About Vizag

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. This city has beautiful hill ranges caves,valleys,temples, lakes and cool beaches.

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. 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.

Araku is a famous hill station of AP. It is located at a distance of 120 KM from Visakhapatnam ( Vizag ). It is famous for its scenic beauty. Located on the eastern ghats , it has valley, water falls and streams flowing by the side of the train track and roads. The journey to Araku Valley is the most enjoying as the rail passes through tunnels, hill sides and streams. . It is better to go to Araku by train and return by road.
Borra Caves are located at a distance of 92 Km north of Visakhapatnam. The caves open with 100 meter on horizontal plane and aobut 75 meters on vertical plane. These caves spread over an area of one square KM and the origin of river Gosthani which flows through the district. This you must see if you are in Araku Valley or in Visakhaptanam. This location is at a height of 800 to 1300 meters from MSL. William King the British geologist discovered this million years old cave in the year 1807.
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.
Matsyadarshini, a beautiful aquarium with nearly 20 medium and large sized tanks displaying the fresh water and marine fish and water animal species, is setup and run by Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation. The Aquarium, established on the shore of Ramakrishna beach, has many marine varieties include the long horn cow fish, butterfly fishes, surgeon major, peacock wrasse, the lion fish, stone fish, red squirrel fish, perch dusky, trigger fish, clown fish, damsels, sweet lip rabbit fish, angels, electric ray, porcupine fish and many more. Matsyadarshini has in its credit uncommon marine invertebrates.
Kailasagiri Hill Top Park, Visakhapatnam is one of the most popular spots for picnicking. Besides, a number of tourist locations are near the park. Some important attractions located at a vicinity to the Kailasagiri Hill Top Park at Vizag are Floral Clock, Jungle Trails, Shanti Ashram, Art Gallery, Children Play Park, Conference Hall, Shiva Parvathi Statue, 7 Wonders of Vizag, Titanic View Point, Gliding Base Point, Telescopic Point and Shanku Chakra Naama. 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.
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. Zoo is 4 Km before Rishikonda beach, it is close on Monday, If you are not taking your vehicle inside then prepare for a walk for 2 KM in one side. Inside drinking water and canteen facilities are available. There is a toy train also. The main gate of the zoo is at NH 5 and other end is at beach road side.
VUDA Park is one of the most attractive spots in Visakhapatnam. It is the ideal place for all to spend evenings and leisure times on seashore with eye catching and eco-rich surroundings. The Park is well equipped with a variety of children play pens, boating club, musical fountains, a multi Gym, Yoga Center, Kala Vedika, Pagodas and many more. MGM Dizzy World is another attraction in the park. The Entrance Plaza extends makes the visitors to have memorable moments of joy. Every day thousands of people visit the VUDA Park.
A Memorial, also known as ‘Victory at Sea’, dedicated to the great soldiers who sacrificed their lives to the cause of national integrity and border protection, renowned as War memorial is located in Vizag on the left of the beach road and facing the submarine museum. This memorial is established to commemorate the victory on 1971 at the sea Indo Pak war. Many war related materials are displayed here, including a fighter plane, missiles, few bombs and a tank.
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. Whole of Visakhapatnam city can be seen from this place.
Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Rishikonda Beach is the perfect destination for people on a holiday. The untouched sandy stretches and warm waves of the ocean make this beach definitely worth-visiting. Sited at a comfortable distance of 8 km from Visakhapatnam, Rishikonda is one amongst the best beaches of Andhra Pradesh. The term 'serene landscape' fits perfectly for the beach, where blue waters extend till the golden horizon.
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. R.K.beach is jointly developed by Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation(GVMC) and Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority(VUDA).
The 24 Km beach road from Vizag to Bhimili is one of the longest beach roads in India. The sun-kissed beaches en route make the Car/Bike drive as enjoyable as the destination. Bhimili a sleepy little town, is the second oldest municipality in the country and is situated at the confluence of river Gosthani and the Bay of Bengal. Bhimili Bhimeswara Swamy temple welcomes every visitor to this little town. According to history, the temple was constructed in 1226 by Salivahana saka. There are also cluster of temples along the line of sea coast.
Yarada Beach is surrounded by hills from three sides and Bay of Bengal on the fourth side. 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.
Lawson's Bay beach, also called as Pedawaltair beach, a calm serene and secluded cute beach with lusting greenery and golden sands is located close to Ramakrishna beach in the way to Kailasagiri Mount from Visakhapatnam. A beautiful beach and the vast blue sea that falls on the way to Kailasagiri Hill, Lawson's Bay is an ideal spot for sea bathing and surfing. An enchanting stretch of golden sands, blue sea and green palms. You can even swim a few laps, as the water current is quite low.
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.
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.
One of the largest freshwater lake in the country and cradled in the foothills of the Eastern Ghats,the lake Konda Karla-Ava is situated at 50 Kilometer from Vizag on sankaram (Buddhist Place)- Etikoppaka (Craft Village)- Kondakarla Ava Circuit. Kondakarla Ava is the second largest fresh water lake in the state. It has been recognized as Eco Tourism Destination. Kondakarla Ava is home to an array of flora and fauna. As Soon as you enter Kondakarla Ava The scenic beauty takes you over. The tranquil waters of a lake surrounded by coconut trees on one side and green hills all around provide a great escape from the air and sound pollutions. A nature lover's paradise Little wonder it was a popular holiday resort of the Vizianagaram Maharajas and the British in the pre-Independence era.
Simhadri or Simhachalam Temple could be a Hindu temple placed nearest the Visakhapatnam town area, Andhra Pradesh, South India. Simhachalam Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu ( Varaha avatar) of Vishnu, referred to as Narasimha swamy (the man-lion). The Simhachalam Temple be a mixture of Oriya and Dravidian styles of design. Simha: Lion; Adri or Achala: Hill (one that can’t be enraptured, viz. hill). Atop the Hill could be a famous temple said to be the abode of Varaha Narasimha swamy, and thus Capitol Hill itself is named (Nara) simhachalam. Simhachalam Temple is one of the eighteen “Naarasimha Kshetras” – the shrines of Lord Narasimha in India. Simhachalam temple is thought as the second richest temple in India (after Tirupati) earning a revenue of Rs. 520 million. The main god in the temple sanctum offers “nijaroopa darshan” (holy look in true form) for less than twelve hours in every year. On Akshaya Tritiya day, the remainder of the time the divinity is roofed with Sandalwood paste. The darshan described as ‘Chandana yatra’ or ‘Chandanotsavam‘ falls each year in vaisakha Masa (May).
The temple is located in the compound of M/s. S.G. Sambandan & Co., Asilmetta and it was constructed by Late S.G. Sambandan, Late T.S. Selvaganesan and Sri T.S. Rajeswaran with their funds in the year 1962 for their worship and as well as their family members. During the course of time, Jalaries (Local fishermen) used to offer prayers and perform Deeparadhana every day before going to the market for their daily business. Five years later the Paramacharya of Kanchi His Holiness Sri Chandrasekharaendra Saraswathi reconsecrated the shrine by placing "Ganapathi Yantram" with his own hands. Sri Sampath Vinayagar temple came into prominence when Admiral Krishnan, incharge of Eastern Naval Command, broke 1001 coconuts before the Lord for saving Vizag from the Pakistani attack when its submarine Ghazi Sank off the coast here. Thus, Sri Sampath Vinayagar temple has become one of the famous temples in Visakhapatnam City attracting daily a number of devotees. Sri Sampath Vinayagar is a powerful deity in Visakhapatnam. There is staunch belief among the devotees that their sins are washed off and desires fulfilled by offering prayers to the deity.
This Kanaka Mahalakshmi Temple vizag is the heart of the city. The Kanaka Mahalakshmi Temple contains a tradition of giving prayers to the deity directly with no priest available for doing prayers completely. From the native legends it’s learnt that Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Ammavaru is that the family spiritual being of the then ‘Rajas (Kings) of Visakhapatnam’. The section wherever the idol was found is named ‘Burujupeta’ since it had been near ‘Buruju’ , the ‘Fort’, an area of residence of the then Vijyanagara Kings. it’s learnt that within the year 1912 the idol of god Sri Kanaka MahaLakshmi Ammavaru was taken out from the well and it had been put in at the middle of the road i.e., amidst the municipal lane. The municipal authorities, for the aim of widening the road, have shifted the Idol from middle of the road to a corner of the road, and through the same amount i.e., within the year 1917 the harmful communicable disease ‘Plague’ touch the city that result in several deaths in Visakhapatnam city.
The Kali Temple located on Rama Krishna Beach road is a modern architectural edifice built on the model of the skeletal structure of a coral using bamboo reinforced cement concrete. Constructed in 1984, this shrine of the goddess of power (Shakti) is famous for its splendid architecture depicting tall pillars, arches and minarets. The temple complex houses an office, a quarter for the priest and a temple kitchen. The Temple architecture is very unique. Adjacent to the Kali temple there is another temple dedicated to Lord Siva. The uniqueness of Siva Temple is its 'rasalinga' which is made of 10 Kgs. single stone.
Sri Venkateshware Swamy temple in Visakhapatnam is located at Srungamani Hill near the Visakhapatnam Port Trust. This Balaji Temple is one of the oldest in the city and the state. People from all parts of India visit this temple to pay their homage. Sri Venkateshwara Swamy temple is situaated on the hill of south of the line of three hills called as Sri Venkateshwara Konda. The temple is located at appoint where River Gosthani joins the sea. The temple is surrounded by beautiful scenic spots and views of Visakhapatnam Harbour comprising of ships, fishing harbour, fishermen laying fishing nets into the sea. The hill on the south of the line of three hills, called Sri Venkateswara Konda has a temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. It is believed to have been built by an European Captain Blackmoor in 1866, according to the Telugu inscriptions. This temple has a small steeply pyramidal entrance gopura. The port channel, the entrance of the inner harbor for ships and liners can be seen from here.
Kotilingam Temple is at Panchadarla near Anakapallee. It is located close to the `five fountains` – five jets of water fed by a perennial spring. The presiding deity Lord Shiva has 12 rows of 85 lingams carved on a single lingam.
Bheemeshwaralayam is in Bheemli. It’s a group of 13 temples. All the temples were constructed by different rulers. Due to this the temples have distinctive styles of construction. This temple’s compound is in the heart of the village.
Appikonda is a village located 18-kms from Vizag at the cost of the Bay of Bengal. There is a saying that in this village 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.
Visakhapatnam is popularly called as the Steel City of India and the credit was because of the Vizag Steel Plant - a venture of Ispat Nigam. Vizag Steel has seen many changes during the past few years. At one crisis moment it was about to be sold (rumors say the Tatas would like to buy it) but under the dynamic Chairmanship of BK Panda who took effective management practices, Vizag Steel has come of crisis and marched towards profits. The goal of Vizag Steel is now to become the #1 Steel producer in the region. The Visakhapatnam Steel Plant is one of the foremost Steel Plant's in India, producing high quality standards of Steel and allied products. Infact VSP has achieved the maximum number of records in Production than any other Steel Plant in India.
Fishing is a major industry in Visakhapatnam. A number of fishermen has their livelihoods depend on Fishing in Visakhapatnam. There are seven ice factories in the Visakhapatnam Fishing Harbour and 10 located outside the harbour that caters to the ice needs of the fishermen. The factories can produce 400 tonnes of ice. Each ice factory employ 15 workers directly and indirectly for ice production. In November 2012, the increase in the price of ice has hit the fishing operation in Visakhapatnam. The power cuts by the Eastern Power Distribution Company has led to the shortage of ice for the fishermen. Due to the power cuts, the production in ice factories fell to 50 per cent. The price of ice has also increased to Rs. 1200 from Rs. 850 per tonne.
Simhadri is the ambitious project of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) intended to provide the ever growing power needs of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Infact, NTPC comes to the rescue of about 20 million units of power consumed every day in Andhra Pradesh. The construction work of the project is under way. Mr. R.C. Srivatsav has been appointed as the General Manager for the Simhadri Project Operations. With the completion of the project, the total power generation capacity of NTPC will reach to 3600 MW in Andhra Pradesh with NTPC Ramagundum already generating 2100 MW a day.
Visakhapatnam Special Export Processing Zone's (VSEZ) Standard Design Factory (SDF) has World Class Infrastructure and Facilities for companies who would like to Export Goods and Services World Wide. Software Technologies Parks of India has extended its infrastructure to VEPZ, Viskhapatnam. This includes a 2 Mbps Optical Fiber Cable Connection for faster internet connectivity. VSEZ is formerly called Visakhapatnam Export Processing Zone (VEPZ)
The Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) located at Gandhigram in Visakhapatnam is India's Premier and Biggest Ship yard. Many ships including Mercantile, Cargo and Defence come here for maintenance and repairs. There are two major berths here, each 167.6 meters long.
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