The beauty of Vizag has given it many names like 'The City of Destiny', 'The Jewel of East Coast' and so on. The geography of the city is such that there a number of places to visit in Visakhapatnam.
Being a commercial hub of Andhra Pradesh, they have given much importance to Vizag tourism. Vizag has some well maintained beaches and monuments; they are worth visiting.
Have a look at these places to visit in Vizag and plan a trip to 'The Goa of the East Coast'.
INS Kurusura Submarine Museum
INS Kurusura Submarine Museum is one of it's kind in whole of South Asia. A Soviet commissioned model Kurusura Submarine has made significant contributions to Indian Navy.
After its retirement in 2001, Kurusura is maintained as a Museum ship in Ram Krishna Mission Beach, Vizag.
Submarine Museum is open for public and it a must visit destination in Vizag.
Timings : 4 PM - 8 PM ( Closed on Mondays)
11 AM - 1.30 PM ( Sundays and Public Holidays)
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Rama Krishna Mission Beach
The Rama Krishna Beach is named after Rama Krishna Mission ashram across the road. It is one of the popular tourist spots in Vizag.
RK Beach is known for the Kurusura Submarine Museum on its shore and other places around like Kali temple, restaurants, etc. makes it a most visited one.
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Simhachalam or Simhadri Temple in Vizag is dedicated to Narasimha (incarnation of Vishnu). This temple is located on top of the hill: 'Simha' meaning lion and 'Anchala' means hill.
Simhachalam Temple's central shrine has Kalinga architecture dating back to 1269. It is one of the famous Narasimha temples in Vizag.
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Araku Valley is a famous tourist place in Vizag. This hill station is covered by rich greenery and mountain ranges.
Araku Valley is located near Odisha border and is a most visited place in Andra Pradesh.
It is known for the coffee plantations and scenic mountains.
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Bojjannakonda and Lingalakonda
Bojjannakonda and Lingalakonda in Sankaram village are the Buddhist rock-cut monuments.
The rock-cut architecture contains the statues of Buddha, monolithic stupas and chaityas dating back to 4th - 9th century.
Bojjannakonda and Lingalakonda are situated on two adjacent hillocks; represent the Buddhist settlements of Andhra Pradesh during that time.
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Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Indira Gandhi Zoo is located amidst the Eastern Ghats and Bay of Bengal on one side. This zoological park belongs to Kambalakonda Forest Reserve in Vizag.
The park has a number of animals and also some endemic birds. Painted storks, peafowls, budgerigars, barking deer, elephant, giraffe, Asiatic lions, tigers, etc. are the animals in the Zoo.
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Yarada Beach is one of the pristine and clean beaches in India. It is around 16 km from the main city and is a must visit place in Vizag.
Gangavaram Beach and Gangavaram Port which is 9 km from Yarada Beach are the other attractions.
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Kailasagiri is a famous park situated on a hill top in Vizag. The park a big statue of Shiva and Parvati overlooking the beautiful view of the sea and the city.
A rope way connected to the hill top has cable car ride which is the speciality of the place.
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Borra Caves are situated in Ananthagiri hills of Araku Valley, 'Borra' in local language means something which has bored into the ground.
Borra caves consisting of stalactites and stalagmites is said to be the deepest cave in India. There is also a Shiva Lingam inside the cave, about which locals tell many legends and stories.
Situated near to Gosthani river and amidst the greenery of Araku Valley, Borra caves is one of the popular tourist spots in Vizag.
The place is around 90 km from Vizag but it is worth a visit.
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Katiki Waterfalls is 89 km from Vishakapatnam and is a popular tourist spot. Katiki falls is near to the Borra Caves and is at a distance of 4km.
It is originated from the Gosthani river and the scenic view of the falls can also be seen from the railway tunnel 44.
There are many transport facilities which take the tourists to the falls and one can also take bath at the base of the falls.
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Bheemili Beach or Bheemunipatnam Beach is one of the beautiful beaches in Vizag. It is less crowded and hence provides a peaceful time.
Bheemunipatnam was once a Dutch and English settlement during colonial era. Hollanders Green ( Dutch cemetery) , Red Church, Bheemili Narasimhaswamy Temple, Lighthouse are the places around the beach.
One can also see the Buddhist influences on Bheemunipatnam. It is worth visiting this of-beat tourist place in Vizag.
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Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary
Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest reserve in Vizag. This dry evergreen forest is known for housing Indian leopard.
This forest reserve has varieties of Flora and Fauna and one gets to see animals in their natural habitat.
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