Spread on a 1000 Km coastline and 8 districts, Andhra Pradesh has some of the most attractive beaches in India. Sans the noise and crowd, most of the beaches here are quite calm and peaceful. Lie on the smooth sandy beaches and soak the warmth of the sun or simply take a quiet walk barefooted; the golden sands, blue skies, azure sea and abundant greenery around; the beaches here are is just perfect for a soothing holiday. You can also watch the sun rise far in the horizon and appreciate the beauty that is reflected as a reflection in the water. The tranquil and calm encompass all. But that’s not all, for the adventurer at heart; the beaches have plethora challenging options to choose from. Swim along with the waves of the ocean water or dive deep into the water. Sail with the winds or catch the waves while surfing. Cruise in the ocean or flash by on a speed boat. Stroll or just laze around on the beaches with lines of palm trees, clear skies and historical monuments as a backdrop. Each beach in the Vizag vicinity has an activity to choose from.
The Ramakrishna Beach
Just 5 Km from Vizag city centre, Ramakrishna Beach, setting of the famed Submarine museum and Kali temple, also plays host to beach sports. Finely sculpted statues of illustrious persons line the road bordering the beach.
Tip: The fisher folk here can arrange for a deep water angling tour.
Rushikonda beach is irresistibly beautiful and located around 8 km from the city. This is a great place for swimming, skiing, sailing and wind surfing, as the sea here is generally quite subdued and predictable.
Tip: Sea and hill cottages are available for hire here.
Yarada Beach nestled amidst lush green hills, enchanting and safe with shallow water, reaching this beach itself can be an exciting trek. One approach route involves a ferry ride across the Port Channel and a trek on the Dolphin Hill. Alternatively, the drive is a 15 km stretch along a ghat road.
Tip: Catch the sunrise here.
Bheemunipatnam Beach, a great place for a one day excursions and family picnics, is a historical beach with ruins of a fort and a cemetery still there, which was once a Dutch settlement. 24 km from Vishakhapatnam, this beach is safe for swimming. River Gosthani meets the sea here.
Tip: The Sagarasangamam of river Gosthani and the sea is considered auspicious for a holy dip.
Mangamaripeta Beach is a popular beach located in vicinity of Visakhapatnam. It is believed that the region was under the kingdom of Kalingas and later the beach was used to serve as the promotional centre of Buddhism. The beach is popular for Thotlakonda, a hill embracing a Buddhist complex.
Located at an elevation of 128 m, the complex was discovered by an aerial survey conducted by the Indian Navy. Attracting many nature and adventure lovers, the beach is famous for its natural surroundings and adventurous water sports.
Lawsons Bay Beach
A beautiful lagoon with calm seas and relatively long stretch of beach Lawson’s Bay beach is a definite crowd puller and the visitors would be able to enjoy.