22 December 2012
Visakhapatnam or more popularly known as Vizag is a coastal
town in Andhra Pradesh. Though Andhra is our neighboring state, journey to
Vizag is a long one at it is at the other end of the state near Orissa!! My
earlier visit to Vizag was when travelled on train from Calcutta to Bengaluru.
I had heard that it was a good place to see beaches and hills together. It was during Christmas holidays last year I
really set my foot in Vizag!! Visakhapatnam was our gateway to our trip Eastern
and Central India.
We took an early morning flight from Bengaluru. The journey
was short which helped us to have our breakfast at Vizag itself. Our hotel was Kinnera Comforts situated in Daba
gardens area. I booked this hotel as it
was economical and tripadvisor had lot of good comments about the hotel. But I
was bit disappointed with the surrounding area being crowded and not so clean. But
anyway we were staying there just for a day. And the hotel allowed us for early
check-in and rooms were clean. What else we need?
We had got up at 3:30AM to catch the flight and so we took
some rest. After lunch, we set for some sightseeing. The first place we visited
was Kailashgiri. It is a hillock near to sea. There is a road till top of the
hill but since Autos could not climb the steep incline, we were dropped at the
ropeway point at the base.
Kailashgiri is a place indented for picnic. The best part of
the Kailashgiri was the views from top of the hill. This is the place where we
can see Eastern ghat hills meeting Bay of Bengal in addition to the landscape
of Vizag at the other end.
Kailashgiri has some parks, children playground area and a
train that circles round the hill. Statues of various Gods are also abundant.
My daughter was not ready to leave the place but then she
was lured by the beach she was seeing from the top. We got down from the
ropeway and continued further to Rushikonda beach. We were now going on Marine
drive with hills on our left and sea on the right. The tourism department has
done a good job of developing gardens next to the sea.
Rushikonda was a nice place to play in the sea and relax.
Another nice place to visit in Vizag is Submarine museum at RK beach.
Labels: Andra Pradesh, beach, garden