Friday, May 25, 2012

The Ultimate ... Visakhapatnam

Dotingly called as Vizag, Visakhapatnam is a port city on the north-eastern part of Andhra Pradesh. It is said that Visakhapatnam is so named as a temple of Lord Vaisakheswara lies submerged somewhere close by in the sea. Situated among the hills of Eastern Ghats facing the Bay of Bengal to the east, the city is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam District. Vizag was originally a fishing village (as I have been told) and now it has one of the country's largest ports and an oldest shipyard.



Visakhapatnam offers many places to see and things to do where you can spend a relaxing holiday. Lying in the coastal region, the city has many beaches and there are temples standing still from centuries. There are parks, port and museums and you can go for one-day trips to its many neighboring places. Some of them include Araku Valley, Borra Caves, Anantagiri hills, Bheemunipatnam and many more.



Finds in this area reveals the Buddhist settlement here mainly on the hills around. Bavikonda, Totlakonda and Pavuralakonda are some of the hills on which the Buddhist remnants have been found. These are said to belong to somewhere between third century BC and second century AD.

The city has a distinct type of climatic condition. Summer starts in the month of April and continues till mid June. There are rains from the month of June until September. Sometimes there are heavier rains due to cyclones. Winter generally crawls in the month of December and remains till the end of January.  


Sight Seeing in Vizag:

Rushikonda - beach resort
Bhimili - 25 km from Visakhapatnam
Dolphin's nose - light house
Rama Krishna Beach (RK)
Thotlakonda- buddhist hill
Borra Caves
Thatiguda water falls
Tyda resort: Meaning of tyda is Jungle bells
Kailash giri
CMR Mall
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Submarine museum : Name of submarine (Kurusura)
Aquarium (matsyadarshini)



One of the best things you can do is go out on shopping spree in Vizag. There are many malls and street Bazars you can purchase jewelry, handicrafts, clothes and traditional South Indian metal utensils, showpiece and what noy. A stay in the sea-side guesthouses and hotels give you an awesome experience with its sun-kissed beaches and beautiful landscape...


* Photo Credits shared by me and my amazing photographer friend/companion/brother Sumanth

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