Bestowed with verdant landscape and pristine beaches, Visakhapatnam or Vizag is a port city and a prominent industrial centre along the east coast of India. From a nondescript fishing hamlet to a booming economy, Vizag’s growth has been exponential. Vizag proudly hosts India’s oldest shipyard and handles a large chunk of exports for an assortment of critical minerals. It derives its industrial clout mainly from heavy industries including steel. Being the focal point of Indian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command, Vizag wields a lot of strategic importance.
Industrialisation in Vizag was primarily focused on capital-intensive manufacturing units. Now the city is embracing IT, electronics, and financial services biggies. The proposed Information Technology Investment Region in the City of Destiny will add a feather in its already bejeweled cap. Medical tourism is making Vizag its stronghold at a rapid pace. A key oil refinery of the region operates from Vizag. It is expected that the upcoming cluster dedicated to petroleum and allied products will put Vizag on the radar of massive petroleum investments.
Visakhapatnam Airport is 7 km from the city. APSRTC operated buses are the principal means of transport. Due to its proximity to Bay of Bengal, Vizag is hot and humid. Temperatures stay between 29-36°C. Often compared with another tourist paradise, Goa, Vizag is a must-see destination on the east coast. There are a plenty of mesmerizing attractions in and around Vizag. The spectacular views of the unspoiled beaches like Rishikonda, Kambalakonda, Ramakrishna, Bhimili, and Gangavaram or the lush vegetation of Araku Valley will enchant you to the hilt. Places of interest also include Borra Caves, Submarine Museum, Simhachalam, War Memorial, and Jagadamba Junction.