One of the most popular things in Visakhapatnam to do is to zoom on happy roads and explore the places as you go. A road trip!! The time is right; the pace is yours and the beautiful spots call adventurous explorers. So get those backpacks ready and hit the road. Here are 6 places around Visakhapatnam to where you can plan a perfect road trip.
Sunbaths and mocktails as you lie back on the recliners along pristine shores is the agenda here and relax, you will. The undisturbed beauty of the quaint and quiet township welcome all the beach worshippers to Gopalpur. The myriad hues of the sea will enchant and fresh catch from the sea will delight the foodie. Lie back and watch the sun go down by the lighthouse here and be sure to click the exotic locales and splendid panoramas.
Distance from Visakhapatnam: 285 km approx on NH16
Crystal clear waters of the Chitrakoot and Teerathgarh waterfalls beckon the road trip enthusiasts to enjoy the beauty of Chattisgarh. Cosy and peaceful, the place offers a little something for everybody. Head here with family and friends for frolicking in the waters and enjoying nature in the midst of caves and deep forests. For the devout, the Dantewada Temple is close by where the dress-code is traditional, and men can only wear a dhoti.
Distance from Visakhapatnam: 300 kms approx via Araku on Visakhapatnam Road.
Popular as ever for families and friends to have a memorable getaway, Srikakulam packs a punch on the heritage trail. The piety of Arasavalli, Sri Kurmam, Sri Mukhalingam and Ravivalasa make them must visits. Weaves at Ponduru, Telineelapuram bird sanctuary, plantations at Kaviti and Sangam are fascinating. Stopovers at Kalingapatnam Beach are recommended for road trips. Tucking into Andhra special dishes with a local touch is a divine treat and sweet treats can be packed for enjoying at home later.
Distance from Visakhapatnam: 116 km approx on NH16
Virgin forests and wilderness galore invite the explorer. A truly bewitching place to hike, trek and try out hand gliders, Jeypore boasts of the Deomali Peak. Take a fun dip at the Duduma Waterfalls and camp near Shakti Waterfalls. A Shiva Linga which is rumoured to be increasing in size at Gupteswara Caves will amaze you here. Rest assured it will be an action packed sojourn for all.
Distance from Visakhapatnam:215 km approx via Araku Visakhapatnam Road
Steeped in history from its days as a Dutch settlement, expect to find the unexpected at this town. One finds the daintiest Crochet Lace produced here with excellent craftsmanship and longs to take back some. The Godavari beckons one to take a holy dip as it bounces along to join the Bay of Bengal at Antarvedi, the Sapta Sagara Sangam Pradesam. The Perupalem Beach, as well as the Churches and Temples of yore, are a complete getaway experience. The best experience is on the houseboats at the Dindi backwaters, close by.
Distance from Visakhapatnam:268 km approx via AH45
#6 Coringa Sanctuary
Dense mangrove forests along the second longest stretch on East Coast invite one to explore, enjoy and refresh the spirit here. The immense varieties of trees, exotic birds, aquatic animals such as Olive Ridley turtles and more are to be found here. A perfect getaway for a nature lover, Coringa Sanctuary in Kakinada boasts of a hanging bridge and boat rides as well. Head here especially with kids in tow for all round fun.
Distance from Visakhapatnam: 198 km approx via AH45