Renowned for being home to the oldest shipyard in India, Visakhapatnam is now the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. Commonly referred to as Vizag, it is a picturesque city filled with beaches and serene landscapes and is ideal for vacations. The district of Vishakhapatnam also has a rich cultural past, which came to be as it came under the occupation of several kingdoms, which imprinted generations of heritage onto the region. Originally, Visakhapatnam was a part of the Kalinga empire, and later, in the 7th century, it was conquered by the Eastern Chalukyas. Subsequently, it has been ruled by the Reddy Rajahs of Kondaveedu, the Gajapathis of Odisha, the Nawabs of Golkonda, and the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb, via an appointed Subedar. Finally, it passed to French and then British colonisers.
Here are five places you must visit when in the newest state capital of the country.
Located approximately 90 kilometres from Visakhapatnam, the Borra Caves, also known as Borra Guhalu, are natural caves in the Ananthagiri Hills of the Araku Valley. These are one of the largest caves in India and are known for their unique rock formations and rich cultural and historical significance. The caves are believed to be over one million years old, and are thought to have been formed by the action of a river on the limestone rocks. They are famous for their impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations, as well as other unique rock formations shaped like the human brain, an elephant, and more. You can take advantage of the guided tours of the Borra Caves.
Located in the Araku Valley of the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, they share a name with the nearby village and are approximately four kilometres from the Borra Caves. The waterfall is about 60 meters in height and is surrounded by lush green forests and rolling hills. You have to trek through the dense forests to reach it, and there are several viewing platforms where they can admire its beauty. During the monsoon season, the waterfall becomes particularly spectacular. This region is also home to a variety of wildlife, including a range of bird species, making it a popular spot for birdwatching.
INS Kurusura Submarine Museum
The museum is one of a kind in the country, as it was created from a decommissioned submarine, the INS Kurusura. The submarine was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1969 and served for over three decades before decommissioning in 2001. You can, of course, take a tour of the museum to learn about the history and technology of submarines, as well as the life of submariners.
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This famous beach is approximately 15 kilometres from the city centre and is surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery. It offers pristine golden sands, clear waters, and breathtaking sea views. You can take leisurely walks along the beach or sit and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Visakhapatnam War Memorial
It was built to commemorate the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in various wars and conflicts, including World War II, the Indo-Pakistan wars, and other operations. The memorial features a statue of a soldier holding a rifle and is surrounded by well-manicured gardens and lush greenery. You can pay your respects to the fallen soldiers and learn about the sacrifices made by the Indian Armed Forces. The memorial is open to the public and is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in India's military history and heritage.
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