Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is the second biggest city in Andhra Pradesh. The city derived its name from God Visakha, the God of valor. Located 625 km from Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam is a major port on the South Eastern coast of the country and serves as the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command.
Mainly a thriving industrial town, Visakhapatnam is also a busy port. Visakhapatnam attracts people from all over the country who visit the city looking for jobs and is rightly called the ‘city of destiny’.
Visakhapatnam houses some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and is also known as the ‘jewel of the east coast’,
Having been under Buddhist influence till the 2nd century, Visakhapatnam and the regions around it house some marvelous Buddhist structures such as viharas, stupas and monasteries.
The city is known as a center of culture and tradition. Various cultural festivals like Visakha Festival, Music Festival among others, organized by the Government of Andhra Pradesh has given tourism a major boost in the city.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN VISAKHAPATNAM
A wide range of accommodation options are available in Visakhapatnam. Hotels can be found all over the city. Most of the budget hotels are located at Dabagardens. Mid-range hotels can be found mostly around Aslimetta Junction. Station Road too offers quite a few options for accommodation. The innumerable lodges in Visakhapatnam offer budget accommodation.
Many beach resorts can be found in Visakhapatnam. Almost all of them are luxury resorts offering high end comfort. The city is also home to a few five star hotels offering luxury accommodation.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN VISAKHAPATNAM
Visakhapatnam is an ideal place for foodies. Local restaurants serve delicious seafood cooked in sesame oil and simmered in coconut milk. Spicy coastal Andhra delicacies can be tasted in its most authentic form in Visakhapatnam. Sripuram is the most popular place in the city thronged by food lovers.
Restaurants in Visakhapatnam also serve North Indian, Italian, Mexican, Continental and Chinese cuisines. International fast food joints too have their presence in the city. Visakhapatnam also has a few pubs and cafes. Most of the in-house restaurants serve multi-cuisine delicacies.
BEST TIME TO VISIT VISAKHAPATNAM
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Visakhapatnam is as given below. The best time to visit Visakhapatnam is also specified.