Best tourist attractions in Visakhapatnam
Tourist places in visakhapatnam is after seeing Visakhapatnam (also known as Vizag), I take the liberty to say that it is a beautiful coastal city that is yet to be fully explored. With advancements in both education and tourism, the city has its own hidden gems and attractions that tourists don’t know about. Whether you are a travel photographer, looking for your next destination to click amazing pictures or just a fan of beaches and sunsets, Visakhapatnam should be next on your list if you haven’t been there yet.
Trust me because I have had a school picnic in most of the places mentioned in the article. It is worth everyone’s time and attention. Plus, all the beautiful and peaceful tourist spots in Visakhapatnam come with less tourist hassles and crowds, so that’s an advantage, right?
Yarada Beach in Visakhapatnam
A coastal city without a beach is almost like breathing without air, it’s impossible. Yarada beach is one of the most picturesque beaches in Visakhapatnam. It is surrounded by hills on three sides and is bordered on the fourth by the Bay of Bengal, which completes the picturesque scene you see here. Yarada Beach is very calm as other beaches in Vizag are noisy.
If you can visit the beach during sunset and sunrise, you might be lucky to find it without people. Now that would give you the perfect frame, setting and view for Instagram-worthy clicks, wouldn’t it? You will surely have an unforgettable time on this beach with golden sand and crystal-clear water.
Dolphin Nose Hill
Dolphin Hill is located just 4.5 km from Yarada Beach and deserves a special mention for the views it has. With the winding roads leading to the top of the hill, you should go to various vewpoints and get some photos clicked. It will be worth any overtiredness you may feel after a long walk on more slope roads.
However, the only catch to visiting Dolphin Hill is that it is located inside the Indian Navy compound and is heavily barricaded. But due to its popularity among tourists, the Navy allows civilians to access this scenic spot. So, if you can plan a trip, this tourist place in Visakhapatnam is definitely worth a visit.
Rushikonda Beach is one of the most picturesque and popular beaches in Visakhapatnam and contributes to the city earning the nickname “Jewel of the East Coast”. When it comes to sightseeing in Vizag, you cannot miss this place.
When you go to explore this sea coast, you will be mesmerized by its emerald green water and clean sandy shores. Perfect for long evening walks, it’s also a great place to just sit and let the cool waves tickle your feet. If strolling along the coast isn’t your idea of fun, you can try various adventure activities such as swimming, jet skiing and surfing.
Rama Krishna Mission Beach
Rama Krishna Mission Beach or RK Beach is located just 4 km from Visakhapatnam Railway Station and is known to be the longest in Visakhapatnam.
The beach is not optimal for swimming, but you can always spend your free time sunbathing, playing volleyball with friends or surfing on the water. The latter is recommended to be done under the extreme supervision of the authorities. The beach is also the venue for Visakha Utsav, an annual festival organized by the state cultural department. Additionally, Andhra University regularly conducts research to save sea turtles during their breeding season, which you can also see.
In addition to the beach itself, you can also visit various museums, temples, an aquarium and, of course, the Sri Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, which is located opposite it. So, next time you visit RK Beach, don’t forget to explore it in better light and also immerse yourself in the breath-taking sunset in the evening.
INS Kursura Submarine Museum
One of the best places to visit in Visakhapatnam, the underwater museum is located at Ramakrishna Beach. A must visit attraction, the museum deserves a visit if you want to know more about the Indian Navy.
INS Kursura was a Russian submarine, decommissioned in 2001 and converted into a museum in 2002. It takes you on a tour of how submarines work and what happens during wartime, with a special emphasis on the lives of submariners who have the daunting task of being inside during wartime. With photos, artifacts, and written scenarios, you can easily get a glimpse into the inner workings of a submarine.
Victory at the Naval War Memorial
The Victory at Sea War Memorial, located on Beach Road, was built to honor the heroes of the 1971 Indo-Pak War of the Indian Navy and the Eastern Naval Command. During the war, Pakistan aimed to destroy the Indian aircraft carrier – INS Vikrant in Visakhapatnam port. However, the Indian Navy fought bravely and managed to sink a Pakistani submarine named PNS Ghazi off the coast of Visakhapatnam and emerged victorious. The memorial was therefore erected in 1996 to commemorate the first battle victory in the 1971 war.
The main memorial is surrounded by many missiles, tankers, model fighter planes and other weapons of war used by the Navy. When visiting the memorial, you will definitely feel a sense of patriotism and respect for the martyrs who bravely fought for the motherland. After paying your respects to the brave sailors, you can also take a leisurely stroll along the beach and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the sea.
Kambalakonda Nature Reserve
Boasting an area of 17,000 acres, Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary is a massive forest reserve located 26 km from Visakhapatnam. Named after the local hill – Kambalakonda, the sanctuary is covered in lush green foliage and is a great place if you want to spend time in the lap of nature. It is more like a green lung of the city and a popular escape from the hustle and bustle.
This wildlife sanctuary is home to many rare birds, animals, reptiles and butterflies, including leopard, nuthatch, Indian muntjac, wild boar, sambar deer, Bengal monitor lizard, Russell’s viper, laughing dove, red-bearded bulbul and Indian sunbeam butterfly. It is also dotted with amazing plants and trees native to the Eastern Ghats such as sage, Indian rosewood, indigo, Indian figs and jungle berries to name a few.
The rugged mountainous terrain makes this nature reserve ideal for trekking and hiking. Sky walking, goat walking, tire walking, ziplining and Burma Bridge are some of the other things you can do in Vizag when you visit this sanctuary. If you visit at sunset time, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the setting sun from the dam area.
Ross Hill Church
Known for its impressive architecture, Ross Hill Church is one of the beautiful places to visit in Vizag. Vizag is surrounded by three hills and Ross Hill Church stands on the central one. And once you reach the top of the hill, you can enjoy fabulous views of the entire city, including Vizag’s harbour, dockyard and beaches – something you can’t miss during your trip here.
Ross Hill Church is frequented by worshipers who come here to participate in mass prayers and services that are held regularly. The place is also a delight for tourists, especially nature lovers, photographers and seekers of peace. Visit the church early in the morning or at sunset to soak up the beauty of the vibrant sky and capture the best views on your camera.
Located on the coast of Visakhapatnam, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Gangavaram Beach is counted among the most picturesque beaches in the city. Thanks to its secluded location and the surrounding greenery, the beach is just right for you if you are looking for peace near the sea.
From lounging under palm trees to spending time with various activities like swimming and beach volleyball, there are plenty of things to do in Vizag while you’re here. You can also plan a picnic with your loved ones or enjoy a trek to a nearby hill. Due to its perfect sceneries, Gangavaram beach is also popular among filmmakers and film makers.
Located at a distance of approximately 19 km from the capital city, Kailasagiri is a famous hill station in Visakhapatnam district. The hilly park with small hills and beaches is located at an altitude of about 173 meters above sea level, so you can see some of the most breathtaking views ever. You can go here either with your friends, family or just your romantic partner; the place has something for everyone. From ropeways to trolleys for children to the Shiva-Parvati statue for pilgrims, it offers countless places to see and experience.
The 11th century Hindu temple is dedicated to the Varaha and Narasimha avatars of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. The architecture of the temple is predominantly Dravidian with some Kalinga style influences. From the carvings on the inner wall to the shrine of Lord Vishnu, everything in the shrine is captivating. As is the tradition in South India, you will find that the shrine is always covered with sandalwood paste. You must spend some time touring the temple and try to read the inscriptions from 1087 (if you can).
These natural caves are located just 90 km from the city at an altitude of 705 meters. There is a small Shiva lingam inside the cave. As we enter in to the cave, the spoken voice echoes to us. Climb the steep stairs and you will find a shrine in the middle. Many devotees come to the Borra caves just to catch a glimpse of the shivling. After paying your respects to Lord Shiva, exit the caves and immerse yourself in the stunning rock formations and waterfalls here. In addition, there are many natural formations that are the result of constant erosion and rocks carved and shaped by the river. The multi-colored lights that were recently installed here make them even better and interesting to look at.
Katiki Water Falls
Katiki Falls is another natural wonder near Visakhapatnam that deserves at least one visit. Water flows from Gostani River to Katiki Falls. The sight of water falling from an almost vertical cliff surrounded by nothing but vast greenery and tranquility is something you will never forget. Perched at a height of 50 feet, the cascading waters of the falls are a great place to click some amazing shots. If the lush greenery isn’t enough for you, head to the waterfalls and soak up the beauty of this place to the fullest.
Its beauty is often compared to that of Ooty and with good reason. From the lush greenery that covers every inch of the valley to the coffee plantations, viewpoints and tribal culture, everything here will charm you to the core. Trust us!
If all of this makes you want to wander, we recommend that you spend at least a few days in the valley itself. Immerse yourself in the sight of green patches of grassland and you’ll know what we’re talking about. You can stop at the places that give you the best view because when it comes to exploring Araku Valley, the journey is more important than the destination.
And you have a museum in the Araku Valley that showcases the aboriginal way of life in particular. There is also a coffee plantation
Take it all at a slow pace and immerse yourself in the beauty of this place, as the aroma of freshly roasted coffee and the sound of babbling brooks will linger long after you leave. I have been there myself and still long to return to this magical hill station tucked away from the regular tourists. Maybe that’s the beauty of the Araku Valley… that it’s hidden and untouched.
- View of the Bay of Bengal Visakhapatnam(Feature): Amartyabag, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
- Yarada Beach view near Gangavaram: Rajib Ghosh, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
- Dolphin nose hill view from RK Beach: Adityamadhav83, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
- Aerial view of Rushikonda beach: iMahesh, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
- A view of Rama Krishna Beach in Visakhapatnam: Rishabh Tatiraju, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia
- INS Kursura Submarine Museum: Candeo gauisus, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
- Victory at the Naval War Memorial: Indian Navy, GODL-India, via Wikimedia Commons
- Kambalakonda wildlife Sanctuary: Adityamadhav83, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia
- Ross Hill Church: https://www.yovizag.com/ross-hill-vizag-communal/
- Gangavaram Beach: https://vizagtourism.org.in/gangavaram-beach-vizag
- Shiva Parvati statues Kailasagiri Hill Visakhapatnam: IM3847, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
- Simhachalam temple view: Adityamadhav83/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
- Borra Caves in Araku Valley: Tarunsamanta, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
- Katiki Water Falls: https://vizagtourism.org.in/katiki-falls-vizag
- View of Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam: Adityamadhav83, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons