5 Scenic Trekking Trails Around Vizag

5 Scenic Trekking Trails Around Vizag
Vizag offers a multitude of scenic landscapes for treks, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

In the City of Destiny and wanna go exploring some trails along the picturesque Eastern Ghats? Get your trekking shoes and backpacks out

Upasana Singh
March 31 , 2021
08 Min Read

For most people, the pandemic has awakened a newfound appreciation for the outdoors. After spending months in lockdown, the one thing that we have greatly missed is the ability to travel to explore nature in all its serene and calm beauty. Going on a trekking expedition is the perfect way to do that.

The port city of Vizag lies between the Eastern Ghats and the coast of Bay of Bengal. With nature lovers in the city, it is the ideal destination to follow well-trodden trails and immerse yourself in picture-perfect views.

Here’s a list of five amazing trekking trails in and around Vizag. 

Read: How To Explore Andhra Pradesh In 5 Ways

Vanjangi

 
 
 
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Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Vanjangi is the latest hill station in India that is making its way to travel bucket lists. It offers some of the most scenic views and beautiful sunrises. The approximate climb time to reach the vantage point is 1-2 hours. Trekking through this heavenly abode of clouds, often referred to as ‘Megha Samudram’ (ocean of clouds) is incomparable to any other destination. Although at present there are no accomodation facilities for tourists, many choose to camp in the open spaces. It is located at a distance of about 100 km from Vizag city. 

Madhavadhra-Simhachalam

 
 
 
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Starting from the Madhava Swamy Temple in Madhavadhara to the peak point of Simhachalam Temple, this trek is popular among pilgrims. People often take a dip in the holy waters before starting off. Though the climb is steep and the trekking path is made with natural stones, one can enjoy the pleasant views of Vizag city on this trail. The landscapes of the city airport and industrial complexes including the port can be seen from different points in the trek. It takes about two hours to reach the top of the hill.  

Kambalakonda

 
 
 
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Located near Vishakapatnam, you can trek to the vast forest reserve of the Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary. With a marginal fee, the place is open for people who are looking for an alternate tourist experience whilst ensuring that it is sustainable for wildlife. With dry evergreen forests covering the terrain, the sanctuary is a great place for trekking and witnessing the morning sun over the peaks of the Eastern Ghats. One can spot stunning flora all across the landscape including the rare Indian screw tree, flowers of the bush plum tree and fruits of the jungle berry brunches. Overnight camping facilities including ethnic cottages are also available within the sanctuary. The best time to take this trail is during the cooler months of the year. 

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Lambasingi

 
 
 
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Often referred to as the Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh, Lambasingi is the only place in south India that receives snowfall. It is the perfect destination for trekkers who are looking for a weekend getaway. The misty hill station is suitable for small treks. Once you gradually move towards the peak, savour the untouched atmosphere and its stainless beauty. Due to its pleasant climate, you can trek in Lambasingi at any time of the year. However, we recommend you visit from September to the end of April, when the environment comes alive with lush greenery. The destination is easily accessible by air, rail and road.

Read: Trekking Through Coorg’s Deep Forests

Armakonda

 
 
 
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Perched at an altitude of 5,540 ft, Armakonda is the highest peak in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The starting point of the trek is Paderu village. With breathtaking views of gorgeous mountains, valleys and waterfalls, this one’s for all the hardcore trekking enthusiasts. It takes about 4-5 hours to trek to the peak and so it is recommended to opt for an overnight stay at the top. After witnessing the different hues of the sunset, stargazing at night from such an elevation is an added bonus.


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