"VISHAKHAPATTNAM: An Industrial City Made Touristy!" Vishakhapatnam by goutammitra

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An Industrial City Made Touristy!

Visakhapatnam , (popularly known as Vizag) is a port city on the southeast coast of India. With a population of 1,730,520, it is the second largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh (after Hyderabad) and the third largest city on the east coast (after Chennai and Kolkata). Visakhapatnam is located 625 kilometres (388 mi) east of the state capital, Hyderabad and 890 kms from Kolkata. The city is home to several state-owned heavy industries and a steel plant; it is one of India's largest seaports and has the country's oldest shipyard. Visakhapatnam has the only natural harbour on the east coast of India.

The city was named after Visakha, the Hindu god of valour. It is nestled among the hills of the Eastern Ghats and faces the Bay of Bengal on the east. Visakhapatnam is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. Visakhapatnam has been nicknamed The City of Destiny and, more recently, the Goa of the East Coast. Like Goa, it has attractive beaches, laterite hillocks and a pleasing landscape. It is also a focus of urban and tourist development.
In addition to being an east-coast seaport, Visakhapatnam is an industrial city. Part of the city is known by its colonial British name, Waltair; during the colonial era, the city's hub was the Waltair railway station and the surrounding part of the city is still called Waltair.

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  • Pros:The very beautiful city emerging as IT Centre
  • Cons:Narrow Roads
  • Last visit to Vishakhapatnam: Mar 2013
  • Intro Written Mar 9, 2013
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