Vizag aka Visakhapatnam has something for everyone. Mostly regarded and revered as a nostalgic place with memories by some, Vizag continues to grow as an important tourist destination in Andhra Pradesh. An old world mixed with the new, Vizag has some very nice places to visit for the tourists who are first timers in the city.
Here Are 10 Awesome Places To Visit In Vizag
Not many know about its existence other than the locals. Thotlakonda is a secluded beach spot that is often rarely crowded. You will see that this spot is beautiful and serene, spurring romance in visuals. Silent sea waves, abandoned huts and sun kissed weather should stir your soul. A must visit with someone special.
- Araku Valley
Most people in India will know about Araku Valley. This beautiful chilled out valley located at an altitude of 900m above the sea level is spreaded over an area of 36 kms. The valley is a perfect location on the Eastern Ghats and an amazing destination to enjoy the hilly climate. The traditional dish prepared in the bamboos, Bongulo Chicken (Bamboo Chicken) is not to be missed.
- Borra Caves
Travel seekers and adventurers have to visit the famous Borra caves. Situated on the east coast in the near vicinity of Araku, Borra caves are unique in their own terms. These caves were first discovered by William King George of the geological survey of India. Considered to be one of the largest caves in India, Borra caves have karstic limestone structures that extend to a depth of 80 m.
A small temple located inside the cave was believed to be constructed by the locals commemorating a religious incident that once happened in the region. According to the popular story narrated by the tribals, a cow which was grazing on the top of the caves dropped through a hole in the roof. When cowherd was searching for the cow, he came across the caves and found a stone inside the cave, which resembled a Shivalingam.
The caves flaunt mosses and brown-to-green algae along with rare popular flora. The interiors of these caves are installed with sixty three lamps of mercury, sodium vapour and halogen lamps. The destination also has several mica mines; hence a project named Thalipudi Reservoir Scheme is introduced for mining precious stones like rubies.
Simhachalam, also well known as Simhadri, is a beautiful Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha Swamy. They say that the hill top is actually a holy abode of Varaha Narasimha Swami. The name of the temple is derived from the word Narasimha, nara meaning male and simha meaning lion, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
The temple was constructed in 1098 by Kuloththunga, the famous Chola king. Further, the Queen of ancient Orissa adorned the temple idol with gold during 1137-56 and Narasimha Deva, the eastern Ganga King of Orissa, constructed central shrine in 1267. Apart from this, the shrine was visited twice by Sri Krishna Deva Raya in 1516 and 1519 after defeating Gajapati Prataparudra Dev, the Gajapati ruler of Orissa.
Most tourists would easily associate Vizag with one of its prime landmarks, Kailasagiri. A tiny hill station right in the city zone is an important place of visit for both the tourists and the locals. Also known as the abode of Lord Shiva, Kailasagiri has an important temple of Shiva and Parvati and their mighty idols.
Other main attractions includde ropeway trolleys, enshrined sculpture of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Road Train for kids and a huge Floral Clock. Recently emerged as a popular picnic spot, the place has several view points offering beautiful view of hills and the sea.
Shanku Chakra Naama, Jungle Trails, Food Courts, Titanic View Point, View Points, Art Gallery and Shanti Ashram are some of the most popular points on the hill.
- Yarada Beach
If you are in Vizag and sea shore is your thing, Yarada should be in your tick list. Surrounded by hills on three sides and the Bay of Bengal on the fourth, Yarada is full of lush greens and golden sands. A tourist spot with sheer visual delight to the eye. Yarada is also a photographer’s favorite to capture nature’s beautiful views of sunrise over sea and dainty coastline.
- Dolphin’s Nose
A typical brand ambassador of Vizag, Dolphin’s Nose is also a tourist spot that needs to be checked out. The name has been derived from the shape of the rock that resembles dolphin’s nose. The place is frequented by tourists to catch beautiful glimpses of the city from a higher view. The place has a lighthouse that monitors and tracks ships from the distance of around 65 kilometres.
- Rishikonda Beach
Popular beach known for its scenic escapade, Rishikonda beach is well frequented by tourists all round the year. The beach also offers major commercial attractions like water sports, other than resorts and stay. Rishikonda is considered as one of the favorite weekend getaways by the locals.
- Tenneti VUDA Park
One of the most crowded spots by the locals, the Tenneti park is both awesome and accessible. Joggers are seen during the morning hours, enjoying the fresh salty breeze and the heavenly view of sun rise. A must see for children and the old parents too.
Surreal and true, Bhimli or Bheemunipatnam is a fisherman’s abode. Lined with various fishermen huts and along a beautiful coastline of the sea, Bhimli also houses some rare and historic Buddhist monuments that have been well preserved till day. Bhimli is also super fun if you have friends in fishermen who will willingly rent you a boat for a nominal fee.