Vishakhapatnam Travel Guide
¤ Vishakhapatnam or Vizag
Location : Built Along The
Seashore of The Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh
Attractions : Kailasagiri, Dolphin's Nose, Ramakrishna Beach
Ideal Time To Visit : Throughout the year
¤ Visakhapatnam, The City of
The port city of Vishakhapatnam is situated along the seashore of the
Bay of Bengal. It is surrounded by a huge rock called the Dolphin's
Nose, which has a height of 357 m above the sea level. There is a long
stretch of beautiful coastline here. The city has densely forested
Eastern Ghats and numerous rivers like Godavari and Indravati.
Travel to Vishakhaptanam, also known as "Vizag" and is
enclosed by three hills. Each of these hills has a shrine belonging to
different religions. The Venkateswara temple on Venkateswara Konda is
a Hindu shrine, Baba Ishaq Madina Dargah on Dargah Konda is a Muslim
Shrine and Church of the Virgin Mary on Rose hill is a Christian
¤ History of The City
Visakhapatnam is named after the god of bravery, Visakha. He is the
son of Shiva and Parvati, who is also the ruler of the planet Mars and
the god of war. Various dynasties ruled this ancient city, including
the Kalinga's during 7th century, Chankya's during 8th century,
Rajahmundry Reddy kings, Cholas, Golkonda Nawabs etc.
According to the archaeological sources, the temples were built
between the 11th and 12th centuries AD by the Chola king, Kulottunga.
Visakhapatnam is also mentioned in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. It
was once a part of the great Kalinga empire, extended up to the river
Visakhapatnam is also mentioned in Hindu and Buddhist texts, which
are as old as 5th to 6th centuries BC. Sanskrit grammarians, Panini
and Katyayana in the 4th century BC have also mentioned it. Post
independence, Visakhapatnam's emerged as the biggest district in the
country. Later, it was divided into three districts viz. Srikakulam,
Vijayanagaram and Visakhapatnam.
¤ Attractions In Vishakhapatnam
The beautiful Vishakhapatnam has
some amazing travel attractions, luring numerous visitors.
The Dolphin's Nose is a massive rock with an height of 357 m. It was
named after its shape that is similar to a Dolphin's nose. This huge
rock emerges out of the sea forming an elevation which also has a
lighthouse. It is a major travel attraction at Vishakhapatnam.
The charming Kailasagiri is located on a hilltop provides some
exotic views, mainly towards the Bheemunipatnam. It is one of the must
visit tourist spots, while on your travel vacations in Vishakhapatnam.
Mudasarlova Water Works and Park
It is situated 10 km from the Vishakhapatnam. It is a valley
surrounded by hills with a lake that supplies water to the city. There
is also a sprawling 18-hole Golf course owned by the East Point Golf
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is situated in Vishakhapatnam
enclosed by the mesmerizing eastern ghats of India. There are hills on
either side of the park and the Bay of Bengal lies in its east.
The Ramakrishna beach is one of the most beautiful and popular beach
to travel in Andhra Pradesh. It is situated on the east coast and is a
favorite resort of tourists coming to the city.
The Rishikonda beach, situated just 8-km from Vishakhapatnam is
another famous beach of this city. With golden sand and vast stretch
of water, this un spoilt beach, lures innumerable tourists to take up
a travel trip to Rishikonda Beach.
Vishakhapatnam is one of the natural harbours in the world. Added
attractions of this harbour are a temple, a mosque and a church
located on hills. They overlook the Harbour.
Another Attraction at Vishakhapatnam is a submarine museum. It has
been recently established here and is the only one of its kind in the
country. A major highlight of the museum is that it is the first
Museum in Asia to build a Submarine.
Bheemunipatnam is situated about 25-km from Vishakhapatnam. It is
famous for its beautiful beach located along the east coast.
The Simhachalam is situated about 16-km from Vishakhapatnam. The
travel attraction of this place is a famous ancient temple of Sri
Varaha Lakshminarasimha. This temple is known for its excellent
Araku Valley-115 km
About 115-km from Vishakhapatnam is the beautiful Araku Valley, with
its bracing climate, orchards, and the Ananthagiri Ghats, which
present an enchanting view to the visitors, is attracting tourists not
only in India but from abroad too.
Borra Caves-90 to 95 km
The Borra caves situated at a distance of about 90-95-km from
Vishakhapatnam is an important tourist attrction. It is famous for its
historical and religious significance.
The beautiful Anantagiri hills are situated in appealing ranges of
the Eastern Ghats. These hills provide a respite from the hot summer
months. They are located on the way to Araku Valley and are famous for
¤ Shopping In Vishakhapatnam
Vishakhapatnam is an important industrial center of India. It is not
famous for shopping but one can definitely move around the city to
look for things that can be bought. The gold and silver jewelry and
various varieties of Saris are some of the must buys of the city.
Visakhapatnam celebrates many religious and state festivals. They are
an integral part of the city's culture and tradition. Festivals like
Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are celebrated here with equal
excitement and enthusiasm at Vizag also.
The annual tourism event, the 'Vishakha Utsav' is held in
Vishakhapatnam for three days from the third Friday to Sunday in the
month of January. This festival celebrates the rich culture and
traditions of the Vizag.
¤ Reach Vishakhapatnam
By Air : The Visakhapatnam
airport is situated16km from city center. It is connected to Mumbai,
Calcutta, Hyderabad and Madras, by the flights of Indian Airlines.
By Rail : Visakhapatnam is well connected with all the
important cities of India by rail. Visakhapatnam junction railway
station is on the main Calcutta to Chennai line.
By Road : National Highway No.5 (Howrah to Chennai) passes
through Vishakhapatnam. The APSRTC as well as private operators offer
bus services, that connect major cities of the state. These buses also
take you to the neighboring states of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.
Local Transportation : Auto Rickshaws and taxis are available
for local transportation.