Vishakhapatnam a Treasure Trove of South India
Vishakhapatnam is enveloped in a thick foil of nature, accentuated by the beautiful beaches blending miraculously in the cliffs, Visakhapatnam is truly the treasure trove of South India. This place has everything a traveler wants to witness in his journey. From breathtaking mountain views, natural caves, temples, coffee gardens, museums to beautiful beaches, this place has something special to offer for every traveler. I visited this place in the middle of November last year, and the area tempted me in every possible way it could.
Here I am writing about a few places on my favorite list.
Kailasagiri is a hilltop park in the city of Vishakhapatnam. The hill is at 360 feet, and it overlooks beaches, forests & the city of Vishakhapatnam. It is one of the city’s best tourist spots for a bird’ eye view of the bay.
Kailasagiri Park is well known for its panoramic view, peaceful atmosphere, and scenic beauty, making it a beautiful tourist attraction in Vishakhapatnam. The place offers plenty of leisure activities which is also one reason for people visiting the site.
For small children, the circular train is there for fun and enjoyment. Moreover, among adventure games, it gives visitors really good paragliding facilities. Apart from that, Lord Shiva and Parvathi’s huge idols provide the place with a religious flavor.
Simhachalam temple is an ornate shrine revered for being one of the most important temples in the region.
The tower is perched atop a hill 800 meters above sea level and is dedicated to Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Vishnu himself. Simhachalam Temple is embellished with extremely detailed stone carvings and design and can be spotted from a distance.
This place speaks about the glorifying culture of the state.
The temple’s serene ambiance made me want to sit down for a few hours and contemplate life in general.
The Katiki waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in the state. The resplendent waterfall cuddle in the lap of mother nature boosts a glorious addition to the state’s ethnicity. These waterscapes are charming in every way and can lure any traveler towards it easily. The picturesque scenery enriches the beauty of the falls.
It is a famous attraction for picnickers and nature lovers.
The natural landscape surrounding the waterfall is lush green and goes through an uneven path that adds an adventure element to the visitors trekking their way to the waterfall.
The cool breeze, the greenery, and the soothing sounds of the Katiki Waterfall will take off all the worries in one’s mind.
The 50 feet high natural formation is a breathtaking sight from a distance.
Katiki Falls is the place to be for those who wish to rejuvenate their souls.
How About Getting Some Vitamin Sea?
The city of Vizag and its beaches go hand in hand. With enticing seashores spread along the city’s coast, Vizag has around half a dozen serene beaches.
While some serve as a source of fun and adventure, some serve as a source of peace and serenity.
Araku valley is blanketed with lustrous green forests and very famous for the cultivation of coffee. You can taste the exquisite coffee of the valley along with the handmade coffee chocolates right at the heart of the hill station. Here the coffee is grown by a group of farmers who engage in organic practices and are cooperative.
How to Reach Araku Valley
Getting to Araku is plain sailing. The hill station is located at a distance of 114 km from Visakhapatnam (a 3-hour journey).
By Air: The nearest airport is located in Visakhapatnam. From there you can hire a taxi.
By Rail: Araku also has a railway station. Trains generally run from Visakhapatnam. There are several AC/ Non AC buses running on the route as well.
The Borra Caves are situated nearly 92 km from Vizag.
The caves are over a million years old and have stalactites and stalagmites, and are beautifully lit up in different colors.
One has to walk down into the caves and walk quite a bit to see it entirely. There is a small shiva idol placed inside as well.
The experience once inside is simply amazing.
The masterpiece crafted in the hand of nature is a must-visit for travelers.
Those who have a problem walking could avoid the caves. There are bats inside, but they are quite harmless. Food and water are not available once you are inside the gates. There is a small cafeteria outside.
The coffee museum exhibits the history of coffee and sells a variety of coffee and chocolates. You can enjoy handmade chocolates and delicious filter coffee here.
Aarku Tribal Museum
The Tribal Museum in Araku Valley is a very interesting place for tourists.
Araku Tribal Museum is 200 m away from Araku Bus station and is on the main highway towards Araku to Chaparai. Araku tribal museum is a nice place of Araku which explores the tribal culture of Eastern Ghats. This Museum was established in February 1996 by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation aimed to Preserve and display Tribal Culture.
This Museum showcases tribal lifestyle, which is showcasing utensils made of Iron and Mud, the wedding ceremony of Tribal. This Museum showcased day in day out activities of tribal by Clay Monuments. Kitchen tools, Jewellery, and Hunting tools of Tribal are also showcased in this Museum.
The locals informed us that the most interesting part of this Museum is Dhimsa live dance perform by local Tribal at limited time slots.
The Museum is inside an actual submarine, INS Kurusura, which was India’s 5th submarine. The Museum is situated on RK beach, near the War Memorial in Visakhapatnam. The beautiful scenery of the clear blue waters and golden sand on the beach serves as a perfect location for the Submarine Museum.
There are several food kiosks on the way that serve snacks and beverages, especially Bamboo Chicken and fresh Coconut Water. I love south Indian food, and this place had filled everything that my soul needed. If you want Indian foods, a multihued, gastronomic experience, then don’t miss this place. Guarded by sea, south Indian cuisines are mainly featured by seafood, and the food is a fiery affair and medley of flavors. You will fall in love with the food.
Best Time to Visit the Place
I would suggest the best time to visit the place is from November to February. During this time when you can enjoy the site the most.