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The Ramakrishna Mission Ashram beach is a beautiful spot for relaxation and pleasure is a natural beautic scene. There is an imposing Kali Temple near this beach. The aquarium here is an added attraction. The roaring sounds of sea gives enormous pleasure.
Rushikonda is 8 Km. away from Visakhapatnam with clean golden Beaches, is an ideal place for swimming and wind surfing in picturesque settings A.P.Tourism has 12 elegant cottages overlooking the beach for comfortable accommodation for tourists. Proposed to construct a swimming pool and also to introduce water sports are on the anvil.
Lawson's Bay beach, also called as Pedawaltair beach, a calm serene and secluded cute beach with lusting greenery and golden sands is located close to Ramakrishna beach in the way to Kailasagiri Mount from Visakhapatnam. The majestic sea with shallow crystal clear water and calm waves here is ideal for swimming, sun bathing and surfing. The beach attracts tourists due to its picturesque and stunning scenic beauty. Many tourists use the wheatish sands as a resting place and for sun bathing in day time
Kondakarla Ava is situated in Kondakarla Atchutapuram Mandal. It is famous for its natural lake where some of the birds immigrate from distant places especially during summer period attracts the viewers to enjoy.
Bheemunipatnam, the Mandal Headquarters is situated at a distance of 34 Km from Visakhapatnam. It is one of the oldest Municipality in the country having been established as early as 1861 AD. This place as a settlement of the Dutch, who built a Fort and a factory in the 17th Century AD. The most important aspect of interest at the place is the beach which is perhaps matchless for its beauty all along the east coast. It is a usual resort for sea bathers as it is free from dangerous depth and sharks.
The Yarada Valley is surrounded by hills and the beach is an enchanting seashore with lovely rocks and the soft pebbles spread across the beach is fabulous with its exotic blend of golden sands and the lush green stretch of hills is a picturesque landscape for tourists.
Gangavaram Beach is situated very closely to the Steel Plant and on account of its beautiful location attracts number of tourists and film makers.
A conspicuous land mark in Visakhapatnam the Dolphin’s Nose is a huge rocky head land 174 meters high and 358 meters above sea level jutting out into the sea resembling the shape of Dolphin. The powerful beacon of the light house set on rock at sea directs ships 65 Km. away.
Visakhapatnam is framed by a line of three hills, each with a shrine sacred to different religions. Venkateswara temple on the south hill called Sri Venkateswara Konda is a Hindu shrine. The north hill Darga Konda houses a Muslim shrine, Baba Ishaq Madina Dargah and the Christian shrine, Church of the Virgin Mary is on the central and the highest Ross Hill.
Kailasagiri is a picturesque hill over looking the sea is a natural gift with 350 acres available has been developed into a lush green park has a panoramic sea view with a serene atmosphere with water sprinklers, microwave repeater station, beautiful garden locations and recent flower clock titanic view point making it an outstanding tourist spot. On the top of the hill a giant statue of Sivaparvatulu which is recently illuminated and Sanku Chakra and Namalu of lord Venkateswara are established. Hitherto a road is being formed on the hill from Simhachalam gives much attraction to the pilgrims. Further, recently a beautiful rope way from Foot hill to the picturesque mountains has been erected for the benefit of pilgrims.
VUDA park established in vast area has beautiful greenary and panoramic sea view had a dancing musical fountain sprinkling with colourful up and downs dancing along beat of the music, boating facility and skating rink, has also facilities like pleasure rides on horses and camels which are very fond for children and a well equipped gymanisum.
Shivaji Park at Shivaji Palem, Peda Waltair stands out with its freshly painted green walls and security guards in green uniforms manning the green gate. A board at the entrance announces the park timings and a ticket counter ensures that we buy a ticket for Rs 3. On entering we cross a rather spacious parking area to the main gate. We see neatly manicured shrubs, elegant palms standing tall, perfectly laid out Bermuda grass, and clean paved pathways. Benches under shady trees and dustbins at short distances are a welcome sight. A circular pavilion with flowering creepers snaking around the tall pillars stands in the center. It presents an imposing sight.
Welcome to Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, situated in the scenic eastern ghats with its natural settings. The zoo is flanked by hills on either side and the Bay of Bengal on the east and attracts many visitors from all over the country. Indira Gandhi Zoological Park was declared open to the public on the 19th of May, 1977. The park extends over an area of 635 acres, and is the premier visiting spot for Visakha citizens. The scenic rugged terrain provides a natural setting to animals and birds in their large nature simulated enclosures. The zoological park can be compared with some of the best zoos in the world, though it is still in the process of development.
Large bramble bush embedded in loose red soil, just off the Vizag-Bheemili Road, conceal the Erra Matti Dibbalu from sight. Inward lies, what Metro Mela Vizags hidden treasure and a heritage site that most Vizagites are unaware of ? an amazing and endless row of breathtaking and towering red soil hills that sit amidst green shrubs and play hide and seek with the cloud-speckled setting sun.Years of weather-beaten handiwork and climatic changes have given Vizag a natural wonder to behold ? the Erra Matti Dibbalu, which resemble a mini-Grand Canyon and are just about 28 kilometers away from Vizag city. Erra Matti Dibbalu mean Red Mud Hillocks in Telugu. Popularly known as the Red Soil Hills, these natural ravines spread extensively in various formations ? some jagged, some deep, some maze-like and some creating walls along trekking pathways ? thanks to recurring wind currents and soil erosion. Said to be over a million years old, they comprise sand, clay and silt and are acknowledged as a rare geographic phenomenon. They are also favorite location spots for film shootings and for tourists.
This is a small village situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal at a distance of 18 kms. from Visakhapatnam. Kapilamahamuni is said to have installed the image of Somalingeswara swamy in this village. So it was called Kapilakonda. Formerly fisher men used to live in those places and they called it Apilakonda which is gradually became Appikonda. It assumed religious importance owing to the existence of a Siva temple containing a life size bull carved out of black stone.
Mudasarlova, the name itself depicts is a valley formed by the natural hills is situated 10 Km. from Visakhapatnam. It has a lake that supplies drinking water to city. The Municipal Corporation, Visakhapatnam has developed this into a beautiful park with different types of green plants and orchards is a beautiful picnic spot attracting good number of tourists and public.
Bheemili Beach is an ideal spot for swimming and water sports. The remains of Dutch settlement with a ruined Fort, armoury and Dutch cemetery dating back to the 17th Century preserved here.
It is situated on the way to Araku Valley, Ananthagiri is a spot with anenchanting beauty. Extensive coffee plantations, numerous waterfalls, of which Tadimada waterfalls are most famous and rivulet add beauty to this place. It is also considered as a health resort.
Borra caves being the natural formation in Eastern ghats is situated in Ananthagiri Mandal at a distance of 100 Kms. from Visakhapatnam and 10 Km from Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley road point. The Dandakaranya Balengiri – Kirbur railway line passes through this village and there is Railway station at “Borra Caves”. The caves popularly known as Borra Caves have geological and Historical importance.
This village lies on the left bank of the river varaha and is situated at a distance of about 20 kms. to the South of Yelamanchili and about five kms. North west of Narsipatnam road railway station. This place is famous for the manufacture of toys specially prepared with the Ankudu wood.
Araku Valley is about 115 Km. from Visakhapatnam lying on the top of the eastern ghats. The journey to Araku Valley on the ghat road with thick forests on either side is itself interesting and thrilling. The area of the valley is roughly 36 Sq.Kms. and the altitude is between 600 and 900 meters above mean sea level. The entire area is inhabited by aboriginal tribes and attracts visitors from all over the country. The Ananthagiri hills on the way to Araku Valley are famous for coffee plantation. Araku Valley has an exploratory-cum demonstration farm which is about 20 hectares in extent a Government orchard and a Government silk farm with mulbery gardens. The natural beauty of this valley is enhanced by the tribal people who abound here with their own folklore and traditions.
It is located about 75 Km. from Visakhapatnam on Araku road, Tyda is being developed with camping facilities at Jungle bells to provide an enchanting experience in wilderness to the tourists. A home for variety of wild mammals and avifauna, Tyda is ideal for viewing wild life and bird watching. Other attractions are rock climbing, trekking and targetting with bow and arrows.
Sri Venkateswara Hill
Among the line of three hills, the central and the highest mount Ross Hill is named after Monsieur Ross. He has built a house on it in 1864 which was later converted into a Roman Catholic Chapel 'Mother Mary's Church'. The pathway to the church is lined with shrines of the stages of the cross. There were excellent views of the ship building yard from here.
Bhavatarani Charitable Trust was constructed the famous Kali Temple in 1984 on the Beach road. The Temple architecture is very unique. The uniqueness of Siva Temple is its Linga made of 10 Kgs. single stone called Rasalinga.
Simhachalam is a place of pilgrimage in Visakhapatnam mandal. It is situated on the Simhachalam range of hills about 16 km. from Visakhapatnam connected by both rail and road. The Simhachalam temple, the man lion incarnation of Vishnu is the most famous, the richest and the best sculptured shrine. The word Simhachalam etymologically means the hill of lion.
Sankaram is a small village which is over six Kilometers from Anakapalli. There are two low contiguous rock hills running east and west which are locally known as Bojjannakonda. They contain some notable Buddhist remains. Three huge stupas at three different places were cut with great difficulty from the rocks in these hills.
Bavikonda is a hill on the North west of Timmapuram is situated in between Visakhapatnam and Bheemunipatnam Beach road and located at 2 Kms. Interior from the beach road point. On the hill noticed a Buddist site in the middle of the plain with antiquities like religious structures, stupas, Chaitya gruhas, congregation hall, platforms, viharas, stuccofigures and coins are found here. The entire complex comprises 26 structures belonging to 3 phases. The artifacts recovered here include Roman coins and satavahana coins apart from pottery dating back to 3rd century BC and 2nd Century A.D. The discovery of relic caskets in the Maha Chaitya is significant.
Pavurala konda is a local name of the hillock lying to the west of Bheemunipatnam is located at about 24 Km. from Visakhapatnam. This is situated at a height of 168 meters high above sea level. It covers an area of 10 to 12 Acres. It is situated at a very imposing position and commands a panaromic view of the curve linear coast line with a cresent shaped valley and is flanked by a chain of hills on the south west and northwest. Nearly 16 rockent cisterns for impounding rain water are found over the hillock. Based on pottery and Brahmilable inscription encountered at the sight dates back from 1st century BC to 2nd century AD.
The name Totlakonda has been derived from the presence of rock cut throughs hewn in the bed rock of various shapes, sizes with 4 to 8 steps in the hillock by which water has been drawn for drinking water purpose. Thotlakonda lies about 15Km. from visakhapatnam in beach road located 128 meters high above sea level. The archaeological excavations reveals antiquities like Maha stupa Viharas, Votive stupas, Chaitya Gruhas, pillared hall, congregation hails, tiles, finials Buddapadas, Eppatra pieces, engraved with Brahmelipi recovered from the site of Mangamaripeta hill and reflects the Kalinga and Andhaka schools of Buddism.
The famous Ross Hill on the seashore is a place enveloping for three religions viz., Dargakonda has a mosque and a shrine of a Muslim sage Lashaque Madina and Sri Venkateswara Konda has a temple which was built by Capt. Blackmoor in 1886 and the third shrine is a holy place for Christians where Lord Velanganimata abode on top of the hill.
The Visakha Museum was opened in 1991 to preserve the house collections from the cultural and social heritage of the city of the Visakhapatnam.
Kurusura and originally decommissioned submarine is located on the sands of the R.K.Beach is developed into a museum. This project is jointly taken up by the NSDRC and Eastern Naval Command. The estimated cost is around 2.55 crore and it is the first of its kind in Asia and second in the world and is opened for public.
Anthropology Museum
The Ramakrishna Mission Ashram beach is a beautiful spot for relaxation and pleasure is a natural beautic scene. There is an imposing Kali Temple near this beach. The aquarium here is an added attraction. The roaring sounds of sea gives enormous pleasure.