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Tourist Places Vishakhapatnam - Andhra Pradesh


Sandwiched between the elegant Eastern Ghats and the boundless Bay of Bengal, Visakhapatnam is a stunning tourist destination with sky-high mountain ranges and picturesque beaches showcasing scenic vistas. Named after Lord Vaishaka, this prominent city is dotted with many temples and Buddhist pilgrimage sites and it is well known as the "city of destiny".

Visakhapatnam is well recognized for its Steel Plant. It is the pride of Andhra Pradesh owning the biggest naval bases in the country. Visakhapatnam is also lauded as the only natural harbour on the east coast of India.

The history of the place dates backs to the 6th century BCE. Also known as Vizag, this 'Jewel of the East Coast' is well-heeled with natural spectacles and manmade surprises attracting swarms of tourists all year round. You will lose your heart to the scenic beauty and ravishing coastlines of Visakhapatnam.

The soothing sandy beaches of Vishakhapatnam is epitomized with serenity to relish the charm of the place. Among the many pristine beaches, the Ramakrishna Beach is a popular picnicking spot in Visakhapatnam.Spending some time at this beach location can wipe out all trace of worries from you and fill your mind with positive energy.

The Buddhist relics found in Visakhapatnam shows the influence of Buddhism in this region during the olden days. The Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex is a noteworthy tourist spot in Visakhapatnam for those who love to dig up the past Buddhist influence of the city.

The Araku Valley, known for its mesmerizing settings and the Borra Caves with its Kaleidoscopic nature, highlights the most admiring attractions of Visakhapatnam.

Being the hub of culture and tradition, Visakhapatnam hosts the most revered Visakha Festival and various other festivals that reveal the cultural richness of the city.

A visit to Visakhapatnam is incomplete without trying its traditional cuisines. The Bamboo Chicken is a must-try tribal dish and the Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam takes the credit for the origin of this dish. As the name suggests, it is prepared inside a bamboo shoot kept on top of burning charcoal. Bamboo Chicken is a much popular dish among the foodie travellers and is so healthy that it contains less oil and spices.

Visakhapatnam is also renowned for its seafood varieties and traditional Andhra cuisines. You can also gorge on some mouth-watering sweet dishes in Visakhapatnam, especially the Madugula Halwa.

Popular As:

Visakhapatnam is popular as Vizag.

Prominent places to visit:

Araku Valley: The natural aura of Araku Valley is a bliss for those craving for a relaxing vacation.

Simhachalam Temple: Being the abode of Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swami, Simhachalam Temple is one of the famous temples in Visakhapatnam that holds high esteem.

Kailasagiri: The huge idols of Shiva and Parvathi at Kailasagiri reflects a divine bliss.

Rushikonda Beach: The Rushikonda Beach sets the vista for many watersport activities.

Ramakrishna Beach: Ramakrishna Beach is one of the most widely known beach locations in Visakhapatnam and the amazing sculptures on the shore add colour to the beach.

Dolphin's Nose: It is a fascinating tourist spot in Visakhapatnam that is naturally shaped like a dolphin's nose and you can get a picturesque view of the entire city from the top of it.

Borra Caves: The naturally formed cave with its kaleidoscopic nature is really a wonder in Visakhapatnam.

Katiki Waterfalls: The mesmerizing beauty and the splendid surroundings of Katiki Waterfalls let you unwind in the laps of nature.

Lambasingi: Lambasingi is an ecotourism destination which is fondly known as the "Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh".

Submarine Museum: The Submarine Museum gives you information regarding the working of submarines during warfare as well as give you an insight into the life inside the submarine.

Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary: The mix of dry seasonal forest and evergreen meadows in Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary provides a rich habitat for numerous wildlife species.

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park: Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is quite a punch with rich flora and fauna.

Matsyadarshini Aquarium: Get amazed at the countless species of saltwater and freshwater marine life at the Matsyadarshini Aquarium.

Best Time to Visit:

October to March is regarded as the best time to visit Visakhapatnam. The place welcomes winter season during these months and experiences pleasant and delightful weather with temperature ranging between 15 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius. The main advantage of visiting Visakhapatnam during this season is that you can witness the colourful and cultural extravaganza of the region like Visakha Utsav and beach festivals. From the month of April, Visakhapatnam starts experiencing a very warm climate with high humidity which lasts till the month of June. Most of the tourists avoid visiting Visakhapatnam during this season because of the scorching weather with a temperature ranging between 22 degrees Celsius to 41 degrees Celsius. Monsoon knocks in Visakhapatnam between the months of July to September. Even though the weather remains pleasant, you will fail to suck the fun out of the place because of the humidity. During the monsoon season in Visakhapatnam, the temperature stays between 27 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius.

Way to Reach:

 By Air -  Visakhapatnam Airport is the nearest airport to Visakhapatnam which is situated at a distance of 8.3 Km.

 By Rail -  Visakhapatnam Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Visakhapatnam which is situated at a distance of 15.8 Km.

By Road: Visakhapatnam Bus Station is the nearest bus station to Visakhapatnam which is situated at a distance of 18.1 Km.