Posted/Updated on July 12, 2010
Visakhapatnam, or Vizag as it was often called, is the true spot where one can find the beauty of Andhra. Lapped by the Bay of Bengal, on the eastern part of Andhra Pradesh lies the beach city, Vishakapatnam. It is the best tourism destination in Andhra Pradesh. Visakhapatnam has beautiful hill ranges caves,valleys,temples and also from lakes to cool beaches and many more.

The district has many tourism spots that will definitely be exciting, enriching and refreshing experience.It is one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. Visakhapatnam is a city of cultural & religious diversity.It has many tourism spots that represent the Culture and Heritage of the true India.No one should miss to see the Cultural constructions built during the age of kings who ruled this region.

Kailasagiri: Kailasagiri is the number one picnic spot in Vizag. Lot entertainment and well maintained places available at this hill top. Cable car and Toy train facility available for kids. The vast view of Bay of Bengal from viewers' gallery is a pleasing experience. In one of the parks sculptures are carved and installed for additional attraction.

Rama Krishna Beach: The Rama Krishna Beach, or RK Beach as it is commonly called, is one of the best tourist spot in Vizag. The beaches of Vizag enthrall the tourists and the clean beaches attract tourists in great numbers. Swimming, sun bathing, playing the beach volleyball or simply sitting under the cool shade of a tree and reading a book are the favorite pastime of many. R.K.Beach is a great picnic spot to spend time with your loved ones. Rama Krishna beach is a favorite beach resort for tourists visiting Vishakhapatnam. Both the Ramakrishna beach presents a picturesque and beautiful scenic beauty. It is Vizag's favorite evening sojourn. An aquarium, the Kali temple, Visakha Museum, Roadside restaurants offering seafood is the other attractions at this beautiful beach.

Rishikonda: 8 km from Vizag - is ideal for swimmers, water skiers, and wind surfers. It is a golden, un spoilt beach, washed by the sun-warmed sea .Tourists can enjoy a holiday in picturesque settings. There is a PUNAMI Resort and restaurant of APTDC- Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation at the top of a hill near this beach. Booking can be done from the office of APTDC. On the way to Rishikonda one can see many resorts and hotels by the side of the sea.

Simhachalam Temple: Simhachalam temple view from top Simhachalam temple is located within the city limit but at a corner of Visakhapatnam. It is one hour drive from city centers of Vizag. Temple is located at the top of a hill and wide road is there for driving up to the temple. Bus service is available from foot of the hill to the temple premises. There is a separate route for Trekking to Simhachalam temple from Madhava Dhara side. More Details on Simhachalam temple.

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park: The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is located in Vishakhapatnam amidst the scenic eastern ghats of India.It is situated in the scenic eastern ghats with its natural settings. The zoo is flanked by hills on either side and attracts many visitors from all over the country and is the premier visiting spot for Visakha citizens. The zoological park can be compared with some of the best zoos in the world, though it is still in the process of development. It has different sections for primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, ungulates and birds.

Bheemunipatnam: Bheemuni patnam buddhist statue About 25-km from Vishakhapatnam is beautiful beach of Bheemunipatnam popular as 'Bheemli' .This beach is located at the mouth of the river Gosthani.The beach is very safe for swimmers. It is also the site of the ruins of the east coast's oldest Dutch settlement (17th century). The drive from Visakhapatnam to Bheemli is exhilarating. The cemetery situated in the west of the town speaks of the Dutch who gave their lives here. The unique feature of the cemetery is the depiction of the cause of the death on the grave enlivens the past.

VUDA Park: VUDA Park, also called Taraka Rama Park was named after former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri N T Rama Rao. The Park is developed by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) near the Rama Krishna Beach in Visakhapatnam. VUDA Park is one of the most attractive spots in Visakhapatnam. Musical Fountain, Boating, Skating Ring, Horse and Camel Riding. This park is a heavy crowd puller and has a dancing musical fountain. It is the ideal place for all to spend evenings and leisure times on seashore with eye catching and eco-rich surroundings. With a green playfield, artificial caves, beautiful long lawns, flower gardens, and a children's park, boating and swimming facilities makes this park a good place to spend time.The Entrance Plaza extends makes the visitors to have memorable moments of joy. Every day thousands of people visit the VUDA Park. It is another landmark in the tourism chapters of Visakhapatnam. The first of its kind in the whole south Asia.

INS Kurusura Submarine: The Submarine Museum - Kurusura being set up at the Rama Krishna Beach in Visakhapatnam has a specialty which is the first one of its kind in this subcontinent. INS Kusura is a Russian built submarine. It was built on Dec 18th 1969 and began its journey on Feb 20, 1970 via the Baltic Sea and reached Visakhapatnam on the 11th of May, 1970. Since then INS Kusura was being used by the Indian Defence. The Navy developed it as a War-Memorial with a project cost of Rs.5.5 Crores. The length of Submarine is 91.3 Mtrs. while the breadth is 8.00 mtrs. This is the first of its kind in Asia and second in the world. The Museum opens for public from 9 am to 9 pm. Chief Minister Sri N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the Museum

Dolphin's Nose: A strange but popular tourist attraction, Dolphin's Nose is a huge rocky headland 174 meters high and 358 meters above the sea level, jutting out into the sea, resembling the shape of dolphin. The rock juts out into the sea, forming a headland on which is the lighthouse. The nation's powerful beam of the lighthouse directs ships 65 KMs away.

Yarada Beach: One of the finest and safest beach available in India. This is nearer to the Dolphin nose. Sunrise view in this beach is un forgettable. APTDC resorts are also available (confirm before booking) but people hardly stay there. A must see place for all travellers in Vizag. Phone number of Yarada Resort 0891- 3205124

Buddhist Heritage places in and around Vizag: There are several Buddhist complexes in around Vizag. The well known are, Bojjana Konda, situated nearer to Anakapalle nearly 45 Kms from Vizag. Thotla Konda and Bhavi Konda are nearer to Rishikonda beach of Visakhapatnam. These places have the ruins of the then used items by Buddhists.

Erra matti Dibbalu (Red sand Hills): This place is famous because of the importance it has got as a shooting place for movie makers. The hills are with red soils and nearer to the Bay of Bengal. A further journey from Rishikonda beach towards Bheemunipatnam takes you to this scenic place. It has got thick forest inside but take care of yourself as nobody dares to enter inside this place.

Around Vizag
Annavaram Temple 100 KM
Araku Valley 120 KM
Borra Caves 92 KM
Kailas Giri Park 5 KM
Simhachalam Temple 10 KM
Thotlakonda 16 KM
Kambalakonda Eco Tourism Park 

Others
One of the oldest Andhra University is located at Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam Steel Plant is the India's first shore based integrated steel plant located towards south of the city. This steel plant is at present expanding from 3 MT capacity to 6 MT.
Other industries of Vizag includes HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited) refinery, Bharat Heavy Plate & vessels Ltd.(www.bhpvl.com) , NTPC and some other public and private industries. 


How to Reach Visakhapatnam

By Air: Vishakhapatnam has an airport with regular flights to and from Mumbai, Kolkatta, Hyderabad and Chennai

By Train: Vishakhapatnam is the centre point for the trains between Chennai and Howra and Howrah and Secunderabad and is well connected by railway network to all the important places in Andhra Pradesh and in India.

By Road: National Highway No.5 passes through Vishakhapatnam and bus services connect it to and from all the major cities of the state and the cities in the neighboring states of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.

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