Visakhapatnam City Information
The city is home to the oldest shipyard and is the only natural harbour on the east coast of India. Visakhapatnam is a port city and an industrial center in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, on the Bay of Bengal. It is referred to with many nicknames such as, Goa of the East Coast, The City of Destiny, The Jewel of the East Coast etc. During the East India Company rule in India, the city was known with the name, Vizagapatam which later got transformed into Visakhapatnam and its shortend form, Vizag.
Telugu is the most predominantly spoken language by the native speakers. Two dialects of Telugu are spoken by the people, the common dialect and the Uttarandhra (North Eastern Andhra) dialect. A cosmopolitan population of Visakhapatnam comprise Tamils, Malayalis, Sindhis and Kannadigas and also Odias, Bengalis and Bihari migrants from other regions of India. There is also existence of Anglo-Indian community, regarded as the first cosmopolitans of the city. Hinduism is practised by the majority of its citizens, followed by Islam and Christianity. Surrounded by ancient Buddhist sites, most of which have been excavated recently, Visakhapatnam illustrates the legacy of Buddhism in the region. The area practiced Buddhism for a long time, but the population of Buddhists has waned terribly over the years.
Visakhapatnam is one of the 100 fastest growing cities in the world and has a population of more than 3.5 million. The fishing harbour is one of the oldest and largest in the city, was established in 1926 and provides livelihood for approximately 50,000 people. Over the years, Visakhapatnam has turned from a fishing village into a commercial city with busy streets. Most notable areas of the city include Dwaraka Nagar, Gajuwaka, Gopalapatnam, Jagadamba Centre, Maddilapalem, Madhurawada, Seethammadhara etc.
Visakhapatnam, or Vizag as it was often called, is the best tourism destination in Andhra Pradesh. From lakes to cool beaches, from beautiful hill ranges to caves and valleys, Visakhapatnam has them all. The district has many tourism spots that represent the Culture and Heritage India. The city is famous for beaches, caves and the Eastern Ghats as well as wildlife sanctuaries. About 30% of the city is covered with greenery.
Visakhapatnam has some of the best and the safest beaches in the entire South Coast line of the country. Beaches along the coastline of the Bay of Bengal are Ramakrishna Mission Beach, Rushikonda Beach and Mangamaripeta Beach. It is possible to surf in Visakhapatnam, at the Rushikonda beach. It houses a preserved submarine at the Kursura Submarine Museum. It has been selected as one of the Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under the Smart Cities Mission. As per the Swachhta Sarvekshan rankings of 2017, it is the third cleanest city in India.
The landmarks of the city include Dolphin’s Nose, Lighthouse, Kailasagiri, Beach Road, VUDA Park, Visakha Museum and Matsyadarsini (an aquarium). INS Kursura Submarine Museum is the only one of its kind in India…The Indira Gandhi zoological park in the city has a variety of wildlife species.
The city commuters prefer city buses and auto rickshaws as the primary mode of transport, followed by the two wheelers and cars. Road and rail are preferred for long distance commuting and are supported by Dwaraka bus station and Visakhapatnam railway station respectively. It also has sea and air travel infrastructure such as, Visakhapatnam Port and Visakhapatnam Airport. The sea transport is dealt by Visakhapatnam Port Trust, which operates ships for transporting passengers and cargo to Andaman and Nicobar Islands and future plans to the port city of Kakinada.
You can opt to book bus tickets online to Visakhapatnam at abhibus.com from some of the major cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai etc.
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