The hill station of Kailash Giri is a popular tourist destination and getaway. It offers an awe-inspiring view of the Bay of Bengal and is home to the beautiful Rushikonda Beach and RK Beach. The surrounding hills are lush and green and offer a wonderful respite from the concrete jungle of Visakhapatnam. One of the attractions of Kailash Giri is its huge park called the Floral Watch. This park is shared like a watch and covered with grass. However, the main attraction is undoubtedly the massive statues of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati made from white marble. These statues are located on the hill, on a platform. As the base of Lord Shiva’s statue, there is a stream that flows all the way to the foot of the hill. There is a ropeway service that allows visitors to access the hill and offers stunning view of the city and the Bay. There even is a scenic and panoramic road leading to the top of the hill.
RamaKrishna Beach :
Located along the coast of Vizag, Rama Krishna Beach is known for its pristine sands and crystal clear waters of the Bay of Bengal. It is adjoining the Lawson’s Bay Beach and offers awe-inspiring natural views and vistas. The beach is perfect for catching mesmerising sunsets and sunrises. The beach is home to the Kali Temple, VUDA Park, a submarine museum and several roadside eateries and restaurants. While the Rama Krishna Beach is not safe for swimming, there are many attractions and activities to keep visitors busy. There is a poignant war memorial on the beach called the Victory at Sea. This memorial is dedicated to the memory of brave soldiers, who laid down their lives during the 1971 Indo-Park War.
Located just 8 kilometres from the port city of Visakhapatnam, Rushikonda Beach is known as the Jewel of the East Coast. The unspoiled beauty of the beach is its main attraction and offers a unique opportunity to relax and enjoy the golden sands and gentle ocean currents. The beach is a haven for watersports lovers and is popular among windsurfers and jet skiers. However, it is the scenic beauty of the beach that lures visitors throughout the year, who come to enjoy spending time amidst greenery, golden sands and azure waters. The day the city celebrates the festival of colours, Holi, the beach gets transformed to a hue of vibrant colours, with people splashing color and water on each other.
Spread over an area of 55 acres, the VUDA Park is renowned for its well-landscaped lawns and an array of plants. The Park has a variety of flowering plants, 2,500 trees and hedge plants. This urban park is located at the beachfront and is a popular destination in the city for leisure activities. The Park is extremely well-equipped and boasts of playpens, a boating club, yoga centre, multi-gymnasium, pagodas, musical fountain and Kala Vedika. In addition, the Park is home to the MGM Dizzy World. One of the main attractions in the Park is its roller skating ring, which was one of the venues for the 32nd National Games. Sports lovers can enjoy expert guidance in skating at the Park from 9 am until 8 pm.
Also known as Simhadri, the suburb of Simhachalam is located close to Visakhapatnam, about 16 kilometres away. It is home to a Hindu temple, which is dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple shows a synthesis of Oriya and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is considered as one of the eighteen shrines of Lord Narasimha. The main deity housed in the sanctum sanctorum gives holy appearance in its true form just for 12 hours in the year. The remaining time, the deity is covered with sandalwood paste. The temple is known for its exquisite sculptures.
During your stroll on the RK Beach, or as you drive past the beach road, you might notice a rather elaborate collection of Submarines. Step down and stop to witness the only Submarine Museum in the entire of Asia.
The Borra Caves are located on the East Coast of India, in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku Valley (with hill ranges elevation varying from 800 m to 1,300 m ) of the Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh. The caves, one of the largest in the country, at an elevation of about 705 m, distinctly exhibit a variety of speleothems ranging in size and irregularly shaped stalactites and stalagmites. The caves are basically karstic limestone structures extending to a depth of 80 m (considered the deepest cave in India).Breath taking hilly terrain, beautiful landscape, semi-evergreen moist deciduous forests, and wild fauna of the area are a visual feast. This cave is the biggest in India considering the area it has spread geographically. This you must see if you are in Araku Valley or in Visakhaptanam. William King the British geologist discovered this million years old cave in the year 1807.
Araku Valley is a comparatively unexplored hill station some 120 kilometers away from Vishakhapatnam. If you’re a tourist looking for exclusivity and tranquility, a train leaves Vishakhapatnam early in the morning, making way through 58 tunnels and passing over 84 bridges making way through breathtaking landscape to reach Araku in approximately in 5 hours, go, catch that!Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh is blessed with terrific natural beauty, away from the hustle bustle of city life, mostly visited by locals as a weekend getaway. If a holiday to the hills is your call but you think you’ve seen it all, maybe you should to wait till you visit this one.
Arasavalli, home to an ancient temple of SuryanarayanaSwamy, is located 3 km from Srikakulam. The deity is a granite idol of Surya which is about 5 feet high bearing lotus buds. The deity is presented with consorts Padma, Usha and Chhaaya, on a chariot driven by seven horses. The temple is built in such a way that the early morning sun’s rays fall on the feet of the deity twice a year, in February and June, even when the 5 main entrance gates are closed. It is said to have been built originally by the Kalinga rulers of Orissa around the 7th century. Legend has it that Indra, the king of Gods, once attempted to force his entry into the temple of Koteeshwara. He was thrown out of the temple by Nandi. Later a remorseful Indra enshrined Surya, the Sun God, in this temple and performed worship services.
Considered second to only Tirupati, the temple village of Annavaram rests on the belief that its name is derived from ‘Anna’, meaning whatever you desire and ‘Varam’, which means God sent. ‘The deity will bestow you with whatever you desire’ goes common tongue.