- Rishikonda Beach
- Ramakrishna Beach
- Indira Zoological Park
Rich culture and heritage, prime industrial city and home to the major port the biggest ship building yard in the country – Visakhapatnam. Hindu Mythology has it that the city was named after the god Vaishaka and is also quite popularly known as Vizag. History has it that this fascinating city was once part of the ancient empire of Kalinga. It has been ruled by eminent kings such as Ashoka and Krishnadeva Raya. It had also been a Dutch colony in the 18th century. Today the city is one of the comfortable urban hangouts; the city offers the best of both ancient and modern worlds. Book your Visakhapatnam Tour in India and explore the beautiful blend of the then and now.
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park: Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is one amongst the largest zoos of India, sited in the natural surroundings of a reserve forest. Sprawled in an area of 625 acres, the park was named after Indira Gandhi - the former Prime Minister of India. It was opened to the public in the year 1977. Animal lovers can have a gala time here at this zoo.
With your Visakhapatnam Tour you can enjoy all that attracts tourists. The city has something for everyone. Be natural lovers, environmental lovers, wild animal enthusiasts, bird watchers or those who look for physical modern entertainments – the city has it all. A city with abundance in natural beauty is sure going to give you the best of times while on your vacation. Let the ranges of pretty big hills, golden beaches along the Bay of Bengal coastline and natural valleys, enrapture your heart and give you moments which you would cherish for the rest of your life.
Major Tourist Attractions of Visakhapatnam Tours:
Ramakrishna Beach: This is one of the popular beaches that you will come across while on your Visakhapatnam Tour. Visit this beach and marvel at the serene waters and tranquil atmosphere. This beach offers a lovely vista of the countryside. In the past few years, it has gained immense popularity amongst the tourists.
Rishikonda Beach: Away from the hustle and bustle of city life lies this serene beach named Rishikonda Beach. This is a perfect destination for tourist who wants to relax. The untouched sandy stretches and warm waves of the ocean make this beach definitely worth-visiting.
Kailasagiri: This is the most beautiful places in the expanse of Vizag. A place you should not miss out while on your Visakhapatnam Tour. Perched on a hilltop, it is an interesting place that certainly looks like the abode of God. From here you can enjoy a spectacular view of both Rishikonda and Ramakrishna Beach. Actually a hill park, Kailasagiri boasts of numerous attractions like Shiva Parvati Statue, Shanku Chakra Naama, Floral Clock, Jungle Trails, Food Courts, 7 Wonders of Vizag, Shiva Temple, Titanic View Point, Shanti Ashram, View Points, Art Gallery, Road Train, Gliding Base Point, Children Play Park, Conference Hall, Telescopic Point etc. Over and above, the pleasant atmosphere and scenic beauty make this place worth-visiting.
Dolphin's Nose: Indeed Dolphin's Nose is the famous landmark in Visakhapatnam. As its name suggests, this is a 357 meters high rock in the shape of a Dolphin's nose. It's a promontory and also has a lighthouse, which is conceivably the oldest lighthouse in India. Another interesting point about this lighthouse is that its beam can be seen from even 64 km out at sea.
The Harbour & the Three Hills: Visakhapatnam boasts of embracing the natural harbour of the country. Dotted with trees and hills, this harbour is one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and a must place to visit. Another interesting fact is that each hill has one place of worship, dedicated to three major religions in the world. In the north, Dargah Konda comprises a mosque, while Venkateshwara Konda in the south has a temple of Lord Venkateshwara. Roman Catholic Church of Mother Mary founds its place on the Ross Hill. Amidst these hills, there is a jungle trail, meandering over three acres of dense forest. It's a nice place to go for trekking.
Submarine Museum: Submarine Museum is a nice place to feel real-life experience at submarines. It is the only museum in India as well as the Asia to build a submarine. Actually, the museum has been crafted out of a real submarine of Indian Navy. Here, you can get to know about the working inside the submarine.
Jagadamba Center: Jagadamba Center / Junction is a downtown place, which can be said the gist of entertainment in Vizag. Here, you can have leisure-time and even have a glimpse of the crowd. It has both local shopping centers and famous malls, from where you can shop the artifacts and accessories on top. It is named after the Jagadamba movie theatre, which is one of the best movie auditoriums of India.
War Memorial: This interesting place is located opposite to the Submarine Museum. This interesting Memorial was built to commemorate the victory at the sea in the Indo-Pak war of 1971. The Naval Museum established here exhibits a fighter plane, a tank and few missiles.
Matsyadarshini: Aquarium Sited near R.K Beach, Matsyadarshini Aquarium has a nice collection of marine fishes and freshwater fishes. Its, out of the ordinary, façade has an entrance doorway, which resembles the open mouth of a giant white-tipped shark. 'Kala Shrusti' is a handicraft shop located on the top of building.
Bavikonda: This fascinating place dates back to the 2nd-3rd century. This is a Buddhist excavated site. It is situated along the beach road. History has it that the wells at the hill were used to collect rainwater for drinking purposes. Pottery, Roman coins and Satavahana coins were some of the artifacts found here. Further excavations revealed various stupas, monasteries, platforms, relic caskets, tiles, stuccos, iron objects, moulded bricks, coins, etc.
Mangamaripeta: Mangamaripeta, a small hamlet, is situated about 16 km from Visakhapatnam. It is known for Thotlakonda, a hill embracing a Buddhist complex. At an elevation of 128 meters above ground, this complex was discovered by an aerial survey conducted by the Indian Navy. Dating back to 200 BC and 200 AD, Thotlakonda was under the sway of Kalingas and used to serve as the promotional centre of Buddhism.
How to Reach
By Air: Visakhapatnam has an airport. Indian Airlines flies to Visakhapatnam daily from Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai.
By Rail: Visakhapatnam is the centre point for the trains going between Chennai and Howra and Howra and Secunderabad. It is well connected by rail to all the important places in and outside the state.
By Road: National Highway No.5 (Howra 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 Visakhapatnam.