Visakhapatnam pronunciation (also Visakhapattanamu, shortened and anglicized: Visakha/Vizag or Vizagapatnam) is a coastal, port city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, located on the eastern shore of India, nestled among the hills of the Eastern Ghats and facing the Bay of Bengal to the east.
It is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam District and is also home of the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.
3 rd Century BC Buddhist ruins of Thotlakondais situated near the Sea shore .Vizag sometimes goes by its now mostly defunct colonial British name, Waltair. During the colonial era, the city had at its hub the Waltair railway station, and that part of the city still goes by the name of Waltair. It is sometimes also referred to as the "City of Destiny".
From being a small fishing village in the twentieth century, Vizag has grown into an industrial hub. Its saga began with the quest of British to find a suitable port that could serve the hinterland possessing rich mineral wealth.
Unlike the western coast of India, the east coast has few undulations to form a natural harbor. Britishers quest for finding out a harbor ended with Vizag. Vizag is the most protected natural harbour in Asia.
The charming hill on the seafront, sprawled over 100 acres of hill area, and rising 304 mts. above sea level, presents a breath taking scenic view, especially towards Bheemili. It has been developed as an attractive picnic spot. View points with roof and cement seats are located at different places on the hill to enjoy the serene atmosphere and scenic beauty and the whole city can be viewed in a panorama through seven vantage points on this location. The magnificent Shiv Parvathi statues with lighted mountains in front are worth seeing. Sankaram, Chakram and Namam fully lighted in the night are visible from almost all parts of the city.
With the recent opening of kailasagiri Ropeway, tourists and local Visitors have grabbed another opportunity to marvel at the beauty of the unseen canvas of the pictureseque Eastern ghats. For a nominal entry fee, visitors can enjoy the panorama of visakhapatnam and the breath taking view of the Eastern ghats.
Visakhapatnam as a tourist destination will gain momentum with the inauguration of ropeway to Kailasagiri on Tuesday with giving boost to city tourism.
The journey by the ropeway car will enable people to enjoy the panoramic view of the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal and a bird's eye view of the City of Destiny.
The ropeway was developed at a cost of Rs. 3 crores with an upper station of 705 sq. metres and lower station of 538 sq. meters as a joint venture by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA), AP Tourism, and Conveyor and Ropeway Services Limited (CRSL). An area of 210 sq. meters has been developed for an intermediate tower.
TYDA (Jungle Bells)
It is a small village nestling in the wooded hills of the Eastern Ghats, on the way to Araku and is 75 km from Vizag. Be at the Jungle Bells Nature Camp, an Eco-Tourism Resort to explore the nature's bounty. The camp provides great view of Eastern Ghats, trekking, hiking and bird watching in addition to accommodation in log huts amidst serene surroundings. Nature lovers got to come here.
A perennial stream dodging and cutting across huge rock formations laid in the picturesque frame of Araku Valley is another preferred picnic spot. Located en route to Paderu, this is about 15 km from Araku. The pleasures of this perennial stream running over huge rocks through the scenic valleys of Araku are a delight to the senses. Several view points and Pagodas have also added more beauty to this place.
Chitrangan ART Gallery
Chitrangan is an avenue for young and promising university is flanked by lush green hills on one side and the beautiful Bay of Bengal on the other. Established in 1926, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the great educationalist and philosopher who went on to become the second president of India, was the second Vice-Chancellor of this university. The university also conducts special research projects to save sea turtles during their breeding season.
Tribal museum was started in February 1996 to showcase the traditional living methods, cultural, social and economic conditions of native tribes. This Museum is aimed to focus and preserve the important traits of original tribal culture, traditional handicrafts, and fine arts of the Ancient tribes. The display of artifacts, ornaments and textiles of the tribes of Northern Andhra Pradesh is a real feast to the eyes. Various artifacts prepared by different artisan groups are also sold here.
Timings: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Entrance fee Adults Rs 10/- Children Rs 6/-
This erstwhile vegetable supplying centre for the soldiers of Second World War is now a botanical garden. This repository of rare species of flora is a riot of colours and blossoms.This is a good hangout place for Vizag Florist’s.
Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Entrance fee: Adults Rs 10/- Children Rs 5/-
This 2000-year-old Buddhist Heritage site was discovered in 1907. Located 40 km from the south of Vizag, three phases of Buddhism viz. Hinayana, Mahayana & Vajrayana flourished here. This complex is famous for its numerous Monolithic Stupas, Rock cut caves and structural edifices.
Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary
Spaning over an area of 70 sq km with dry evergreen forest together with meadows and scrub, Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary is established on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam. The Sanctuary houses many rare species of wild life animals such as panthers, sambar deer, spotted deer, barking deer, jackal, wild boar and wild dog. To have a rarest view of precious and vociferous animals in its habitat, Kambalkonda provides the worthy opportunity to its visitors.
Matsyadarshini, a beautiful aquarium with nearly 20 medium and large sized tanks displaying the fresh water and marine fish and water animal species, is setup and run by Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation. The Aquarium, established on the shore of Ramakrishna beach, has many marine varieties include the long horn cow fish, butterfly fishes, surgeon major, peacock wrasse, the lion fish, stone fish, red squirrel fish, perch dusky, trigger fish, clown fish, damsels, sweet lip rabbit fish, angels, electric ray, porcupine fish and many more.
Matsyadarshini has in its credit uncommon marine invertebrates. The carpet anemones, starfishes in different colours, tentacle anemones in white and orange, sea anemones in varying colours are all gives a pleasant view.This museum is supported by Vizag Doctors Association.
Matsyadarshini is open to public for a minimal fee on all days from 9 am to 7 pm.
Vuda Children's Theatre
Managed by Visakhaptnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA), this theatre is exclusively meant to showcase the talented kids. In addition to the many child oriented programs, regular film shows for children are also held here. Entrance is free. This is also popular for many Vizag Events.
Sri Venkateswara Swami Konda
Lord Venkateshwara abode the place Sri Venkateswara Konda in Visakhapatnam, also known as the hill on the south. The main attraction is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Venkateshwara). An impressive pyramidal gopura at the entrance welcomes the visitors to this abode of Vishnu.Sri Venkateswara Konda gives a majestic view of the port channel, which is the gateway of the interior harbour for ships and liners at Port
Dargakonda, gateway to the Visakhapatnam harbour, is a sacred place at Visakhapatnam. It is the northern of the three hills at the entrance to the harbour. The mosque of Baba Ishaq Madini R.A, a highly respected Muslim saint, placed in this hill is highly revered. Sri Venkateswara Konda and Ross Hill are the other two hills make the triplet.
It is believed that the Sufi Saint preacher had miraculous powers as a gift from the Creator. The Darga Konda is frequently visited by faithful devotees from both Hindus and Muslims.
Ross Hills, an erstwhile Roman Catholic Church known as ‘Our lady of the Sacred Heart’, is the peak mount in Visakhapatnam. Ross hill Presently Mother Mary's Church, built in 1864 after the name of Monsieur Ross, is a unique place to see the panoramic view of the surrounding shipbuilding yard and the Visakhapatnam Port. To add the value for the place, a temple in Sri Venkateswara Konda and a mosque attached to the tomb of the another Muslim Sufi Saint, Kadak Bijili R.A. are also available nearby.
Kondakarla Ava beach in Kondakarla village is located in Achyutapuram mandal, a short distance from Vizag. The beach is scenic and beautiful. Those who look for calm away from the stress and strains of the busy city life can spend their holidays here.
One of the biggest fresh water lake’s in the state is located here. The still waters of the lake bounded by coconut trees on one side and green hills all around displays a great picturesque site. The beach is known for its bird flora, the Bird Sanctuary established here has a rich diversity of bird species.
Spread over an area of 3 acres Shivaji Park is one of the attractions of Vizag. Open in the evenings Shivaji Park have many
attractions like Skating Ring, Amphi theater, food courts make This Park an ideal picnic spot. Usually opens until 10:00pm in
the night everyday, since most of the days there are ususally some kind of amusement programmes and Events for the people of Vizag.
This Park developed next to the Mudasarlova Reservoir is set up in the one of the picturesque valleys of Vizag So near to Vizag but so calm.
Developed adjacent to Mudasarlova Cheruvu which is fed by the Springs originating From Kambalakonda and Kailasa Hill Ranges
This Park developed next to the Mudasarlova Reservoir is set up in the one of the picturesque valleys of Vizag So near to Vizag but so calm.
Developed adjacent to Mudasarlova Cheruvu which is fed by the Springs originating From Kambalakonda and Kailasa Hill Ranges Mudasarlova is the major Source of Drinking Water To Vizag. The park has the best set up possible for picnicking. This beautiful site near the lake nestles amidst hills and palm trees. There are pretty parks full of beautiful flowers and different types of trees, fountains, birds in cages as well as several picnic spots. There is also an excellent scenic Golf Course Club located here.
This Buddhist setllement found here is estimated to have witnessed human habitation between 1st century BC to 2nd century AD. Sixteen rock cut cisterns for impounding rain water are found on the hillock, which offer a panoramic view of the coastline. Pavurala konda or the "Hill of Pigeons"
Bavikonda named due to the existence of wells on the hill to collect rainwater for drinking purpose. It is also considered to be one of the oldest and sacred Buddhist centres in Asia. The artifacts recovered here include Roman coins and Satavahana coins apart from pottery dating back to the 3rd century BC to the 2nd century AD. Bavikonda is considered by many to be one of the oldest and most sacred Buddhist centres in Asia. Today, the remnants of this ancient site are a testimony to the Buddhist civilisation that once thrived in southern India.With a series of hills cleverly carved into stupas, this site is very similar to Borobudur, Indonesia.
Excavations on the hill-top brought to light an extensive Buddhist establishment consisting of a Mahachaitya, stupas, chaityagrihas, a congregation hall, platforms, viharas, kitchen-cum-store complex, pottery, relic caskets, tiles, stuccos, iron objects, moulded bricks, coins etc. During the conservation work of Mahachaitya five receptacles containing silver and gold caskets were recovered from inner brick course of the anda at diagonal points exactly facing the ayaka platforms.
Bojjana Konda , situated nearer to Anakapalle nearly 45 Kms from Vizag.
128 meters above sea level overlooking the sea Thotlakonda(‘thotla’ meaning trough and ‘konda’ meaning hill) derives from the presence of a number of rock-cut troughs hewn in the bedrock of the hillock. These rectangular troughs, which can still be seen, were used for storing water that used to be purified with herbs.
Thotlakonda was influenced by the ancient Kalinga region, which was an important source of dissemination of Buddhist culture to Sri Lanka and various parts of South East Asia. A hill on the seacoast with a salubrious climate was the ideal place for Buddhist monks to build a monastic complex here. The placid sea sheltered by the deeply curved coastline provided a safe haven for anchoring ships. Thotlakonda came to light during an aerial survey by the Indian Navy, and excavations conducted during 1988-93 established the existence of a Hinayana Buddhist complex, which flourished two thousand years ago. To the south of the complex there is a tank that served as a water source for inmates of the monastery. It is estimated that the monastery accommodated more than a hundred Buddhist monks. The excavations revealed Satvahana lead and Roman silver coins, indicating foreign trade. Terracotta tiles, stucco decorative pieces, sculptured panels, stupa models in stone, Buddha padas, etc. were also found. Thotlakonda had witnessed peak activity between 2nd century BC and 2nd century AD owing to brisk Roman trade and religious missions abroad. The complex had arrangements for storing food, clothing and medicines, and served as an academic center. It declined by the 3rd century AD, owing to the rise of Hinduism and decline of maritime trade.
Thotlakonda attracts by its scenic beauty, flanked as it is by the pristine waters of the sea and the hilly ranges of the Eastern Ghats. On this vast stretch of empty land can be seen the rectangular troughs for storing water, a large stupa known as the ‘maha stupa,’ where part of the ashes of Buddha are supposed to have been kept, the top of a broken pillar which is supposed to have been a part of the stupa, and ruins of prayer or lecture halls for students. Also to be seen are the ruins of a 64-pillared congregational hall where monks used to gather for meditation and religious discourses. There is also a kitchen complex consisting of four rectangular rooms used for cooking and storing food.
The Thotlakonda Buddhist complex lies about 15 km. from Vizag city on way to Bheemili town.
An old bungalow standing almost dilapidated on the beach road at Waltair, in Visakhapatnam, is known to the locals as "Dutch Bungalow". This building was in occupation by various families till the late 70s, but no one ever dreamt that it would one day become the home of " Visakha Museum".
The bungalow and the land around it was alienated to VUDA for development in the 1980s. Originally it was thought that the Bungalow would make way for a five-star hotel. Founding members of the Visakha Historical Society and other public-spirited citizens rallied around and appealed to the authorities to preserve the building and utilise it for a public purpose. Good sense prevailed and it was decided to renovate and preserve the Bungalow for public use.
So it was that our " Visakha Museum" has the distinction of being one of the very few museums in the country housed in a preserved old building. The credit for the renovation of the old Dutch Bungalow goes to one Mr. Sarma, the Engineer-in-charge of this project in VUDA. The "Dutch-ness" of the building was retained, barring the inevitable ceramic floortiles and the steel-and-glass showcases. The renovated Dutch Bungalow was purchased by the Municipal Corporation from VUDA and the Museum was established in it.
Simply spectacular, is the one word to describe the scenic Gangavaram beach located on the south of Vizag near Visakhapatnam steel plant and the beach. It is beautifully lined up with palm trees. This beach attracts many film and TV serial makers as it provides natural picturesque spots.
With a picturesque coastline the steady growth of tourists is seen here. This beach with soft sands and cool breeze always provides a secluded atmosphere.
Located atop an imposing hill, encircled by verdant environs and facing the shimmering, blue waters of Bay of Bengal, the Dr. Ramanaidu Film Studios which was formally inaugurated by the Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Sunday, is yet another rare jewel in the crown of the city of destiny.
Visakhapatnam has a special place in the development of the State and the studios of Dr. Ramanaidu would be an unique tourist attraction, Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy said in his five-minute inaugural speech. In his welcome address, Dr. Ramanaidu said that construction of a film studio with all modern facilities for production of a film was his long cherished dream. Now it had materialised.
It would occupy a pride of place and would emerge as a special tourist attraction centre, he said.
VISAKHAPATNAM : Scores of devotees thronged the temples of Lord Siva in various parts of the city on the occasion of Mahasivaratri on Thursday. Special pujas were performed at the temples and ‘prasadam’ was distributed to devotees.
Erra Matti Dibbalu (Red sand Hills)
This place is famous because of the importance it has got as a shooting place for movie makers. The hills are with red soils and nearer to the Bay of Bengal. A further journey from Rishikonda beach towards Bheemunipatnam takes you to this scenic place. It has got thick forest inside but take care of yourself as nobody dares to enter inside this place .
One of the finest and safest beach available in India. This is nearer to the Dolphin nose. Sunrise view in this beach is un forgettable. APTDC resorts & Vizag Resorts are also available (confirm before booking) but people hardly stay there. A must see place for all travellers in Vizag .
A strange but popular tourist attraction, Dolphin's Nose is a huge rocky headland 174 meters high and 358 meters above the sea level, jutting out into the sea, resembling the shape of dolphin. The rock juts out into the sea, forming a headland on which is the lighthouse. The nation's powerful beam of the lighthouse directs ships 65 KMs away .
INS Kurusura Submarine
The Submarine Museum - Kurusura being set up at the Rama Krishna Beach in Visakhapatnam has a specialty which is the first one of its kind in this subcontinent. INS Kusura is a Russian built submarine. It was built on Dec 18th 1969 and began its journey on Feb 20, 1970 via the Baltic Sea and reached Visakhapatnam on the 11th of May, 1970. Since then INS Kusura was being used by the Indian Defence. The Navy developed it as a War-Memorial with a project cost of Rs.5.5 Crores. The length of Submarine is 91.3 Mtrs. while the breadth is 8.00 mtrs. This is the first of its kind in Asia and second in the world. The Museum opens for public from 9 am to 9 pm.
Victory at Sea : This memorial was erected by the Indian Navy to commemorate the destruction of Ghazi Submarine in 1971 during the Indo-Pak war.
The Submarine Museum is Open from Tuesday to Saturdays from 2 pm to 8.30 pm
Sundays : 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm and to 8.30 pm
Monday is holiday for the museum.
Entry Ticket : Adults - Rs.25/- ; Children - 15/-
VUDA Park, also called Taraka Rama Park was named after former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri N T Rama Rao. The Park is developed by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) near the Rama Krishna Beach in Visakhapatnam. VUDA Park is one of the most attractive spots in Visakhapatnam. Musical Fountain, Boating, Skating Ring, Horse and Camel Riding. This park is a heavy crowd puller and has a dancing musical fountain. It is the ideal place for all to spend evenings and leisure times on seashore with eye catching and eco-rich surroundings. With a green playfield, artificial caves, beautiful long lawns, flower gardens, and a children's park, boating and swimming facilities makes this park a good place to spend time.The Entrance Plaza extends makes the visitors to have memorable moments of joy. Every day thousands of people visit the VUDA Park. It is another landmark in the tourism chapters of Visakhapatnam. The first of its kind in the whole south Asia.
About 25-km from Vishakhapatnam is beautiful beach of Bheemunipatnam popular as 'Bheemli' This beach is located at the mouth of the river Gosthani.The beach is very safe for swimmers. It is also the site of the ruins of the east coast's oldest Dutch settlement (17th century). The drive from Visakhapatnam to Bheemli is exhilarating. The cemetery situated in the west of the town speaks of the Dutch who gave their lives here. The unique feature of the cemetery is the depiction of the cause of the death on the grave enlivens the past.
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is located in Vishakhapatnam amidst the scenic eastern ghats of India.It is situated in the scenic eastern ghats with its natural settings. The zoo is flanked by hills on either side and attracts many visitors from all over the country and is the premier visiting spot for Visakha citizens. The zoological park can be compared with some of the best zoos in the world, though it is still in the process of development. It has different sections for primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals, reptiles, ungulates and birds.
Simhachalam temple is located within the city limit but at a corner of Visakhapatnam. It is one hour drive from city centers of Vizag. Temple is located at the top of a hill and wide road is there for driving up to the temple. Bus service is available from foot of the hill to the temple premises. There is a separate route for Trekking to Simhachalam temple from Madhava Dhara side .
Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Rishikonda Beach is the perfect destination for people on a holiday. The untouched sandy stretches and warm waves of the ocean make this beach definitely worth-visiting. Sited at a comfortable distance of 8 km from Visakhapatnam, Rishikonda is one amongst the best beaches of Andhra Pradesh. The term 'serene landscape' fits perfectly for the beach, where blue waters extend till the golden horizon.
The quietude and tranquility of this lovely beach cannot be bounded in words. Imagine the scene, where you are lolling over warm sands and water is touching your feet after every few seconds. On top of this, presence of green plants and foliage makes this whole picture look alive. There is no need to snap out of your dreams; since Rishikonda Beach is the literal place you were dreaming to spend your impending holiday in.
For swimming, water-skiing and wind-surfing, the seashore offers the finest place to indulge into leisure-activities. Sit under the sun or stroll around and feel the caressing touch of the golden rays at the beach. The Sun, thinning out its light all over the sea, brings an incredible vista before the sight..
Aruku Valley and Borra Caves
Aruku Valley has several tourist attraction spots. Aruku Valley is famous for its immense and incomparable beauty.
Aruku Valley depicts a cluster of five valleys. Aruku valley is famous for its rich tribal heritage. The Aruku valley depicts the gorgeous greens valleys, flourishing forests and the natural waterfalls. The various tribal settlements here are conserving their rich culture and traditions.
The Dhimsa dance of the tribes acts as an unforgettable tourist Sight Seeing Aruku also has a famous Aruku tribal museum. The Museum in Aruku valley depicts the rich cultural heritage of the tribal people.
The unmatched natural beauty of sthe Aruku Valley Ghats makes it an excellent tourist visit spot of the Aruku valley. The Coffee Plantations are famous among tourists. The Borra Caves are other option for excursion from Aruku Valley.
The Sangda waterfalls also attracts the tourists.The waterfall is not just unmatched but also it is indeed a spectacle to be enjoyed by the visitors in the Aruku valley.
The Aruku Valley has another place of tourist attraction matsyagundam. At matsyagundam fish of many sizes and varieties are available.Matsyagundam is rightly called the fish pool. Lord Shiva temple is also worth seeing here.
Paderu in the Aruku Valley is another important spot frequently visited by the tourists in this_valley.
The Damuku View Point, Padmapuram Botanical Gardens, Tida Tunnel, Government Silk Farm and the Mulbary Gardens are the other places of interest for the tourists in the Aruku-Valley.
The Aruku Valley in Andhra Pradesh is about 760 km from Hyderabad.At an altitude of 1300m above sea level and lies 110 km from Visakhapatnam and reachabale by all Vizag flight’s from country.
The Aruku Valley is famous for its pleasant weather through out the year.Thus, it attracts the tourists in all seasons.
There are the cottages,Inspection Bungalows,cottages and tourist guest houses here which provides you a comfortable living conditions.
Airways: Visakhapatnam has the nearest airport to the Aruku Valley.
Road & Rail: Visakhapatnam at a distance of 110 km from ruku Valley provides regular bus services to Aruku valley. Aruku it self has a railhead.
Borra Caves is highly renowned for its attractive stalactite and stalagmite formations and is located at 1400 meter above sea level in Anantagiri area of Visakhapatnam. Bearing archaeological importance, the Borra Caves have historical and religious significance also. In 1807, William King George of the Geological Survey of India discovered some Paleolithic implements assumed to be a million years old.
Local folks throng to this place to worship the Shivalinga and the idol of the holy cow Kamadenu, which is place deep in the caves. The stone formations in the Borra Caves bear a resemblance to the udder (sthani) of a cow and hence it got the name Gosthani.
It is beautiful structure tomb constructed by Kurupam Raja as a memorial for his wife. It is a 100 year old structure located at
VUDA Park to Bhimili Road. This is called Visakha Taj Mahal.
This tomb has a history behind it. Located near the Waltair Beach, this Heritage Building lacks care and maintenance. See the exquisite carvings on the builidng.
Love, the say, is timeless. Yet, some tales of love are remembered, while others are lost in the sands of time. To ensure that his story of love was not lost in some obscure page of history, a local King built for his queen a tomb so exquisite, that it became a symbol of love. The Kurupam tomb is a heritage site that it became a symbol of love. The Kurupam tomb is a heritage site that recently celebrated 100 years of existence. The heartbroken king seemed to have barred no holes in constructing this beautiful monument. It incorporates the architectural styles of different cultures including Mughal, European, Dravidian and North Indian.
This 16th century Dutch Cemetery is close to the Bheemili Beach in Bheemunipatnam, about 24 kilometers from Vizag. It is also known as Hollanders Green, with graves and memorial tombstones of the Dutch and the English. The intriguing ones here are those of a Dutch family that hold an overhead conical tower and have the markings of a skull and cross-bones pirate symbol on them. The cemetry is well-maintained.
Before we come upon a vast span of golden sands and the deep blue waters of the Bay of Bengal at the Bheemili Beach, we find our eyes straying towards a high red brick wall compound to the right. A large display board indicates that we are at the tourist attraction spot of Bheemunipatnam – the landmark 16th century Dutch cemetery
Bheemunipatnam, another historically important place in the proximity of Visakhapatnam was an active trade centre during the Dutch regime. The cemeteries bear Dutch architecture. Most of themn are pyramidal in shape and bear Dutch inscriptions. The earliest grave is that of Fredrick Kesslerus who died on October 8th 1661.
Sankaram is a 2000-yar-old Bbuddhist site, 41 kms off Vizag. Unearthed by a Briton, Alexander Rea in 1907, these monastic ruins tell the tale of three phasec of Buddhism, Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana that flourished there. It is a magnet for all architecture lovers, as it is filled with wonderful structures that have survived the sands of time and are still standing in defiance to the winds of change. This vihara excavation, that was alive for 1000 years offers a glimpse iinto the rich culture and heritage of buddhism.
Sankaram village at Bojjanna Konda near Anakapalle is popular Buddhist heritage spot. Few century back this place was the center of Buddhist culture and teaching. The name of the village Sankaram derived from the word Sangharama which meant monastery. There are many monolithic stupas, rock cut caves, ruins of prayer halls, meditation halls, brick build structural edifices, resting places available on the twin hills of Bojjanna Konda and Lingala Konda. This place is located by the side of the river Sarada. During the excavation of this place many age old coins, clay tablets of Sitting Buddha were found. There are many Buddha statues carved on the rock-face of the caves.
Sankaram village is located at a distance of 45 Km from Visakahaptnam. On National Highway No 5 it will not take more than one hour to reach this place. Nearest railway station Anakapalli is 4 Km away from this historic place. From Anakapalli town it will be 15 minutes drive by road. There is no entrance fee for entering to this place. There are guides available to show you the caves and its importance if you are a serious visitor to this place. But many of the guides are not good at English. The hill tops gives a panoramic view of the green fields and distance hills of the area. It will take one hour for a not serious visitor to cover both the places.
In the near by hill of Lingalametta there are big and small rock cut monolithic stupas carved on single rocks of different shapes. Some stupas are as high as a two stored building.
This part of the state has relics of all the three phases of Budhism - Hinayana, Mahayana and Vijrayana. So in one hill there are status of Buddha and in other there are many stupas available.
On the Bojjanna Konda hill there are prayer halls where places marked in elevated platforms in semi circular shape for Gurujee and in circular shapes for the followers. The rooms of the followers are still available and each room has grooved place on the wall for lamps. There is a cave with single rock cut four pillars with Buddha Status and another cave with nine pillars. There are wells built by cutting the rocks for storage of water.
The Eastern Art Museum is one of those places in the city that makes the tourists and the occasional local realize that Vizag is still in touch with its history. The museum not only has a beautiful display of the art and sculpture of Andhra, but also offers for sale a number of exquisite antiques and beautifully crafted curios. For those with an eye for beauty and a thing about owning it, Eastern Art Museum is the place to be.
Lepakshi Handicrafts Emporium
Lepakshi is a vast sale cum exhibition outlet which stocks everything associated with Andhra, handicrafts, sculptures, hand looms and a vast collection of metal and wooden works made by Andhra artisans are housed here for sale. Silver filigree works of the state of Andhra is an added attraction. It is truly a visitor's haven for well-priced, priceless souvenirs and curios.
Waltair Club was established by the officers of the erstwhile East Coast Railway, East Coast Battalion and other Civilian officers stationed at Visakhapatnam way back in 1883 in the Book Club. It was expanded later on the land acquired by the then officers from various parties like Mr. Perla Narayana Chetty, Mr. Bhaumi Sohucar and others. The land, which was rocky, was levelled to construct the present Club buildings.
Waltair Club's annexure was built for storing large stocks of provisions and goods directly imported by the Club and functioned as a commissary to the members. It was then handed over to Spencer & Co. in 1908 till they stopped operations in 1920.
Horse stables and carriage sheds used to be maintained by the Club for the convenience of its members till 1930, when automobiles entered the transport sector.
It was Waltair Club that brought the first rays of electric light to Visakhapatnam way back in 1912, through two diesel generators supplied to the Club by Messrs. Crompton Engineering Company. The plant was later disposed of by the municipal authorities.
The erstwhile Maharaja of Bobbili, Mr V.S. Ranga Rao, donated the first band stand on which a regular band used to play once in a week to entertain the Club members and their families. The practice of presenting Christmas gifts to the Club employees, started in 1904 by the then president R.H. Campbell ICS, is still being continued.
The Club provides excellent services to its members, which include organising parties, get-togethers, providing chambers etc. Following a demand from its members, the Club management has proposed to provide banquet facility by converting its old chambers into two banquet halls.
It has also proposed to construct a Bar and Multi-cuisine restaurant at the present Billiards Rooms overlooking the Club Lawn, as the present Mixed Bar was too small and is meant only for families. For the convenience of its members, the Club has arranged so that members can now pay their bills through the Centurion Bank. It also has a library, gym and a health club. It has also been providing recreational facilities, conducting games, tambola, sports and screening movies for its members.
Welcome to Century Club
Established in 1934 as "SOCIETY CLUB" in the picturesque and idyllic surroundings of Visakhapatnam beach, it later came to be named after its founder IZZAT - ASAR BAEASURYA PRASADA RAO and popularly known as I.B.P. Century Club. On ll lh Aug, 1933 the Club was Registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 Patronised by eminet people like Maharajas and Zamindars of those days (when the Britishers were still ruling our Country) the Club began to flourish and grew by leaps and bounds.
Eminent people from all walks of life including Doctors, Professors, Engineers, Lawyers and Business men enjoy Membership of this prestigious Club. Currently the Club boasts of nearly 1200 Members with Eife, Regular or Honorary Membership. Honourable Ministers of both State and Central, MPs, MLAs, IAS & IPS Officers, Senior Officials of the Government, famous Sports personalities, commandable people of the Society are accorded Honorary Membership of the Club.
Visakhapatnam - the City of Destiny , Steel City takes pride in its unique natural Harbour. Its long Coastal area dotted with beautiful Beaches, Resorts, Star Hotels and spas makes it a dream destination for many Tourists.
I.B.P. Century Club is located in this most beautiful City on its Seashore. Situated in the most ideal neighbourhood, facing the azure Bay of Bengal , the Club is 150 ft. above Sea level and just 100 Meters away from the golden sands of the Beach. The pristine beauty of the Sea and the Shore can be viewed from Centurian Bar and Roof Garden Bar. The Club is in proximity to Star Vizag Hotels like "The Gateway Hotel (Taj Group) and the Grand Bay Hotel (Welcom Group).
The Building Complex consists of large halls for sporting activities like Indoor Wooden Shuttle Court, Billiards, Table Tennis, Gymnasium/Health Club, Beauty Parlour, Library, Restaurant, Lounges, Recreation Halls, Bar, Guest Rooms, Roof Garden, Banquet Hall etc.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CLUB
To provide sporting, social and literary activities to its Members.
To perpetuate the names of any patrons of the Club as determined by the governing body with the approval of the Members.
To diffuse useful information among its Members.
To do such other things which are incidental to the attainment of the above Objectives.
To provide an atmosphere of relaxation to its Members an atmosphere of relaxation to unwind after the days long work.
Visakha Music & Dance Academy
Visakha Music Academy was launched on the Vijayadasimi day in 1969 by the collective will of Rasikas in this splendorous city of Visakhapatnam. Promotion of fine arts in general and classical Indian music, dance and drama in particular formed its core objective. Needless to mention that the Academy inherited a rich legacy in these cultural forms that we also owe a duty to sustain them for posterity.
Visakha Music Academy has been arranging a concert every month regularly, a week long festival annually, in which eminent artistes from all over the country are featured. We also provide platform for projecting the young artistes by organizing mini festival of music and dance annually and present awards and certificates of commendation.
The Academy has thus been rendering yeomen service to the music fraternity during all these 37 years right from the formative years since 1969. The Academy acknowledges with gratitude the gracious support being received from lovers of music and philanthropists.
To the Vizagites, KALA BHARATHI is a synonym for culture and concerts. With a seating capacity of 800, comfortble air conditionong and sound proofing, it is the most popular hall in town and is booked all year long. Be it concerts, lectures, drama or ballet, this hallowed stage has seen them all. In more ways than one, it mirrors the cultural face of india locally. Muscians, dramatists and singers representing different parts of the country are often seen weaving the magic of their skills to the ever full auditorium.
Old Light House
Built to warn the cargo ships that arrive at the city’s port of the troubled sea conditions, the lighthouse is much more than a utility. It captures the hearts of the locals and the occasional tourist who watch it swirl its beam across the moonlit sea, reminiscent of some past fables of love.
The Fort Ward, the Sivalayam Ward, the Seetharamaswamy temple Ward, the Godey Ward and The Chengalaraopeta Ward are the oldest parts of the town, with historic landmarks still existing. The Old Light House building is one of those few remaining land marks. Tales are still told among the old fisherman of this lighthouse and its now ancient source of light that was, to the men of the past, a marvel.