Visakhapatnam is, arguably, one of the most beautiful cities in India. A city that is charmingly sandwiched between hills and water, Visakhapatnam has struck a chord with nature lovers since times immemorial. Be it the lush green landscapes, the sparkling blue waters, or even the impeccably well-maintained heritage sites, this city has innumerable tourist spots to catch the imagination of all. Here are 4 such natural wonders in the city that have held us captive.
#1 Erra Matti Dibbalu
About 20 km out of the city, Erra Matti Dibbalu (Red Mud Hillocks) are the naturally formed ravines. These have been formed over the years because of wind currents and soil erosion. These ravines located near Bhemili were once almost 40 Mt high, and now only about 15 Mt high owing to erosion and human interference. The million-year-old vast stretch of red hillock covered by green vegetation with blue waters of the Bay of Bengal on one side provides a quaint feast for the visitors.
#2 Dolphin’s Nose
Dolphin’s Nose, a mammoth rocky headland of about 174 meters high, is situated in the southern part of Visakhapatnam city. The rock resembles a dolphin’s nose is nicely placed at an altitude of 358 meters with its projection to the Bay of Bengal in Visakhapatnam. This elevated rock is also the site for a powerful lighthouse highly useful for the shippers with a light beam that can be seen as far as 64 km out at sea.
#3 Borra Caves
Borra Caves is a popular spot for sightseeing at a distance of about 35 km from Araku. These are a cluster of naturally formed caves which is estimated to be about 150 million years old. The huge caves are well illuminated, and guides are present to give you more information on the natural wonder.
#4 Dumbriguda Chaparai
Situated about 15 kms away from Araku on the route to Paderu, this picturesque picnic spot has charming waterfalls and lush green surroundings. While the currents can be strong in the monsoon, the waterfalls are fun otherwise, though caution is advised.