A dream holiday destination for the entire family, Visakhapatnam is more than just an Industrial city. Situated in the east coast of Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam is named after Visakha, the Hindu God of valour and is more popularly known as Vizag.
Apart from being known for the numerous industries, having the country’s oldest shipyards and being the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy; Vizag is also known as a major tourist destination with hordes of tourists thronging this beautiful city of Andhra Pradesh every year.
With sprawling attractive beaches, ancient temples, beautiful caves and splendid valleys, this city of Destiny has something to offer for everyone.
Once ruled by Ashoka, Andhra kings of Vengi, Chalukyas and Pallavas; this city offers the best of both the worlds - ancient as well as modern. With its rich culture and old heritage, Vizag is one of the most sought out destination for nature lovers, environmental enthusiasts, animal lovers and pilgrims.
Being well connected by rail, road, air and sea; this second largest city of Andhra Pradesh is easily reachable through major cities of India. The city of Vizag offers umpteen numbers of options for the tourists with Rama Krishna beach, Rushikonda beach, Gangavaram beach, Yarada beach, Bheemili beach, Borra Caves, Kailasagiri, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Simhachalam temple, Submarine museum, Erra Matti dibbalu, and Araku valley being some of the most popular sightseeing places here.
Located about 5km from the heart of the city, Rama Krishna beach alias RK beach is a favorite picnic spot for the tourists. It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy with your loved ones while enjoying the view of the sea. The added attractions around this beach are submarine museum, visakha museum, aquarium, kali temple and a number of eateries and parks around.
The INS Kursura submarine museum is one of its kinds in the subcontinent, giving a tour of the insides of the submarine to its visitors. The Visakha museum showcases various weapons used by Indian Navy during wars along with some old artifacts and paintings depicting the rural lifestyle of the locals and tribal women.
Another popular beach, Rushikonda beach is known for the golden sands and being one of cleanest beaches of Vizag. It is popular for swimming, water skiing and enjoying other water sports. The other beaches like Gangavaram beach, Yarada beach and Bheemili beach are also quite popular here.
Borra Caves is another popular tourist destination in Vizag. One of the largest in the country, it is quite deep and one has to walk a lot of steps to view the entire cave. These caves are beautifully lit but the smell around the caves doesn’t favor one to stay there for a long time.
Another famous tourist spot in Vizag, Kailasagiri is a hilltop park famous for the statues of Shiva and Parvathi. The ropeway offers spectacular view of the Bay of Bengal, and the toy train is a favorite ride for the kids visiting this place.
Another place that attracts kids is the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park. Built in an area of 620 acres, this zoo is known for housing a variety of species of birds and animals. Along with the Indian species such as Elephants, tigers and crocodiles, the colored parrots from Australia are a major attraction of this zoo.
For lovers of hill stations, Araku valley is the place to be in Vizag. Elevated at around 1000 meters, this hill station is known for its scenic beauty and picturesque views. The beautiful waterfalls, gardens and valleys attract nature lovers to this place in a huge number.
Along with these the other places like Simhachalam temple for its religious importance, VUDA park for its musical fountain, erra matti dibbalu for red soils and being a shooting spot, and Dolphin’s Nose for giving a spectacular view of the Bay of Bengal are a must visit places in Vizag.
To make your visit to Vizag more memorable, we at Holidays DNA offer a lot of packages to choose from and plan your travel the way you want. Contact us for more details and get ready for a wonderful experience in the port city of Andhra Pradesh.