Visakhapatnam, also called Vizag is Andhra Pradesh’s largest city, famous for steel and its big port but also doubling as a beach resort for sea-breeze-seeking domestic tourists. During the main December–February holiday season there’s a distinctly sizzling vibe with camel and horse rides along the beach and people crowd up go dunk into the sea.
The pedestrian path along Ramakrishna Beach is pleasant for a stroll, and nearby Rushikonda Beach is Andhra’s best. The surrounding area contains one of Andhra’s most important Hindu temples, several ancient Buddhist sites and the rural Araku Valley. This city now holds a reputation of being the third cleanest city of the country and is also known for its educational institutions and youth associations. Many people come to visit this city for three main reasons. First is the education of this city. This city holds reputed colleges like Gitam University, Andhra University, St.Joseph’s College, Vitam College etc and has a strong educational system. Second is its places of beauty. This city holds homes to three beaches in the city and one in the outskirts. It also has a trekking hill and a hill station. The city is surrounded by hills on three sides and beach on the fourth. And thirdly this city attracts people with its food. Sea food is very famous in this place and that is a very strong attraction for many tourists. Every mid-January the city hosts Visakha Utsav, a festival with food stalls on Ramakrishna Beach, exhibitions and cultural events. So we get to see a lot of foreigners coming to this city and they usually book international flights to Hyderabad. The journey from Hyderabad to Vizag makes it easy for them to come.
The famous hill station, Araku Valley, situated 30km north of Borra Caves and 120km from Visakhapatnam is home to several tribal communities. The tribal museum and village are major attractions. The valley is 3200 square feet above sea level with streams and waterfalls. As a result, the train journey to Araku is picturesque passing through tunnels, hillsides and streams. The journey is also heaven for caffeine addicts, as you get a strong whiff of coffee – the area being home to rich coffee plantations. Do check out Sangda waterfalls located in the middle of a thick jungle.
KONDAKARLA AND KAMBALAKONDA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
The area has several sanctuaries that house many species of birds and animals. The Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary, located about 50 km from Vishakhapatnam, by the Kondakarla Lake is home to migrating birds in the summer. Mechanized boats are not allowed on the lake. Instead take a ride on an interesting contraption made by joining two logs together with a cot, and this locally-made boat, surprisingly is quite stable and is a pleasure to go out on the lake in.
The Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary has a dry evergreen forest with meadows and scrubs. It houses leopards, the Indian Pangolin, chitals, Indian jackals, sambar deer, spotted deer, barking deer, jackal, wild boar and wild dog, and multiple species of snakes and birds.
With all these beautiful places to see in Visakhapatnam, one should definitely come and visit this beautiful city of greenery. The highest population of tourist come from USA and if you belong to USA too then book cheap flights from USA to India and come here to witness this beauty.