Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam or Vizag, is a city in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Visakhapatnam is a coastal, port city, often called as 'The Jewel of the East Coast', located on the eastern shore of India, nestled among the hills of the Eastern Ghats and facing the Bay of Bengal to the east. It is the largest city and the financial capital of Andhra Pradesh. From Lakes to cool Beaches, from beautiful Hill Ranges to Caves and Valleys, Visakhapatnam has them all.

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Araku Tribal Museum
115 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Araku Tribal Museum is an unique museum located at Araku Valley surrounded by waterfalls and mountains. The museum showcases the orthodox lifestyle of the native tribes in the region and aims at preserving its artifacts and culture. It is located at a distance of 115 Kms from Vishakapatnam city and was established in the year of 1996.

The museum is constructed only with indigenously available materials and is native in its architecture to give an authentic tribal appearance. It boasts 19 tribes that live in the tribal vicinity. The museum is spread over two levels, the first one di...

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Araku valley
114 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Araku Valley, popularly known as Araku, is a scenic hill station located at a distance of 114 Kms from Vishakhapatnam(Vizag). Araku is often referred to as Andhra Ooty and nestles in the eastern ghats with rich traditional and cultural heritage.

Located on the Eastern Ghats at an altitude range of 900 to 1400 meters above sea level, Araku Valley is home to a number of tribal communities. Spread over an area of 36 sq. km, Araku is a perfect tourist destination with pleasant climate, lush greenery, waterfalls and streams. The journey to the valley is equally enthralling passing throu...

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Bavikonda
16 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Bavikonda is a famous hill station located at 16 kms from vishakapatnam and is known for the historical Buddhist heritage sites found in its proximity. The name Bavikonda translates to hill of wells as there are number of wells counstructed for collecting rain water. Located very close to the beach it is at an altitude of 130 metres above sea level.

There are several artifacts discovered in the place dating back to 3 century BC to 2 century AD which include Roman and Satavahana coins, inscriptions and few prehistoric potteries. The excavations also discovered one of the oldest Budd...

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Bheemili Beach
32 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Bheemili a picturesque beach at a distance of 32 kms from Vizag (Visakhapatnam) city also known as Bheemunipatnam in the region as the river Gosthani merges with Bay of Bengal at Bheemunipatnam.

The beach is famous for several water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and water-skiing and is an ideal spot for swimmers in comparison to rocky beaches of Vizag. Bheemili was one of the oldest Dutch settlements during the 17th century, the remenants include a fort, armoury and cemetety dating back to their period. There was also a port used for trading purposes which has been...

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Bojjanakonda
40 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Bojjanakonda is a historic Buddhist sight located at a distance of 40 kms from Vizag(Visakhapatnam) city. It is located in Sankaram village on the banks of river Sarada near Anaklapalli which houses two adjacent hillocks, the western hill known as Lingalakonda and the eastern Bojjannakonda. It was originally known as Buddhuni konda (hill of the Buddha) but it came to be known as 'Bojjannakonda' in course of time.

Interesting aspect of this site is it feature all three phases of Buddhism i. e. Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana. It has numerous monolithic votive stupas, rock-cut caves...

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Borra Caves, Visakhapatnam
90 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Borra caves, the largest(705 m) and the deepest(80 m) caves in India made of karstic limestone structures is located in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku Valley at a distance of 90 kms from Visakhapatnam(Vizag) on the east coast of the country.

It is a naturally formed cave believed to be 150 million years old discovered in 1807, by William King George of the Geological Survey of India. The Gosthani River, which originates from these caves and flows between the solidified stalactites and stalagmites in the karstic limestones formation, is the cause for the development of the odd s...

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Dolphin's Nose, Vizag
65 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Dolphin's Nose is a huge rocky headland with a height of 174 m is surmounted 360m above the sea level. Some people even claim that a school of dolphins often visits the spot. And is one of the popular tourist attraction in Vizag (Vishakapatnam).

It Is a single hillock shaped Like a Dolphin's Nose owing to natural process and hence the name Dolphin's Nose. The rock juts out into the sea, forming a headland on which is the lighthouse which has the Cyclone forecast facility. The nation's powerful beam of the lighthouse directs ships 65 KMs away. This place was an army base camp for Brit...

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Gangavaram Beach
10 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Gangavaram Beach is one of the beautiful beaches in Andhra Pradesh located around 10 kms from Vishakapatnam (Vizag) city. It was one of the many fishing hamlets on the coast of Bay of Bengal. Gangavaram has a beautiful stretch of beach and is situated near the Vishakapatnam Steel Plant.

There is a port known as Gangavaram Port after the name of the beach. This is the deepest port in India. It is also one of the favourite shooting spots directors because of its beautiful coastline. And the beach is lined by palm trees along the coast. Pitta Konda a small rocky formation in the middle ...

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Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
20 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Indira Gandhi Zoological Park located amidst the serene Kambalakonda Reserve Forest, spread over and area of 625 acres at a distance of 20 kms for the Vizag(Visakhapatnam) city. The zoological park is surrounded by Eastern ghats on the three sides and the Bay of Bengal on the other side. It is named after Indira Gandhi, former prime minister of India.

The zoo houses around 80 species of birds, animals and reptiles and is one of the largest zoo in Andhra Pradesh. It has different sections for primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, ungulates and birds kept ...

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The Submarine Museum situated on Ramakrishna Beach is a Russian built submarine of the Indian Navy (INS Kurusura) turned to a museum in 2001 after its 31 years of service. Ihe museum is located approximately at a distance of 20 kms from the Visakhapatnam (Vizag). The museum was inaugurated by Mr Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in the year of 2002.

The Submarine Museum is the first submarine tuned to a museum in the whole of Asia and second in the World. INS Kurusura Submarine has a length of 91. 3 m overall, a beam of 7. 5 m larger than the world's largest plane...

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Kailasa Giri is a prominent hilltop park with a panoramic view of the tenneti beach seafront. It is located at a distance of 25 kms from Vizag (Vishakapantam) city. One can view the entire city of Visakhapatnam from the top of this Kailasagiri hills. Kailasagiri is a favourite location among the filmmakers all over India.

The hill park developed by VUDA covers 350 acres of land with exciting landscape gardens with panoramic view of sun kissed beaches of the bay and the lush green forests on the other side and an enchanting view of the bustling city of Visakhapatnam. A number of amazi...

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Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary
20 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary, a reserve forest declared as wildlife sanctuary in 2002. It spans an area of nearly 70 sqkm of land and is a combination of scrubs, meadows, hilly terrains and steep slopes located around 20 kms from Vizag or Visakhapatnam at Degalagedda near the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park.

The forest on the Eastern Ghats is the abode for rare species of endemic flora and also supporting variety like leopard, barking deer, wild boat, spotted deer, sambar and monkeys, different species of snakes, asian paradise-flycatcher. Tectona grandis, abrus precatorius, catun...

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Katiki Waterfalls
90 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Katiki Waterfall is magnificent waterfall located about 7km to Borra Caves in the famous Araku valley. It is approximately at a distance of 90 kms from the city of Visakhapatnam(Vizag).

Originating from the Gosthani River, the Katika Waterfall is about 50 feet high and the water cascades down to a pond at the bottom. The pond at the bottom of the waterfall is an excellent place for taking a bath after a tough trek to the place. A 20-minute trek through the lush green forest of about a kilometer gives way for the stunning views of the cascading waterfall.

There are local jee...

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Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary
30 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary also known as Kondakarla Ava is a famous Lake and Bird Sanctuary at the foothill of Eastern ghats comprising a unique and endangered forest type, situated about 30 kms from Visakhapatnam (Vizag) city.

This fresh water natural lake is home to many birds, adding colour to the tourist spot and one of the main spot for photographers and nature lovers. The sanctuary is in rural area, it is known for fishing and an enchanting view of the nature and the birds floricking around the lake.

It is advisable to take the necessary equipments as there are no ...

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Lawsons Bay Beach
20 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Lawsons Bay Beach, also known as Pedda Waltair beach, is a calm,serene and secluded beach which is located next to Ramakrishna beach approximately at a distance of 20 kms from the Visakhapatnam (Vizag) city.

The beach is known for the beach park called Lawson's Bay beach park located in the coastline of the seafront. The place is well known for its majestic sea with shallow crystal clear water with calm waves playing with the soft golden sand along the coast. The calm waters of Lawson Bay beach attract even those who have little experience of swimming and surfing.

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Mangamaripeta Beach
35 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Mangamaripeta Beach is a small hamlet situated about 35 kms from Vishakapatanam. It is one of the popular beaches with soft golden sand and the picturesque Thotlakonda hills in its backdrop with palm trees lined up along its coastline.

It is believed that the region was under the kingdom of Kalingas and later the beach was used to serve as the promotional centre of Buddhism. The beach is popular for Thotlakonda, a hill embracing a Buddhist complex and remenants of the heritage site dating back to 200 BC to 200 AD. The hill top gives a panoramic view of the vast sea and the sorroundin...

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Matsya Darshini Aquarium
18 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Matsyadarshini Aquarium is a beautiful air-conditioned aquarium is aninitiative of the Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, established on the shore of Ramakrishna Beach in the year of 1994. Matsya Darshni aquarium is located at a distance of 18 kms from the Vizag city.

Matsyadarshini is a beautiful aquarium and houses countless species of fresh and salt water marine life captured in more than 20 medium and large sized tanks. It has many marine varieties include the long horn cow fish, butterfly fishes, surgeon major, peacock wrasse, the lion fish, stone fish, red squirrel fish, pe...

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Pudimadaka
45 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Pudimadaka lighthouse and beach is located in Pudimadaka village of Vishakapatanam at a distance of 45kms from the Vizag city.

Pudimadaka Village lies on the shore of a bight about 4 miles NE of Rambilli Beacon. And is known for its coastline and fishertown. Visitors can see a number of small boats docked on the beach which are used for fishing by the local fishermen, in the recess of a coastline. The seashore is rocky and there are large rocks and hillocks in the sea, which is the reason for the existence of the lighthouse.

The light was comimisioned on 21st January 19...

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Ramakrishna Beach
18 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Ramakrishna Beach, popularly known as RK beach is a spectacular long beach on Bay of Bengal and is a continuation of the Coromandal Coast. It gets its name from the Ramakrishna Mission ashram across the Beach Road from the park. It is one of the prominent beaches in Vishakapatnam (Vizag) located around 18 kms from the city.

The Ramakrishna Beach occupies large part of the sea front and is one of the exclusive regions to spend time leisurely. It is an exquisite soft golden sand beach perfect for spending mesmerizing time in morning and evenings watching the sun taking and a memorabl...

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Rishikonda Beach
30 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Rishikonda Beach known as the 'Jewel of the East Coast' is an unspoiled picturesque beauty located around 30 kms from the Visakhapatnam(Vizag) city on the way to Bheemili.

The exceptional beauty of the beach attracts a large number of tourists and is lined by palm and coconut tree along the coastline. Watching the waves play with the soft golden sand of the beach is an enchanting experience to be felt. The tranquility associated with the Rishikonda Beach is just indescribable. There are several huts on the beach to enable visitors enjoy the view in shade.

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Ross Hill church
19 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Rose Hill is the central and highest among the line of three hills popularly known as Kanyamarykonda lies about 19 kms from Visakhapatnam(Vizag). The hill is named after a local Judge, Monsieur Ross who built a house on it in 1864 which was later converted into a Roman Catholic Chapel.

This century old Mother Mary's Church is a landmark shrine for people from all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed and colour. The pathway to the church is lined with shrines of the stages of the cross. A grand annual procession is carried out to the Ross Hill Church to mark the Feast of the Imm...

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Tenneti Park
22 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Tenneti Park is named after Tenneti Viswanadham, a freedom fighter, is a first and oldest Urban park situated on the Beach Road in Jodugullapalemaround 22 kms from Visakhapatnam (Vizag) city.

Tenneti Park is set about 200 feet above the sea and overlooks the blue expanse of the Bay of Bengal making it look like the ramparts of an ancient fort from the beach. Tenneti Park is a head turner that lures passers-by to spend a few relaxing moments, settling down on the lush meadows and watching the beauty of nature unfold.

The hills forming the backdrop to this setting only ad...

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Thotlakonda
35 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex is nestled on a hill(128m) above sea level near Bheemunipatnam about 35 kms from Vishakapatnam city. Thotlakonda is a 2000-years old Buddhist monastery which played integral role while Buddhism was spreading to Sri Lanka and other parts of South-East Asia during Kalinga Empire.

It was first founded by Indian navy during aerial survey in 1993. It is said that the place was in full process from 200 BC and 200 AD. There are several rock-cut wells used to store water for the daily usage in the monastery, the name Thotlakonda in Telugu means 'the hill of sto...

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The Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple is situated atop the Simhachalam hill, at a distance of 20 kms from Vishakapatnam. The history of the temple dates back to 11th century and is dedicated to Lord Narasimha an incarnation of Visnhu.

The hill range is a part of the Eastern Ghats and is named Kailasa. It is situated on the top of the northern side of the hill in an amphitheatre like structure. Simhachalam temple resembles a fortress from outside with three outer courtyards and five gateways. The architecture is a mixture of the styles of the Orissan, Chalukyas and the Cholas. The templ...

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Visakha Museum
22 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Visakha museum is a museum established on the shore of Ramakrishna beach in the port city of Visakapatnam at a distance of 22 kms from the city. The museum was opened to public in the year of 1991 and is housed in 150 year old architecturally impressive Dutch Bungalow.


The Visakha museum houses the historical treasures and artifacts of the Kalingandhra region. Collections available for viewing in the museum include ancient armory, crockery, coins, silk costumes, jewelry, stuffed animals, portraits, manuscripts, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, periodicals, stuffed animals, portra...

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VUDA Park
20 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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VUDA Park also know as Taraka Rama Park is located near Ramakrishna Beach at a distance of 20 kms from the Visakhapatnam city center. It is named after the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri NT Rama Rao hence named as Taraka Rama Sagara Teera Aaramam park.

The park is designed and constructed by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) giving its popular name. This beautiful tourist attraction is spread over an area of around 55 acres. It is an ideal place to spend evenings and leisure times on seashore with eye catching lush green surroundings with the pictur...

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War Memorial
20 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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The War Memorial, also known as 'Victory at Sea' is a seaside park dedicated to Indian naval victory over Pakistan in the Indo-Pak warfare of 1971, is situated in Vishakapatnam areound 20 kms from the city in Ramakrishna beach near the Submarine Museum and consists of a tri-service representation of artifacts on the seafront.

Victory at Sea is a memorial sign explicitly constructed in 1996 in the commemoration of the marine take-over by India in 1971 and to pay homage to all Indian war martyrs. A T-55 tank symbolizing the land component and a fighter plane embodying the power in air ...

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Yarada beach
15 kms from Visakhapatnam city limits
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Yarada beach is situated on the west coast of Bay of Bengal in Yarada village at a distance of 15 kms from Vishakapatnam. It is surrounded by picturesque hills from three sides and Bay of Bengal on the other making it an amazing destination and is a well kept secret by the locals.

Yarada is one of the safest and cleanest beaches in the country, and is also known as California beach the coastline is covered with coconut, banana and palm trees. Around 25-30 minutes driving distance from the heart of Vishakapatnam, it is a welcome sight in the form of crystal clear waters and soft gol...

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