Visakhapatnam or Vizag, shorter version, is one of the cleanest and relaxed cities from India. I came here at the recommendation of my host in Agra looking for a place to relax and enjoy the good weather. As a solo female traveler, I would say that it is pretty safe and easy to explore. Actually, another reason to come here was the curiosity of how they treat the women in the south part of India.
1. Visakhapatnam Port is one of the 13 Major Ports In India and the only one of Andhra Pradesh. It is India’s second-largest port by volume of cargo handled. That’s why you should pay a visit to the fishermen harbor.
Fishing is one of the main occupations in Visakhapatnam. A lot of people are dependent on the sea and the harbor for their living. If fishing is a men’s job, drying the fish is done by women just outside the harbor.
I tried to speak with some women about their job, I didn’t succeed so well. The official language here is Telugu and English is not so common. Charvi and Dhitya are working in the sun all day, it takes three to four days for the wet fish to dry after applying salt on them. They were surprised to see me there but happy to show me what are they doing even if we didn’t understand each other.
2. Being a city on the sea, Vizag is known for its beautiful beaches. One of the most famous is the Rama Krishna Beach. It is a spectacular long beach on Bay of Bengal and gets its name from the Ramakrishna Mission ashrama across the Beach Road from the park.
16 kilometers outside the city is located Rishikonda Beach, one of the most beautiful, cleanest and popular beaches in Vizag. Here you have different options of practicing sports water because the waves are pretty high.
3. I invite you to enjoy the city panorama from Kailasagiri, hilltop park. It’s a wonderful place where you could relax and take beautiful photos of the city and the sea. I went there by cable car and the ticket was 100 rupees.
4. Visit the first Submarine Museum from South Asia. It’s about INS Kursura (S20) which was a diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy. Kursura was commissioned on 18 December 1969 and was decommissioned on 27 February 2001 after 31 years of service. She participated in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Since 2002 it became a Museum ship and if you didn’t have the chance to see the inside of a submarine, you should definitely visit it. The ticket is only 40 rupees and if you want to take pictures, you could pay an extra 50 rupees.
5. Have a moment of silence enjoying the panorama from Ross Hill Church. It’s a very beautiful place where you could see a perfect sunset. It’s close to the harbor and you could easily reach the sea from there.
The best time to visit Vizag is between October to March because the temperatures could go very high during summer. The food is amazing and the fruits the same, you should definitely try Biriyani with chicken. The people are welcoming you and you don’t feel them staring at you. I felt safe walking by myself. All in all, Vizag is a destination that you shouldn’t miss from India.