Vizag (Nicknamed for Vishakhapatnam) is one of the most populated cities of Andhra Pradesh. Obviously that’s not why I planned to visit it. Well, to be honest I didn’t plan to visit at all. This was one of those sudden random plan that we all so love and it was such a success. We went in the month of February for a weekend. I started from Bengaluru via Hyderabad flight and was extremely tired by the time I finally reached, since the halt was endless, or at least it felt like it.
Vizag has a small airport and direct flights too, in case that makes you wonder. I was accompanied by my friend who was travelling on a direct flight from Bengaluru. Yepp, that sucks!! Anyways, the 1st thing you notice when you land or arrive to a new place is the roads. Roads are extremely well maintained and I will keep talking about it though the blog.
The idea of being in Vizag was to chill at the beaches, but we had more to cover. Speaking of beaches, we did cover the major ones. 1st day or evening to be exact was RK beach. I am still wondering if it was a hard luck or good luck that there was a fest going on through the entire weekend that we were there. RK beach was super flooded with locals. The best part about a fest is, well of course the food and food stalls. We munched a little and walked by the beach.
The thing about the east coast and west coast is that the beaches around west coast will always be calmer than the east coast. Since Vizag is by the eastern coast, the waves are relatively higher and hence, NO SWIMMING. Apparently to a beach lover that is ever more refreshing and exciting as the sound of waves crosses right through your head. After spending some time there it was time to head to the next beach so we moved towards Rushikonda. That’s known for being a tourist beach and also has water sports. Since we had specific dinner plans we picked a resort by the beach and adored the serenity.
The itinerary for day two was Borra Caves. Borra means Hole, which literally means the names is Hole caves. Well, at least I thought that’s funny. Moving on, Borra Caves is about 90 kms away from the city of Vizag. So if you have Borra on your list, that’s all you can do for the day. Needless to say that it was very humid during the day and eventually became double the hard work we had to do to explore. The caves are relatively smaller and nicely highlighted by spotting lights. By the end of it is tiny shrine of Lord Shiva which was pretty much the toughest climb. It doesn’t take more than an hour to explore every corner of the caves. Like always the best comes at last, so during out return we got bamboo chicken. Yep, that’s right, chicken cooked inside of a hollow bamboo branch and it would have been a mistake to miss it.
Few important facts I learned about the place was that Vizag is a semi developed city and well equipped with industrial area. The largest industry is Vizag Steel and fuel comes after that. It’s very less populated and hence it’s relative that it’ also has much less traffic compared to any metro city, also despite of the industrial development it’s less polluted which kind of ironic. I found a lot of greenery around which seems to be balancing the environment and making the city look beautiful.
Driving through the beautiful coastal roads we got a chance to visit the Navel Dockyard, another highlight of the place. An officer and friend took us for a live submarine tour which was an eye opener. That was the moment I though, no matter how many movies we watch, nothing beats the real thrill. It’s was a detail tour followed by docked ship tour. I sure have a lot thing in my list that I am never going to forget, this one definitely took place in the top five. However, if you happen to visit Vizag and still want a Submarine tour which no reference in the navy, there is submarine museum on RK beach which give an entire tour for just 40 bucks. Yay!!
Next day we went to visit Bojjana Konda. The place is around 30 Kms from city. It is Buddhist rock-cut cave and to reach there we had to climb a lot of stairs. People who are not used to climbing will have difficulties as the stair height is too much.
After Bojjna konda, we went to Kailasagiri. Kailasagiri is a hilltop park in the city. It is most visited place by tourist in Visag as on the top of the peak you can find Shiva-Parvati Statue.
I must have mentioned earlier that Vizag isn’t much of a tourist attraction with the least to no night life but it’s sure is a once to visit spot due to it’s uniqueness. Beautiful stretch of coast roads, perfect infra, well planned city and of course the beaches and their howling waves of midnight. It was and will be a trip to be cherished.