Visakhapatnam, the port city, holds the distinction of being the second largest city of Andhra Pradesh. Sited on the eastern coastline of India, amidst the hills of Eastern Ghats, Vizag serves as the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam District and the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. It is also known as the 'City of Destiny' and makes the domicile of one of most advanced steel plant of India, along with numerous heavy industries.
The City of Destiny has one of the largest ports in the country, the
oldest shipyard and the only natural harbor on the eastern coast of
India. Vishakhapatnam also embraces the esteemed Andhra University in
its expanse. Rivers like Godavari and Indravati flow across the city of
valor. A huge rock, by the name of Dolphin's Nose, makes the most
remarkable landmark of the port city. As per the folklores, Vizag was
named after Vishakha - the God of Valor.
The port city had been ruled by the Kalingas, Pallavas, Cholas and
Gangas in the earlier times. It became the part of Vijayanagar Empire in
the 15th century. Along the seashore of the Bay of Bengal, Visakhapatnam
served as a major trading center for the Europeans, the Dutch, the
French and the English to export textiles, indigo, etc. Besides being a
shipbuilding centre, Vizag has number of attractions that make it an
amazing destination for tourism.
The sun-kissed beaches, deep valleys, ancient temples, excavated
Buddhist sites, impressive monuments, atypical museum, lofty hills and
many more pleasurable sites serves as a major boost to the tourism
industry, calling on people to enjoy amidst the natural beauty of the
city. Travel to Visakhapatnam and experience the splendor of sandy
beaches, ruddy laterite hillocks, downy roads and spectacular landscape
of this 'Goa of the east coast'.