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Brief of Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam is a land of many surprises. Visakhapatnam became popularly known as Vizag. It is no exaggeration to say that no other place in AP is as blessed with such scenic surroundings as Visakhapatnam. It has Monuments, scenic landscapes, fine accessible sand beaches and thickly wooded hills. It is the only place on the east coast where the hills (Eastern Ghats) and the sea meet.

Visakhapatnam


With the picturesque beaches the 25 km long stretch Bheemili - Vizag coastal road, is all along the direct access to the sea with breathtaking beauty of blue waters caressing the golden sands at different points along the length of the coast, thrilling the fun-loving holiday makers. It is a heaven with long stretches of beaches with sunshine to bask carefree and places to explore on foot. Visakhapatnam and its environs present a soul - stirring panorama of golden beaches, lush green vegetation and splendid monuments from a rich historical heritage. For the fun seekers, Visakhapatnam is a heaven of long stretches of beaches with sunshine to bask carefree and places to explore on foot.


History of Visakhapatnam

According to the history, the city was named after the god of 'Valor-Vishakha'. It was a part of the Kalinga Kingdom, under Ashoka's rule in 260 B.C. It passed on later to the Andhra Kings of 'Vengi'. After this Pallava, Chola and Ganga dynasties ruled the city. In the 15th century, Vishakhapatnam became a part of the Vijayanagar Empire.

Visakhapatnam

The Europeans, the Dutch, the French and the English established themselves from the 17th century onwards and used this as a major trading center to export textiles, ivory, tobacco, indigo etc. This port is well documented in the histories of these colonial powers as well as in Indian historical records. This coast played a major role during the reign of the Asaf Jahis and the Golcondas.


How to reach Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam is well connected with rest of the country by Air (it has domestic Air Port), Train (situated on the Howarah-Chennai route), Road (situated on the National High Way-5), and Sea (regular cruise to Andaman & also connected with other major ports).
Air
Connected with Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and other important cities in India. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Air Sahara operate regular flights from Visakhaptnam to some of the important domestic destinations.
Rail
Vizag is an important junction on the commercially important Chennai Kolkata rail line. As such the city is well connected by rail with New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Daily express trains are available to all these four major cities.
Road
Vizag is 650 km from Hyderabad and 350 km from Vijayawada. Regular bus services are available to Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai and Tirupati.

Distance from major cities to Visakhapatnam
Hyderabad = 650Kms
Tirupati = 791Kms
Vijayawada = 382 Kms
Warangal = 510Kms

Best time to visit Visakhapatnam
August to October and January to March

Climate of Visakhapatnam
Tropical.
Temperature Range (deg C):
Summer - Max 36, Min 25
Winter- Max 28, Min 19.6

Languages of Visakhapatnam
Telugu, Hindi, English

STD Code of Visakhapatnam
+91 - 0891

Fairs & Festivals of Visakhapatnam
The annual tourism event, the 'Vishakha Utsav' is held in Vishakhapatnam for three days from the third Friday to Sunday in the month of January.

 
 
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