Vishakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh

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Visakhapatnam also called as Vaishakhapuram is a major sea port on the south east coast of India. With a population of approximately 1.7 million, it is the second largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh and the third largest city on the east coast of India after Kolkata and Chennai. According to the history, the city was named after the god of Valor, Visakha. It is located 625 kilometres (388 mi) east of state capital, Hyderabad. The city is nestled among the hills of the Eastern Ghats and faces the Bay of Bengal to the east. It is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and is also headquarters to the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. Visakhapatnam is often referred to as The Jewel of The East Coast or The City of Destiny and is sometimes referred to as the "Goa of the East Coast." Just like its west coast counterpart, it has beautiful virgin beaches, laterite hillocks, smooth roads and stunning landscape. Health-tourism is a fast developing industry.

It is primarily an industrial city, apart from being a port city. It is also home to the Eastern Naval Command. Visakhapatnam has seen rapid development in the past decade.

The city sometimes goes by its now mostly defunct colonial British name, Waltair. During the colonial era, the city's hub was the Waltair railway station, and that part of the city is still called Waltair. It is sometimes referred to as the "City of Destiny".

Visakhapatnam is home to several state-owned heavy industries, one of the most advanced steel plants and has one of the country's largest ports and its oldest shipyard. It has the only natural harbour on the eastern coast of India.

Visakhapatnam was ruled by King Visakha Varma during BC's, according to Hindu Puranams. It was a part of the Kalinga Kingdom, under Ashoka's rule in 260 B.C. It passed on later to the Andhra Kings of Vengi and later to Pallavas. Another story of this place is it was named after Subrahmanyeswara, the deity of valour, the second son of Lord Shiva. The beauty of the place was often compared to the beauty of Sakhi Visakha. The legend is that Radha and Visakha were born on the same day and were equally beautiful. Locals believe that an Andhra king, impressed by the beauty, built a temple to pay obeisance to his family deity, Visakha.

The city has been mentioned in the Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, as well as the forests of the Eastern Ghats where the two brothers Rama and Lakshmana wandered in search of Sita, wife of Lord Rama. According to the epics, Rama formed his army of monkey men in the region with the help of Hanuman and Jambavant. The monkey army of Rama later defeated the King Ravan to claim back his wife Sita. An episode of Mahabharata when Bheema killed the demon Bakasura, was believed to have happened in the village Karmanvati, just 40 km from the city.

Places to Visit :
•    Rishikonda
•    Bheemunipatnam
•    Harbor and Dolphin’s Nose
•    Ramakrishna Beach
•    Aquarium at Rama Krishna Beach
•    Light House
•    Kailasagiri
Rope way Timings: 11 am to 1.00 pm
1.00 pm to 2.00 pm (Lunch Break)
2.00 pm to 8.00 pm (Close)
Entrance Tickets: Rs 55/- to & fro (Adult) Rs 28 /- (Children, 4 to 7 years) Rs 28/- only one side either up or down Adult or Child.
Maintenance day: 19th of every month

Circular Train
Two Coaches (Non ac)
Each Coach Capacity 30 persons.
Entrance Fee Adult Rs 40/- Children Rs 30/- (3 to 10 years)
Duration of Trip 20 minutes.
Timings: 10 am to 9 pm (off season)
10 am to 10 pm (Peak season)
•    Panchadarla
•    Yarada
•    Shivasagar Beach-Akkupalli
•    Uddanam (Malabar of A.P.)
•    Baruva Beach
•    Kalingapatnam
•    Bavanapadu
Kanaka Maha Lakshmi Temple Darshan begins at 6 am till 11 am.
No darshan between 11 am & 12 noon.
12 noon to 5.30 pm: Break Darshan
No darshan between 5:30 pm & 6:30 pm.
6 pm to 9.00 pm: Darshan
9 pm to 11 pm: Free Darshan
Thursday: Panchamrutham Puja at Rs 7200/-
Other days: Panchamrutham Puja at Rs 2600/-
•    Lord Ayyappa Swamy Temple
•    Puri Jagannadh Temple
•    Devipuram
•    Upamaka
•    Matsyagundam
•    Baligattam
•    Arasavilli
•    Masonic Temple
•    Sampath Vinayaka Temple
•    Srikurmam
•    Polamamba Temple   Timings: 5.00 am to 9.00 pm
Tuesday: 4.00 am to 9.00 pm
•    Annavaram
•    Simhachalam Temple
•    Umarukoteswaralayam, Srikakulam
•    Venkateswera Swamy Konda
•    Darga Konda
•    Gurudwara Sadh Sangat
•    Umalakshyeswaraswamy Alayam, Srikakulam
•    Sri Venkatesweraswamy Alayam, Gujarathipeta
•    Nadeeswaralayam, Bendi
•    Jagannadha Swamy Alayam, Tarlakota
•    Balaji Temple, Tarlakota
•    Vasudevamurthy Alayam
•    Kodandaramalayam, Sompeta
•    Seetharamaswamy Temple
•    Sangamesweraswamy Alayam, Sangam
•    Sangamaiah, Sailada
•    Gowrimaninageswera Temple Kallepalli
•    Srikurmam
•    Madinababa darga
•    Hatakeswaraswamy Alayam, Singupuram
•    Srimukhalingam, Dakshina Kasi
•    Vendalamallikarjunaswamy Alayam Ravivalasa
•    Radhagovindaswamy Temple (Kajuraho OF AP)
•    The Vuda Childrens Park
•    Tenneti Park
•    Gangavaram
•    Sivaji Park
•    Lumbini Park
•    Padmapuram Gardens
•    Mudasarlova Water Park
•    Chitrakote Tirathgarh Waterfalls
•    Sunnapugedda & Mettuguda Waterfalls
MGM Selvee World  Timings
11.00 am – 8.00 pm Monday to Saturday
10 am - 8.30 pm on Sunday and Public Holidays
Tariff Rs 180/-
Entry + 3 Rides Rs 30/- per head for APTDC's Customized Tourist
•    VUDA Children's Theatre
•    Gurajada Kalakshetram
•    Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
•    Telineelapuram, Bird Sanctuary
•    Kondakarla
•    Kambala Konda
•    Tatipudi Reservoir
•    Madduvalasa Reservoir
•    Meghadrigada Reservoir
•    Tribal Museum  Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance fee Adults Rs 10/- Children Rs 6/-
•    Kalabharathi
•    Chitrangan Art Gallery
•    Lepakshi Handicrafts Emporium
•    Eastern Art Museum
•    Visakha Museum
•    Andhra University
•    Ramakrishna Mission
•    St. Peter's Church
•    Mandasa fort
•    Surangiraja Palace, Itchapuram
•    Deerghasi Sasanam
•    Kathanilayam, Srikakulam
•    Araku Valley
•    Chaparai
•    Paderu
Borra Caves  Timings: 10 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance: Adults Rs 25/- Children Rs 15/-
Video camera: Rs 100/-
Still Camera: Rs 10/-
•    Tyda
•    Anantagiri
•    The Red Hills
•    Ross Hill
•    Metturu Beach & Red Sand Dunes
•    Appikonda
•    Kali Ma Temple
•    Wooden Dolls of Etikoppak
•    Buditi Handicrafts
Kurusura Submarine Museum  Timings: 2.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Sunday: 9.30 am to 8.30 pm
Entrance Tickets: Adults -Rs 25/- Children - Rs 15/-
•    Gottabarrage
•    Thotlakonda
•    Bavikonda
•    Jagathimetta, Buddhist Monument
•    Dantapuri
•    Kurupam Tomb
•    Sankaram, more popularly known as Bojjannakonda
•    Pavuralakonda
•    Padmanabham Village
•    Ponduru
•    Salihundam
•    Anakapalli
•    Karteekavanam
•    Gopalapatnam


Reaching Visakhapatnam

From Berhampur to Vishakhapatnam (289 Km)

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From Guntur to Vishakhapatnam (387 Km)

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From Rajahmundry to Vishakhapatnam (193 Km)

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