Visakhapatnam or Vizag is the second largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Though it was not very popular among the travellers a decade ago, this port city is slowly gaining fame among International travellers as well. The exotic beaches here such as the Ramakrishna Beach and the Rushikonda Beach are becoming favourites among the seaside lovers, whereas the Arakku Valley has become the go-to destination for those who love the tranquillity and greenery atop the hills. The Buddhist sites at Vizag, such as Thotlakonda and Bavikonda comprises of Buddhist ruins belonging to 3rd Century BC. The Dutch ruins at Bheemunipatnam or Bhimli are worth admiring as well. Let us pick you some of the best tourist places to visit in Vizag for your next trip-
The most famous beach in Andhra Pradesh, the Rushikonda Beach is a picture perfect beach destination for your next holiday. Verdant hills clubbed golden sands and the shimmering blue waters of the Bay of Bengal, you are in for visual a treat here. Just relax by the seaside, enjoy some seafood, hit the waves and get wet, or perhaps get indulged in exciting water sports activities such as Jet Ski or Surfing. You can easily reach Rushikonda from Visakhapatnam, just 30 km away from the city.
3300 feet above the sea level, Arakku Valley is a serene hill station located 120 km away from the city of Vizag [Visakhapatnam]. Set amidst the Eastern Ghats, Arakku is a hilly paradise. The train ride to Arakku has hit the travel wish list of many travellers. It is truly entertaining when the train gently move through the picturesque landscapes of Arakku with lush green hills on both sides offering some of the ecstatic views of nature.
To explore and enjoy every sight of Arakku Valley, you would need at least 2 to 3 days minimum. So when you plan, keep at least 2 nights completely for Arakku Valley. The Dumbriguda Waterfalls, tribal museum, the Matsyagundam [Fish pool], and the Tyda Park are some of the major sightseeing spots at Arakku Valley.
Now, we are talking about the “Biggest caves in India”, the Borra Caves. These enormous limestone caves are said to be more than 150 million years old. Perched above 4500 feet from the sea level, the Borra Caves was hidden from the outside world until 1807. You have to trek your way up to the Borra Caves, which makes it even more interesting, you would come across small waterfalls on the way as well. It is definitely a must visit during your Vizag tour.
A favourite haunt of the people in Visakhapatnam, Ramakrishna Beach is a picture-perfect seaside to relax and enjoy the scenes around. The crystal blue ocean clubbed with lush green mountains would for sure entertain every traveller. The Submarine Museum is a major attraction here at the Ramakrishna Beach. A decommissioned Indian submarine named INS Kurusura has been installed here by the Indian Navy offering an opportunity to the public to know how the submarines are operated during the wartime. Make sure you spend some time here at the submarine museum during your visit to the Ramakrishna Beach.
The Kailasagiri Hill is located to the North of Visakhapatnam. Located 130 meters above the sea level, this hill offers some stunning views of the serpentine shoreline and the surrounding landscape. A park has been developed around 50 acres atop this hill facing the Bay of Bengal. It has seven viewpoints, which offers the visitors a great opportunity to enjoy the scenes of the Vizag.
15 km away from the city of Visakhapatnam, is this famous Buddhist site called Thotlakonda. It is located on a hill 420 feet high above the sea level. The site was active during the period of 200 BC to 200 AD. Buddhist monks from far off lands such as China, Tibet and Burma used to visit here and stay for a long time before completing their Buddhist studies. It comprises of stone wells which collected water for the Buddhist monks who lived here, meditation halls, stupas etc. Thotlakonda is of huge significance for the Buddhists and it sees a lot of Buddhist visitors from all parts of the world.
Bhimli is popularly known as the Hollander’s Green, owing the name to the Dutch settlement during the 17th century. A ruined Dutch Fort and cemetery is present here. Other than that there is nothing much left out here of the Dutch days of the past. The Bhimli Beach is a must visit and is great to spend time soaking the sun or hitting the waves. More than all of these, what makes Bhimli so famous is the 25 km drive from Visakhapatnam which is so entertaining with a lot of vivid beautiful scenes you would see flash through your window.
So that was our list of best tourist places to visit in Vizag.
If you have any more recommendations for the travellers, drop your comment below and share it with us.