Introduction Visakhapatnam, popularly known as Vizag, is a beautiful fast growing metro city in the East Coast of Andhra Pradesh. The city is liked by all as it provides a peaceful ambiance to them. The city is full of activities round the year and is has a number of tourist attractions in and around the city. It has many beautiful beaches which are the most sort out places for the people of all age groups. Kailasagiri in Visakhapatnam is one of the famous hang out places which provides a beautiful view of the Bay of Bengal from the hill and enchants the visitors.
About KailasagiriKailasagiri in Visakhapatnam is a beautiful and famous hangout place. It is a small hillock which is at a height of 360 ft above the mean sea level and is one of the favorite places of the local people. The view point in the hill offers a picturesque and spectacular view of the sea. There is a massive sculpted idols of Lord Shiva and Parvati in sitting posture and hence the name Kailasagiri - the abode of Lord Shiva. There is a huge Vaishnavite symbol of Nammam, Sankham and Chakram on this hill which stands as an icon particularly in the night-time and adds beauty to the place when these are illuminated at night. From the hill top, visitors enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal sea and its beaches - RK Beach and Rushikonda Beach.
Kailasagiri is full of attractions, such as:
Tourists / visitors of all age groups can enjoy a ride in the Rope Way / Cable Car which starts from Appu Ghar to reach Kailasagiri and it provides an impressing view of the city. Every year the Horticulture Department of the state hosts a beautiful Flower Show on Kailasagiri for three days mostly during the months of January / February. There is a wonderful display of hundreds and hundreds of varieties of flowers and this show attracts a large crowd from the nearby places as well. And this show is in fact a feast for the eyes which provides a pleasant and mind recharging atmosphere. The tourists / visitors take home memorable events with them after they make a visit to this beautiful place.
How to reachVisakhapatnam is easily reachable by planes, trains and buses as well. The city is located on the main line of the Howrah-Madras line and hence is easily reachable by train.
There is plenty of accommodation available in this city which offers luxury as well as budget hotels to stay. Located in the city limits, Kailasagiri is easily reachable by bus and cabs as well. One can even climbs the steps and reach the hill top which is an enjoyable exercise for those who are keen in loosing their weight.
Kambaalakonda - the eco tourism park and Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Simhachalam are the other important places to visit in Visakhapatnam.
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The author has presented the Kailashgiri Park in Vishakhapatnam in a nice way. There seem to be lot many things in addition to the hill and the children's park as is common to many other parks in the country. The floral clock is worth the mention.
The clay models of the 7 wonders of Vizag is also quite interesting and need to be seen to appreciate the efforts.
The article creates interest for visiting the park in the city.
I have visited this place in Vizag. Definitely, a place to visit. While giving other places worth visiting in Vizag the author has forgotten to add many other places. Ramakrishna Beach, Beach Road, Bhimili beach and Dolphin's nose are very famous places to visit in Vizag. In this summer times in the evenings after 5 PM, if we go and spend some time at the beach, we will completely relax and will forget about the heat during the daytime. Andhra University in Vizag is one of the old Universities and a very good place for education. The Kanakamahalakshmi temple and Sampath Vinyakar temple are also worth visiting.
Visakhapatnam is spectacularly beautiful. It is a valley, with hills on one side and the sea on the other. The hills are generally lush and form a breath-taking backdrop.
There is an entrance fee to be paid if you drive up the Kailasagiri Hill. The best time to visit the place, according to me, is in the evening, because you can get stunning panoramic views of Vizag city, by night. The twinkling city lights create quite an outstanding display.
Also, the author has mentioned ‘road train' as one of the attractions. If there is any such attraction on Kailasagiri, I haven't seen it. There is, however, a toy train that runs on tracks. The ride takes you along the periphery of the hill and allows you a bird's eye view of the Bay of Bengal and the city.
There is also a meteorological observatory on the hill that can be visited. It is open on all days of the week between 6:00 hours and 19:30 hours. It is a must visit, as it can be informative and educative.
I also want to make a correction to what has been mentioned in the response by Dr Rao. Dolphin Hill is a restricted area, owned by the Indian Navy and general tourists are not allowed. However, it is definitely an interesting spot - it gives awesome views of the channel and the entrance to the Vizag Harbour and Ross Hill.
Dr. Rao garu, I haven't forgotten about the other attractions. The focus was on Kailasagiri hills and I just gave the internal links to two of my articles.
I'm not sure whether it is a toy train or a road train but I think that it is a road train or it could be a circular train that is of half-an-hour ride. The train has transparent sidewalls that are made of tinted and tough slide glass. I have attached a picture of this circular/road/toy train which has glass slides, in the article.
And regarding Dolphin's nose, yes it is a restricted area but so far to my knowledge it is not the entire hill but a large stretch of the hill houses navy's quarters and is restricted to tourists. But there are certain parts of Dolphin's nose that are not restricted and tourists are allowed here. However, tourists have to take a round about route to reach the hill.
I have ridden on the train and walked on the tracks, so am certain that it is a railroad.
Dolphin Hill was home to me, so I am familiar with the layout. The main hill is restricted and entry to unauthorised people is prohibited. People can only cross past the hill on a road that runs parallel to it. It is not the same as being to the Hill. This road leads to Yerada Beach. The main attractions on the Dolphin Hill are the viewpoints and the Light House, which are out of bounds. There is nothing else to see or do on the Hill, as the nose is its main attraction. The other parts are just a series of connecting hillocks. Yes, tourists have to take a ‘roundabout route', via a village in Gajuvaka, but only to cross the hill, not access it. I'll have to check if the rules for entry have now been changed, but knowing the security risk, I think the old ones will still be in place.
There was another beach just below the Dolphin Hill called the HSL Beach. It has been taken over by Hindustan Shipyard, and entry is now prohibited. An interesting feature here was two jetties that were built on ships that had run aground. The outline of the ships was clearly visible.