is the largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, both in terms of area and population. Situated n the coast of Bay of Bengal in the north eastern region of the state, this city is also the Financial Capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is the chief commercial hub of the state. Nestled between the Eastern Ghats mountain range and the Bay of Bengal, Visakhapatnam
is often termed as the Jewel
of the East Coast, and the Goa
of the East Coast.
The city is part of the Golden Quadrilateral system of n Highways connecting Chennai
. It is also connected by NH 5
. It boasts of a comprehensive network of roads, and is served widely by SRTC buses. Railway Station provides direct rail links to several parts within as well as beyond the state. The plan for metro rail project in the city has already been submitted to the Andhra radish Government and its first phase is expected to be completed by 2018. Airport is the busiest airport of the state, and is connected by daily flights with Dubai
, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, as well as various domestic locations. Besides, Visakhapatnam
also serves as the gateway waterway for Andhra Pradesh, and hosts one of the largest ports of the country. It is one of the cities selected to be developed as a smart city.
The real estate industry of the city has received a major boost due to the high GDP coupled with innumerable attractions that are dotted all over the city and its outskirts. More and more professionals are flocking in to the city seeking various positions in the companies and industrial units operating here, which has consequently enhanced the demand for property in the city. Suryabagh, Nagar, Jagadamba Centre, Maddilapalem
, are some of the prominent localities in the city. The prices are also expected to witness a steady rise along with the large-scale infrastructural as well as industrial developments.
One of the prime tourism destinations of the state, Visakhapatnam
is famous for its beaches, caves and the Eastern Ghats, besides its wildlife sanctuaries. The most popular places of interest include Dolphins Nose, Lighthouse, Kailasagiri, Beach Road
, VUDA Park, Visakha Museum, and Matsyadarsini (an aquarium). I Kursura Submarine Museum boasts of being the only one of its kind in India. one can find a variety of wildlife species in the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park. krishna Mission Beach, Beach, Yarada, Bheemili, and few others are the well-known beaches here. Religious sites such as ISKCON Temple, Simhachalam temple of Lord Narasimha, Sri Kanaka Maha Lakshmi, are of great importance. Other
tourist attractions in the vicnity include Araku Valley, Borra Caves, Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary, Kondakarla Ava, etc. The city hosts 7 crcket stadiums, some of which are Indira Priyadarshini Stadium, ACA-VDCA Stadium, and Port Trust Golden Jubilee Stadium. When it comes to academics, Visakhapatnam
is considered to be a major educational centre of the state, and it hosts institutions such as Andhra Medical College, the GITAM University, Andhra University College of Engineering, IIM-Visakhapatnam
, n Maritime University, Damodaram Sanjivayya Law University, amongst others.