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Visakhapatnam Travel Guide, India

Visakhapatnam is also known by the names of Vizag, Visakha, or Vizagapatnam in its local language. Visakhapatnam is situated in Andhra Pradesh (a state in South India) and it is one of the famous port cities of India. Visakhapatnam is sandwiched between Bay of Bengal from the eastern side and Eastern Ghats from the Western Side. It is this location which gives Visakhapatnam a pleasant weather and the status of a city famous amongst tourists.

Visakhapatnam is also sometimes referred to as Waltair which was given by the British Rulers. During those days railway lines were laid down in the city and that section of the city where these railway lines were laid is still known by the name Waltair. This section of city is also sometimes called as ‘City of Destiny’.

 The most spoken language in Visakhapatnam is Telugu which is also the local language of Andhra Pradesh too. Although Telugu is the major language still Uttarandhra is spoken by those who have migrated to the city from Vizianagaram, East Godavari, and Srikakulam. Other languages which are spoken in small numbers in the city are Bengali, Oriya, Malayalee plus Hindi being the 2nd most famous language of the city as it is the national language.

Visakhapatnam is also a industrial hub and houses many industries in and around the city. Visakhapatnam is also famous for its world level Steel Plant and the city of Visakhapatnam is India’s largest port. The oldest shipyard of India is also part of Visakhapatnam itself.

Visakhapatnam is second largest in terms of area (which is around 550 kilometer square) when compared to rest of the cities of Andhra Pradesh.

Late in the 12th century, Visakhapatnam was a small town which was famous for its fishing business but slowly the city has grown in terms of other industries and today is fighting with the major cities of India. It was the British Army that actually found the positive characteristics of this port city and they were the ones who started using this port for business. The port of Visakhapatnam was more natural when compared to those in the western part of India. The harbor was finally opened for business in the year of 1933 and soon after Indian independence it went into the hands of India that started using this port city for its economical growth.


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