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About Visakhapatnam

The Port City of Visakhapatnam, popularly known as Vizag, is one among the three proposed state capitals in Andhra Pradesh. The Vizag port is known to be the home to the oldest shipyard in mainland India. The city attracts a plethora of tourists each year, courtesy its alluring landscape and scenic beaches that look straight out of a picture.

The geographical location of Vizag makes it a popular tourist destination for people who love a bit of both mountains and the sea. Nestled between the Eastern Ghats and located on the coats of the Bay of Bengal, Vizag is a visual delight for visitors who come to experience the hustle of the city and the tranquility of the tribal villages close to the city. The city is also known as The Jewel of the East Cost for myriad worthwhile reasons.

Visakhapatnam offers a great deal of activities to do for the tourists. You can take a day tour of the city to explore the beaches namely; RK Beach, Rushikonda Beach, Bheemili Beach, Appikonda Beach and Yarada Beach are some of the great beaches in Vizag. Most of these beaches have various eateries where you can get the authentic taste of local street food. The Rushikonda beach is the most visited beach in Vizag.

If you are in the mood to indulge in some adventure sports, you can try activities like parasailing, scuba diving, paramotoring, and speed-boating on the beach. Additionally, if you are lucky to be there at the right time of the year, you can also witness the grandeur of the beach festivals. For instance, the RK Beach holds an annual beach festival around the New Year and the Appikonda Beach attracts a plethora of devotees around the time of Mahashivratri for the annual beach festival.

You will also get to discover a profusion of museums like the Submarine Museum, Aircraft Museum, Visakha Museum and more. Araku Valley, the hill station known for its splendid unadulterated beauty, is a must-visit point of interest for the tourists who come to Vizag. The valley is also known for its plantations of coffee, pepper and certain other spices. If you are looking for a retreat from the hubbub of the city, the momentous green hills of the Eastern Ghats and the celestial rustling of waterfalls is sure to have a therapeutic effect on you. 

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What are the best places to visit in Visakhapatnam?

Kailasagiri: Start your day with a trip to Kailasagiri, the stunning hilltop park that offers a stunning bird’s eye view of the city. Spread across 380 acres of land, the Kailasagiri hilltop park is one of the most recommended tourist spots in Vizag. You can get a stunning view of the sea and surrounding mountains from the viewpoint, located at an elevation of 173 meters.

Ramanaidu Film Studios: Head straight to the Ramanaidu Film Studios on Beach Road in Vizag. The studio, located on a hilltop, is set against the stunning backdrop of the gleaming sea. The studio has been the nub for some of the renowned regional and national movies.   

Rushikonda Beach: Get ready to sun yourself on the most famous beach in Vizag, the Rushikonda beach. You will find the beach buzzing with a lively crowd of people all-round the year. It is a great place to try out adventure sports like parasailing, scuba diving, speed-boating and more.

Vuda Park: After all the fun activities at the beach, you can snack up at Vuda Park. The park also has a skating rink and a fountain. You can sit in peace and soak in the tranquil atmosphere of the surroundings before you resume with your adventurous escapade around the city.

Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex: Do not miss out the Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex, a 2000 years old Buddhist establishment, located at a hilltop (elevation 128 meters) near Bheemunipatnam.  The Buddhist monastery complex was discovered by the Indian Navy during an aerial survey. It is estimated that the complex was a home to more than 100 bikkhus before its decline by the end of 3rd century.

Dolphin Nose Point LightHouse: Make your way to the Dolphin’s Nose Point and explore the lighthouse on the hilltop. From the lighthouse, you can make your way to the Yarada Beach. If you do not enjoy crowded beaches, this unspoiled natural beach can be a quick escape for the crowd of tourists in other beaches in Vizag.

Simhachalam Temple: Another point of interest in Vizag that you just cannot miss is the Simhachalam Varaha Laxmi Temple located at a distance of 30 minutes from the main city. The temple, located at the hilltop is sure to leave you gasping in awe at the beauty. Visit the temple to collect and count your blessings from the Divine.

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park: The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, situated amidst the Kambalakonda Reserve Forest, is a sight to see. Covering an area of 625 acres, the zoological park accommodates 850+ animals across 75 distinct species. The zoological park is a pollution free area which makes a great picnic spot.

Araku Valley: The Araku Valley is the final destination in the journey that you can cover in a day. Visit the Borra Caves, the deepest naturally formed caves in India and tour of Tyda Park and Katiki Waterfalls on the way. Araku Village also has various points of interest like the Tribal Museum, Coffee Museum and the botanical gardens. 

What are the best things to do in Visakhapatnam?

See the inside of a real submarine: Visit the submarine museum near the RK Beach. The museum is built inside of INS Kurusura, a Kalvari-class submarine of the Indian Navy which was decommissioned in the year 2001. You can get a guided tour of the submarine by a Navy Personnel and see the life of the Naval Officers inside the submarine.

Right next to the INS Kurusura museum is the TU 142 Aircraft museum which is simply referred to as the Aircraft Museum. The aircraft retired in the year 2017 and has been attracting tourists and feeding their knowledge about fighter aircrafts. 

Engage in water sports in Rushikonda Beach: Choose your favorite sport from among the ones available on the beach including parasailing, windsurfing, water skiing, ATV rides, and jet skiing. If you are eager to get a taste of the authentic seafood, there are various restaurants near the beach that will serve freshly prepared seafood at the best price.

Stroll around the beautiful RK Beach: The tranquil surrounding, the roaring sound of waves and the mesmerizing hues of the evening sky at the RK beach will leave you in a state of euphoria. If you are vigilant enough, you will be able to spot the lighthouse on the Dolphin’s Nose Point.

Explore the wonders of aquatic life at Matsyadarshini Aquarium: Visit Matsyadarshini on the RK Beach Road and know about some of the most exotic fishes in the world. The museum boasts of having a great collection of various imported fishes from Malaysia, Singapore and Amazon. Some of the notable species of fishes are the clown fish, stingrays, piranhas, and arowana fish.

Cherish walking through one of the bustling port complexes in India in the Vizag port. You can also shop for some freshly caught fish at the port too. 

What is the best time to visit Vizag?

Vizag welcomes tourists all-round the year. But the best time to visit the city is between the months of October to March. Being a port city, Vizag enjoys a moderate temperature throughout the year. The winters are not excessively cold and thus, the weather during the months of winter is favorable for travel.

You can also enjoy various events and local beach festivals in Vizag during the time of New Year. Therefore, the ideal season to visit Vizag is winters. 

What is Visakhapatnam famous for?

Visakhapatnam is one of the oldest port cities in India. It is also the administrative headquarters of the District and serves as the state headquarters of the Indian Coast Guard. It is one among the largest metropolitan cities in India and is a educational and industrial capital in the State of Andhra Pradesh. The city is also famous as a tourist destination owing to its splendid geographical location. 

Is Visakhapatnam worth visiting?

Visakhapatnam is one of the most underrated tourist destinations in India. The zestful city of Vizag offers a variety of visual and spiritual retreats to its visitors. There is an abundance of things to do and see in Vizag. It makes a great weekend getaway. 

Why is Visakhapatnam known as Vizag?

The city is named after the Visweswara Temple which had submerged inside the sea in time. Locals in the city named it ‘Vizagapatam.’ Thus, Vizag is the shorter version of the name that became popular with the tourists. 

How many rivers are there in Visakhapatnam?

The city of Visakhapatnam does not have any river flowing through it. However there are 21 rivers and lakes around Vizag. Among these 21 rivers are the River Nagavali, River Gosthani, and River Gambhiram Gedda.

How many days are enough in Vizag?

2-3 days is the ideal duration of a trip in Vizag. You can take a day to all the points of interest in Vizag city. Additionally, you will need a day more to take a trip to the Araku Valley and other points of interest like Tyda Park and Borra Caves. 

What food is famous in Visakhapatnam?

There are various South-Indian relishes that you can try in Vizag including muri mixture, a popular street food found mostly on the beach side, punugulu, a snack made out of daal and rice batter, dosa and idli. The Bongu Chicken or Bamboo Chicken in Araku is a must try for all tourists. 

What are the famous beaches in Visakhapatnam?

Vizag has scores of golden-sand beaches and each one of them is certainly different from the other. Listed below are some of the most popular beaches in Vizag:

RK Beach: The RK Beach is situated at the heart of the city. Since the beach is the most accessible one for the locals, you will find a swarm of tourists on the beach all-round the year. Nevertheless, the beach is quite clean and it is great for a stroll in the evening.

Rushikonda Beach: The Rushikonda beach is arguably the most famous beach in Vizag. It offers a great deal of adventure activities for the tourists to engage in. You can also try out delicious sea food from eateries around the beach.

Yarada Beach: Located between the Dolphin’s Nose Point Lighthouse and Appikonda Beach is the Yarada Sea Beach. Due to its remote location, this beach attracts much less crowd as compared to other sea beaches. However, if you would like to spend some alone time near the sea, you can head to the Yarada Sea Beach. 

What are the best places to stay in Vizag?

Green Park Hotel: Located at the Waltair Road, the Green Park Hotel is one of the most sought-after hotels in Vizag. The hotel provides its guests with various facilities and amenities such as free parking, air conditioning, swimming pool, gym and airport transfer.

Fairfield by Marriott Visakhapatnam: Situated at a distance of 4.5 KM from the city center, the Fairfield treats its guests with clean rooms, equipped with all the basic necessities. You also get amenities and facilities like free wifi, bicycle rental, swimming pool, free breakfast and golf course. 

Visakhapatnam Reviews

Shakuntala Acharya
Reviewed: 03 Jun 2020
The pickup was on time and I was joined by another group . We had the most amazing guide with us. He was very informative and was giving us detailed information about each of the places. Our accommodation and food was provided in the package. I was glad that I went on this tour.
Dhara Joshi
Reviewed: 06 Jun 2020
It was a nice trip everything arranged on time and was top notch. I must say I was a little bit afraid that how the arrangements will be but I was not disappointed.
Enakshi Shukla
Reviewed: 03 Jun 2020
I always wanted to visit this place for such a long time but never got a chance finally visited this place through thrillophilia and they did not disappoint me.
Rati Embranthiri
Reviewed: 03 Jun 2020
It was such a amazing tour everything was very well planned and was on time. Looking forward to booking more trips with thrillophilia
Sanya Abbott
Reviewed: 09 Dec 2019
The most beautiful trip I had from Thrillophilia To Vizag and Araku! The tour was very well-organized and as well very well-executed... Anything, everything, provided on this tour was extremely great, Talking about the place it is very beautiful with amazing scenic beauty and man-made beauty... All ... Read More
Bhilangana Achari
Reviewed: 01 Dec 2019
It is the best place to visit on a vacation with family & friends, Araku Valley is beautiful by its natural beauty, and Vizag has lots of tourists-attractions. Great photos we took. Hospitalities, accommodation, transportation, and their staff were top-notch

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