7 Best Places To Visit In Visakhapatnam, India

In this article, I take you on a tour of Visakhapatnam or Vizag, the Goa of the East Coast of India, and one of the gateways to the tribal states of Orissa and Chhattisgarh in central India. This Jewel of the East Coast located north of Chennai (Madras) in the state of Andhra Pradesh is the ideal gateway for your trip to the tribal state of Orissa and the Bastar district.

Vizag is located north of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and south of Bhubaneshwar (Orissa). To the west, there is Hyderabad, now capital of Telangana. The green line from Vishakapatnam is approximately the route of the beautiful railway line that runs through Orissa and goes as far as Jagdalpur to Bastar.

Lambasingi is a small village in the Eastern Ghats of Chintapalli Mandal of Visakhapatnam. One of the exclusive features of the location is its chilly temperature experienced even during summer. The very fact that Lambasingi is one of those rare places in South India that boasts of snowfall makes this village an amazing place.

Perched at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level this mystic hill station is famously know as the Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh with quaint valleys and chilling temperatures. Lambasingi awaits with its fog-covered forests and the rustic and classical landscape of the Indian villages. Enjoy the glow of intoxication in Lambasingi when the clouds descend to the earth, redrawing the mountain lines every day in the act of hugging and departing continuously. Walk the blessed paths that seem to merge into oblivion, making each step an acute existential experience.

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Now what to do in Viakhapatnam?

1. Bojjannakonda

The next day, my friend unfortunately does not feel well. Another friend whom I have known for few years via the internet join me to visit the sites of Bojjannakonda and Lingalakonda with the driver. They are near Ankapalle and Sankaram village in Vizag district. Each located on a hill side by side, they are surrounded by rice fields and palm trees.

We start with Bojjannakonda where we find beautiful Buddha sculptures, stupas and sculpture caves. At the top we see red brick walls, obviously the remnants of the monks' cells. Lingalakonda is less interesting and preserved, with its little stupas. Nevertheless, there are many archaeological treasures: pottery, seals, tablets, statuettes, gold and copper coins, etc.

Visakhapatnam is the only natural harbor on the east coast. It also has the oldest shipyard. Despite its population of more than 2 million, it is the third cleanest city in the country. In addition to the nickname Goa of the east coast, it is also known as the city of destiny or the jewel of the east coast.

After having lunch of delicious fresh shrimp prepared by the cook, I take advantage of the splendid terrace and enjoy the sight on the Bay of Bengal. I forget the time. The late afternoon is conducive to walk along the Bay of Bengal. I take the opportunity to buy colorful shirts.

2. Kailasagiri

It is a hill top park in Visakhapatnam. One could get there by road or through rope way. You can experience a breathtaking view of the Vizag beach and the city. Kailasagiri is famous for shiva statue, with awesome views of Vizag. It’s famous for being a hill station. Near to that Tenneti park is situated. It has famous temples like Simhachalam (Gopalapatnam), Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Temple (Jagadamba), ISKCON (naval dock yard).

3. Divis bridge

It is about 37 KMs from Vizag city.

4. VMRDA INS Kursura Submarine Museum

When you walk through the Ramakrishna Beach you can see the VMRDA INS Kursura Submarine Museum, with the one from when Ghazi attack took place.

5. Victory At Sea War Memorial

Victory At Sea War Memorial is built in the remembrance of soldiers who sacrificied their lives for India and is opposite the Submarine Museum.

6. Visakha Museum

If you go straight it has Shivaji Palem where you can see the mountain view and beach at the same time. From there you can go to Pedda Waltair by auto and you have Visakha Museum there.

7. Ross Hill Church

You can also visit Ross hill (port area) where you have a church, Yarada beach, Bheemili beach and Rushikonda. On Bheemili beach road you can see Ramanaidu studio, GITAM university. Thotlakonda beach is located there and it’s also famous for its simply addictive natural beauty.

Kalyan Panja