Nature and history blend seamlessly and beautifully in the southern district of Vizianagaram, in Andhra Pradesh. Palm trees sway on the beach as the ocean embraces the sandy stretches at the extremities of the city
Forts and temples dot the area, standing proud even after weathering the elements and wars over the centuries. They are a testament to Viziangaram’s rich historic past.Until the medieval ages, Vizianagaram was ruled by many Hindu rulers from the Kalinga dynasty. Later on, a part of it was added to the Gajapati Empire in Odisha and the rest of it to the Andhra region. Perhaps its biggest moment in history was the great war between the king of Vizianagaram and the king of Bobbili in 1757.Vizianagaram is a treat for history buffs and travelers who are looking for a story behind every site they see. The fact that it is a coastal town with beautiful beaches only adds to its appeal.The forts and older structures in the region of Vizianagaram are worth investigating. Make sure to set aside a few days, just to visit these sites as they deserve to be explored thoroughly. The Vizianagaram fort and the Bobbili fort are two major landmarks in the city. The architecture of these forts highlights the skill and finesse of the creators and workers of the time. The views they offer of the surroundings will only add to your experience.The king of Vizianagaram was also very fond of London and had apparently funded the erection of a gothic-styled fountain near Hyde Park. Impressed by the Big Ben in London, he had a replica built in the town, called the Gantastambham. Quite close to the fort, this is another important tourist spot.The 1000-year-old Ram Temple in Vizianagaram is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage spot, known to devotees as the Ram Theertham. With the ancient temple and a lake nearby, this is a lovely place to visit, whether you’re religious or not.Cycle-rickshaws and auto-rickshaws are easily available in Vizianagaram. Buses also ply through the region and can take you to nearby locations. Alternatively, you can hire a private car or bike so that you can get around at your own pace.Look out for warning and safety signs on the beaches, as the currents can be quite strong.Be careful of your belongings at crowded tourist spots.Fix the fare before getting into a cycle-rickshaw or auto-rickshaw
Vizianagaram is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Visakhapatnam at a distance of 48kms.
Airports: Vishakhapatnam Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Vizianagaram from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Vizianagram Jn