Having spent almost two years in Visakhapatnam (also known as Vizag) gives me enough liberty to say that it is a beautiful coastal town yet to be fully explored. Making progress in both educational and tourism domains, the city has its own hidden gems and attractions that tourists are unaware of. Whether you are a travel photographer, looking for your next destination to click stunning pictures, or just a fan of beaches and sunsets, Visakhapatnam should be next on your list, if you haven’t been there already.
Trust me on this one because I have had school picnics at most of the places listed in the article. They are worth everyone’s time and attention. Moreover, all the beauty and tranquillity tourist places in Visakhapatnam are complemented by less touristy hassle and crowd, so that’s a win-win, right?
Ready to know about the best places to visit in Visakhapatnam? Let’s begin!
Yarada Beach – A serene and calm beach
A coastal town without a beach is almost like breathing without air, it is impossible. Yarada Beach is one of the most scenic beaches in Visakhapatnam. Surrounded by hills on three sides, it is lined by the Bay of Bengal n the fourth, completing this picturesque scene you see here. Unlike other beaches of Vizag, this one is comparatively calmer and peaceful.
If you can visit the beach at the time of sunset and sunrise, you might be lucky to find it without people. Now that would give you the perfect frame, setting and view for those Instagram-worthy clicks, won’t it? You are sure to have a memorable time at this beach with its golden sands and crystal-clear water.
Photographer or not, you can always visit the beach with friends and family. We recommend you trek to the beach because that itself is another experience altogether.
Dolphin Hill or Nose – Honorary Mention
Located just 4.5 km from Yarada Beach, Dolphin Hill deserves a special mention because of the viewpoints it has. With meandering roads leading to the top of the hill, you should walk to the various viewpoints and get some photos clicked. It will be worth all the exhaustion you may feel after the long walk up the steep roads.
However, the only catch to visit Dolphin Hill is it is inside the premises of Indian Navy and is heavily barricaded. But, thanks to its popularity among tourists, the navy does allow civilians access to this scenic spot. So, if you can plan a trip, this tourist place in Visakhapatnam is totally worth a visit.
Rushikonda Beach – For those Long Evening Strolls
Rushikonda Beach is one of the most scenic and popular beaches in Visakhapatnam, contributing in the city getting nicknamed, ‘Jewel of the East Coast’. When it comes to sightseeing in Vizag, you cannot leave out this place.
When you set out to explore this seashore, you will be mesmerised by its emerald green water and clear sandy shore. Ideal for those long strolls in the evening, it is also a great spot to just sit and let the cool waves tickle your feet. If a stroll along the seashore is not your idea of fun, there are various adventure activities like swimming, jet skiing and surfing that you can try.
Rama Krishna Mission Beach – The Longest Seafront in Vizag
Located just 4 km from Visakhapatnam Railway Station, Rama Krishna Mission beach or RK beach is renowned for being the longest in Visakhapatnam. This beach should be in the top 5 on your list of places to visit in Visakhapatnam.
While the beach is not optimum for swimming, you can always spend some leisure time sunbathing, playing volleyball with friends or water surfing. The latter is advisable to be done under the extreme supervision of the authorities. The beach is also the place for Visakha Utsav, an annual festival organised by the state’s cultural department. Moreover, Andhra University has been regularly conducting research to save the sea turtles during their breeding season that you can also see.
Besides the beach itself, you can also visit the various museums, temples, aquarium, and of course the Sri Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, located opposite to it. So, on your next visit to the RK beach, do not forget to explore it in a better light and also soak in a stunning sunset in the evening.
INS Kursura Submarine Museum – For the Sailor in you
One of the best places to visit in Visakhapatnam, the submarine museum is located on Ramakrishna Beach. A must-visit attraction, the museum merits a visit if you are keen to learn more about the Indian Navy.
INS Kursura was a Russian-built submarine, decommissioned in 2001 and converted into a museum in 2002. It takes you on a tour of how the submarines work and what happens during wartime, with special emphasis on the life of submariners, who take on the daunting task of being inside during a war. With the help of photographs, artefacts and written scripts, you can easily gain an insight into the inner workings of a submarine.
2:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Sundays)
- Entry Fees: ₹ 20 (children); ₹ 40 (adults); ₹ 200 (camera)
Kailasagiri – For Breath-taking Views of Hills and Beaches
Located at a distance of approximately 19 km from the main city, Kailasagiri is a famous hill station in Visakhapatnam district. Complete with small hills and beaches, the hill park is at an elevation of around 173 metres from sea level, so you can lay eyes on some of the most breath-taking vistas ever. You can either go here with your friends, family or just your romantic partner; the place has something for everyone. From ropeways to trolley trucks for children to a Shiva-Parvati sculpture for pilgrims, it offers myriad places to see and experiences to have.
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park – See over 80 Species of Animals and Birds
If you put in the efforts to explore Kailasagiri Hill Park, you cannot and should not return without visiting Indira Gandhi Zoological Park. Located just 5 km from Kailasagiri, this park is spread across 625 acres of lush greenery. With hills surrounding the park and ample wildlife inside, it wouldn’t be surprising if you feel you are trespassing into the natural habitat of the animals. Click some photos, take a stroll or just witness the majestic animals like tigers, lions and panthers.
- Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Mondays)
- Entry Fee: ₹ 5 (children); ₹ 10 (adults)
All the places till now were either in Visakhapatnam or close to it. Now, we will be walking you through some tourist attractions that are a little further away from the main city yet totally worth it.
If you are looking for places to visit in Visakhapatnam in 2 days, then you should consider Simhachalam Temple, Borra Caves, Katiki Falls and Araku Valley as each of these demands couple of hours. And that won’t happen in one day. Also, one day of Vizag sightseeing will definitely leave you yearning for more amazing locales and vistas, and these places are here to quench your wanderlust.
An 11th-century Hindu temple, it is dedicated to the Varaha and Narasimha avatars of Lord Vishnu, and Goddess Lakshmi. The architecture of the temple is majorly Dravidian with several influences of the Kalinga style. From the carvings on the inner wall to the shrines of Lord Vishnu, everything at the shrine catches one’s fancy. As is the tradition in South India, you will find that the shrine is always covered in sandal paste. You must spend some time exploring the temple and try reading the inscriptions dating back to AD 1087 (if you can).
Just 90 km from the city, these natural caves are 705 metres above sea level. Once inside the caves, you can hear your voice echo. Moreover, right in the middle of the caves lie a small shivling. Climb on a steep stair and you will find the shrine in the centre. Many devotees come to Borra Caves just to get a glimpse of the shivling. Once you have paid your respects to Lord Shiva, come out of the caves and soak in the stunning rock formation and waterfalls here. Plus, there are lots of natural formations here that are a result of constant erosion and the rocks being carved and shaped by the river. The multi-coloured lights installed here recently make these even better and intriguing to look at.
Katiki Waterfalls is another natural marvel near Visakhapatnam that deserves at least one visit. The main source of water to this fall is the Gosthani River. The sight of the water falling from an almost-vertical cliff surrounded by nothing but immense greenery and serenity is something you will never forget. Perched at an elevation of 50 feet, the cascading waters from the falls make for an excellent spot to click some amazing shots. If the lush greenery is not enough for you, trek to the falls to soak in the beauty of this place to the fullest.
Its beauty is often compared to that of Ooty and the reasons are justified. Starting from the lush greenery that covers every inch of the valley to the coffee plantations, viewpoints and tribal culture, everything here will enchant you to the core. Believe us!
If all this stirs up the wanderlust in you, we suggest you spend at least a couple of days in the valley itself. Soak in the view of the green patches of grasslands, and you will know what we are talking about. You can stop at places that give you the best view because when it comes to exploring Araku Valley, the journey is more important than the destination.
Take everything at a slow pace and immerse yourself in the beauty of this place because the smell of freshly roasted coffee and the voice of the gurgling streams will linger long after you have left. Having been there myself, I still yearn to return to this magical hill station tucked away from mainstream tourists. Maybe that is where the beauty of Araku Valley lies…in it being hidden and untouched.
If you have never been to Visakhapatnam, take this blog as your travel guide, scout for a flight to the ‘City of Destiny’ and book your hotel in Visakhapatnam today! From emerald green oceans to pristine beaches, intriguing museums and extremely peaceful hill stations, this city has every element of a perfect getaway. Start with the beaches and the mainstream attractions, and then explore the hidden places including the quaint towns. You will glad you left the quieter parts of the state for the end. Do not forget to click some stunning photos at the various viewpoints because long after you have left, the photos will urge you to go back.