City Guide: All About Visakhapatnam, The Jewel Of The East Coast

Popularly known as Vizag, the city is home to the oldest shipyard in the country, ancient temples and spectacular caves
Visakhapatnam, the largest city of Andhra Pradesh, is a beach paradise
Visakhapatnam, the largest city of Andhra Pradesh, is a beach

Sprawling along the pristine waters of the Bay of Bengal, Visakhapatnam, the largest city of Andhra Pradesh, is a beach paradise. Boasting stretches of golden sand kissed by tranquil waters, the city has picturesque waterfalls, lush forests and scenic hill stations. Popularly known as Vizag, the city is home to the oldest shipyard in the country, ancient temples and spectacular caves.


Visakhapatnam, a coastal city located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, boasts a rich cultural heritage and is home to several historical sites. The city's history dates back to ancient times and is evident in its temples, museums, and monuments. 


Museum of Cinema

Inaugurated in 2016, the Museum of Cinema in Visakhapatnam is a true testament to the enduring power of cinema. Its exhibits are a celebration of the creativity and ingenuity that has defined the film industry for over a century. A visit to this museum is not just a trip down memory lane but a beautiful reminder of the rich cultural heritage that is embodied by the world of cinema.

Address: Ramanaidu Studios Rd, Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530048

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (Mondays closed)

INS Kurusura Submarine Museum
INS Kurusura Submarine

INS Kurusura Submarine Museum

As the first submarine turned into a museum in Asia, it stands as a testament to the ingenuity and bravery of the Indian Navy. The museum features a variety of exhibits that highlight the various components and equipment that were utilized by the submarine during its service. Visitors can explore the radar room, control room, sonar room, and even get a close-up look at the weapons that were used during times of war. The displays are designed to be both informative and engaging, making it an educational experience for visitors of all ages.

Address: RK Beach Rd, Kirlampudi Layout, Chinna Waltair, Pandurangapuram, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530017

Timings: 2 pm to 8.30 pm (Tuesday-Saturday), 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 8.30 pm (on Sundays), Monday closed.

Entry fee: Rs 40 for adults, Rs 20 for children

Bojjana Konda features a life-size Buddha statue at its entrance
Bojjana Konda features a life-size Buddha statue at its

Bojjana Konda

Bojjana Konda, situated in Sankaram near Visakhapatnam, is a captivating rock-cut cave showcasing the cultural and religious heritage of the 4th-9th century. Paired with Lingalakonda, it features a life-size Buddha statue at its entrance and reveals the three phases of Buddhism - Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. The narrow passages display intricate carvings, offering a glimpse into the art and architecture of the time. Bojjana Konda is a time-travel experience, a harmonious blend of art, religion, and culture, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts, spiritual seekers, and those interested in India's rich heritage.

Address: Bojannakonda Rd, Rebaka, Andhra Pradesh 531032

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

Victory At Sea Memorial

The Victory at Sea Memorial in Visakhapatnam pays tribute to the courageous sailors of the Indian Navy who defended the nation during the 1971 Liberation War. Built in 1996, the monument commemorates their successful defence against a Pakistani Navy attack. Featuring models of missiles and fighter planes from the conflict, it offers a brief glimpse into military history. A visit underscores the bravery and sacrifice of those who secured India's freedom, making it a must-see for military history enthusiasts.

Address: 31, Dr NTR Beach Rd, Kirlampudi Layout, Chinna Waltair, Pedda Waltair, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530017

Timing: Open 24/7

Borra Caves

Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Borra Caves, millions of years old, stand as a marvel of nature with their immense size and stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations. Perched at 1,400 m above sea level, these caves enchant visitors with unique formations and beautiful lighting, showcasing wonders like the "Shiva-Parvathi" and "Mother-Child" formations. Beyond natural beauty, a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva adds a spiritual touch. Borra Caves, a must-visit in Visakhapatnam, captivate with unparalleled beauty and charm.

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

Vizianagaram Fort

In Vizianagaram, 60 km from Visakhapatnam, the 18th-century Vizianagaram Fort, built in 1713 by Maharaja Vijaya Ramu Raju, showcases remarkable square-shaped stone architecture. Inside, intricately designed temples and palaces add charm. The fort's victory tower provides panoramic views of the countryside, symbolizing the Raju dynasty's victories. With a rich history and stunning architecture, Vizianagaram Fort is a must-visit for cultural exploration. 

Address: Jonnaguddi Area, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh 535002

Timings: 10 am to 6 pm


Where To Shop

Lepakshi Handicrafts Emporium

A treasure trove of fascinating indigenous arts and crafts is the Lepakshi Handicrafts Emporium, where you will find paintings, jewellery, handlooms, sarees, Kondapalli toys and wood carvings, among others.

Address: Main Rd, Near Jagadamba Circle, Jagadamba Junction, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530002

Kurupam Market

One of the oldest and most popular shopping destinations in the city, Kurupam Market is a vibrant and bustling marketplace located in the heart of Visakhapatnam. It is a must-visit for tourists who want to experience the local culture and pick up some unique souvenirs to take home.

Address: Near Town Kotha Rd, Port Area, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530001

Old Book Market

If you are a bookworm and love to spend time at a bookstore, then the Old Book Market in Visakhapatnam is the place for you. Located at Purna Market, the Old Book Market sells second-hand books. You can also exchange your old books or sell them here.

Address: Purna Market, Jagadamba Junction, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

What To Shop

Araku Coffee and Chocolates

Explore the scenic Araku Valley, renowned for versatile coffee production. Indulge in Araku Valley Coffee's chocolate flavors at Hut Arabica in Vizag, offering unique varieties like peanut butter, coffee biscuit, coconut, honeydew, and honey with almonds.

Ikat weaving in process
Ikat weaving in

Sarees (Puttu, Ikat, and Pochampally)

Immerse yourself in the local fame of sarees, including Pochampally and Puttu, with a range of patterns and colors. Jagadamba Junction and CMR Central Shopping Mall in Visakhapatnam are popular hubs for saree shopping, featuring Kalamkari designs.


Visit Lepakshi Handicrafts Emporium to discover specially designed goods such as figures of Gods, Buddha heads, and animal figurines. The Eastern Art Museum showcases contemporary artworks and handicrafts, offering a collection of home and personal décor items reflecting Indian art culture.

Etikoppaka Toys

Experience Vizag's exclusive handcrafted Etikoppaka toys made of soft wood, covered with lacquer, and eco-friendly dyes. These innovative and practical toys are available in almost every handicraft shop in Vizag, making them perfect eco-friendly gifts.

Kalamkari Paintings

Explore intriguing Kalamkari paintings of different textures and sizes in Vizag. Originating from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, these paintings depict scenes from sacred texts using intricate hand-painting techniques. Visit stores at Jagadamba Junction and Lepakshi for the perfect painting reflecting art and history.


Street Food


Indulge in Punugulu, a delectable snack made from rice and urad dal batter, deep-fried, and served hot. Visit Punugulu Karam in MVP Colony for the best experience, arriving before 7 pm to avoid crowds. Pass the Chutney, near the LIC Building, is another recommended spot for this mouth-watering treat.

Kebabs by the Sea

No visit to Vizag is complete without savoring its kebabs and seafood. Head to Raju Gaari Dhaba near Rushikonda Beach for a variety of non-veg delights, including the must-try Prawn Fry with a captivating beach view.

Masala Batani on the Beach Roads

Explore the city's beach roads for the delightful Masala Batani, an inexpensive street food made with chopped onions, boiled peas, lemon, and tomatoes. Ideal spots include the famous RK Beach, close to the Submarine.

Egg Bonda is a popular street food in Vizag
Egg Bonda is a popular street food in

Egg Bonda

Dive into the unique flavours of Egg Bonda, a popular street food where eggs are dipped in a spicy gram flour batter, deep-fried, and served with tangy chutney. Find the best Egg Bonda near Cafe Coffee Day in MVP Colony, promising a flavorful experience that will leave you wanting more.

Fine Dining

Bamboo Bay @ The Park

The menu offers an excellent variety of Andhra, Chettinadu and Mughlai cuisine, all of which are delicious and will leave you wanting for more.

Address: VUDA Park Light House, Dr NTR Beach Rd, near Visakhapatnam, Jalari Peta, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530023

Percolator Coffee House

Located near the sea and with a dreamy view of the water, is another relaxing place that serves all cafe food such as pizza, burgers, fries and more. The cafe has an amazing atmosphere and is an instant hit for its great service and delicious food.

Address: Dr NTR Beach Rd, Near Kalimata Temple, Pandurangapuram, Maharani Peta, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530003

The Bar & Grill Infinity in Hotel Novotel Maharani Peta

The rooftop has breath-taking views of the Bay of Bengal and offers a variety of grilled dishes such as kebabs. It is a perfect place for reconnecting with friends and family or just kicking back and relaxing after a long work day.

Address: Dr NTR Beach Rd, Krishna Nagar, Maharani Peta, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 53000


Diverse Handcrafted Arts

Discover Vizag's centuries-old tradition of intricate handcrafted items, from 18th-century wooden furniture to 19th-century Ivory Inlay work and contemporary shiny brassware. The city's arts, including Kalamkari and exclusive Etikoppaka toys, showcase a charming blend of tradition and modernity.

Dhimsa Dance

Immerse yourself in Dhimsa, Vizag's vibrant tribal dance form resonating with the region's culture. Originating in Odisha, this groovy dance style dominates the areas near Araku Valley and Borra Caves. Experience the magic of rhythmic movements and formations by attending a Dhimsa performance during your visit.

Bookstores for Bibliophiles

Feed your reading spirit at Pages and Book Magic, two beloved bookstores in Visakhapatnam. Book Magic, located in Lawson's Bay, serves as both a library and an edutainment zone for kids. Pages, a haven for book lovers since 2006, fosters the reading habit among the young and old alike.

Jagadamba Theatre Legacy

Witness over 50 years of cinematic history at Jagadamba Theatre, a landmark in Vizag. Established in 1970, the theatre has a storied past of showcasing Hollywood movies and continues to be a symbol of the city's deep connection with cinema. Catch a blockbuster and experience the lively atmosphere, especially during Tollywood shows.

Vizag's Film Industry Contributions

Explore Vizag's influence on the South Indian film industry, with scenic beauty and iconic locations making it a hub for filmmakers. Recognize the contributions of versatile actors like Gollapudi Maruthi Rao and Vizag Prasad, who have left an indelible mark on the silver screen. Visit Vizag to delve into the city's film legacy and witness the pool of talent that emerged from its shores.

Places to Stay


Dolphin Hotel

Dolphin Hotel in Visakhapatnam combines homely comfort with modern amenities. Enjoy serene accommodations, diverse cuisines, spacious banquet halls, and a turquoise pool. With 24-hour check-in/check-out for website bookings, it's your ideal spot for a comforting stay in the heart of Visakhapatnam's city center.

Address: 75 Feet Road, Dolphin Hotel Jct, Daba Gardens, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530020

Price: From INR 4,900 per night

Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach

With 225 sea-facing rooms, fitness center, outdoor pool, and the Calm spa, Novotel Varun Beach promises an unmatched 5-star deluxe experience. 

Address: Dr NTR Beach Rd, Krishna Nagar, Maharani Peta, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530002

Price: From INR 12,000 per night

The Gateway Hotel-Visakhapatnam

The Gateway Hotel-Visakhapatnam features 95 rooms, including Deluxe Balcony Suites, providing a panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal. Situated 16 km from the airport, 6 km from the railway station, and 2 km from the city center and shopping district.

Address: Dr NTR Beach Rd, Pandurangapuram, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530002

Price: From INR 7,280 per night


Keys Hotel 

Keys Hotel in Visakhapatnam offers a comfortable and convenient stay with a total of 107 rooms available in four different categories. Guests can dine at the Keys Cafe, a multi-cuisine restaurant, or enjoy drinks at the Unlock Bar. In-room dining is available 24/7, and guests have access to the gymnasium for fitness needs. 

Address: 75 Feet Rd, Dolphin Area, Daba Gardens, Allipuram, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530020

Price: From INR 2,238 per night

Ginger Visakhapatnam 

Ginger Visakhapatnam, Gajuwaka, features 57 luxe rooms with city views. The hotel boasts a fitness centre, a restaurant, and a spacious banquet facility accommodating up to 350 guests. Positioned in the commercial heart of Gajuwaka, it provides convenient access to major corporate hubs and the Steel plant.

Address: 27-8-308/1/1, Sri Ram Nagar, Srinagar, Near Vadlapudi Railway Gate, Vadlapudi, Visakhapatnam 530046 India

Price: From INR 3,268 per nightget

Getting There

By air: The nearest airport is Visakhapatnam International airport.

By train: Visakhapatnam railway station is 6 km away and is connected to major cities in South India.

By road: Visakhapatnam has a well-connected road network and inter-city buses are also available. There are several bus services, both private and government, that operate to and from Visakhapatnam to various cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring states.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Visakhapatnam is from October to March. During this time, which is winter, the weather of the region is pleasing and comfortable.

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