Located along the eastern shore of India facing the exotic Bay of Bengal, the port city of Visakhapatnam is a premiere tourist destination in the state of Andhra Pradesh, teeming with culture and history. Often called the Jewel of The East Coast, the city of 1.3 million inhabitants is surrounded by the dense forests of the Eastern Ghats and the Godavari and Indravati rivers. Three gorgeous hills envelop the city, each of which has a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva (Hindu), Baba Ishaq (Islam), and the Virgin Mary (Christianity). No matter where you choose to stay during your visit, nearly all Visakhapatnam hotels are flanked by the stunning natural beauty of scenic hills, cool lakes, gorgeous beaches, and picturesque coves, valleys, and creeks.
After settling in at your hotel in Visakhapatnam near the busy waterfront, hike up to the Kailasagiri Hill Park for great views of the small harbor town of Bheemunipatnam. Explore the caves and flower gardens of VUDA Park, take the kids to the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park—home to more than 400 species of exotic tigers, elephants, crocodiles, lizards, deer, monkeys, panthers, bears, and parrots—and tour the Submarine Museum, the first of its kind in Asia.
Business or Pleasure
Visakhapatnam is also a thriving business center for the country, and as such even Visakhapatnam cheap hotels offer luxe amenities for the executive on the go. After a long day of meetings, head towards Rushikonda Beach, a favored spot for locals come sunset. The road leading there offers some of the best views of the sea and sand, and a host of parks can be found along the thoroughfare. Don't miss the park at Tenneti Beach, constructed on the cliffs of Kailashagiri, and Simhachalam, a hill shrine dedicated to Lord Narasimha which lies just north of the city.