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Visakhapatnam was named after the God of valour, Visakha. Once a small fishing village, it formed part of the Kalinga Empire, under Ashoka in 260 B.C., passing successively from the Andhra kings of Vengi to the Pallavas, Cholas and Gangas. In the 15th century, Visakhapatnam became part of the Vijayanagar Empire. It was transformed into a port town under the British. Now a bustling industrial and commercial city, it is the site of the country's largest ship building yard.

Visakhapatnam Tourist Attractions

Kailasagiri is located on a hilltop and is a must to visiting place for all people visiting Visakhapatnam. The charming hill on the seafront, affords a breath taking scenic view, especially towards Bheemunipatnam.

Rishikonda Beach

Just 8 kms from Visakhapatnam is the Rishikonda Beach, a golden, unspoilt beach, washed by the sun-warmed sea.

Ramakrishana Beach

One of the loveliest beaches on the East Coast, the Ramakrishna beach is a favorite resort for tourists visiting Visakhapatnam.

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park

The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is located in Visakhapatnam amidst the scenic eastern Ghats of India, flanked by hills on either sides and Bay of Bengal on the east.

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