Places To Visit In Visakhapatnam While Out With Your Near And Dear Ones

Araku Valley

Visakhapatnam is an industrial centre as well as a port city in the state of Andhra Pradesh. While numbers of tourist Visakhapatnam attractions that you can explore with your family, friends or even on a solo trip are huge. During the 6-century, the city of Visakhapatnam was part of the Kalinga Kingdom. As per the various archaeological remains, the city seems to have been built back in around the 11-century or 12-century. The oldest shipyard of the country is present in the city and it is also the eastern coast’s only natural harbour. The city is also popularly known as the Jewel of the East Coast as well as The City of Destiny.

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Top 8 Places To Visit In Visakhapatnam

  1. Araku Valley
  2. Katiki Waterfalls
  3. Kailasagiri
  4. Submarine Museum
  5. Rishikonda Beach
  6. Dolphin’s Nose
  7. Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary
  8. Yarada Beach

1. Araku Valley

Araku Valley is one of the Visakhapatnam attractions places. It is an unexplored location that is mostly visited by the locals. It is an ideal weekend getaway destination located at around a distance of 120 kilometres. Surrounded by undisturbed beauty of Mother Nature, this hill station is blessed with lush green landscapes and pleasant climate. The best part of exploring the Araku Valley is the train that leads you to the place. The train leaves early in the morning, makes way through more than eighty-four bridges and fifty-eight tunnels and takes around five hours to get you to the beautiful valley. Travel through breath-taking landscapes to reach this hidden paradise. Nestled in the Eastern Ghats the valley is home to a number of tribal population.  Some of the attractions in this valley apart from the landscape are the popular tribal caves as well as the renowned Museum of Tribal Arts. The place is also quite popular for its coffee so make sure to try the local coffee and buy some to take home for yourself and your friends and family. For the adventure buffs, there are a number of fun and adventure activities that can be undertaken here. Some of the many such activities include swimming, trekking etc.

Distance from City Centre – 80 kilometres

Visiting Hours – Can be visited anytime

Time to Explore the Place – You can spend as much time as you want here but the place can be covered within almost a day.

Entry Fee – No entry fee

2.  Katiki Waterfalls

Katiki Waterfalls

The renowned Katiki Falls originates from the Gosthani River and is situated at merely a distance of ninety kilometres from the city of Visakhapatnam. While visiting the waterfalls you can also explore the Borra Caves. This is one of those visakhapatnam tourist places that attract a number of nature buffs and picnickers. The undisturbed natural surroundings, the lush greenery around, and the rugged paths attracts a number of trekking enthusiasts to this place. While exploring the place you would get a taste of a number of delicacies especially cool coconut water and bamboo chicken. The waterfall falls from a height of 50-feet and gives a breath-taking view to the viewers. The sound of the water falling from such a height along with birds chirping around with the aroma of wet mud altogether gives a perfect feel. You can also enter the cool water of the falls at the base if you wish to. The ideal time to explore this place is during the monsoon months when the water flow and the greenery around is at its peak.

Distance from City Centre – 70 kilometres

Visiting Hours – Anytime during the day

Time to Explore the Place – 1 to 2 Hours

Entry Fee – No entry fee

3. Kailasagiri

Kailasagiri is another attractive addition to the places to see in Visakhapatnam. It is a beautiful hilltop park for visitors to explore. The hill lies at an elevation of 360-feet, which overlooks lush green forests, beaches as well as the city of Visakhapatnam. If you wish to have a bird’s eye view of the city then this place is the one you should explore. There are a number of leisure activities that one can get involved in while visiting this place. The kids can take a ride on the circular train that the place features while the grown-ups can enjoy paragliding. There are also two massive sized idols of Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati, which adds a religious flavour to this destination. All in all, it is a great attraction for every visitor willing to explore the city of Visakhapatnam. The ideal time considered to visit this marvel is during the winter months.

Distance from City Centre – 15 kilometres

Visiting Hours – 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Time to Explore the Place – 2 to 3 Hours

Entry Fee – Entry fee is INR 5 per person. In order to take a cable car two-way trip, the cost is INR 75 for adults and INR 40 for kids.

4. Submarine Museum

The popular Submarine Museum is one of the favourite visakhapatnam tourist places if you’re planning to visit the city, especially with kids. The highlight of this museum is that it is situated within an actual submarine named the INS Kurusura. It was the fifth submarine of the country. The museum is quite conveniently located on the renowned RK Beach of Visakhapatnam quite close to the War Memorial, which can also be explored along with the museum. Situated near golden sands and blue waters this museum is located in picture perfect surroundings. This place is visited by all those who possess a curious mind. The museum features a number of artefacts, pictures etc., which are historical remnants of the stories related to patriotism, strength, and sacrifice by renowned warriors. The place provides an insight to the viewers as to how tough life on a submarine can be. Back in the year, 2001, INS Kurusura was decommissioned after serving the Indian Navy for almost thirty-one long years. After which it was turned into a museum in order to spread awareness about the Naval Forces of the country. In order to offer a clearer view to the visitors, the submarine was reframed and rearranged from within. The Eastern Naval Command is the name behind the launch of this interesting project. In Asia, this submarine museum is one and the only place, which features such a unique concept. This museum should definitely be on your list of Visakhapatnam attractions.

Distance from City Centre – 12 kilometres

Visiting Hours – 2:00 PM – 8:30 PM on all the days of the week except for Mondays. The museum stays closed on all Mondays.

Time to Explore the Place – 1 to 2 Hours

Entry Fee – Entry fee for kids is INR 20 and that for adults is INR 40. For carrying Still Photography Camera inside the premises of the museum you will be required to pay INR 50 while that for a Video Camera is INR 500.

5. Rishikonda Beach

Rishikonda Beach

The popular Rishikonda Beach is one of the most peaceful beaches of India. It features pristine waters, golden sand, and an amazing landscaped surrounding for the visitors to admire. Nestled conveniently on the Bay of Bengal coast, this beach is also popularly called as the Jewel of the East Coast. The undisturbed and well-maintained beauty of the place is what makes it stand out amongst all the other similar places. The view of the Rishikonda Hills from the beach is another marvellous sight to witness and enjoy. This is one place where you can unwind and relax with family and friends. In fact, in case you’re looking to indulge in some adventure-filled water sports activities then this beach offers it all. Take a long walk on the beach or simply take a dip in the cool waters. It is quite popular amongst both local as well as foreign travellers. Experiencing the sunrise as well as the sunset from this beach is no less than a marvel for any visitor.

Distance from City Centre – 21 kilometres

Visiting Hours – Sunrise to Sunset

Time to Explore the Place – 1 to 2 Hours

Entry Fee – No entry fee

6. Dolphin’s Nose

Nestled on the south of Visakhapatnam, the Dolphin’s Nose is a 174-meters high headland made up of rocks. It is named so because the rock resembles the nose of a Dolphin. The rock look’s quite fascinating as the nose seems to be protruding to the Bay of Bengal. While visiting this place you can also visit the lighthouse, which is located nearby. This lighthouse is used by ships and is capable of being seen from as much as 64 kilometres. There is also a pleasing hill located nearby named the Dolphin Hill at the backside of the lighthouse, which features an amazingly peaceful and scenic secluded beach place named Yarada. Make sure to explore them all while in the city.

Distance from City Centre – 4 kilometres

Visiting Hours – Any time of the day or late evening

Time to Explore the Place – 1 to 2 Hours

Entry Fee – No entry fee

7. Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary

Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal example of a combination of evergreen meadows and dry seasonal forests. It showcases natural harmony and is an outstanding place to visit for all the wildlife lovers, nature lovers, photography enthusiasts etc. It is one of those places to see in Visakhapatnam, which would give you an adrenaline rush. You can spot a number of animals here living peacefully in their natural habitat. Some of the many animals that you might spot include panthers, spotted deer, jackal, wide dogs, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar etc. The entire time that you stay inside the sanctuary you would be able to hear constant chirpings of the birds that dwell within. The entire experience is no less than amazing.

Distance from City Centre – 16 kilometres

Visiting Hours – During the day and morning time.

Time to Explore the Place – 3 to 4 Hours

Entry Fee – The entry fee is INR 10 for Adults, INR 5 for children, INR 200 for the entry of vehicle inside the sanctuary, which in turn includes an entry fee for five individuals, INR 250 for a cottage, INR 15 for trekking per person and INR 150 for trekking for 10 people.

8. Yarada Beach

Yarada Beach

This mesmerizing beach is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal on one side and lush green hills on the other three. With golden sands and blue waters, this beach is a secluded one that you must explore while in the city on Visakhapatnam. The sunrise and sunset view from here is no less than heavenly. The place is beautifully dotted with banana and coconut trees, which further adds to the beauty of the place. You can also enjoy refreshing coconut water here while relaxing on the beach. Relax and enjoy making castles with the sand or even take a dip in the clear water of the beach. All in all, if you are looking to spend some quality peaceful time then this is the place to be.

Distance from City Centre – 6 kilometres

Visiting Hours – 24 Hours

Time to Explore the Place – 2 to 3 Hours

Entry Fee – No entry fee.  But you have to pay INR 30 in order to enter a property named the Arigold Property as well as to get access to the shops and restaurants here.

All in all, Visakhapatnam is a beautiful city that has a lot in store for you and your travel buddies. In order to get the maximum out of your trip, you must work on getting a planned itinerary made along with all the bookings done in advance such that no hassles are faced while on your trip. Happy Planning!! Happy Holidaying!!

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Varsha

Born in a big city, Varsha finds her heart in small towns. A free spirit, who loves to wander places in search of stories, within stories. At the end of a long day, she finds her therapy in long aimless walks and conversations, with the Moon.

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