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Visakhapatnam or Vizag is the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh, and a major
sea port. It is renowned for its shipbuilding industry, and is headquarters to the
Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. Nestled among the hills of the Eastern
Ghats, the city is a perfect blend of secluded beaches, tranquil hill tops and picturesque
valleys. Visakhapatnam with its Victorian era bungalows and sprawling gardens makes
it a well sought after tourist destination.
Visakhapatnam has excellent restaurants that appear to a variety of palates and
pocketbooks. From Chinese and juicy north Indian tandoori to good wholesome south
Indian vada-sambar and ‘continental’ cuisine, there is a dish here to suit most
tastes. For authentic Andhra food, Hotel Daspalla’s Dakshin and Dharani lead the
list, followed by Hotel Green Park’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ and Venkatadri Vantillu.
The Dhabba Express at Siripuram offers mouth watering Punjabi food, while one can
sample excellent world cuisine at the Vista Restaurant in Park Hotel.
Ramakrishna Beach; Dolphin’s Nose; Submarine Museum; Kailasagiri; Ross Hill.
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The Park Visakhapatnam
Green Park Visakhapatnam
The Gateway Hotel,
- Ramakrishna Beach
Popularly known as the RK Beach, the Ramakrishna Beach is an essential inclusion
in a list of tourist attractions. The beach is very popular with the locals. It
is in close proximity to several other tourist spots attractions, including the
Kali Temple, the Aquarium, and the Submarine Museum.
- Kali Temple
Built in 1984, the Kali Temple on the Beach Road attracts many devotees and visitors
with its unique architecture. The temple is also famous for its Sivalinga, which
is constructed of a large single stone.
- Matsyadarshini Aquarium
This aquarium is situated on the left side of the Kali temple. The aquarium gate
is modelled as the open mouth of a huge white tipped shark. The aquarium has a good
collection of marine as well as freshwater fish, and is a visual treat for children
and adults alike.
- Submarine Museum
The Submarine Museum is a one of its kind museum created in a real (now de-commisioned)
submarine of Indian Navy. The museum is manned by retired naval officers.
A local favourite, a short ride on to this hill gives a visitor a spectacular view
of the ocean and beaches. The hill has a ropeway that acts as a people-mover, and
beautiful scenic views can be obtained from the ropeway, specially in the evening,
when the city comes alive with all the lights.
- Ross Hill
Named after Monsieur Ross who built a house on it in 1864, Ross Hill is a collection
of three hillocks in proximity to the port, dedicated to three different faiths.
Darga Pahad, one of the hillocks, has the tomb of the Muslim saint, Sayed Ali Medina
while Sri Venkateswara Konda, another of the hillocks comprising Ross Hill, has
a temple dedicated to the Lord. From this hillock you can see the port channel,
which was the entrance of the inner harbor for ships and liners.