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Tourism In Visakhapatnam
Masonic Temple

Incepted during medieval times, Freemasonry is a worldwide fraternal organization. Its members are joined together by shared ideals, both moral and metaphysical in nature, and in most of its branches. By a common belief in a supreme being.

This age old group has been active in the city for the last 110 years. The Hamilton memorial on the beach road is being used as a Masonic temple where the freemasons gather regularly as a lodge.

Sampath Vinayaka Temple

No new vehicle in the city moves without the blessings of Lord Sampath Vinayaka. Such is the faith that the people of the city have in this deity and such is this temple’s popularity.

E.O Sri Krishnaji Rao, Chairman Sri T.S.Rajasekharan


Srikurmam is located in the Srikakulam district and is about a 100 km from Visakhapatnam. It derives its name from the Sri Kurmam temple of Lord Vishnu.

Polamamba Temple

The Karakachettu Polamamba is an integral part of the city’s religious scene, touching the lives of hundreds of residents of the city. Goddess Polamamba the presiding deity of the temple is also the local goddess for the surrounding villages.

The Polamamba Jatara, which is held every year in the temple, brings in crowds from a number of villages around the city.

Timings: 5.00 am to 9.00 pm
Tuesday: 4.00 am to 9.00 pm


Situated on the banks of the river Pampa, this sacred Hindu pilgrim center is located on a hilltop - Ratnagiri. The Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy Temple here is visited by a large number of devotees every year. It is believed that one’s wishes would come true if a virata (fasting) is performed here.

The main festivals here are Bhima Ekadasi, Kalynotavam and vysaka Ekadasi.

Simhachalam Temple

Simhachalam temple is situated 16 km from Vizag amidst lush green hills. The beautifully carved 16-pillared dance hall and the 96-pillared cultural hall showcase the architectural brilliance of the era that used to be. The presiding deity is Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy.

Umarukoteswaralayam, Srikakulam

Out of the five shivalingas blessed by Balarama along the bank of river Nagavali, this is the fourth one. Inscriptions on the Utsava idols tell the tale that this temple was found during the Salivahana Era. Popularly known as Kotilingala temple, it attracts large number of pilgrims during Mahashivaratri and Karthikamasam.

Venkateswera Swamy Konda

The third important hillock of the city has a temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswera. According to the Telugu inscriptions, a British Captain Blackmoor built this temple in 1886. From here one can view the port channel which was the entrance of the inner harbor for ships and liners.

Darga Konda

This magnificent hill has a mosque and a shrine dedicated to the Muslim saint Sayed Ali Medina alias Ishaque Madina, who is revered for his prophecies. This is the third of the trinity of hills.

Gurudwara Sadh Sangat

The Gurudwara at seethammadhara is the city's most famous and frequented religious place of the sikhs. As the name aptly describes, these Gates to the Master” are always open, no matter who seeks refuge within the sanctum.

Umalakshyeswaraswamy Alayam, Srikakulam

This temple was constructed 150 years back on the south bank of river Nagavali in Gujarathipeta by a saint. It is believed that by worshiping these Nagabandhams, couples are blessed with a child.

Sri Venkatesweraswamy Alayam, Gujarathipeta

This temple which is situated on Narayana Thirumala Hill near river Nagavali is famous for being constructed on the lines of Thirumala. Before entering the main temple there is a big stature of garuda is said to be the tallest in AP. The main deity in Garbhagudi sanctum sanctorum is formed of black stone and is beautifully carved. Two Utsavamurthis of Padmavathi, Alivelumanga are present on both sides of main deity.

Nadeeswaralayam, Bendi

Historical evidence establish the fact that this was constructed by Cholas. It is a 50 ft, rock cut ancient temple with beautiful architecture which resembles Someswaralayam of Srimukhalingam.

Jagannadha Swamy Alayam, Tarlakota

Situated at the main entrance of the once upon opulent palace of Tarlakota is the Jagannadha swamy temple. The majestic structures with numerous carvings of religious deities of yore that adorn the walls of the temple with a touch of erotica.

Balaji Temple, Tarlakota

It is the representation of the ancient cultural architecture of Odissi style gifted to Srikakulam district. This temple resembles the Radha Govindaswamy temple of Meliaputty.

Vasudevamurthy Alayam

This beautiful temple was built by Raja Hara Mana Deo, the erstwhile Jamindar of Mandasa. We find the temple with myriad forms of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Unique feature of the temple is the presence of erotic figures on the walls of the temple.

Kodandaramalayam, Sompeta

This temple occupies an important place in history. The outer side of the temple was lavishly decorated with sculptures of black stone.

Seetharamaswamy Temple

The famous Seetharamaswamy temple was built by Bobbili kings 350 years ago. The idol of the presiding deity is unique as it is carved out of a single black granite stone with Seethamma sitting on the lap of Ramaswamy. The main temple bears an impressive array of beautiful sculptures.

Sangamesweraswamy Alayam, Sangam

It is the third Shiva Linga blessed by Balarama along the banks of river Nagavali. The name of the place is derived from the confluence of three holy rivers Nagavali, Vegavathi and Suvarnamukhi.

Sangamaiah, Sailada

It is a cave temple where Sangameswera Swamy was found inside the cave near Amadalavalasa. At the time of pongal every year, a 3 day festivals is celebrated.

Gowrimaninageswera Temple Kallepalli

It is the 5th and last shivalinga out of 5 shivalingas blessed by Balarama at the end of Dwaparaugam along the bank of river Nagavali. The specialty here is that the shivalinga is in 2 parts in the form of Arthanareswera and it is believed that the first part is Shiva and second half is Parvathi.


It is the only temple in India where the tortoise incarnation of Lord Vishnu (Kurmavathara) is worshiped. The intricate carvings on the 108 black granite pillars of Parikrama are distinct and of special attraction to visitors.

Madinababa darga

It is one of the most interesting tourist shrines where people of all religions worship. People have the belief that those who visit this place and take the blessings of Baba will have their wishes fulfilled.

Hatakeswaraswamy Alayam, Singupuram

It is the only cave temple of Srikakulam district on Sindura hill inscriptions on the pillar establish that it was constructed during 11th century A.D. Every year in the month of Chaitram, Kalyasotsavam is celebrated for 9 days.

Srimukhalingam, Dakshina Kasi

Srimukhalingam is popularly acclaimed Dakshina Kasi. The sculpture in the temple is virtual lyric on stone. The three most beautiful temples are famous for Kalinga architecture.

Vendalamallikarjunaswamy Alayam Ravivalasa

It is one of the most revered pilgrim centres of Srikakulam district. Legends trace its origin to Tretayuga, the mammoth Sivalinga of this temple is believed to have been growing in height since its construction.

Radhagovindaswamy Temple (Kajuraho OF AP)

Radhagovindaswamy temple at Meliaputti was built by Veeraveerendra Pratap Rudra Gajapathi Narayana Deo. Popularly known as Kajaraho of AP. The exquisite carvings on the temple walls convey the message of the Vedas. The dome is decorated with 108 lotuses of which every flower is unique in its shape.

The Vuda Childrens Park

If you are holidaying with kids... don't forget to visit this park. With dancing musical fountains, boating facility, skating ring and camel & horse rides - the kids are going to be thrilled.

Tenneti Park

Located on the beach road, this is where you can enjoy your evenings with sea view and cool breeze. Also around are food courts and a big screen show where you can watch movies.


This is a paradise of every film marker and nature lover. Located near the steel plant, your most cherished beach fantasy comes true here. Gangavaram has a beautiful stretch of beach, lined with palm trees along the coast. One can laze on the hammock, while gentle waves play hide and seek with the coastline.

Sivaji Park

A beautiful park with seasonal flowers and trees all around.

Timings: 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Entrance fee: Adults Rs 5/- Children Rs 3/- (5 to 12 years)

Lumbini Park

It's a beach park near by Kailash hills, where one can have a good view of the Lord Buddha statues.

Timings: 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
Entrance fee: Re 1/-

Padmapuram Gardens

This erstwhile vegetable supplying centre for the soldiers of Second World War is now a botanical garden. This repository of rare species of flora is a riot of colours and blossoms.

Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Entrance fee: Adults Rs 10/- Children Rs 5/-

Mudasarlova Water Park

Situated in a valley framed by hills, this picnic spot is famous for its pretty parks and scenery. Another highlight of the place is an excellent golf course.

Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Entrance fee: Adults Rs 5/- Children Rs 2/-

Chitrakote Tirathgarh Waterfalls

Chitrakote falls is a natural wonder situated about 330 km from Visakhapatnam. It is often referred to as a miniature Niagara falls.
According to geologists the water was more than a hundred feet higher about a thousand years ago.

Sunnapugedda & Mettuguda Waterfalls

One of the most beautiful sight seeing places for lovers of adventure tourism, surrounded with green forests and lush green paddy fields.

MGM Selvee World

This is a must visit for those visiting the place with kids. With numerous joy ride and gardens, MGM Selvee World will be huge hit with the younger crowd.

MGM Diamond Beach resorts (P) Ltd,
Beach road, VUDA Park,
Visakhapatnam – 530 017.
Tel: +91 891 2505129 / 2720000
Fax: +91 891 2720009

11.00 am – 8.00 pm Monday to Saturday
10 am - 8.30 pm on Sunday and Public Holidays

Tariff Rs 180/-
Entry + 3 Rides Rs 30/- per head for APTDC's Customized Tourist

VUDA Children's Theatre

Managed by Visakhaptnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA), this theater is exclusively meant to showcase the talented kids. In addition to the many child oriented programs, regular film shows for children are also held here. Entrance is free.

Gurajada Kalakshetram

Gurajada Kalkshetram is an open air auditorium.
This huge amphitheater that rises up in semi-circular tiers can seat 1200 people. And houses many a evening dedicated to art, drama and Telugu culture. Rightly named after one of the greatest writers of the literary world, Gurajada Venkata Appa Rao, this auditorium lives up to the tradition of culture and art that the great writer stood for.

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park

This will delight the children and adults alike as you watch the wild Africa come alive. Situated in between NH-5 and Beach Road, the park spreads over an area of 625 acres. It has around 700 animals belonging to 89 species.
Highlights: Deer safari, Nocturnal animals, Toy train, Drive across the zoo, Shanty Sarovar and Bay of Bengal view points.

Telineelapuram, Bird Sanctuary

It is a tiny quiet village near Tekkali that plays host to the Pelican and the painted stork of Siberian migratory birds. It's a place of great interest for nature lovers. A must visit during winter.


Kondakarla in Atchutapuram mandal, is about 50 km from Visakhapatnam. Famous for its lake which attracts birds from far and wide, it's truly a breathtaking spectacle. Also present is the oldest temple of Sri Venkateswera swamy of Upmaka village.

Kambala Konda

With a deer park, bird park, cozy cottages, canteen, environmental education, nature trails with well trained local guides this is quite a family destination. Everyone is sure to have fun here. Do not miss a visit to the nearby zoo here.

Timings: 9.00 am to 5 pm
Entrance fee: Adults Rs 10/- Children Rs 5/-

Tatipudi Reservoir

Tatipudi Reservoir was commissioned in 1967. The yield from this source is 100,00 lakh gallons per day.

Maximum water level of the reservoir +297.00 Ft
Low water level of the reservoir +251.00ft

Madduvalasa Reservoir

The largest natural reservoir of the district was commissioned in 1977. About 15000 acres of land is under cultivation with the advent of this project.

Meghadrigada Reservoir

This source was commissioned in the year 1979. The drawl was increased to 100.00 lakh gallons per day in 1989.

Maximum water level of the reservoir +61.00ft
Low water level of the reservoir +44.00ft.

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1: Kondakarla in Atchutapuram mandal, is about 50 km from Visakhapatnam. Famous for its lake which attracts birds from far and wide, it's truly a breathtaking spectacle. Also present is the oldest temple of Sri Venkateswera swamy of Upmaka can book Online Bus Ticket also .
Posted by: aparna - 23 Apr, 2013
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Anil replied to: aparna post - 23 Apr, 2013