8 Best Places to Visit in Visakhapatnam
Sunrise over Bay of Bengal at Rama Krishna Beach
Visakhapatnam is located in Andhra Pradesh, a state in India. More than 2.03 million people live in Visakhapatnam, making it the most populous city in Andhra Pradesh. Located between the Eastern Ghats and the Bay of Bengal, Visakhapatnam is the only natural harbor on the east coast of India. The city has a tropical wet and dry climate. The average annual temperature in Visakhapatnam is 27.8 °C.
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How to Reach Visakhapatnam
Visakhapatnam Airport is an international airport. Pre-paid taxi service is available at the airport. The city is well-connected by rail and road. Visakhapatnam railway station (station code:VSKP) is the main railway station and Dwaraka Bus Station the main bus station in the city.
Hotels in Visakhapatnam
The Gateway Hotel
Green Park Visakhapatnam
Fortune Inn Sree Kanya
Hotel Athidi Grand
The Park Hotel
Fab Hotel Kinnera Comforts Daba Garden
Four Points by Sheraton Visakhapatnam
Hotel Winsar Park
Major Tourist Attractions in Visakhapatnam
Visakhapatnam is the largest city in Andhra Pradesh. Here are some popular tourist attractions in the city.
Also known as Borra Guhalu, these natural caves are located in the Ananthagiri hills, around 92 kilometers north of Visakhapatnam. These million-year-old caves are karstic limestone structures extending to a depth of 80 meters. You will find stalagmite and stalactite formations here.
Borra Caves History
The perennial water flow over millions of years resulted in the formation of these caves. British geologist William King discovered these caves in the year 1807.
INS Kurusura Submarine Museum
INS Kursura (S20), which was a Russian built Kalvari-class diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy, was decommissioned in 2001 after 31 years of service. The complete submarine, including the weapon package was hauled-up from sea to land and positioned on a concrete foundation at Gajapathi Raju Marg, Ramakrishna Beach Road. It is Asia's first submarine museum. It will give you an idea of how submarines work during wartime, life inside a submarine, etc.
INS Kurusura Submarine Museum Timings
10.00 am to 12.30 pm; 2.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Tuesday to Saturday
2.00 pm to 8.30 pm
Heartfulness Meditation Center
Located in Vuda Layout, Marripalem, this meditation center is a nice place to learn relaxation technique, meditation and more. For more details you may call 089125 58487.
Peace and calm prevails here.— Vasanth Kumar
Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Simhachalam
This ancient Hindu temple is located on the Simhachalam hill, around 20 kilometers from Visakhapatnam. It was built by king Sri Krishnadevaraya. It combines the Orissan and Chalukyan features of temple construction. Stone carvings in this 11th century temple are similar to those in Konark. There are stone carvings of the avatars of Lord Vishnu, flowers, elephants and plants. It is the second richest temple in Andhra Pradesh.
Simhachalam Devasthanam Timings
Simhachalam Devasthanam Timings During Chandanotsavam
This hilltop park is spread out over 380 acres. It overlooks beaches, forests and Vishakhapatnam city. Shiva Parvathi statue, Shanku Chakra Naama, floral clock, jungle trails, seven wonders of Vizag, Shiva temple, Titanic view point, Shanti Ashram, art gallery, road train, gliding base point and children's park are some attractions of Kailasagiri.
This popular beach got its name from the Ramakrishna Mission that is located nearby. It is also known as R K Beach. It houses INS Kursura Submarine Museum. Sunbathing, swimming, surfing and beach volleyball are popular activities here. Coconut trees bordering the beach add to its beauty. Visakha museum, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, aquarium, Kali Temple and statues of prominent personalities are other tourist attractions in this area.
Ramakrishna Beach Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Located in the Kambalakonda Reserve Forest, this zoo covers an area of around 625 acres. It is around 4 kilometers from the city.
The zoo is home to around 800 animals, including birds, primates, herbivores, carnivores and reptiles. There is a separate area for butterflies and moths. The zoo also houses an auditorium, library and interpretation center.
The zoo is open between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm; it is closed on Mondays. Entry fee is ₹10 for adults and ₹5 for children.
Located in Beach Road, Appughar, this museum houses historical treasures and artifacts of the Kalingandhra region. These exhibits provide an insight into the history of Visakhapatnam during the last few centuries.The museum is open between 11.00 am and 7.00 pm on weekdays and 12.00 pm and 8.00 pm on weekends. It is closed on Fridays.
How to be Safe in Visakhapatnam
Visakhapatnam is considered to be a relatively safe city. Violent crimes are rare. Stay in a reputed hotel. Avoid arguments with strangers, especially on sensitive topics like religion and language. Avoid deserted areas, especially after sunset.
© 2017 Srikanth R