the camp, one can learn the language of the jungle, identification of calls, marks etc.

There are log huts and tents set in tribal environment for tourists.
Tariff: Rs. 800 to Rs 1800. Visit - http://www.tourisminap.com/accomodation/index.php

Trains between Vizag and Araku stop at Tyda. Tatipudi Reservoir is about 25 Kms from Tyda, which is connected by several buses.

Distance (From Vizag): 70 Kms
Trip Duration (From Vizag - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Hill Station | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 26 km from Araku, 85 km from Vizag & 660 km from Hyderabad, Anantagiri is a lovely tiny hill station between Vizag and Araku Valley. It is one of the top tourist places to visit in Araku Valley and is also among the top hill station in Andhra Pradesh apart from being a popular weekend getaway from Vizag city.

At an altitude of 1168 meters, Anantagiri is famous for extensive coffee plantations and numerous waterfalls. There is a view point on the way to Anantagiri on main road that offers excellent views of the deep valleys on one side and coffee plantations on the other side.

Anantagiri Hills are well known for its scenic beauty and charming weather. It is a perfect gateway to spend some time amidst the lap of nature. Anantagiri is paradise for coffee lovers and nature enthusiasts. The village is surrounded by coffee estates that emit the rich aroma of coffee and .....

Distance (From Vizag): 85 Kms
Trip Duration (From Vizag - Including Travel): Full Day
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Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 36 km from Araku, 88 km from Vizag & 662 km from Hyderabad, Borra Caves are one million year-old limestone caves and the deepest caves in the country. Situated in Anantagiri hills of Andhra Pradesh, the caves are situated at an altitude of 1400 m and occupy an area of 2 sq.km. Borra Caves is one of the best places to visit in Araku Valley. It is also one of the top weekend getaways from Vizag.

These natural caves were discovered in 1807 by William King George of the Geological Survey of India. According to locals, once a cowherd lost his cow while grazing. He soon realized that his cow had fallen down. While searching for the cow, the cowherd found these caves and came across a Linga inside it. The Linga is considered synonymous to Lord Shiva, who saved the cow. After this, a small Shiva temple was built right outside this cave.

The caves are filled with fascinating stalagmite and stalactite formations of calcium .....

Distance (From Vizag): 88 Kms
Trip Duration (From Vizag - Including Travel): Full Day
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Hill Station | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 112 km from Vizag, 432 km from Vijayawada, 85 km from Vizianagaram, 26 km from Anantagiri and 635 km from Hyderabad, Araku Valley, popularly known as Araku, is a scenic hill station in the Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. Often referred to as Andhra Ooty, it is one of the most famous places to experince Andhra Pradesh tourism.

Located on the Eastern Ghats at an altitude range of 900 to 1400 meters above sea level, Araku Valley is home to a number of tribal communities. Spread over an area of 36 sq. km, Araku is a perfect tourist destination with pleasant climate, lush greenery, waterfalls and streams. It is popular for its famous coffee plantations.

Araku has some interesting places to visit including Borra caves, Tyda, Katiki Falls, Tribal Museum & Padmapuram Botanical .....

Distance (From Vizag): 110 Kms
Trip Duration (From Vizag - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 84 km from Rajahmundry, 123 km from Vizag, 234 km from Vijayawada and 483 km from Hyderabad, Annavaram is a village situated on the banks of river Pampa in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Annavaram is famous for Sri Satyanarayana Swamy temple and is one of the famous Places to visit in Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that all the wishes of devotees will be fulfilled when Satyanarayana Vratam is performed here.

It is believed that the presiding deity of the place blesses the devotees with anina varam (pronounced or wanted boon), the place is called Annavaram. According to history, Sri Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar used the secret underground passages in the hills to attack the enemy from both sides during his invasion of Kalinga. The Andhra revolutionary late Alluri Seetharama Raju used the secret quarters in these hill ranges, when he rebelled against the British Rule.

The .....

Distance (From Vizag): 124 Kms
Trip Duration (From Vizag - Including Travel): Full Day
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