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Visakhapatnam a Real Jewel of South India

Updated on April 14, 2020
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I am a passionate traveler and nature lover who loves exploring new places.

Treasure Trove Of South India

Enveloped in a thick foil of nature, accentuated by the beautiful beaches blending miraculously in the cliffs, Visakhapatnam is truly the treasure trove of South India. This place has everything a traveler wants to witness in his journey. From breathtaking mountain views, natural caves, temples, coffee gardens, museums to beautiful beaches this place has something special to offer for every traveler. I visited this place in the middle of the month of November last year and the place tempted me in every possible way it could.

Here I am writing about a few places from my favorite list.


Kailashgiri In Visakhapatnam
Kailashgiri In Visakhapatnam | Source

Kailasgiri

Kailasagiri is a hilltop park in the city of Vishakhapatnam. The hill is at 360 feet and it overlooks beaches, forests & the city of Vishakhapatnam. It is one of the best tourist spots in the city for a bird's eye view of the bay.

The Kailasagiri Park is well known for its panoramic view, peaceful atmosphere and its scenic beauty, making it a beautiful tourist attraction in Vishakhapatnam. The place offers plenty of leisure activities which is also one of the reasons for people visiting the place.

For small children, the circular train is there for fun and enjoyment. Moreover, among adventure games, it gives visitors really good paragliding facilities. Apart from that, there are huge idols of Lord Shiva and Parvathi which gives the place a religious flavor.

The world is a book and those who don't travel read only one page-St.Augustine.

Simhachalam Temple

Simhachalam temple is an ornate shrine that is revered to be one of the most important temples in the region.

The edifice is perched atop a hill 800 meters above the sea level and is dedicated to Lord Narasimha, who is an incarnation of Vishnu himself. Simhachalam Temple is embellished with extremely detailed stone carvings and design and can be spotted from a distance.

This place speaks about the glorifying culture of the state.

The serene ambiance of the temple made me want to sit down for a few hours and contemplate about life in general.


Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny space you occupy in the world: Gustave Flaubert

Katiki Waterfalls

The Katiki waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in the state. The resplendent waterfall cuddle in the lap of mother nature boosts a glorious addition to the ethnicity of the state. These waterscapes are charming in every way and can lure any traveler towards it easily. The beauty of the falls is enriched by the picturesque scenery.

It is a famous attraction for picnickers and nature lovers.

The natural landscape surrounding the waterfall is lush green and goes through an uneven path that adds an element of adventure to the visitors trekking their way to the waterfall.

The cool breeze, the greenery and the soothing sounds of the Katiki Waterfall will take off all the worries in one's mind.

The 50 feet high natural formation is a breathtaking sight from a distance.

Katiki Falls is the place to be for those who wish to rejuvenate their souls.

View From Kailasgiri
View From Kailasgiri | Source

How About Getting Some Vitamin Sea

The city of Vizag and its beaches go hand in hand. With enticing seashores spread along the city’s coast, Vizag has around half a dozen serene beaches.

While some serve as a source of fun and adventure, some serve as a source of peace and serenity.

Araku Valley

Araku valley is blanketed with green lustrous forests and very famous for the cultivation of coffee. You can taste the exquisite coffee of the valley along with the hand made coffee chocolates right at the heart of the hill station. Here the coffee is grown by a group of farmers who engage in organic practices and are part of a cooperative.

How to Reach Araku Valley

Getting to Araku is plain sailing. The hill station is located at a distance of 114 km from Visakhapatnam (a 3-hour journey).

By Air: The nearest airport is located in Visakhapatnam. From there you can hire a taxi.

By Rail: Araku also has a railway station. Trains generally run from Visakhapatnam. There are several AC/ Non AC buses running on the route as well.

Borra Caves
Borra Caves | Source
Bora Caves
Bora Caves | Source
Limestone Formations In Bora Cave
Limestone Formations In Bora Cave | Source

Borra Caves

The Borra Caves are situated nearly 92 km from Vizag.

The caves are over a million years old and have stalactites and stalagmites and are beautifully lit up in different colors.

One has to walk down into the caves and walk quite a bit to see it entirely. There is a small shiva idol placed inside as well.

The experience once inside is simply amazing.

The masterpiece crafted in the hand of nature is a must-visit for travelers.

Those who have a problem walking could avoid the caves. There are bats inside but they are quite harmless. Food and water are not available once you are inside the gates. There is a small cafeteria outside.

Images Inside Bora Caves
Images Inside Bora Caves | Source

Coffee Museum

The coffee museum exhibits the history of coffee and sells a variety of coffee and chocolates. You can enjoy hand made chocolates and delicious filter coffee here.

View From Top Of Kailasgiri
View From Top Of Kailasgiri | Source

Aarku Tribal museum

The Tribal Museum in Araku Valley is a very interesting place for tourists.

Araku Tribal Museum is just 200 m away from Araku Bus station and is on the main highway towards Araku to Chaparai falls. Araku tribal museum is a nice place of Araku which explores the tribal culture of Eastern Ghats. This Museum was established in February 1996 by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation aimed to Preserve and display Tribal Culture.
This Museum showcases tribal lifestyle, which is showcasing utensils made of Iron and Mud, the wedding ceremony of Tribal. This museum showcased day in day out activities of tribal by Clay Monuments. Kitchen tools, Jewellery and Hunting tools of Tribal also showcased in this Museum

The locals informed us that the most interesting part of this museum is Dhimsa live dance perform by local Tribal at limited time slots.

Submarine Museum

The museum is inside an actual submarine, INS Kurusura, which was India's 5th submarine. The museum is situated on RK beach, near the War Memorial in Visakhapatnam. The beautiful scenery of the clear blue waters and golden sand on the beach serves as a perfect location for the Submarine Museum.

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Food

There are several food kiosks on the way that serve snacks and beverages especially Bamboo Chicken and fresh Coconut Water. I love south Indian food and this place had served everything that my soul needed. If you want Indian foods, multihued, gastronomic experience then don't miss this place. Guarded by sea, south Indian cuisines are mainly featured by seafood and the food is a fiery affair and medley of flavors. You will fall in love with the food.

Best Time To Visit The Place

I would suggest the best time to visit the place is from November to February. This is the time when you can enjoy the place the most.

How To Reach Visakhapatnam

A
Bhubaneswar Airport :
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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B
Vizag:
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

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    • talesofvikram profile image

      Vikram Brahma 

      4 weeks ago from Assam, India

      Hey, nice article my friend. I have been to Visakhapatnam twice in my life when I was a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya. We stayed in KV Steel Plant. About Araku Valley and Borra Caves, I am not aware of. Thanks for sharing about them and cave looks amazing from inside. Thank you very much for sharing this article.

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      Prateek Jain 

      4 weeks ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      I have never been to Visakhapatnam since now, after reading your article I found some amazing facts and places to visit and explore in Visakhapatnam. Your articles are really vivid guide for everyone who all wishes to explore and visit new places. Thank you for mentioning all the details in this article. Will share this article with all my friends who will be planning to to visit Visakhapatnam in upcoming months.

    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      5 weeks ago from India

      Thanks Devika,More than the scenic beauty I love southIndian food specially rasam is my favourite.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      South India is beautiful! Visakhapatnam is a place to travel and enjoy. I wish to travel some day your description sounds amazing

    • Prantika Samanta profile image

      Prantika Samanta 

      6 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      I always love visiting Vishakhapatnam, as it has both hills and the sea. The bewitching beauty of the place amazes travelers. Thank you for sharing such an amazing article. I have not visited all the places you have mentioned in your article. I will keep your article handy.

    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      6 weeks ago from India

      Thank you Mr.Krishnan Iam glad you liked it.The limestone formation at the bora caves is amazing and the way the guide describes about the images will make you feel like its all real.I never knew such places are there in our country untill I visited this place.

    • Suchismita pradhan profile imageAUTHOR

      Suchismita Pradhan 

      6 weeks ago from India

      Thanks Eric for stopping by,you are most welcome to India and dont forget to taste our indian cuisine Iam sure you will definitely love it.

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      Suchismita Pradhan 

      6 weeks ago from India

      Thanks Swati for your comment.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      6 weeks ago from South India

      Kailsagiri, Coffee Museum and Bora Caves were al knew knowledge to me. Limestone deposits are seen by me for the first time. Nice picture and nice writing with lot of funny creativity, Ms Suchismita.

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 weeks ago from UK

      You have showcased this area well in your article. You seem to have a problem with the map, which I have also had with some of my articles. I have had to edit the map capsule repeatedly until the map sticks at the correct place, rather than defaulting back to USA.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This sounds like my kind of place. Great photos and descriptions. I want to go.

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      Swati Khandelwal 

      6 weeks ago from Nainital

      Beautiful formatted article

      Looking forward to visit vishakapatnam

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