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Visakhapatnam

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Visakhapatnam

Kondakarla Ava Beach:

Located at a short distance from Visakhapatnam in Achyutapuram mandal, the Kondakarla Ava Beach or the Kondakarla Beach is noted for its natural beauty. Perfect for relieving stress and strains associated with the hectic city, many visitors come here to relax. The largest freshwater lake in the state is present in the area. The Bird Sanctuary set up in the region boasts of a large variety of birds.

 

Simhachalam:

Simhachalam, or Simhagiri, is a renowned pilgrim centre in Vizag. The ancient Sri Varaha Lakshminarasimha Temple, dating back to the 11th century, is the most important place in Simhachalam. The number of devotees to the temple has steadily risen over the years, making it the second richest temple in India. The idol of the presiding deity remains covered with sandalwood paste for the major portion of the year.

 

Lawson’s Bay Beach and Ramakrishna Beach:

The Lawson’s Bay Beach in Visakhapatnam, also known as Pedawaltair Beach and the Ramakrishna beach close to it are known as twin beaches in Vizag. Being the most important beaches within the city, they are famous for sparkling golden sands and lush green foliage. Lawson’s Bay Beach is perfect for surfing, swimming and sun bathing while Ramakrishna Beach is not safe for swimming. There are many attractions surrounding the beaches that makes it lively like the submarine museum, Kali Temple, VUDA Park, statues of famous personalities etc

 

Araku Valley:

Located at a height of almost 3100 ft in the mighty hills of Anantagiri, Araku Valley is a scenic hill station near Visakhapatnam, famed for its majestic waterfalls, enchanting streams, pleasant weather and rich landscape. Araku draws many nature lovers, environmentalists and tourists to the site, being the dwelling site of 17 different tribal societies. The Dhimsa dance form is popular in the region. Itika Pongal is a renowned festival celebrated in the region. Matsyadarshini

 

Aquarium:

This beautiful aquarium has almost 20 medium to large tanks showcasing the freshwater and marine species of fish and water animals. The aquarium is maintained by Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation. Uncommon marine invertebrates are a highlight of this spot.

 

Yarada Beach:

The Yarada Beach, located on the outskirts of the city of Visakhapatnam, provides beautiful scenery with soft golden sands and pristine flora. Bounded by imposing hills on three sides, the beach is enclosed by the Bay of Bengal on the fourth side. The beach provides a secluded and calm atmosphere for those seeking mental peace and solitude.

 

War Memorial:

This renowned memorial, known as ‘Victory at Sea’, was constructed in honour of the courageous troops who laid down their lives for the cause of the motherland. The site commemorates the 1971 sea victory of the Indo Pak War. Several objects related to war are on display at the place, including missiles, a tank, bombs and a fighter plane.

 

Vuda Park:

Taraka Rama Park, also known as Vuda Park, is situated on the Sun and Sea beach. The site has swimming and boating facilities along with artificial caves, flower gardens, sprawling green lawns, a children’s park and a roller skating rink. The playpen dedicated to children consists of boxing bags and plastic balls. A musical fountain is one of the highlights of the park.

 

Kailasa Giri:

Kailasa Giri is a scenic hill station; a local favourite offering a magnificent view of the entire region. The beautiful and serene Rishikonda Beach and RK Beach are located on the left while the hillock is on the right. The hill, as implied by the name, is the abode of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. A huge statue depicting the divine couple draws visitors to the site. The hillock is visited by several tourists using the ropeway facility. A playing field for children is located within the premises. The ropeway offers a panoramic view of the city, complete with illuminations. Adventurous tourists can indulge in paragliding at the spot.

 

Dolphin’s Nose:

The Dolphin’s Nose is a large rocky headland, almost 174 m high, located in the southern portion of the city of Visakhapatnam. The rock bears the form of the nose of a dolphin and is situated at an altitude of 358 m with its projection facing the Bay of Bengal. A nearby lighthouse provides a panoramic view of the city.

 

Bheemli Beach:

Situated at the meeting point of the Bay of Bengal and the River Gosthani, the peaceful Bheemunipatnam Beach is one of the calmest and safest locations for swimmers. The beach is featured by the ruins of a cemetery and fort dating back to the 17th century. In the earlier period, this site was supposedly a Dutch settlement. The refreshing atmosphere together with the fresh greenery and palm groves makes this beach a popular site for tourists. Borra Caves: The Borra Caves are situated almost 1400 m above sea level in the Anantagiri region of Vizag. The region is famed for its stunning stalagmite and stalactite formations. The Borra Caves bear considerable importance in archaeology, religion and history.

 

Some Paleolithic implements, said to be a million years old, were discovered in the caves by King George of the Geological Survey of India in the year 1807. Locals flock to the site to worship the Shivalinga and the idol of the holy cow Kamdhenu. The stone formations within the cave assume the form of an udder of a cow and hence, the caves got the title of Gosthani.

 

Gangavaram Beach:

The picturesque Gangavaram Beach is located in the southern part of Visakhapatnam. Beautifully lined with palm trees, the beach draws several TV serial and film makers as it offers natural scenic spots. The coastline of the beach has witnessed a steady growth of visitors. The cool breeze and soft sands of the beach provide a serene atmosphere. Swimming is not allowed in the waters.

 

Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary:

The sanctuary, located close to the outskirts of Vizag city, covers an area of 70 sq. km with scrubs and meadows together with dry evergreen forests. Many rare species of wild animals can be seen in the sanctuary such as sambar deer, barking deer, jackal, wild dogs, wild boars, panthers.

 

Visit Timings: 09:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs

 

Rushikonda Beach:

The Rushikonda beach is yet another popular beach in Vizag. It is an ideal spot for water sports, especially water skiing and wind surfing. Beach cottages and beach side restaurants are the main attraction here providing a complete diversion from hectic days. Buddhist Excavations: The previous Buddhist hamlets like Bhavi Konda, Thotla Konda, Bojjana Konda, and Salihundam near Visakhapatnam houses several architectural remnants of the Buddhism that dates back to 200 BC to 700 AD. This being the oldest in South India attracts many surveyors and history enthusiast to these places. There are several rock-cut caves, monolithic dagobas, stupas and figurines which lends a mystic aura to several spots of these villages