Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary
Ramakrishna Mission Beach
Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex
Welcome to Visakhapatnam (Vizag),
Visakhapatnam (also known as Vizag) is the largest city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal in the north eastern region of the state. It is also the Financial Capital of Andhra Pradesh. Visakhapatnam is the principal commercial hub of the state, and contributes to its economy in many sectors such as heavy industries, tourism, industrial minerals, fishing, and information technology. Visakhapatnam Port is the fifth busiest port in India in terms of cargo handled. Visakhapatnam is home to the oldest shipyard and the only natural harbour on the east coast of India. It is often known as 'The Jewel of the East Coast', 'The City of Destiny' and 'The Goa of the East Coast'.
Vizag is blessed with natural beauty, with hill ranges, pristine beaches along its coastline and lush, natural valleys. The city is surrounded by three hills, Sri Venkateswara Konda, Ross Hill and Dargah Konda. Each hill is home to a shrine, dedicated to three different religions. Some of the famous places to visit are Anantagiri Hills, Araku Valley, Kailasa Giri, Visakha Museum, Bheemunipatnam Beach, Tyda Park, Katiki Falls etc. Visakhapatnam is a city of cultural and religious diversity. One should not miss to see the Cultural constructions built during the age of kings who rules this region.
Appikonda is a small village located 18-kms from Visakhapatnam at the cost of the Bay of Bengal. History speaks that it is at this village that Kapila Maha Muni has installed the idol of Somalingeswara Swamy and thus the name - Kapilakonda which was over the ages changed to Apillakonda and further to Appikonda. The Lord Shiva Temple here, also called Appikonda Temple, contains inscriptions dating back to 12th Century AD. There was a life-size bull at the temple that was carved out of Black Stone. Every years Shiva Rathri is celebrated with much devotion.
Araku Valley is a Hill station in Visakhapatnam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is a valley in the Eastern Ghats inhabited by different tribes. It is close to the Orrisa state border. The Anantagiri and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forest which are part of Araku Valley, are rich in biodiversity. This valley is surrounded by mountains like Galikonda, Raktakonda, Sunkarimetta and Chitamogondi. These hills are endowed with rich quality bauxite ore. Galikonda hill rising to a height of 5,000 feet (1,500 m) is one of the highest in Andhra Pradesh. Araku is popular for its famous coffee plantations.
Bavikonda Buddhist Complex Lies about 16 km from Visakhapatnam city on a hill about 130 mts. above mean sea level. The term Bavikonda in Telugu language means a hill of wells. As per its name, Bavikonda is a hill which has wells for the collection of rainwater. Bavikonda Monastery dates back to the 3rd century BCE. A large Buddhist complex was excavated at this site. The excavated remnants are piece of bone stored in an urn, supposed to be one of the remain's of the Buddha, inscriptions, pottery, relic caskets, tiles, bricks, coins etc.
Bheemili Beach is located at the origin of the Gosthani River, at a distance of 24 km from Visakhapatnam. Most Beautiful Bay of Bengal on one side, the little Gosthani on the other and Ravishing Red Sand dunes on the third gracing this magnificent piece of land Bhimili is the 2nd oldest municipality of India. Bhimili is not only a beautiful piece of land but also a historical treasure and even got a place in Hindu mythological story.
Bojjannakonda and Lingalakonda are two Buddhist sites which exist on adjacent hillocks near a village called Sankaram. It is located at about 45 km from Vishakhapatnam and just a few kilometers from Anakapalle. The sites are believed to date between 4th and 9th Century A.D, that was when at Sanakaram (Sangharam as it was called then) when the 3 phases of Buddhism (Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana) flourished.
The Borra Caves, also called Borra Guhalu (in Telugu language 'Borra' means something that has bored into the ground and 'guhalu' means caves), are located on the East Coast of India, in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku Valley. The caves are basically karstic limestone structures extending to a depth of 80 m (262.5 ft). The fauna observed in the caves are predominantly bats, as well as the golden gecko. The type of bat reported is the fulvous fruit bat (Rousettus leschenaultii) - a species which roosts in large caves, old buildings, dungeons and dark areas of old forts. This species has short and slender musculature with large, well developed eyes. They feed on flowers and fruits, particularly jamun, guava, silk, cotton and mango.
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Dolphin's Nose is a huge rocky headland, around 174 metres in height. It is located in the southern part of Vizag. The rock gets its name because of its resemblance to a dolphin's nose and is located 358 metres above sea level. It projects majestically out into the Bay of Bengal and is a natural formation that attracts many visitors.On top of rock formation is a huge lighthouse, which is renowned for its powerful beam. The light beam can be seen far out in the sea, about 64 kilometres from land. This is the oldest lighthouse in the city and offers stunning and panoramic view of the Bay and the city.
The Dutch Cemetry in Bheemili is a reminder of the history of Dutch Settlements in India. There are 52 tombs out of which 15 tombs are sand capped while 5 of them are beautifully ornamented with inscriptions in Dutch language.
Gangavaram Beach is one of the beautiful beaches located on the south of Visakhapatnam. Located in close vicinity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, the beach is lined with huge and shady palm trees. Owing to its beautiful surroundings and vast coastline, the beach is an ideal place for numerous Indian film and TV serial makers. Offering beautiful views of Pitta Konda in the middle of the ocean and the Krishna Temple on opposite hill, the beach is frequently thronged by tourists.
Gosthani River is an east flowing river in Andhra Pradesh, India that flows from the Ananthagiri Hills of the Eastern Ghats into the Bay of Bengal. The Gosthani's waters are diverted for agricultural and industrial purposes and the river is the chief source of drinking water to the cities of Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam. The Chaparai Falls, situated in a verdant valley, is on the Gosthani river.
The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is a must visit for anyone touring Visakhapatnam. Located at the outskirts of the city, the Zoo Park is a 30-minute drive from the city centre. The Zoo has some of the best species of Birds and Animals and other wild life fauna. The Indian special species such as the Indian Elephants and Indian Tiger, the Crocodiles and a whole range of coloured parrots especially from ones brought from Australia are a major attraction at this Zoo.
Jagadamba Centre, also known as Jagadamba Junction, is among the popular sites of entertainment. The name of the site is derived from Jagadamba movie theatre, one of the best movie theatres in the region. Tourists can also visit this site for exploring various shopping malls and restaurants located in close vicinity.
Kailasagiri is a hilltop park in the city of Visakhapatnam. The park was developed by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) comprising 380 acres (150 ha) of land covered with flora and tropical trees. The hill, at 360 feet (110 m), overlooks beaches, forests, and the city of Visakhapatnam. The Government of Andhra Pradesh awarded Kailasagiri as "Best Tourist Spot" in 2003. On average, around three lakh Indian and foreign tourists visit this spot every year.
The Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest located near Visakhapatnam. It is under the control of Andhra Pradesh Forest Department. Earlier the land was under the control of Maharajah of Vizianagaram. It was named after the local hillock Kambalakonda. It is a dry evergreen forest mixed with scrub and meadows and covers an area of 70.70 square kilometers. The indicator species is the Indian leopard. There is diverse flora and fauna in this sanctuary representing the Eastern Ghats. Floral diversity is high and includes Tectona grandis, Catunaregam spinosa, Grewia tiliaefolia, and Abrus precatorius. The fauna present in the sanctuary is Russell's viper (Daboia russelii), Indian cobra (Naja naja), chameleon, Indian paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi), treepie, quails, partridges, Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca), Indian muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak), Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), chital (Axis axis), and Indian jackal (Canis aureus indicus).
Before one KM from Borra caves at Gatevalsa you will be stopped by Jeep drivers offering you a trip to Katiki water fall. This water fall is nearly 7 KM from this point. You need to change your vehicle as rugged Jeep is required to cover the narrow muddy road passing through Jungle and by the side of Gosthani river. Steps are tupto the water fall for safe climbing. You can take bath at the base of the waterfall.
Kondakarla Ava Beach is situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal near the village of Achuthapuram. Surrounded by lush green vegetation and hills, the beach is dotted with green coconut groves and coarse white sands. Being a natural habitat of numerous species of marine life, the beach attracts many migratory birds during summer season. Besides, fishing, boat rides, catamaran sailing and kayaking are the prominent activities carried out at the beach.
Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary is located about an hour away from the city and is best to visit during the winters. Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary is scenic and has a beautiful clean lake, surrounded by the Eastern Ghats and forest. The local villagers offer boat rides on the lake for a small fare. The boats are little different with made of two hollow tree trunks joined together with a "Charpai. You can pick fresh lotus stems as you enjoy the boat ride. One needs about 3 to 4 hours to properly cover this bird sanctuary.
Kothapalli is a village in Gangaraju Madugula Mandal, near Paderu in Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh. A recent find by locals, this waterfall is gaining popularity but lacks any public infrastructure. The place, however, has the potential to attract tourists' interest with its beautiful cascading waterfalls. The nearest city to find connectivity to this place is Vishakhapatnam, about 100 KMs away.
Kurupam Tomb, one of the prominent tourist attractions in the destination, is famous for its architectural style and beautiful surroundings. The 100 years old tomb was constructed in the memory of Queen of Kurupam. The tomb has a beautiful shikhara and the dome, which are adorned with the stone carvings of various deities along with floral patterns.
Also known as the Pedawaltair Beach, Lawson's Bay is a picturesque beach in Visakhapatnam. It is located close to Ramakrishna Beach (RK Beach), on the road leading to Kailasgiri. The golden sands and the lush green surroundings are tranquil and serene. The Bay boasts of crystal clear and shallow water, making it is the perfect beach for swimming, surfing and sunbathing. Visitors also can enjoy other activities here, such as sailing and boating. The beautiful surroundings and the peaceful ambience makes Lawson's Bay an ideal picnic area. The beach is extremely popular amongst the locals, but even visitors to Visakhapatnam should make it a point to enjoy the breathtaking beach.
Mangamaripeta Beach is a popular beach located in vicinity of Visakhapatnam. It is believed that the region was under the kingdom of Kalingas and later the beach was used to serve as the promotional centre of Buddhism. The beach is popular for Thotlakonda, a hill embracing a Buddhist complex. Located at an elevation of 128 m, the complex was discovered by an aerial survey conducted by the Indian Navy. Attracting many nature and adventure lovers, the beach is famous for its natural surroundings and adventurous water sports.
Matsyadarshini Aquarium is a beautiful air-conditioned aquarium located on the shore of Ramakrishna Beach. The aquarium was set up and managed by Municipal Corporation of Visakhapatnam. The site was a Municipal Commissioner's Bungalow until May 1990 however it was turned into an aquarium in 1994. Housing more than 20 medium and large sized tanks, the aquarium is famous for displaying the fresh water and marine fish and various aquatic animals. Apart from this, the aquarium also exhibits many rare aquatic species, which were bought from distant lands such as Singapore and Malaysia.
Mudasarilova is a large water tank located at a distance 5 kms from Visakhapatnam. This beautiful site near a lake nestles amidst hills and palm trees. There are pretty parks full of beautiful flowers and different types of trees, fountains, birds and peacocks in cages as well as several picnic spots. The site consists of park, fountains, birds and peacocks in cages, water tank and a beautiful garden. There is also an excellent scenic Golf Course Club located here.
Naval Museum was established in 1989 and is also famous by the name of Swarna Jyoti Museum. Located in the ENC complex in Visakhapatnam, the museum displays Indian Maritime history. A variety of pictures, models of warships and other equipments for offering a view of the rich history of the country are displayed in the museum. Apart from this, the museum also portrays naval heritage and the growth of Indian Navy from pre-independence period. The museum is segmented into five major sections namely, maritime history, eastern seaboard establishments and ports, naval archives, Aquaria and ocean resources. This museum also houses a collection of artefacts, which has ancient and archaeologically significance. All these artefacts are collected from the sites of Lothal, Harappa, Indus Valley and other civilisations.
Pavuralakonda is located at a distance of around 24 kilometres from the destination. The popular hillock is lying on the west of Bheemunipatnam and is situated at a height of around 168 metres above the sea level. Covering an area of over 10 to 12 acres, the site offers bird-eye view of curved linear coast line and chain of hills situated on the sides of south-west and north-west. The evidences for the existence of site before 1st century BC to 2nd century AD include the pottery and Brahmilable inscriptions, which can be easily seen on the site. Apart from this, around 16 huge water collecting tanks are present at this site.
The Rama Krishna Mission Beach is one of the most popular beach parks in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It gets its name from the Ramakrishna Mission ashrama across the Beach Road from the park. The beach is best known for the INS Kursura Submarine Museum, which preserves the Kalvari class submarine. The Rama Krishna Beach, or RK Beach as it is commonly called, is one of the best known beaches and tourist spots in Vizag, attracting a large number of visitors. Swimming, sunbathing and beach volleyball are popular activities on the beach. An aquarium, the Kali temple, Visakha Museum, roadside restaurants offering seafood are other attractions.
Ross Hill, popularly known as Kanyamarykonda, is one of the highest peaks on Eastern Ghats. The hill is named after an Englishman Mr. Ross, who constructed his house on this hill during 1864. The hill is dedicated to three different faiths; hence, it is visited by people belonging to different religions and castes. The house was later transformed into a Roman Catholic chapel named, Our Lady of the Sacred Heat. The path leading to the chapel is beautifully adorned with Catholic icons and images. Another hill houses Ishak Medina, a tomb of the Sayed Ali Medina, a Muslim saint. The Venkateswara hill has a beautiful temple dedicated to Sri Venkateswara Konda. The hill offers a beautiful view of various beaches, shipbuilding yard and the Visakhapatnam Port.
Located just 8 kilometres from the port city of Visakhapatnam, Rushikonda Beach is known as the Jewel of the East Coast. The unspoiled beauty of the beach is its main attraction and offers a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the golden sands and gentle ocean currents. The beach is a haven for watersports lovers and is popular among windsurfers and jet skiers. However, it is the scenic beauty of the beach that lures visitors throughout the year, who come to enjoy spending time amidst greenery, golden sands and azure waters. The day the city celebrates the festival of colours, Holi, the beach gets transformed to a hue of vibrant colours, with people splashing color and water on each other.
Simhadri or Simhachalam is a Hindu temple located in Visakhapatnam city suburb of Simhachalam in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is dedicated to Lord Narasimha (the man-lion), an incarnation (avatar) of Lord Vishnu. The central shrine was built in Kalinga architectural style. "Simha" in Sanskrit means lion; "Adri" or "Achala" in Sanskrit means hill. The temple is located at the top of a hill; hence the temple is called Simhachalam. Sri Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy, the lion-man incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is the presiding deity of the temple. The temple is one of the eighteen "Narasimha Kshetras", the shrines of Lord Narasimha, in India. The deity is usually covered with sandalwood paste year.
Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi is the presiding deity of Visakhapatnam locals. The temple is located in Burujupeta of Visakhapatnam city. Margasira Masa Sambaralu The Annual Festival in the Devasthanam is Margasiramasa Mahothsvam, which is one month festival. Devotees come and worship Goddess Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru in large number during the month of Margasira. There will be huge congregation of devotees/pilgrims coming not only from different parts of the State and also from neighboring states. Large number of devotees would visit the temple during Margasiramasa Mahothsvam for darshan, particularly on Thursdays. Thursday is states to be very auspicious to the Goddess.
The city of Vizag offers so many creative and unique attractions that visitors will often be overwhelmed by them. One of the innovative attractions of the city is the submarine museum. Located on the Ram Krishna Beach, this museum is housed inside a real submarine. INS Kurusura is a Soviet-built submarine which was decommissioned on February 28, 2001 after serving the nation for 21 glorious years. The submarine with all its weaponry and fittings was hauled on to the beach and placed on a concrete foundation at the Gajapathi Raju Marg on the beachfront.
Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex lies about 15 km from Visakhapatnam city on the way to Bheemili town on a hill about 128 mts. Above Mean Sea Level overlooking the sea. The Telugu name Thotlakonda derived from the presence of a number of a rock-cut throughs hewn in the bedrock of the hillock (cisterns). Thotlakonda was well within the influence of ancient Kalinga region which was an important source of dissemination of Buddhist culture to Sri Lanka and various parts of south-east Asia. It provides an insight into the process of Trans Oceanic diffusion of Indian culture, especially Buddhism.
Tyda Park is an upcoming environment friendly project, which is situated about 75 km from Visakhapatnam in Araku Valley. Tyda is well-equipped with services for camping, trekking and birdwatching. Tourists can lodge in log huts and tent, which are built in tribal surroundings within the park. Naturalists and guides also enlighten tourists about the language of the jungle like identification of calls, marks and others. The park is home to many species of animals like hares and avifauna. Tyda Park also offers opportunities for activities like rock climbing and target shooting with bow and arrow. Guides and naturalists are available in the park to explain about the qualities of various plants and animals that are found in the Eastern Ghats.
VUDA Park(Nandamuri Taraka Rama Sagara Teera Aaramam), named after the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N T Rama Rao. It is located near Ramakrishna Mission Beach. It Is operated By Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA).
Visakhapatnam has volumes of history to talk about. But the credit of preserving records about the Visakhapatnam's past goes to the Visakha Museum, also called Corporation Museum. The Visakha Museum is located at an old Dutch Bungalow on the RK Beach Road. The Museum has some of the best and finest artistic items put on display. Portraits, some of them even at life-size depicting the members of the Royal family of the Vizianagaram and Bobbili, Two Armour suits, two stands of spears and muzzleloading guns, several ancient weapons such as steel bows, handguns that date back to the British-rule times are some of the things one should not miss.
Visakhapatnam Port is one of 13 major ports in India and the only major port of Andhra Pradesh. It is India's second largest port by volume of cargo handled. It is located on the east coast of India and is located midway between the Chennai and Kolkata Ports. Visakhapatnam Port has three harbours - the outer harbour, inner harbour and the fishing harbour. The outer harbour has 6 berths capable of handling vessels with a draft up to 17 meters while the smaller inner harbour has 18 berths that are Panamax compatible. The port is located on the area of a creek through which the coastal river Narava Gedda joins the sea.
War Memorial, also known as Victory at Sea, is spread across a huge park at the Ramakrishna Beach in the destination. Surrounded by concrete walls, the memorial has a beautiful tower like structure, which is a replica of Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate in New Delhi. The memorial is dedicated to the soldiers, who sacrificed their lives for the cause of national integrity and border protection. Established by Eastern Naval Command in 1996 to commemorate the victory of 1971 Indo-Pak war, the War Memorial has missiles, a fighter plane, few bombs and a tank.
Yarada Beach is situated on the west coast of Bay of Bengal in Yarada, a village at a distance of 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Visakhapatnam. It is located near Gangavaram beach, Dolphin's Nose, and Gangavaram Port. Located in close vicinity of the destination, the beach is dotted with lush green surroundings and soft golden sands. The beach is an ideal tourist spot for nature lovers as they can capture beautiful views of sunrise and sunsets on this huge coastline.
- Lakshmi Devi Temple, Govindaraja Swamy Temple, Kotilingeshwara Temple, Simhavalli Tayaru Temple, Sri Venkateswara Temple etc.