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Visakhapatnam Hotels and Travel Guide
Visakhapatnam, formerly known as Vizag, along the eastern coast of Andhra Pradesh was a quiet fishing town with little or no infrastructure till the early 1920s. Visakhapatnam was established by the British and was opened to sea-going vessels in 1933. Since then it has been a medium - sized port town, catering to the needs of the Deccan Plateau and the eastern regions of the country. Known as Waltair under British rule, Vishakhapatnam was also seen to be of strategic importance by the military who set up base here.
Visakhapatnam is the right place where one can find the charm of Andhra. From lakes to cool beaches, from beautiful hill ranges to caves and valleys enclosures, Visakhapatnam has all of them. A visit to Visakhapatnam will certainly be exciting, enriching and enthralling experience with all its amazing beaches, exquisite caves and spectacular temples.
Vishakhapatnam is an important industrial center of India. It is not famous for shopping but one can definitely move around the city to look for things that can be bought. The gold and silver jewelry and various varieties of Saris are some of the must buys of the city.
Visakhapatnam celebrates many religious and state festivals. They are an integral part of the city's culture and tradition. Festivals like Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are celebrated here with equal excitement and enthusiasm at Vizag also.
Visakhapatnam's Paderu panchayat
Visakhapatnam Railway Station
Bheemunipatnam-25 km: Bheemunipatnam is situated about 25-km from Vishakhapatnam. It is famous for its beautiful beach located along the east coast.
Simhachalam-16 km: The Simhachalam is situated about 16-km from Vishakhapatnam. The travel attraction of this place is a famous ancient temple of Sri Varaha Lakshminarasimha. This temple is known for its excellent architecture.
Araku Valley-115 km: About 115-km from Vishakhapatnam is the beautiful Araku Valley, with its bracing climate, orchards, and the Ananthagiri Ghats, which present an enchanting view to the visitors, is attracting tourists not only in India but from abroad too.
Borra Caves-90 to 95 km: The Borra caves situated at a distance of about 90-95-km from Vishakhapatnam is an important tourist attrction. It is famous for its historical and religious significance.
Ananthagiri Hills: The beautiful Anantagiri hills are situated in appealing ranges of the Eastern Ghats. These hills provide a respite from the hot summer months. They are located on the way to Araku Valley and are famous for coffee plantations.
Attractions and Places to Visit in Visakhapatnam
Kailasagiri: Kailasagiri is located on a hilltop and is a must to see place for all people visiting Visakhapatnam. The charming hill on the seafront, exudes a mind blowing picturesque view, especially towards Bheemunipatnam.
Rishikonda Beach: At a distance of 8 km from Visakhapatnam is the Rishikonda Beach, a golden, virgin beach, caressed by the sun-kissed sea. The beach is an ideal place to laze around.
Ramakrishna Beach: One of the most alluring beaches on the Eastern Coast is the Ramakrishna beach, which is a favourite haunt for tourists visiting Visakhapatnam.
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park: The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is situated in Visakhapatnam amidst the picturesque eastern ghats of India, enclosed by hills on either sides and Bay of Bengal on the east.
How to Reach Visakhapatnam
Air : Visakhapatnam has an airport. Indian Airlines flies to Visakhapatnam daily from Mumbai, Kolkatta, Hyderabad and Chennai.
Rail : Visakhapatnam is the centre point for the trains going between Chennai and Howra and Howrah and Secunderabad. It is well connected by rail to all the important places in and outside the state.
Road : National Highway No.5 (Howrah to Chennai) passes through Visakhapatnam. The Visakhapatnam to Steel Plant - Anakapalli Road is most modern 4 Line Highway spans 45-km. The APSRTC runs buses and private buses connect major cities of the state and the cities in the neighboring states of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh with Vishakhapatnam.