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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. I took an internal flight from Delhi to Visakhapatnam, also called Vizag, the Jewel of the East Coast.

This coastal town 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.

tourist places to visit in visakhapatnam

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.

For this first trip to Central India, I arrived in Vizag, crossed Orissa to Bastar district, and returned by the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneshwar railway line, which also crosses important tribal areas of Odisha.

As soon as I got off the plane, I was warmly welcomed by a sign and a nice cold beer and I find myself very quickly diving into the seas. The apartment was located in the center of Visakhapatnam, facing the Bay of Bengal. My large beautifully decorated room had its own terrace area overlooking the Bay of Bengal and the apartment looked like a museum filled with fabulous works from around the world.

The sister of a friend came to take us and it's a real love at first sight between us. We laugh a lot. This woman full of life has this exuberance, I love. I take great pleasure in listening to her speak so quickly with her indecipherable south Indian Hindi accent, and make big gestures of the head and hands.

I naively imagine that it will now be easier for me to understand that any nodding of the head represents an acquiescence and three turns in all directions a very enthusiastic yes. This is obviously not the case. We talk about travel, of course. Her brother teases her by telling her to join me.

She does not return the reply but ask me why I travel alone in a region that has so little tourists and was surprised after hearing about my culinary experiences from her brother. She asks me how did I sleep on the ground in the jungle in Kerala? For her, I am an adventurer in modern times and she shows with enthusiasm the pleasure she also feels to meet me.

She says that she would like us all to go to Ladakh, which she would love to go and I must admit that the idea tempts me well. Maybe one day.

We went to Visakhapatnam to enjoy its seaside atmosphere and stay at a hotel on the edge of the Bay of Bengal. Now what to do in Viakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh?

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. Lambasingi

Lambasingi is a small village in the Eastern Ghats of Chintapalli Mandal of Visakhapatnam. The very fact that Lambasingi is one of those rare places in South India that boasts of snowfall makes this village an amazing place.

Often referred to as the Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh, 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.

3. Araku Valley

I continued my journey by train, with my first stop in the valley of Araku.

4. Borra Caves

Do not forget to enter the Borra caves, which are one million years old, with splendid stalagmites and stalactites. The city is surrounded by ancient Buddhist centers, most of them recently discovered. The list includes places such as Thotlakonda, Bavikonda, Sankaram, Pavuralakonda and Gopalapatnam. Nagarjunasagar has a rich and interesting past.
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  1. I have never heard of Visakhapatnam but there seems to be a lot you can do there. Thanks for the recommendations

  2. I would love to see the dolphins nose. I always love natural wonders. I'm always for a good beach. But I think the submarine museum would be the most interesting.


  3. I have never been to this place and I can say that this is a perfect destination getaway for my whole squad.

  4. This is such a great list! I love all of the suggestions in here! I will definitely be saving for later.


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