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VISAKHAPATNAM CITY INFORMATION

    Visakhapatnam earlier known as Vizagapatamis a port city on the southeast coast of India in the state of Andhra Pradesh and often called "The Jewel of the East Coast". With a population of 20,91,811 and occupying 681.96 square kilometres .It is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam district, and the second largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh and the third largest city on the east coast of India after Chennai and Kolkata.Visakhapatnam has been recognised as a Global City of the Future by McKinsey Quarterly.

    Vizag has an intercontinental mix of people from various parts of the country. It is enclosed on three sides by partly covered mountain ranges. The south eastern city is protected by the Bay of Bengal. Vizag is far away from any international border, both land and sea, making it the choice for planned placement of the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command. is one of the North Eastern Coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and it lies between 17o - 15' and 18o-32' Northern latitude and 18o - 54' and 83o - 30' in Eastern longitude.

    The city has always been an important place on the map right from ancient times. Vizag is a successful industrial city in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh with a busy port, huge dry dock and a successful ship building industry. Just a short drive away is the Rishikonda Beach. The port of Vizag is a major landmark. Vizag is considered an important centre for quality education in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The city has developed into a hub for many heavy industries. It is so secure that it is the only city in India with such huge industries like Vizag steel plant, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, and some major organizations like Shipyard, NSTL, Naval Command, and yet the largest tourist destination in the state; definitely puts it among the safest places of India.

    Kailasagiri charming hill on the seafront, sprawled over 100 acres of hill area, and rising 304 mts. above sea level, presents a breath taking scenic view, especially towards Bheemili. It has been developed as an attractive picnic spot. View points with roof and cement seats are located at different places on the hill to enjoy the serene atmosphere and scenic beauty and the whole city can be viewed in a panorama through seven vantage points on this location. The magnificent Shiv Parvathi statues with lighted mountains in front are worth seeing. Sankaram, Chakram and Namam fully lighted in the night are visible from almost all parts of the city.

    Rushikonda golden, unspoiled beach at Rushikonda washed by the sun-warmed sea, will keep you mesmerized. Green and picturesque, this beach strip falls beside the road from Visakha to Bheemili. This spectacular beach is picturesque with massive sand dunes creating a spectacular geographical formation which supposedly remind one of the famous Kovalam Beach in Kerala. This is a favorite among the holiday makers. The A.P. Tourism Beach Resort "Punnami" offers a breathtaking view of the sea.

    Borra Caves million years old, fascinating Borra Caves, located about 90 kms. from Visakhapatnam, have magnificent stalactite and stalagmite formations and are a fantasy in limestone. Deep in the caves, a Sivalingam and an idol of a cow (Kamadhenu) can be found. Tribals vehemently vouch for the religious significance of the Borra Caves. Woven into intricate formations, the crystal white calcium stones are seen in the various forms. The Borra caves are brightly illuminated by mercury, sodium vapor and halogen lamps.

    Appikonda is a small village situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. It assumed religious importance owing to the existence of a Siva Temple containing a life-sized bull carved out of Black stone.There are many temples near the Siva Temple but they are covered with sand dunes and their Gopurams are only visible. They were recently excavated. The Siva temple contains inscriptions dating back to the 12th century A.D. These inscriptions mention that this village was granted continuance by a commander-in-chief of the Cholas so that devotees could continue to worship in the temple. The Sivaratri festival celebrated here is attended by a large number of devotees.

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