Visakhapatnam, also known locally as Vizag, is the largest city in Andhra Pradesh. It is primarily an industrial port city, but also attracts tourists due to its beautiful sandy beaches, well-built and maintained parks, Buddhist remnant sites, and nearby scenic areas, such as the Araku Valley.
The port of Visakhapatnam is famous for being home to the oldest shipyard in all of India. Visakhapatnam's history stretches back to the 6th century BCE when it was considered a part of the Kalinga Kingdom and later ruled by the Vengi, the Pallava, and Eastern Ganga dynasties. Conquered by the Mughals in the 16th century CE, European powers eventually set up trading interests in the city, and by the end of the 18th century, it had come under French rule. It came under British rule in 1804 and it remained a British colony until India's independence in 1947.
Located a short distance away from Visakhapatnam, Araku Valley is a hill station replete with gushing waterfalls, crystal clear streams, and lush green gardens. Often touted as "The Goa of the East", Vizag is replete with many pristine beaches along its coastline, with the most famous one being Yarada Beach. Yarada beach is a stunning site surrounded by majestic hills on three sides, and by the Bay of Bengal on the other side.
For history enthusiasts, the Borra Caves are one of the best tourist attractions that Vizag has to offer for you. These caves are over thousands of years old and are one of the biggest among all the caves found in India. The Katiki Waterfalls, situated a short distance away from the Borra Caves, is a gushing waterfall that measures around 50 feet in height and is surrounded by the exuberant greenery of the valley.
Being a coastal region, the popular cuisine of Visakhapatnam includes seafood, as well as traditional South Indian cuisine.
Explore & Experience in Visakhapatnam–
- Yarada Beach
- Rishikonda Beach
- Bheemunipatnam Beach
- Dolphin's Nose
- Katiki Waterfalls
- Borra Caves
- Matsyadarshini Aquarium