Visakhapatnam is the largest city, both in terms of area and population in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal in the north eastern region of the state. The City is a harmonious blend of the magical past and the bustling present with a breath taking panorama of golden beaches, lush green fields, verdant valleys and splendid monuments from a historically rich and religious heritage.
Matchless in beauty and landscape, Visakhapatnam is said to have derived its name from the deity 'Visaka' ( the God of Valour). The history of the town can be traced back to Ashoka the Great (272-232 B.C) when this was a small fishing village of the Kalinga Empire. Later on this Port town successively passed on from the Andhra Kings of Vengi to the Pallavas, Cholas and the Gangas and then later in the 15th century Visakhapatnam became a part of the Vijaya Nagar Empire. The British took charge of this beautiful land and transformed it into a busy and flourishing Port town.
This beach is just 8kms from Vizag and has goden sand and surf with sea and has hill cottages overlooking the grand ocean.
At a distance of about 90-95-km from Vishakhapatnam are the Borra Caves, which attained historical and religious importance.
A charming hill on the northern side of the city, Kailasagiri offers a spectacular view of the long shoreline and the cityspace of Vizag.
The Rama Krishna Mission Beach is one of the most popular beach parks in vizag. It gets its name from the Ramakrishna Mission ashrama across the Beach Road from the park.
Appikonda is a small village located 18-kms from Visakhapatnam which houses the Appikonda temple whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva. Records tells that it was in this place Kapila Maha Muni has installed the idol of Somalingeswara Swamy and thus the name - Kapilakonda which was over the ages changed to Apillakonda and further to Appikonda.
The natural beauty of the place is what attracts tourists from all over the world to the hill station. The Anantagiri Reserved Forest and Sunkrimetta Reserved Forest are a part of the Araku Valley.