The Rama Krishna Beach, or RK Beach as it is commonly called is the closest beach park you can reach from the heart of the city. Of course, the beach is one of the best tourist spot in Vizag. Spreading through the edge of the sea, the R.K.Beach is a great picnic spot to spend time with your loved ones. Singles of course always get mersmerized in the dreams sitting at the beach shores. People from round the world come here to enjoy the cool breeze. Young Children spend their Sunday and Holiday evenings here playing with sand.History says that the RK Beach has a lot to do for the city to get its name.
Many believe that there is a temple of Vaisakeswara, the beachpresiding deity, in the be ach just outside the present East Coast Battery. The temple is believed to have been built between the 11th and 12th Century by the Chola Kings. The temple even had a mandapam built by Sabjarayya Chetty, a shipping merchant. Of course, the temple is no longer there but grand fathers who stayed in the city often say that their great grand fathers few generations ago often used to visit the temple as a pilgrimage!
A visit to Visakhapatnam is surely incomplete without a visit to the Beach. The Rama Krishna Beach, or RK Beach as it is commonly called is the closest beach park you can reach from the heart of the city. Of course, the beach is one of the best tourist spot in Vizag. Spreading through the edge of the sea, the R.K.Beach is a great picnic spot to spend time with your loved ones. Singles of course always get mersmerized in the dreams sitting at the beach shores. People from round the world come here to enjoy the cool breeze. Young Children spend their Sunday and Holiday evenings here playing with sand.
The city administration has taken additional care to make the beach a more entertaining place to be in. RK Beach is jointly developed by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) and the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA). The VUDA Park, the Matsya Darshini (Acquarium), the Submarine Museum, Visakha Museum, Swimming Pool, Yoga Village all will temp you spend more time here.
Kailasa giri is located on a hilltop and is a must to visiting place for all people visiting Visakhapatmam. It is one of the prominent hill top parks with panoramic sea view on the East Coast. This has developed as an attractive picnic spot, with the seven different beautiful view points to enjoy the serene atomosphere and scenic beauty. Greenery and Fresh Breeze from one side and the beautiful hills round there give a pleasant feeling. Some of tkailasagirihe important points are Shiva Parvathi Statue, Shanku Chakra Naama, Floral Clock,J ungle Trails, Food Courts, 7 Wonders of Vizag, Shiva Temple, Titanic View Point, Shanti Ashram, View Points, Art Gallery, Road Train, Gliding Base Point, Children Play Park, Conference Hall, Telescopic Point. Kailasagiri is a favorite location among the filmmakers all over India. The major attraction of the park is Lord Shiva Parvathi statue. The idol of Lord Shiva a top the hill stands tall at a height of 40 ft.The floral clock one of the biggest of India with a diameter of 10 ft. The floral clock gives an artistic impression on the lush green patches on the backdrop of the Shiva Parvathi statue. It stands as a land mark and attracting huge crowds.
Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex is a famous hilltop monastery on the coast in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It lies on the way to Bheemili town on a hill about 128 mts. The complex is 128 meters above sea level overlooking the sea of Thotlakonda. The name Thotlakonda has been derived from the presence of a number of rock-cut troughs hewn in the bedrock of the hillock. These were used for storing water that used to be purified with herbs. thotlakondaThotlakonda remained under the influence of ancient Kalinga region. This place served as an influential source of dissemination of Buddhist culture to Sri Lanka and various parts of south-east Asia. It provides an insight into the process of Trans Oceanic diffusion of Indian culture, especially Buddhism. Thotlakonda came into existence while an aerial survey by the Indian Navy for setting up a Naval Base was conducted. Since its discovery the Andhra Pradesh State Archaeology Department during 1988 – 1993 have carried out major excavations. During such excavations a Hinayana Buddhist complex that was flourished 2000 years ago was found out. The site proved to be ideal for the Buddhist monks to build a monastery complex here. There is water tank to the South of the complex that was the source of water for the inhabitants of the monastery. Many nearby sites in Visakhapatnam district like Bavikonda and Pavuralakonda also came into existence along with Thotlakonda. According to various researches there has been no royal patronage for this monastery. Thus the traders and local believers seem to have supported the complex. Presently Thotlakonda has the capability to accommodate more than 100 Buddhist monks. The complex has arrangements for storing food, clothing, medicines and served as a religious cum academic centre. Hinayana Buddhism appears to have been practiced here which involved worship of Gautama Buddha through symbols like Pudukas and other material remains and not in human form.