FEATURES
Population: Approx. 12 Lakhs
Altitude: 15 feet above sea level
Best Season: August to October and January to March
Clothing: Tropical in summers and light woolens in the winter
Languages Spoken: Telugu, Hindi ,English

Visakahapatnam , the port city is the jewel on the east coast of India. The City is a harmonious blend of the magical past and the bustling present with a breath taking panorama of golden beaches, lush green fields, verdant valleys and splendid monuments from a rich historical and religious heritage.


BORRA CAVES / ARUKU

The Borra Caves enroute to Araku Velley are located about 90km from Visakhapatnam. Dating back to scores of years, the breathtaking display o fnaturally sculptured splendour, superb stalactite and stalagmite formations. Thousands of visitors, particularly students and tribals from far off places pass through the caves to make offerings to Lord Shiva seen in the form of natural stone lingas.

A FEW PLACES TO BE SEEN IN AND AROUND ARAKU VALLEY ARE :

  • Padmapuram Botanical Gardens (2 kms)
  • Ranagellada Water Falls ( 7 kms)
  • Kothavalasa Agriculture Farms (2 kms)
  • Saparai - Natural rock Formation(14 kms)
  • Coffee Plantations -Anantagiri (35 kms)

The Adjacent figure is a view of the Gostani River from Borra Caves. After stopping by the Borra Caves move on to the sights and sounds of the lush green Araku Valley. Journey to this picturesque valley at an altitude of 3,100 ft on the Eastern Ghats by train or road and watch smooth flowing silvery streams flow by.


BHEEMUNIPATNAM

The town is named after 'Bhim', one of the Pandava Brothers. It is 24 kms from Visakhapatnam and is known for the 17th century ruins of a Dutch fort and settlement. A cemetery at the mouth of the river Gosthani has some tombs embossed with the skull and cross bone motifs of sea pirates. The beach here is considered to be the safest and calmest for the swimmers.

 

RUSHI KONDA

Green and picturesque, this beach strip falls beside the road from Visakha to Bheemili with massive sand dunes creating a spectacular geographical formation which supposedly remind one of the famous Kovalam Beach in Kerala. This is a favorite among the Holiday makers.


KAILASAGIRI

The charming hill on the seafront, affords a breath taking scenic view,especially towards Bheemili. It has been developed as an attractive picnic spot. View points with roof and cement seats are located at different places on the hill to enjoy the serene atmosphere and scenic beauty. The magnificent Shiv Parvathi statues with lighted mountains in front are worth seeing. Sankaram, Chakram and Namam fully lighted in the night are visible from almost all parts of the city.


APPIKONDA

This is a small village situated on the coast of Bay of Bengal. It assumed religious importance owing to the existence of a Siva Temple containing a life-sized bull carved out of Black stone.


BEACH VIEW

The marvelous beach occupies the largest part of the seafront and is the most popular site in the city.The beach is at its best at dawn and dusk.It has plenty of visitors looking for a nice outing on the sea front.


SIMHACHALAM

Simhachalam or the 'Lion's Hill' is 16 kms from Visakhapatnam.It is known for the 11 th century temple dedicated to Varah Narasimha -the lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The deity is always covered with sandalwood paste, giving it the appearance of a sandal wood Shiva Linga. During the Chandana Yatra Festival celebrated over here in March -April , the real shape of the deity can be seen. The temple is amongst the important shrines of Lord Vishnu in the country. The shrine is a marvel of architecture, and has inscriptions dating back to 1098 A.D on its walls.

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