Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is a name that needs no introduction. It is considered to be the financial capital of Andhra Pradesh. Despite being an industrial centre, this port city is well known amongst the travellers for its beautiful and clean beaches, museums, temples, surrounding vista points and culture. Once a person is bitten by the travel bug, there is no looking back and Vizag checks all the points on our travel list to make it a must visit. So today we will list down the top 5 tourist spots of Visakhapatnam.
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Beautiful Yarada and Rishikonda Beaches:
These beaches are any beach lover’s dream come true. The Rishikonda beach is the perfect hotspot for water sport lovers. There are ample water sports facilities there, the beach is shallow and you can enjoy the gushing waves. It is a clean family beach and there are a number of eating outlets nearby. The beach is popular amongst the tourists as well as locals; hence you will always find a good number of people enjoying this natural beauty.
Yarada beach is a hidden paradise; it is very clean, surrounded by mountains and is the perfect picturesque spot to enjoy the sunset. The soft sand, shallow waters and soft waves make it a dream location for tourists. There are no eateries around, so it is recommended to carry your own food stuff with you, also you will have to arrange your own transport to reach this location.
This will give you the once in a lifetime experience of seeing the caves that are not just magnificent, enormous and beautiful, but also you will be seeing something that was formed million years ago. As soon as you walk into the entrance you will have your jaws drop by the sheer size and enormousness of this natural wonder and as you proceed to see the wonderful formations of stalactites and stalagmites, you will only get more entranced. This one is a definite must-visit on your Visakhapatnam tour.
INS Kurusura Submarine Museum:
An original submarine converted to museum, this museum is like no other you will ever see. This 300 feet long submarine was commissioned in 1969 and was involved in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971. You will see the interiors of the submarine, the tiny cabins, basins, bedrooms, mess areas, cables, machines etc. and get the feel of how the naval soldiers live in the tiny area while protecting the nation. This museum is definitely worth seeing if you are in Visakhapatnam.
The Simhachalam Temple of Visakhapatnam is equally famous amongst the locals as well as tourists. This peaceful and calm temple is located on a hill top. This Narasimha temple, dedicated to Lordi Visnu has a huge complex that is breathtaking and the sculptures on the walls and pillars are extremely beautiful. One must definitely visit this temple.
A beautiful park built on the foothill; this is a park like no other. There is a ropeway that runs from the foothill to the hill top and offers a gigantic view of the sea beach and the city. You get to see the beautiful views and if you are lucky enough to witness the sunset while on hilltop, it will be one the most memorable scenes of your trip. The park has a toy train that offers the park ride and there are food and gift shops as well. Do make sure to visit this park while visiting Visakhapatnam.
So these are our top 5 must visit points of Visakhapatnam, and there is a lot more that you can see and do there depending upon the time for which you plan your trip. Do share your experiences of your visit with us in the comments below.