Commonly known as Vizag, Visakhapatnam is the largest city and the financial capital of Andhra Pradesh. The beauty of Visakhapatnam has many names such as “The Jewel of East Coast”, “The City of Destiny” and so on. Nestled in the heart of Andhra Pradesh, Vizag is famous for beautiful beaches, valleys, picturesque natural beauty, shipyard, history, and much more.
Furthermore, the city is home to the oldest and biggest shipyards in India and has the most beautiful natural harbor on the east coast. With such a beautiful location, Vizag is a tourist paradise. Also, Vizag is less explored destination in India and therefore you must explore this part of the country.
A city with a view of the Bay of Bengal is a perfect place to enjoy your holidays with friends and families. As the city has a lot of places to visit for, it’s difficult to choose some of them.
However, we have collected some of the best places to visit in Visakhapatnam on your holidays in Vizag.
Also known as deepest caves in the country, Borra Caves is located in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku Valley, which is around 90 km away from the Visakhapatnam city. William King, a British Geologist discovered this million years old cave back in 1807 and since then, it is one of the favorite destinations among tourist. Also, Borra Caves are the biggest of all the caves found in India
In addition to that, this cave is a unique creation of nature where the Goasthani river flows through the caves between the formation creating a beautiful picture-perfect landscape. The natural formation of rocks and the waterfalls make you feel that you’re in a different world once you are inside the caves.
Furthermore, there is a Shivlingam and an idol of Kamadhenu inside the caves and many devotees come here to have a glimpse of the Shivling. The stunning hilly landscape and the tropical moist forest make this breathtaking place.
Situated around 115 km away from the city and 30 km north of Borra Caves, Araku Valley is a perfect weekend gateway for local people. It is home to a large number of tribes and therefore, commonly known as “Home of Tribes”.
Additionally, the tribes living here are not influenced by the modern world and has kept their culture alive. Once you are there, pay a visit to the Museum of Tribal Arts. Araku Valley is located 3200 square foot above sea level with the scenic waterfalls and streams, lush green valleys, mountains, tunnels and so on. To experience the unexplored and peaceful view of Araku natural beauty, don’t forget to take a ride on the train from the city.
Moreover, this place is also famous for coffee plantation. For all nature lovers, this is a must-visit place where you can immerse yourself in the hidden and untouched beauty of the valley. The smell of coffee, the sound of rivers, and the breathtaking landscapes will remain with you. Some the places you can visit surrounding to Araku valley are Kaitiki Waterfalls, Anantgiri waterfalls, and Padampuram Botanical gardens.
Next on the list is Kailashgiri. It is one of the best tourist places to visit in Visakhapatnam. It is a hilltop park, perfect for a weekend gateway. Situated above 360 feet from sea level, Kailashgiri is surrounded by city, beautiful beaches, lush green forests, and small yet attractive hills. As the name reflects, the primary attractions of the park are Lord Shiva Parvathi statute which looks incredibly beautiful. If you’re looking for a place to experience the bird’s eye view of the city, then this is a perfect place to explore.
Furthermore, the hilltop offers many amazing attractions such as Gliding point, Titanic viewpoint, the floral clock, Jungle Trails, Manicured lawns, Art gallery, Children Park, and Shanu-Chakra Names of Lord Venkateswara. The children here can enjoy a ride on a circular train while the adults can enjoy Paragliding.
Situated around 6 km from the city, Yarada beach is one of the most picturesque beaches of Visakhapatnam. This awe-inspiring beach is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal on one side and lush green forest hills on the other three. The Yarada beach is a perfect place amongst other beaches in Visakhapatnam to spend your day on golden sands, relaxing and watching the fascinating view of the sunrise and the sunsets.
Moreover, unlike the other beach, this place is very calm and peaceful as it is secluded from the city. When you are at Yarada beach, you can also visit Dolphin’s Nose which is around 4.5 km.
5. INS Kursura Submarine Museum
Being the port city, the INS Kursura Submarine Museum is one of the popular tourist places in Visakhapatnam. The museum is nestled on the well-known RK beach of Visakhapatnam inside India’s INS Kurusura submarine. If you are willing to learn more about the Indian Navy, this is a place you should visit.
This museum provides deep knowledge of Indian naval officers who survive these spaces with limited resources in the sea. The museum showcases a number of artifacts, written scripts, and pictures which reflect the patriotism, strength, and sacrifice by warriors. Therefore, it should be a must-visit place on your list.
Lastly, other than the above-mentioned places, there are many more places to explore in Visakhapatnam. From turquoise blue oceans to pristine beaches, fascinating museums, calm and peaceful hill stations, this beautiful city is a perfect destination to be on every traveler’s bucket list.
About the Author–
Hi there, my name is Namrata and I’m a Writer, Digital Nomad, and a Travelholic from a beautiful Country India. I quit my job in 2016 and have been traveling slowly and exploring various parts of India and other countries with my travel buddy (my husband).
I am one of those blessed people who can deliver their work while exploring the amazing places out there. Therefore, I can proudly say I LOVE MY JOB. I believe traveling is not only looking at things. It’s more than that.
Traveling helps you in learning about the culture, interacting with new people, and the things you will learn will change the perspective of your life. I travel to make each day count & write for various blogs & magazines like TravelEscape.