According to the history, the city was named
after the god of 'Valor-Vishakha'. It was a part of the Kalinga
Kingdom, under Ashoka's rule in 260 B.C. It passed on later to the
Andhra Kings of 'Vengi'. After this Pallava, Chola and Ganga dynasties
ruled the city. In the 15th century, Vishakhapatnam became a part
of the Vijayanagar Empire. The Europeans, the Dutch, the French and the English established
themselves from the 17th century onwards and used this as a major
trading center to export textiles, ivory, tobacco, indigo etc.
This port is well documented in the histories of these colonial
powers as well as in Indian historical records. This coast played
a major role during the reign of the Asaf Jahis and the Golcondas
The beaches of Vizag enthralls the tourists and rejuvenates the
mind and soul to the hilt. Away from the din and bustle of the city,
the clean beaches attract tourists in great numbers. Swimming, sun
bathing, playing beach volleyball or simply sitting under the cool
shade of a tree and reading a book are the favourite pastime of
many. Equally thrilling and esmerizing are the sunrises and sunsets
here. Of the wide array of beaches in Vizag, Ramakrishna beach and
Lawson's Bay are the oveliest. Water sports are also gaining popularity
on the beaches.
R.K.Beach is the most popular beach in the sense that, you can find
the locals hanging out during the hot summers, and relatively less
hot winters. On weekends and holidays, one can see that the entire
beach comes alive, but not in a western sense where people take
a plunge in the water, or surf. You can see people dressed in their
best clothes, just sitting on the benches, or walking along.
Located 11kms away fro
the city, this has become a popular tourist spot that even the locals
frequent. A lot safer to wade into than the R.K. Beach, cradled
among hills, this used to be an excellent beach away from the madding
crowds. AP Tourism Development Corporation is having its Beach Resort
(Punnami) on the hillside overlooking the beach.