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The Beautiful City of Vizag

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Vizag also known as Vishakapatnam is a major tourist hub. The second largest city of Andhra Pradesh, Vizag is technically is an industrial city. What invites one here are the sandy beaches along its coastline and a couple of hill stations which provides a beautiful view of the coastline as well as the city from the top.

One should not miss out on the Borra Caves while here as it is considered one of the largest caves in the country. There are also sites of Buddhist ruins here and one can marvel at the sculptures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati at Kailasa Giri. Do try out the local cuisine here but be warned to have a bottle of water handy as spicy is just an understatement here. So let's set out to see the places to visit in Vizag.

Araku Valley

Araku Valley

One of the places to visit in Vizag is the Araku Valley which situated on the Eastern Ghats and is at an altitude ranging between 600 mt and 900 mt. It provides a beautiful view of the valleys and waterfalls. The cool climate of the hill is ideal place for coffee plantations and also houses 17 tribal societies. Itika Pongal is the festival celebrated with fervour here.

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Borra Caves

Borra Caves

Another places to see in Vizag is the Borra caves which are situated in the Anantagiri Hill range in the Araku Valley and is considered to be one of the largest caves in India. There is a small temple inside the cave which was constructed by the local tribes. The cave is home to bats and golden geckos.

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Rishikonda Beach

Rishikonda Beach

Rishikonda Beach with its golden sand and the strong waves is an ideal place for both relaxing or in indulging in activities at Vizag. You can either lie down on the beach, enjoy the sun and breathe in the salty air of the sea or may go swimming, water skiing and wind surfing here.

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Bavikonda

Bavikonda

Another place to visit in Vizag is Bavikonda which is a Buddhist Heritage spot. The Buddhist excavation site here has the architectural ruins of the earliest Buddhist period. It also has statues of Buddha in various postures. Though much of it is in ruins, it still attracts crowds from far and wide.

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Pavuralakonda

Pavuralakonda

Pavuralakonda offers to its visitors a birds eye view of the curved coast line and the chain of hills to the south west and the north west from atop it. There are inscriptions on rocks and pottery items which proves the existence of life here in ancient times. There are also 16 huge trenches here which were used to collect rain water.

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War Memorial

War Memorial

A place to see in Vizag is the War Memorial also called Victory at Sea which is located at Ramakrishna Park and was built in dedication to the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. It is a beautiful tower like structure and is a replica of the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.

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Dolphin's Nose

Dolphin's Nose

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Vishakapatnam, the Dolpins' Nose derives its name from a rock which resembles the same. Tourist throng this place to catch the view of the entire city of Vishakapatnam. There is a lighthouse here which directs ships at sea.

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Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary

Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kambalkonda Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural habitat to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The sanctuary derives its name from a nearby mountain of the same name. The sanctuary preserves the Indian leopard which is an endangered animal. One can also spot vipers, cobras, jackals and many more wild animals here.

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Kailasa Giri

Kailasa Giri

Another place to visit in Vizag is Kailasa Giri which is a small hill station that offers the view of the beaches to its left and the hills to its right. Named after Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, there are carved sculptures of the deities here. Visitors can enjoy a ride on the ropeway and also on the toy train here.

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How to Reach Vizag

How to Reach Vizag

By Air: The Visakhapatnam Airport is connected to most major cities of India and to Singapore and Dubai.

By Train: The railway station at Visakhapatnam has been running since 1894. The railway station is connected to most cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore.

By Road: Visakhapatnam is on the NH5 which is also a part of the Golden Quadrilateral. The city has an extensive road network. Buses both government and Private, ply regularly to Vizag from major cities of South India and Central India.

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