Visakhapatnam is a famous port and coastal city in Andhra Pradesh. It is popular for its natural harbor and also for having the oldest shipyard. Since it lies on the eastern coast of India, it has some of the most picturesque landscapes. It also has a rich cultural past and numerous man-made wonders too. The soaring natural beauties have led to its nickname Vizag by which it is immensely popular. While planning for Visakhapatnam tour, ensure to add these places in your itinerary.
30 Famous places to visit in Visakhapatnam or Vizag
1. Borra Caves
These old caves are located at a height of 1400 meters. It is one of the biggest caves having some of the spectacular rock formations. There is an 80 feet tunnel which you would simply love to trek to reach the cave. A Kamadhenu idol is housed inside the cave along with a Shiva lingam. You can have a whole new experience once you enter the cave.
2. Araku Valley
This hill destination is located at a height of 3200 sq feet, with various streams, waterfalls and lush gardens. Araku Valley is very close to Mother Nature with only 19 tribes living in this region. They are completely cut off from the modern world and they even respect nature a lot. It is a serene valley, where you can even go for trekking. Araku Valley is a popular tourist destination close to Vizag. It is one of the must-visit places which you should include in your Vizag trip.
3. Yarada Beach
This is a spectacular beach surrounded by hills on three sides. It is also surrounded by the Bay of Bengal on one side. This crystal clean beach is famous for its scenic beauty. You can experience some of the best sunrise and sunset views from here. Apart from the beach, the journey to reach the beach itself is mind-blowing and scenic.
4. Rishikonda Beach
It is located at a distance of 8 kilometers from Visakhapatnam. Various water sports are conducted at this beach, like, skiing, swimming, and surfing. This beach is adventurous as well as serene at the same time. It is frequently visited by tourists throughout the year. If you wish to enjoy candlelight dinner or silent evening amidst the beach atmosphere, Rishikonda Beach is the right spot.
5. Katiki Waterfalls
Katiki Waterfalls is located very close to the Borra Caves. The water falls from a height of 50 feet and it is from the Gosthani River. The waterfall does not have any water left in it during the summers as it goes completely dry. You can do a lot of trekking in this region as there are plenty of favourite places for it.
6. Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
It spreads up to 625 acres of land area and is a great place in terms of location too. Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is surrounded by hills on two sides and is a home to wildlife since 1977. Himalayan black bear, tigers, jaguars, monkeys, and elephants are found over here. The best part of this park is you can witness animals in their natural setting. This park serves as a natural home to wildlife.
7. Kailasagiri Hill Park
It is located at a height of 360 feet. It is easily accessed by ropeway trolleys. The view from the top is very mesmerizing. Children can board the road trains and there is also a play area for children. There are seven viewpoints too. It is a very serene place where you can even get gorgeous views of the beaches.
8. Vuda Park
Vuda Park spreads up to 37 acres of land. The entire place is surrounded by lush greenery where you can spot almost 2500 trees. One can even do various activities here, like, multi gym, playing for the children, as it has a children area. Here, you can also find a yoga center. Various species of plants are also found in this park.
9. Rama Krishna Beach
Rama Krishna is a beautiful long beach, which is located at a distance of just 4 kilometers from the Railway Station of Vizag. Since the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram is located just across the beach, it is named after it. The seafront of the beach is very large and remains popular for family gatherings. Other attractions of the beach include statues of famous personalities, parks, roadside eateries, Kali temple, an aquarium, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Visakha Museum, and the Submarine Museum.
10. Submarine Museum
Located on the RK Beach, Submarine Museum is one of the popular tourist attractions of Vizag. It is a Russian built submarine, which is basically the first submarine that has been converted into a museum in Asia. It is one of the major attractions of Vizag. When you visit the museum, you will get to know about the functionalities of a submarine and how does it work. It was converted into a museum in the year 2001 after it was brought from the sea.
11. Bheemili Beach
Bheemili is also commonly known as Bheemunipatnam. It is most popular for its gorgeous scenic beach which engulfs itself into the Bay of Bengal. It is from the river Gosthani and is surrounded by amazing golden sands. You can spot various statues of Lord Buddha, a dinosaur and five Pandavas. If you love water sports like water skiing, swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling, Bheemili Beach is the best spot to visit.
It is a very popular 11th century Hindu Temple dedicated to an incarnation of Vishnu- Sri Varaha Narasimha Swamy. Simhachalam Temple is located at a distance of just 18 kilometers from the Railway Station of Vizag. It was constructed many years back by a very popular Chola King. The Pusapati Gajapatis handle the activities of the temple for a long time.
13. Kali Temple
Kali temple is very popular for its architecture and was constructed in the year 1984. The minarets, arches and the tall pillars are architecturally magnificent and are a sight to behold. The Siva temple is also located just beside this temple. It is located very close to RK Beach. It is architecturally very rich.
14. Sri Venkateswara Swamy Konda
This temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. Captain Blackmore is believed to have constructed this temple. The temple has an attractive pyramidal entrance. The entrance of inner harbor for liner ships and the port channel can be viewed from this spot.
15. Tatipudi Reservoir
Tatipudi Reservoir is located just between two important locations of Araku Valley and Vizag. It is a very beautiful location built across River Gosthani. On all sides, it is surrounded by the beautiful lush green mountains. If you are a bird lover, you can spot various migratory birds over here. They can be spotted especially during the months of April and May.
16. Visakha Museum
Vishakha Museum is another major landmark in Visakhapatnam which is popular for various historical items. It is basically located inside a Dutch bungalow which is very old, almost 150 years. Silk costumes, portraits, armory, and bombshells are be found over here. Scrapbooks and manuscripts are also found in Visakha Museum.
It is located in the Chepala Uppadu Village. It is located on the top of a hill and is also known as the Hill of Eagles. You can spot a lot of stupas and also a congregation hall. During the excavation, iron objects, beads, pottery, and moulded bricks are found. It is on the Bheemili Beach Road and is 22 kilometers from the Railway Station of Vizag.
This is located in Kapula Uppadu village and is a very popular historical site in Vizag. There are various wells on this hill, for which one can find various wells. These wells were previously used to serve as drinking waters. Satavahana coins and the Roman coins are found over here. This is a popular Buddhist establishment.
This historical place is also known as Narasimhaswamy Konda. It spreads to an area of 12 acres. It is also known as the hill of pigeons. Various excavations had taken place over here, in the 2nd and the 3rd century. Even foundations of viharas are found here. Many centuries back, it served as a navigation canal. It was mainly used for inland trade during that time.
It is a very small village which is also popularly known as Kapilakonda. It is a religious place. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is a huge black stone, which has been in the structure of a bull. It is a major attraction here. The Cholas were granted this place long time back for its maintenance.
21. Kondakarla Ava
These are mainly the backwaters. It is a huge freshwater lake in the village, kondakarla. The entire place is surrounded by green hills and coconut trees. It is a very serene and picturesque location. A lot of variety of birds are found over here. It is located at a distance of almost 50 kilometers from the Railway Station of Vizag.
22. Gangavaram beach
It is surrounded by palm trees which makes it look even more beautiful. Various tourists and filmmakers come to visit this beach all throughout the year. It is located at a short distance of 25 kilometers from the Railway Station of Vizag. It is very close to the Steel Plant of Visakhapatnam.
23. Bojjanna Konda
You can find various Buddhist ruins over here. Bojjanakonda and Lingalametta also have various ruins. Rock cut caves and monolithic stupas are also found here. Seals, copper coins and other antiques are also found here. Upon the hill, in one of the caves, you can even find the sacred version of Lord Buddha. Various small caves are also found here.
24. Tyda Nature Camp
Tyda Nature Camp is located between the Araku valley and Vizag. It is located on the Eastern Ghats, surrounded by wooded hills on all sides. If you love rock climbing and trekking, you will surely love visiting this place. It is also popularly known as Jungle Bells. You can even try bird watching here and you can even give a bit of effort so that you can even learn the language of the jungle over here.
Ananthagiri is very close to the Araku Valley. It is a beautiful hill station which is nestled between the Araku Valley and Vizag. It is a popular weekend getaway for people visiting Vizag. You can find coffee plantations as well as various different waterfalls here. It is located at a huge height of 1168 meters and the view is spectacular from there.
26. Vizag Harbour
It is not far from the Vizag Railway Station and is one of the most popular natural harbors over here. It is the main fishing port too. It exports seafood to a great extent. All the petroleum and the steel industry over here have a huge profit because of the existence of this port.
27. Darga Konda
Baba Ishaq Madina has a huge popular mosque over here. It is filled with hundreds of devotees, both Hindus and Muslims. It is located on a hillock and is very close to the Vizag Railway Station. It is a very serene place to visit and is also a popular place to visit in Vizag.
It is located at a distance of 123 kilometers from Vizag and is located on the banks of river Pampa. This village is popular among people for the Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Temple. When the Satyanarayana Vratam is performed, it is believed by many that their wishes are fulfilled. The place is also popularly called Annavaram for providing the wanted boon.
29. Rose Hill
It is very high compared to the other two hills. It is named after Monsieur Ross. He was previously a part of Mother Mary’s Church, which he had later converted to a popular Catholic Church. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary is performed in a very grand way over here. You can get amazing views from here.
30. Dolphin’s Nose
It is a rocky promontory which is located very high at 174 meters. It is also popularly known as the Black Mores Hill. It is like the shape of the nose of a dolphin, so the name has been given. There is also a lighthouse, which can even be seen from as far as 65 kilometers. But you can get the best view of the place from Kailasagiri.
Visakhapatnam is a beautiful ancient city which is well maintained according to its cultural essence till date. Apart from these, there are several tourist attractions in Visakhapatnam. You would require around 2 to 3 days to enjoy the best Visakhapatnam vacation. Rajahmundry and Araku are near to Vizag. If you are planning to visit these places, you can need to extend another 2 or 3 days in your Visakhapatnam trip. Explore our Vizag tour packages for complete details.