Visakhapatnam, population 19 lakhs pronunciation is a port city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the eastern shore of India, nestled among the Eastern Ghats Hill Ranges and facing the Bay of Bengal to the east. The city is about 650 km northeast of Hyderabad. The city is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam District.
Alternatively, it sometimes goes by its now mostly defunct colonial British name, Waltair. During the colonial era, the city had at its hub the Waltair railway station, and that part of the city still goes by the name of Waltair. It is sometimes also referred to as The City of Destiny.
The city is home to several state owned heavy industries, and has one of the countrys largest ports and its oldest shipyard. It has the only natural harbour on the eastern coast of India.
Andhra University, a prominent seat of education in Andhra Pradesh, is located here.Vizag is primarily an industrial city, apart from being a Tourist Destination. It draws tourists to its unspoilt beaches, nearby scenic Araku Valley and Borra caves, the 11th century Simhachalam temple, and ancient Buddhist sites spread across the area.
The city boasts a submarine museum, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, at Rama Krishna Beach.