Considered to be one of the safest, Bheemunipatnam beach is located at the mouth of Gosthani river in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh.
The name of the beach is derived from a Hindu mythological tale. Bheema killed the devil Bakasura and it is believed the demon was killed where the beach is situated. Hence, the name ‘Bheemunipatnam’. The beach is also called by the name ‘Bheemli beach’.
The beach, located about 24 km from Visakhapatnam, is known for its soft golden sand, blue water and groves of coconut trees. The beach is the considered to be the safest beach for swimming. Besides swimming, the beach is also ideal for sunbathing. Unlike other beaches, it is less commercialised and minus the hordes of tourists. The backwaters are also safe for swimming.
One can visit the ruins of fort built by the Dutch rulers. The Dutch and the Britishers built factories in Bheemunipatnam during colonial era. One can also visit the Hollanders Green, the cemetery built by the Dutch rulers. It is located near the beach and it is one of the oldest cemeteries in India.
Bheemunipatnam was an important Buddhist centre. Evidence of Buddhism dating back to the second century have been found on the Pavuralakonda hillock, which surrounds the beach. Several Buddhist remains have been found during excavation. Another attraction of the beach is the lighthouse, which is in ruins.
Attractions in the vicinity of the beach are the Bhimili Bhimeswara Swamy temple, built in 1226 by Salivahana Saka and the Erramattidibbalu, formation of red stands, mostly used for film shooting.
WHERE TO STAY
There are ample of accommodation options. One can find many budget and mid-range hotels with modern amenities. One can also opt to stay at the Keertana Vanam beach resort run by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA). It is advisable to book rooms in advance.
WHERE TO EAT
There are plenty of multi-cuisine restaurants near the beach which serve Indian, Chinese and international cuisine.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit the beach is during the months of November to March.
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