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Visakhapatnam Tour Packages by Taj Holidays

With stretches of sand lapped by the waters of the Bay of Bengal, Visakhapatnam has a seaside-resort vibe with a distinctly Indian flavour. Enjoy its many beaches, its historical sites and the warmth of its people – ingredients that make for an interesting holiday.

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Souk In The Natural Beauty
Drive 112km outside Visakhapatnam to the beautiful hill-station of Araku Valley. Enjoy the lush greenery, waterfalls and streams that dot the valley, and wander through the Padmapuram Botanical Garden, the Government Silk Farm and the Tribal Museum.
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Think Gold
Visakhapatnam’s gold stores have long been clustered around Kurupam Market. Walking past the little shops in the narrow lanes might well reward you with the now-rare sight of goldsmiths, bare to the waist, melting gold and ornaments in their crucibles.
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Indulge Your Inner Bookworm
8:00 AM
Established in 1916, the iconic Gupta Brothers Books now has branches across the city, with the largest at Dwaraka Nagar. All its outlets still offer the same great variety of reading material.
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Take Home Local Handicrafts
Open :10:00 AM-8:00 PM
Look for souvenirs at the state government-run Lepakshi Emporium, which always has a wealth of local handicrafts, paintings, wood-carvings, toys, dhurries and other artefacts on offer. Ask for the Cherial folk paintings of scenes from Indian mythology.
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Hit The Beaches
Visakhapatnam is a city of beaches. Pick between the 4km-long Ramakrishna Beach, which has a great promenade for strolling, Yarada Beach, Lawson’s Bay Beach and Rushikonda Beach, which also offers facilities for speedboat cruising.
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The Borra Caves
The atmospheric Borra Caves house a marvelous collection of stalactites and stalagmites in a variety of shapes. Look for Lord Shiva and Parvati, a lion reaching out to make the kill, Lord Hanuman and a Shivlingam. Do carry your own torch.
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The Submarine Museum
Open :2:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sited within the decommissioned INS Kurusura, the Submarine Museum on Ramakrishna Beach is a fascinating showcase of life under the sea, in the form of artefacts, photographs, written scripts and instruments. Six guides and a curator – all retired Indian Navy personnel – add to the experience.
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Enjoy The Views From Kailasagiri
Rising over Beach Road, Kailasagiri Hill offers panoramic views of the city and the stunning coastline from seven viewing stations. In the public park on the hill, you will find a cable car, a toy train, giant statues of Lord Shiva and Parvati, playgrounds for the children and a few cafés.
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Simhachalam
Open :7:00 AM-9:00 PM
The temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu at Simhachalam has incredible inscriptions dating back to the 11th century, as well as a 13th-century main shrine with carved stone panels. Located 16km outside Visakhapatnam, it is Andhra Pradesh’s second-most visited temple after Tirumala
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