The Submarine Museum located on the Ramakrishna Beach is only one of its kinds in the Asian continent and hence is a popular tourist site. The museum is also known by the name Smritika. The museum was converted to a Submarine Museum in 2001 from the earlier INS Kursura, a Russian-built submarine.
The fund to bring the Submarine to the shores was given by India’s Premier Defence Lab, ONGC, Visakhapatnam Port and National Ship Design and Research Centre. In 2002, it was inaugurated by the former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Nara Chandrababu Naidu.
Kailasagiri Hill Station is recommended for the beautiful site that it offers to the tourists. It is surrounded by the two beautiful beaches Ramakrishna and Rishikonda on its left side and the hillock on its right side. The hill derives its name from Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Two huge sculptures of the deities can be found in the hills.
The ropeway trolley can be used to reach atop the hillock. One can enjoy a picturesque view of the city down, especially in the evening. There is also a road train for children and a huge flora clock. The site is fast developing into a picnic spot.
There are several viewpoints here like the titanic view point, the Shanku Chakra Naama, Shanti Ashram, the Gliding Base point, Telescopic point, etc. which provide a fascinating view of the vast sea and the lush green surroundings.
Kambalakonda is a wildlife sanctuary, which is controlled by the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department since 1970. The name of the Sanctuary is derived from the Kambalakonda Mountain. The sanctuary covers an area of 71 sq km of evergreen forest.
Various species of flora and fauna is preserved in this sanctuary in their natural habitat. There are endangered Indian leopards and other animals such as Russell’s viper, Indian cobra, Indian jackal, the Indian muntjac and Asian paradise flycatcher which are found here.
Ramakrishna Beach, located on the East Coast is a popular beach of the Visakhapatnam city. The beach is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal and is known for its sunrise and crimson sunset. Ramakrishna Beach and its twin beach, Lawson’s Bay Beach offers a splendid scenic beauty in terms of its natural surroundings.
The Ramakrishna beach also has the largest stretch of seafront. Various other tourist sites like the Kali temple, Vadu Park, Submarine Museum, Matsyadarshini and War Memorial dedicated to the soldiers of the Indo-Pak war of 1971 are close to the beach.
The beach offers various water sports such as wind and water surfing and deep sea angling on traditional boats. The Ramakrishna Beach also permits sun bathing. These activities make the beach a popular destination among tourists.
Yarada Beach is very close to the city of Vizag and is hence a popular getaway for both tourists and locals. The beach offers a splendid view as it is surrounded by lush green hills on its three sides and the vast Bay of Bengal on its fourth side.
The beach is located amidst sprawling greenery and soft golden sand. The vast coastline offers a beautiful view of the sunset. The Yarada Beach is ideal for a short getaway as it provides one with serenity and calmness. It is also extremely clean and well maintained.
The War Memorial of Vizag is also popularly known as the Victory at Sea. It is close to the Ramakrishna Beach and has been built in memory of the soldiers and their victory during the Indo Pak war of 1971.
The Memorial had been established by the Naval Command in 1996, and it houses several missiles and bombs and a fighter plane and tank. The memorial is surrounded by a concrete wall, and within it there is a beautiful tower which has been made on the lines of the Amar Jawan Jyoti of India Gate.
Gangavaram Beach is situated on the South of Visakhapatnam close to the Visakhapatnam steel plant. The beach is well known for its scenic beauty and the huge palm trees line up the entire beach area. In the recent times, the beach has gained popularity among filmmakers due to its splendour and picturesque coastline.
It is also extremely popular among tourists because of its pleasant and serene atmosphere. Both the view of the Pitta Konda in the centre of the ocean and the famous Krishna Temple on the hill opposite to the beach have been huge crowd pullers.
The Rishikonda Beach is considered to be the most beautiful beach in Vizag. Its large stretch of golden sand and tidal waves make it a favourite among tourists. The beach offers various kinds of water sports such as water skiing and wind surfing. The beach is also safe for swimming.
The area surrounding the beach is also filled with flora and fauna attracting not just casual tourists but also hard core nature lovers. The beach is also lined with cottages, restaurants and bars, which have been constructed by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism department that is working towards the promotion of tourism in Vizag.
Bhimili Beach is the popular name of the Bheemunipatnam Beach. The name of the beach is said to have been derived from the name of the Pandav prince, Bheema. The beach is situated where the Gosthani river meets the Bay of Bengal. The Bhimili Beach is stretched along the Bhimili Visakhapatnam Beach Road.
The beach is calm and safe for swimming. Evidences of Buddhist Culture, which date back to the second century, have been found in the Pavuralakonda hillock which is also referred to as the Narsimhaawami Konda.
The ruins of a fort considered to be built in the 17th century as well as a cemetery enhance the beauty of the place and act as a major tourist attraction. The area was a Dutch settlement in the colonial times.
Today there are several fishing villages around the area. There are also several pine trees and small temples close to the beach. The Bhimili Beach provides for a calm, serene and relaxing ambience for the tourists.
Jagadamba Center or Jagadamba Junction is the epitome of modern infrastructural development in Vizag. It is one of the most popular shopping arcades and places of entertainment in Vizag. The mall shares it name with the Jagadamba movie theatre which is close to the shopping centre.
The movie theatre is one of the most popular and best in the region. There are various malls and restaurants close by and tourists can have a leisure time here.
Ross Hill is also known by the name Kanyamarykonda and is the highest among all the peaks of Eastern Ghat. Vizag is surrounded by three hills, and each of them houses the shrines of three different religions. The Venkateshwara hill houses a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ross Hill has the Virgin Mary Church and the Dargah Konda has the tomb of the Islamic saint, Baba Ishaq Madina.
Ross Hill derives its name from the Englishman Mr Ross, whose house was located on this hill during 1864. The house was later converted into a chapel by the name of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. The path of the chapel is decorated with various Catholic icons and images. The hill also receives a lot of tourist attention due to the scenic view it provides to the beaches, port and the shipbuilding yard.