Visakhapatnam (popularly known as Vizag) is a port city on the southeast coast of India.It is the second largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh (after Hyderabad) and the third largest city on the east coast. Visakhapatnam is located 625 kilometres (388 mi) east of the state capital, Hyderabad. The city is home to several state-owned heavy industries and a steel plant; it is one of India's largest seaports and has the country's oldest shipyard. Visakhapatnam has the only natural harbour on the east coast of India.
The city was named after Visakha, the Hindu god of valour. It is nestled among the hills of the Eastern Ghats and faces the Bay of Bengal on the east. Visakhapatnam is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.
Vizag has been ruled by a number of dynasties over the years. Some of the dynasties which had ruled over Visakhapatnam are the Kalingas, the Chankyas, the Rajahmundry Reddy kings, the Cholas and the Golkonda Nawabs. During the 15th and 16th centuries, Vizag was under the rule of the Mughals.
Famous in Vizag are Sunset at Tenneti park in Visakhapatnam, Third-century BC Buddhist ruins of Thotlakonda, Yaksha Relief at Pavurallakonda near Bheemunipatnam, Bavikonda stupas, Stone seated Buddha at Bojjannakonda near Anakapalle, Aerial view of Visakhapatnam port, Sunrise at Tenneti Park.
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