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Visakhapatnam is the largest city in Andhra Pradesh and is primarily known as an industrial city. Recently emerged as one of the tourist destinations in the city and attracted thousands of tourists during a year. Travellers are attracted by its golden sandy beaches and well-groomed and maintained parks with charming scenic areas like Araku Valley. The city is populated with 2 million plus people according to the recent years.

Visakhapatnam is also known as the Goa of the East Coast. Just like the west coast is ornamented with beautiful virgin beaches of Goa, the east is filled up with Visakhapatnam. Local of the city often called the city as Vizag. Some other well-known names of the city are Coromandel Coast, Steel City, and the city of Destiny.

This Visakhapatnam travel guide on Visakhapatnam tourism will help you explore the city easily and inform you about the places to visit in Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam tourist places, the history and culture of Visakhapatnam, and the best time to visit Visakhapatnam.

History of Visakhapatnam

The history of the city goes back to the time of Emperor Ashoka. The name of the place is derived from the God of Valor – Visakha. After the Kalinga Kingdom, the place moved in the hands of Andhra Kings of Vengi, and after them, it moved in the hands of Pallavas's. After Pallavas, Chola came into reign, followed by the Ganga dynasties.

Qutub, Mughals and Nizams ruled the city for a brief period. After India got its Independence, the city was split to help form Vizianagaram District in 1979. According to the UN, the city is currently one of the top 20 fastest growing cities, which is a history to be known in it.

Culture of Traditions of Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam, which is also going by the name of the City of Destiny, is one of the largest cities in Coastal Andhra Pradesh and is the largest in the state of Andhra Pradesh. According to the legends, the Kind of Andhra got fascinated by the beauty of Goddess Visakha and her ethereal form and named the city after her. Being ruled by many empires, the city has rich culture and traditions.

Vizag has ample opportunities in terms of jobs, business and everything. So many people from different parts of the country moved to Vizag, and hence almost all kinds of dialects are being spoken here. Primarily Telugu is the common tongue among the city's locals, and many people are well versed in Hindi and English also. The city has a huge number of Tamilians, Malayalis, Mararis, Oriyas, Bengalis and Punjabi. On the other hand, the city mostly has people from the Hindu community speaking Telugu. The city is a melting pot of different cultures of Oriyas, Tamilians, Punjabis and Marwaris, and so on. Hinduism is a majorly followed religion followed by Islam, Christianity and Sikhism.

The art and craft of the city are also popular throughout the country. It gives huge emphasis on Carnatic music and Dance. Various dance forms such as Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi are learned with great dedication. Theatres and Drama also add value to the city's culture.

The government of Andhra Pradesh organized various fairs and festivals during the year. Hill tribes perform different dance forms and play different instruments like Mori, Thuduma and Dappu. Some major festivals celebrated by the city are – Visakha Utsav, Lumbini Festival, ISKCOnUtsav, Vijay Diwas, Navy Day, Chandanotsavam and many more.

The city with many religious beliefs also celebrates Diwali, Dusserah, Holi, Pongal and Onam with zeal and enthusiasm.

Cuisine in Visakhapatnam

The city of destiny is one of the most beautiful cities in Andhra Pradesh and is rich with culture and traditions blended with contemporary activities. Being the home of the people of a different culture from around the world the city has a mixture taste of different cuisine. But talking about the traditional cuisine, Visakhapatnam has its own charm. The traditional cuisine of the city is best known for its spicy taste. Among all, Vizag is well known for Chutneys and Pickles. Murri mixture is a kind of traditional fast food of Vizag. The major food of Visakhapatnam includes Muruku, Booralu, Anabshahi, Appadams and pulihara.

Vizag's love for food shows that many food festivals are organized in the city during the year. Festivals like Chettinad Food Festivals, Visakha Utsava and Rishikonda Beach Festival and Visakhapatnam music festival are some of the festivals that find their own way to showcase the food from various locations in the country.

Visakhapatnam Weather and best time to Visit


Language Spoken

Hindi, English

Visakhapatnam Map


Places to Visit Visakhapatnam


The city is one of the major tourist attractions in India. The Visakhapatnam tourist places are Matsyadarshini Aquarium, Kondakarala Ava Beach, Rushikonda Beach, Dolphin's Nose, Borra Caves, Araku Valley, and Naval Museum are the best places to visit. 

Araku Valley:

It's a scenic hill station in Vizag and one of the famous Visakhapatnam travel places. It is famous for the coffee plantations surrounded by beautiful gardens, streams, waterfalls, and valleys covered with lush green dense forest.

Naval Museum:

The museum is also known by its other name that is Swarna Jyoti Museum. It was built in 1989 and depicted the charming history and heritage of the Indian Navy.

Bheemunipatnam:

It is considered one of the safest beaches in India and Visakhapatnam. The beach is located at the mouth of Gosthaniriver. The name of the beach was received from a legend, according to which Bheema killed the devil Bakasur at the place where today is the beach is situated. So the place was named Bheemunipatnam or Bheemli beach.

Best Time to Visit Visakhapatnam


The summer season of the place is unbearable. The best time to visit Visakhapatnam is from October to March. The time is best for tourists and to travel in the city. The pleasing and charming weather of this time will enhance your travelling experience.

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Getting In Visakhapatnam

BY AIR
BY ROAD
BY RAIL

By Airways:

The city is well connected by air to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Tirupati, Pune, and Bhubaneswar Indore. The nearest Airport is Visakhapatnam Airport.

By Roadways:

The cluster of the road will easily drop you to this city. You can catch the bus for Visakhapatnam from Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bangalore Guntur and Chennai.

By Railways:

Well knitted rail tracks connect Vizag with cities like Goa, Bangalore, Agra, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon, Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, etc.

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You will love your Visakhapatnam trip, and our Visakhapatnam travel guide will help you out to explore the city and Visakhapatnam tourist destinations. 

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