Places To Visit In & Around Vishakapatnam.

‘Visakhapatnam, the “City of Destiny“. It is called that because of its picturesque landscapes and very attractive beaches.

That’s me sitting in front of the Love Vizag sculpture in front of the TU 142 Aircraft Museum. There are many places to explore in and out of the city of vizag such as RK Beach, INS Kursura, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Kailasagiri, Rushikonda Beach, Borra Caves, Araku Valley, etc. On my last motorcycle trip to vizag i covered some of these places,they are listed below. This blog will be updated with more details of places to visit when i visit vizag again.

INS Kursura

The mighty INS Kursura was a Kalvari-Class diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy. She was the 5th submarine to be commissioned for the Indian Navy on the date of 18 December 1969. After 31 years of service, she was decommissioned on 27 February 2001. Sometime after decommissioning she was converted into a museum for public access on RK Beach. She participated in the Indo-Pakistani War Of 1971, where she played a key role in patrol missions, after the war ended INS Kursura participated in several naval exercises with other nations and made many goodwill visits to other countries.

 

A tiny human in comparison to the massive size of INS Kursura. Sadly photography was not allowed inside the museum so we had to keep the cameras in our bags. The entry ticket for an adult is around Rs 40 (Not Sure). Inside you will see how the submarine crew lived and worked, the machinery required to run the submarine, the total number of crew members required/allowed to run INS Kursura was 75.

 

TU 142 Aircraft Museum

 

TU 142 Aircraft Museum is a preserved Tupolev Tu-142 which is an maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. This aircraft served 29 years with the Indian Navy and had 30,000 hours of accident-free flying by the time of its retirement on 29 march 2017 at INS Rajali. The photos you are about to see are from the buildings around it, as no photography is allowed inside the actual aircraft you saw in the above picture.
Below are some images that i took inside the museum.

 

 

The Cockpit of one of the pilots.

 

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Most of these were used to detect submarines under the sea, they were dropped from the plane into the sea and the antennas you see in the above picture were the ones that detected the submarines.

 

Survival kit included the essential things such as Flares, Med-Kits, Life Jackets, Oxygen Cylinder, Fire-Starter Kit, etc. that are required to survive for days without help if the crew was trapped in the sea or some island awaiting rescue.

 

 

One of the engines that propelled Tupolev Tu-142 into the air. Ignore the guy doing yogasan to my right side.

 

Borra Caves

 

 

The way to borra caves was full of these lovely twisties, it was a joy to ride on this road but beware of the reckless drivers in this stretch of road.

 

 

My co-rider.

 

 

The Bikes!

 

 

The scenic views we encountered during our ride to Borra Caves.

 

 

We found this tasty dish at the shops near the entrance of Borra Caves it is known as Bamboo Chicken, it is a traditional tribal cuisine of Araku Valley. Prepared by stuffing the bamboo shoot with chicken and then cooking it on charcoal. Bamboo chicken is an oil free and nutritionally rich dish.

You have to get a ticket to enter the caves, it costs around Rs 50(for adults). For taking pictures using digital cameras, DSLR’S, etc. you will have to get a separate ticket.

 

 

All the details related to this cave formation is given in this board, do have a read if you want to know about its history and geology.

 

 

This here is the Gosthani River flowing from Ananthagiri Hills of the Eastern Ghats through Borra Caves, it flows for 120 km before joining the Bay Of Bengal through an estuary near Bheemunipatnam.

 

 

The DBK (Dandakaranya- Bolangiri,Kibur) train track is just above the caves near the holes you see in the above pic.

 

 

 

I apologise for the blurry/noisy photos my phone’s camera din’t have good low light capability. The cave had RGB lighting all around, it had paths inside to traverse around. Be ready for a cardio session because you will have to go up & down the stairs a lot.

 

RK Beach

 

The only picture i managed to take of this place, i must say RK Beach is a very good place to just relax and watch the ships go around in the sea.

 

More Places Will Be Added When I Visit Vizag Again!

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