Visakhapatnam is also known as Vizag and it is one of the largest cities of Andhra Pradesh. It is a coastal city that attracts everyone by its undisturbed beauty. The well maintained parks, vast stretches of sandy beaches and the scenic areas have made it to be referred to as the Goa of the East Coast.
The people of Visakhapatnam speak Telugu but since many people from all over India have migrated here for the purpose of work in famous companies located here like Vizag Steel Plant and Hindustan Shipyard, one could see cosmopolitan culture at this place. The city is well connected through air and rail network with other major cities of the country such as Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi and Pune. The railway station at Vizag is one of the major stations in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Visakhapatnam has many interesting places worth visiting but among them all beaches are most popular tourist attractions. These are scenic and less crowded and stretch for miles. Yarada beach is famous among local people but it is not easily accessible as there is very less public transport available. However all these are really rewarding if you can get there with some efforts. R.K. Beach is also quite popular but no one goes swimming in those beaches.
Rishikonda, Gangavaram and Bhimili are some other tourist spots. Rishikonda is an excellent spot where you can enjoy the serene environment that will tranquilize your minds. If you hire room in the Beach Resort here that is under the control of the AP Tourism Development Corporation, you can enjoy the beach view from there. Portuguese churches and Dutch cemeteries are some other places that you may visit here.
In Bhimili, though the beaches are lovely and enchanting, it is not entertaining as there are no water sports or any restaurants available here. So an average tourist may not find this place very interesting. If you are a real nature lover then you will be enthralled by the golden sand and the pollution free waters of these beaches. Apart from these beaches, there are museums, beautiful parks and valleys and hills to visit in Visakhapatnam.
Visakhapatnam has some excellent restaurants where you can enjoy the spicy South Indian meals to your heart’s delight. If you walk around in the Siripuram area, you can see variety of restaurants serving different cuisines. The bars are attached in star hotels but they are very expensive.
To enjoy all the pleasures that Visakhapatnam has to offer you have to select the good hotel to stay. Obviously a reliable Visakhapatnam travel guide will help you to find out good Visakhapatnam hotels and Visakhapatnam restaurants that will give you the right choice of bed and breakfast. Both affordable lodges and high end hotels are available here. Some of the popular and the best hotels are The Daspalla, The Grand Central Hotel and Green Park. You can find many high class hotels in the Beach Road overlooking the sea. The resorts of the APTDC are affordable and good but you need to make prior booking. Plan ahead and enjoy the fun.