east coastal city is the commercial industrial heart of Andhra
Pradesh's isolated north-east corner the fastest developing cities
in Asia, and is home to India's largest shipbuilding yard. Originally
it was two separate towns- the northern and more urbane Waltair
and the southern port town of Visakhapatnam also known as "Vizag".
From a small fishing village, it has burgeoned into a bustling
port and also an important industrial and commercial city. The
hilly seaside area of Waltair is edged by long beaches affording
views across the Bay of Bengal and the busy Kolkata-Chennai shipping
lane. it is also known for country's largest ship building yard.
At Simhachalam Hill, 10km north of the town, there's an 11th century
Vishnu temple in fine Orissan style. The best beach is Rishikonda,
also about 10km north. It is over 600 kms from Hyderabad. The
most conspicuous landmark at Visakhapatnam is the Dolphin's nose.
Visakhapatnam was named after the God of Valour, Visakha. Once
a small fishing village, it formed part of the Kalinga empire,
under Ashoka in 260 BC., passing successively from the Andhra
kings to Vengi to the Pallavas, Cholas and Gangas. In the 15th
century, Visakhapatnam became part of the Vijayanagara empire.
of the Visakhapatnam
Altitude: 4.5. metres.
Best Season: Throughout the year
Temperature: (deg C) Summer- 39°C and Min. 28°C;
Winter- Max. 29°C and Min. 19°C
Rainfall: 89 cms.
STD Code: 0981