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About Visakhapatnam - Andhra Pradesh Tourism

Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is a major city of Andhra Pradesh known among travellers for its beaches, hill ranges and valleys. The city of Visakhapatnam gives a nice treat to the tourists with its beautiful beaches amongst the low ranges of hills, lush green parks on hilltop with panoramic view of sea, cave formations in surrounding region, and religious tourist attractions. Visakhapatnam is also well known among travellers for being the largest ship building yard in India, with major port and cargo activities. A must visit for tourists travelling to Vizag are the amazing limestone caves known as Borra Caves located about 90 km from Visakhapatnam. 

One interesting travel fact of Visakhapatnam is that it is surrounded by three amazing hills, with the shrines of three different religions on the three hills. There is Venkateswara temple on the Sri Venkateswara Konda hill, Church of the Virgin Mary on Ross hill and the tomb of a Muslim saint, Baba Ishaq Madina Dargah on Dargah Konda hill.

Primarily an industrial city, Visakhapatnam got its name after the god Vaishaka, Hindu god of valour. Vizag is the second largest city of Andhra Pradesh, which is a rising commercial city of India with lot of heavy industries and steel plants, along with ship building yards. Interestingly, India's first ship named Jala Usha was launched here. Visakhapatnam is also one of the largest fishing ports of India, that handles large amount of seafood exports. 

Visakhapatnam History - Andhra Pradesh Tourism

According to puranas, Visakhapatnam was ruled by King Visakha Varma during before Christ and was named after him. According old texts, the region of Visakhapatnam was part of the Kalinga kingdom that lost to king Ashoka in the bloodiest battle that resulted in king Ashoka to embrace Buddhism. There are multiple Buddhist sites that have been excavated around Visakhapatnam in recent times. The territory of Visakhapatnam was then ruled by the Chalukyas and Pallavas. Later the Mughals ruled the region under the Nizams of Hyderabad.

   

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