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Vishakhapatnam Travel Guide
The city is supposed to have derived its name Visakhapatnam, from the deity 'Visakha' (the God of Valour).
Vishakhapatnam is a coastal, port city in Andhra Pradesh, an Indian state located on the eastern shore of the country, nestled among the hills of the Eastern Ghats and the Bay of Bengal overlooking towards east of the city. It is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and is also home of the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.
This region, formerly part of the Kalinga Empire that stretched up to the river Godavari, has also been mentioned in Hindu and Buddhist books during the 5th and 6th centuries, as well as by Writers/ Sanskrit grammarians Panini and Katyayana in the 4th century. The city was ruled by several dynasties, some of which include Chedi, Kalinga, Chalukyas among many more.
Vishakhapatnam is home to several state owned heavy industries; one of the most advanced steel plants and has one of the country's largest ports and its oldest shipyard. It is also proudly, the only natural harbor on the eastern coast of India.
The city's main commercial and shopping centers are located in the Dwaraka Nagar-R.T.C. complex area and Jagadamda Junction area. Recently, the Dwaraka Nagar-R.T.C. complex area has been transformed into a commercial place with new shopping malls and complexes springing up within a radius of 2-3 kilometers. The city boasts of many five star hotels like the Taj group, I.T.C. Welcome Group & Park Hotels. This city would make a perfect location for official holidays.
Visakhapatnam offers a surfeit of tourist attractions that could be the cause of envy by any other location in India. Americans felt when they visited the Caltex Oil refinery (presently HPCL) found a striking similarity with San Francisco and called this city as "San Francisco of India". It offers an avalanche of choices for the nature lovers. In this city one can find golden beaches, cliffs, parks on the hill top facing the sea, and a Beach front in the heart of city, along with long drives alongside beautiful beaches, Zoo park and wildlife sanctuary, Submarine museum, hill stations, Limestone caves, Coves, Mountain ranges and colorful valleys all within a distance of 100 km from the city.
Places to See
Kailasagiri, a park developed by VUDA on a hill top adjacent to sea offers a spectacular view of the sea, the entire city and the Eastern Ghats which can be viewed from this place. The ranges are appropriately named Kailasagiri (meaning mountain of heaven, when literally translated) owing to the presence of the statue of the celestial couple (Siva-Parvathi statue). The high point also gives a magnificent view of the city, along with its beaches. While all this makes the ambience suitable for tourism, the presence of holy idols makes the place worth seeing for the devotees.
Just 8Km from the city, Rushikonda beach is a picture perfect setting with golden sands, surf, sea and hill cottages overlooking the grand vista. For lovers of swimming and water sports like skiing and wind surfing, Rushikonda is an ideal place to visit. At the end of a grueling session, one can always chill out at the bar cum restaurant attached to the cottage.
It is the most prominent and memorable landmark in Visakhapatnam. It is a single and massive knoll of more than 350mts height, resembles the Dolphin's nose and hence the name. It protects the Visakhapatnam Harbour as well as the Head Quarters of Eastern Naval Command. Visakhapatnam Port Trusts, Light House which is situated on top of the hill guides the approaching ships to Visakhapatnam. The port channel cuts in between three hills which emphasizes the exquisite topography of Visakhapatnam. Ross Hill, the highest mount named after Mr. Ross, local authority, who built a house on it in 1864, Darga konda, has a mosque and a shrine of a Muslim sage Ishaque Madina, who was revered for his prophecies. Sri Venkateswarakonda has a temple, which was built by Capt. Black moor in 1886.
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park:
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, which is situated in between the National Highway 5 & Beach road, is spread over an area of 625 acres, and exhibits about 700 animals belonging to about 89 species. The important attractions of the Zoo are Deer Safari, Nocturnal animals, Toy train, Shanty Sarovar view, Zoo van drive and Bay of Bengal view points.
Best Season to Visit:
The climate of Visakhapatnam has no appreciable seasonal changes. Being close to the sea, the level of humidity is high. The fluctuations in temperature are fairly uniform, except during the dry months when the rise in temperature is higher than it is during the monsoon period.
From February onwards, the temperature rises progressively till May, which is the hottest month. December, January being the coldest period of the year, making July- August the best time of the year to visit this splendid city and have the holiday you dreamt of!!
How to get there:
Air: Visakhapatnam is well connected with daily flights from Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Tirupati and kolkata. Visakhapatnam Airport has recently received permission to operate night flights. Visakhapatnam International Airport is coming up at S.Rayavaram, 50 km from the city.
Road: Visakhapatnam is one of the cities on the east coast of India connected by NH5, a major national highway. Visakhapatnam has a good network of roads. There are frequent buses to Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, Araku, Rajahmundry, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Bangalore, Madras and few other parts of Orissa and Karnataka.
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