Visakhapatnam is a city of many wonders – both natural and manmade. The place has various landmarks of historical significance. It is also a natural beauty, with many hills surrounding it, and being a coastal city, it has many scenic beaches and attractions related to the Navy life too. It also has India’s first rare earth minerals extraction plant and one of the most popular steel plants in the country!
The list of the city’s attractions and things to do are endless, but here are some of the most popular ones, to check out:
- Rama Krishna Beach (also known as R. K beach) – A favorite hanging spot for locals as well as tourists – has a great atmosphere, lots of food stalls and games for kids.
- Dolphin’s nose Light house – A lighthouse that is standing on the hill range; the portion of the lighthouse site on which is known as Dolphin’s Nose (as it is shaped like the nose of a dolphin, overlooking the entrance to Visakhapatnam Harbour).
- Vizag Steel Plant – A government owned steel producing/manufacturing facility; where visitors can take a tour and get an idea about the process – how steel is separated from alloy, melted, and processed.
- Rishikonda Beach – Another popular beach in Vizag, surrounded by green plants, golden sands and pristine waves of the Bay of Bengal. Located in the midst of emerald greenery, it requires people to travel up a hill. The beach and its surrounds are breath-taking and will be a delightful for every nature lover.
- Thotlakonda Buddhist Site – A Buddhist Complex that is situated on a hill (Thotlakonda) about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Visakhapatnam city.
- Simhachalam Temple – A Hindu temple situated on a Hill Range in the city that is 300 metres above the sea level.
- Borra Caves – One of the largest caves in the country, situated at an elevation of about 705 m (2,313 ft) in Araku Valley, near Visakhapatnam (has stalactites and stalagmites resembling brain shapes – hence giving it the name “borra” which translates to brain).
- Araku Valley – A hill station and valley region surrounded by the thick forests, in Visakhapatnam district 111 km away from Vizag city. A train can be taken to this place from Visakhapatnam city – which passes through a scenic trail with picturesque vies of the hills.
- Eraamatti Dibbalu – Red sand dunes (also known as red sand hills) situated at the outskirts of the city; identified as a National Geo-heritage Monument.