Visakhapatnam or Vizag :-
Visakhapatnam or Vizag is one of the oldest port and second-largest city of
Andhra Pradesh which is located in the east coast of Andhra Pradesh. Vizag is famous for steel industry and for the international port. Apart from that, it is the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.
This city lapped by the Bay of Bengal and you will observe beautiful Hill of the Western Ghats towards the Bay of Bengal. Visakhapatnam or Vizag is now becoming a tourist destination of beautiful beaches, Lakes, Temple and surrounded by lush green and Hill Rocks. Even it represent the Culture and Heritage of the true India.
Visakhapatnam or Vizag is also known as the ‘Goa of the East Coast’ and ‘The Jewel of the East Coast’.The rivers like Godavari and Indravati flow through the city. This city is popular for Arts and Crafts throughout the country. Not only that it is also famous for Carnatic Music and Dance where Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi are learned here. Found various festivals like
Visakha Festival, Navy Day, Iskon Utsav and Food Festivals were organized by Andhra Pradesh Government.
Visakhapatnam or Vizag is blessed to have Araku Valley Hill Station and scenic parks. Especially, Tourists love Andhra food like seafood, Chutneys, Pickels, Muruku, Booralu, Appadams and knowns as spicy taste. Many places to visit in Visakhapatanam or Vizag are Kailasagiri, Rama Krishna Beach, Rushikonda Beach, Submarine Museum, Simhachalam Temple, Araku Valley, Vuda Park, Indra Gandhi Zoological Park, and Dolphin’s Nose.
Places To Visit In Visakhapatnam or Vizag :-
Kailasagiri is a hilltop with mind-blowing scenic views with an attitude of 130 Meters from sea level situated in Visakhapatnam or Vizag District. The major attraction of the park is Lord Shiva and Parvathi Statue. The park spread over an area of 350 acres of land having lush green grass and trees. Famous RK beach and Rishikonda are located nearby. You can see the viewpoint from here.
The statue made of white marble with a height of 40 Feet. There is a ropeway to reach Kailasagiri and Toy train for children. You can observe hugely flora clock on Kailasagiri with a diameter of 10 feet is one of the biggest in India.
Tourists will enjoy this place and come for pic-nic with their families and friends. Tollywood and Bollywood films have been shot at this place. There are few more viewpoints from here are Telescopic Point, Titanic View, Shanku Chakra Namas, Gliding Base Point and many more. Even you will find Pilgrimage spots and thrilling adventures like paragliding.
Ramakrishna Beach :
Ramakrishna Beach is also known as RK Beach is the largest stretch of seafront in Visakhapatnam or Vizag. This beach is a heavily crowded beach and picnic spot.RK beach is the place for Visakha Utsav, the annual festival of the Visakhapatnam or Vizag District.
This beach presents a picturesque and beautiful scenic located on the coast of Bay of Bengal. The famous INS Kursura Submarine Museum and War Memorial dedicated to soldiers of the Indo-Pak war of 1971 were close to the RK beach.
Tourists attract to this beach more and its perfect viewpoint of Sunset and Sunrises. This beach offers water activities like volleyball, water surfing, and Sun Bathing. You can spend some time to relax while looking at the beach. Try Coconut water there.RK beach is not safe for Swimming. An Aquarium, the Kali Temple, Visakha Museum is the attraction places near to beach.
Rishikonda Beach :
Rishikonda Beach or Rushikonda Beach is an extremely beautiful beach situated on the Bay of Bengal coast in Visakhapatnam or Vizag. This beach also is known as ‘The Jewel of the Eastern Coast’.Its large stretch of golden sand and aqua water of the sea is an eye-catching View of Rishikonda Beach. This beach surrounded by flora and fauna which attracts many visitors.
This place is favorite for water sports lovers like Swimming, Scuba Diving, Surfing, and Jet Skiing. Rishikonda Beach is the best for Swimming and it also is known as “Sight for swimmers”.
The waves of Rishikonda beach is better to compare to RK beach. There are a few resorts to stay in. Apart from resorts, you will observe huts on the beaches. On Holi day the beach is covered with different colors. Tourists will enjoy this beach more by swimming and playing. The Kailasagiri, RK beach and Visakhapatnam Zoo are close to the beach.
Submarine Museum :
Submarine Museum is established within the submarine called INS Kurusura located on the Ramakrishna Beach in Visakhapatnam or Vizag. It is a Russian built submarine of the Indian Navy and India’s 5th Submarine. The museum was opened to the public in the year of 2002 and spent on this project approximately 5.5 cr. The museum was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Nara Chandrababu Naidu. The length and breadth of Submarine are 91 and 80 meters.
The museum consists of artifacts and pictures of the details of submarine and life inside the submarine. This submarine can stay up to 48 hours inside the water. Tourists learn many things and feel the pride of our country. After reach there, you will find the Guide who helps you and explain about the submarine museum.
Simhachalam Temple :
Simhachalam Temple or Simhadri Temple is a Hindu temple in 11th Century with a height of 800 meters above the sea level which located on the top of the Simhachalam Hills in the Visakhapatnam or Vizag. The temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha avatar of Lord Vishnu. This temple is one of the eighteen shrines and called as NarasimhaKshetras.
The Lord Narasimha ‘Nijarupadarshan’ appears only for 12 hours per year in the month of may and celebrated as Chandanotsavam Festival. Later the deity covered with sandal paste. The temple looks like Kalinga architecture. Simhachalam stands second largest temple in AP.
There is one pillar inside the temple called as the Kappa Stambham or Tribute Pillar where believes that great power of curing diseases. Even this pillar is special attraction to the temple. Thousands of devotees from different country visit this temple.
Araku valley :
Araku valley is one of the major attraction and most visited hill station at a distance of 120 km from Visakhapatnam or Vizag with an attitude of 1300 M from Sea level located on the Eastern Ghat. Araku or Araku valley is also called as Andhra Ooty. This valley is home for Tribal Communities.
The valley surrounded by lush green dense forests and hills, streams and waterfalls. The valley is spread over an area of 36 sq Km. It is famous for coffee plantation. There are many places to visit near Araku valley, they are Borra Caves, Katiki Waterfalls, Tribal Museum, Ananthagiri Hills and Chaparral Waterfalls.
The train journey is special attraction passes through tunnels and bridges. I promise this train journey would be a memorable day. Tourists will go for trekking at Araku Valley and have fun with some adventure games. You will have resorts and restaurants. Some of the resorts offer bonfire where tourists enjoy. Not only that even there is Dhimsa Dance by Tribal people gives a different experience.
Vuda Park :
Vuda Park or Taraka Rama Park is leisure spot developed by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) situated at near to RK beach in Vizag. This park spread over an area of 55 acres of land. A park is a perfect place in the morning and evening time. Now, this park becomes a picnic spot for friends and families.
There are 2500 trees spread across 37 acres out of 55 acres. Even the park provides boating, swimming, Musical Fountain, and Horse and Camel Riding. Moreover, you will find Yoga Center, Children’s area and many more. During the weekend, Many visitors from local or other state people visit this park. The dancing musical fountain entertains the visitors.
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park :
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is the largest zoo park in Andhra Pradesh and established in the year 1977. This zoo is also known as Visakhapatnam
Zoo with a large area of 625 acres of land. The park is home for 100 species of mammals and birds. Even Reptiles, crocodile, Wolves, Monkeys, Lion, tigers and Hippopotamus are visible in this Zoo.
Inside the park, you will find Drinking Water, Canteen and Toy Train where you can enjoy with friends and families. There is an education center called ‘Bioscope’ which brings awareness about wildlife to visitors. The timings of the zoo will be from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Dolphin’s Nose :
Dolphin’s Nose is a huge rock resembling the shape of a dolphin with
Elevated at 358 M located in Visakhapatnam. This hilltop is located beside of the Yarada Beach and Gangavaram Port. This place is sheltered were Manganese and Iron Ore are shipping out.
There is Light House belongs to Visakhapatnam Port Trust situated at the top of the hill. The nation’s powerful beam of the lighthouse is visible up to 65 Kilometers out at sea.Whereas Visakhapatnam city can be seen from this place.
Some of the popular attractions located nearby are The Rose Hill (Highest peak of this place), Venkateshwara Konda Hill and Ishq Madina. The rose hill is popular for watching sunrise and sunset.