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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Visakhapatnam - Vizag

          
Vizag from Kailash Giri
                  Visakhapatnam (also known as Vizag and Waltair) is the largest city and financial capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The city is the administrative headquarters of the Visakhapatnam district and the state headquarters of the Indian Coast Guard. 
        Its geographical location lies between the Eastern Ghats and the coast of the Bay of Bengal. It's the most populous city in the state. Visakhapatnam is one of the main tourist destinations in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The city is famous for its beaches, caves and Eastern Ghats, as well as its wildlife sanctuaries. Telugu is the most spoken language in the city, with 91.72% speakers, followed by Urdu (2.54%), Hindi (2.10%), Odia (1.00%), Tamil (0.35%), Malayalam (0.36%), and Bengali ( 0.41%).
Vizag Town (Bird's eye)
        Although I did visit Vizag several years ago. But the scenarios of Rishikonda Beach, Kailash Giri and most of all Araku Valley still remain to this day especially when I was returning from Araku Valley by car. The rows of green hills never will be deleted from my mind till my death.
Tourist Spots
Ramkrishna Beach
  One of the most popular beaches of Vishakapatnam, Ramkrishna beach is a beach to spend some relaxed time, enjoy strolls across the beach, sunbathe and more. With a number of tourist spots in and around the city, the beach is filled with a lot of hustle and bustle. Nevertheless, it is highly advisable not to swim, as it can be very dangerous and is said to have claimed lives in the past.
Rishikonda Beach
  Rishikonda Beach is also called as Rushikonda Beach, a stunning beach located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. APTDC, which is in charge of this natural beauty, has done a great job in the upkeep of the beach and ensured that this natural attraction remains unspoiled. As a result, Rishikonda Beach is rightly named as the' Jewel of the East Coast,' because of its essential and untouched beauty. The serene golden sands of the beach area in the bosom of the Rishikonda hill. Rishikonda Beach is the perfect destination for a peaceful weekend getaway and is located only 8 kilometers from the port of Vishakhapatnam, making it very accessible.
Simachalam Temple
Simachalam Mandir
         Situated in the town of Vishakhapatnam, the Simhachalam temple is an ornate shrine which is considered to be one of the famous temple in the region.The edifice is perched atop a hill 800 meters above sea level and is dedicated to Lord Narasimha, who is an incarnation of Vishnu himself. Simhachalam Temple is embellished with extremely detailed stone carvings and designs and can be spotted from a distance.
VUDA Park
  VUDA park is a popular attraction in Visakhapatnam and a favorite among the tourists. musical-waterfall is one of the main attractions here. The park also has a skating rink and many small playgrounds for children. The park is designed and built by the VUDA and is in proximity of Ramakrishna Beach. Its an ideal spot for a late evening snack, especially if you have kids.
Borra Caves, Vizag, India
Bora Caves
       Located on the east coast of India, the Bora Caves are located in the Ananthagiri hills in the Araku Valley in the Visakhapatnam district. British geologist William King discovered this million-year-old cave in the year 1807 and has been a tourist favorite ever since. Breath taking hilly terrain, beautiful landscape, semi-evergreen moist deciduous forests, and wild fauna of the Bora Caves are a visual feast. The nature of a marvelous creation, the caves formed when river waters flowed through a limestone area and the calcium carbonate turned into calcium bicarbonate, which is easily washed out by running water. Bora Caves are deemed to be the largest in the country and in the country. are perched at a whopping elevation of about 705 meters. They are essentially karstic limestone structures extending to a depth of 80 m and are considered to be the deepest cave in India.
Araku Valley
        Araku Valley is the heart of Andhra Pradesh is undoubtedly a stunner. Yet to be explored to its fullest potential, Araku Valley is one of the most spectacular holiday spots in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Surrounded by green mountains, green forests, foggy clouds and a pleasant climate, Araku Valley is a perfect escape for those who are tired of living the monotonous life. The scenarios of Araku not only calm your soul but also make your inner soul happy. 

Araku valley from Train
       Araku Valley is a comparatively unexplored hill station visited by locals as a weekend getaway and is located some 125 kilometers away from Vishakhapatnam. Located in the gentle hills of Eastern Ghats, Araku Valley is also home to a number of tribes as well. This valley is also home to a few tribal caves and the Tribal Arts Museum, which are an experience of their own. This destination is quite famous for its exquisite coffee, whose subtle aromas will make you craving for a cuppa.
Kailashgiri Hill
Kailashgiri Hill, Vizag, India
Kailashgiri Hill is a beautiful lash green hill, on the way to Rishikonda beach. On top of the hill there is a beautiful tourist spot Kailashgiri Park. Kailashgiri is a favorite place among the filmmakers all over India. The panoramic views of the seashore and the subtle presence of the sea with the boats, steamers, and ships from the Kailashgiri hill are truly amazing. This is one of the best tourist spots in the city for a bird's eye view of the bay. Kailasagiri Park is a park situated on the top of a hill that faces the east coast. It's a place that offers a mix of things, like places of religious importance, adventure games like paragliding, kid's fun, wide view of the whole city and many other things for the visitors.
    Besides all of these, there are so many viewpoints like Katiki Waterfalls, Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary, Submarine Museum, Dolphin Nose, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park etc. may be visit.
Katiki Waterfall, Araku, Vizag
Nearest Railway Station : Visakhapatnam

Airport : Visakhapatnam has its own domestic and international airport which connects it to all major Indian cities.

Internal Services : Different buses, auto-rickshaws, and cabs are available for internal travel. The surrounding areas are secluded and free of human intervention. The various trekking trails allow them to be explored on foot.



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