The city of Vizianagaram offers its tourists an opportunity to experience the history of Andhra through its numerous palaces and forts. The most significant place in this small city is the imposing fort that eventually formed the nucleus, which grew to become the town of Vizianagaram. Moti Mahal is the main and most prominent building in the Vizianagaram Fort and is now used as a platform for educating the poor. An ancient temple, Pydithalli Ammavaru, is situated in this town. Legend has it that one of the daughters of the Pasupati royal family was the reincarnation of the pressing deity, Pydithallamma. Close to the fort lies the Ganta Stambham, the construction of which is along the lines of London's Big Ben. Other historical buildings here include the Oudh Khana, the Perla Home, Bobibilli Home and Raj Mahal. Vizianagaram offers delicious South Indian cuisine that can be tried at local restaurants such as Hotel Blue Earth and Biryani Express. There are a good number of options in the city when it comes to budget hotels. Vishakhapatnam is also located nearby and is a convenient lodging destination as well in case you'd like to visit Vizianagaram only for a couple of hours.
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Also known as Vizag, this city is often considered as the best and most popular tourist attraction of Andhra Pradesh. Starting from lush green sceneries to pristine beaches, temples to lakes, beautiful hill ranges and caves, this city has it all for you. There are a number of tourist attractions to keep you attracted here. The Araku Valley and Kailasa Giri are the abode for natural beauty. The Borra Caves are examples of colorful cave formations. The Ramakrishna and Yarada Beaches are also must visit mainly due to the clean beaches and clear waters along with the beauty of the surroundings. This city is rightly a place with cultural and religious diversity. The Visakha Museum and the Submarine Museum are popular too. The later is the first museum to be built in a submarine in Asia.
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The train to Araku valley from Vizag passes through one of the most scenic routes in India. The train passes through 50+ tunnels, several bridges offering amazing valley views, and multiple curves exposing the entire train. There is only one train which passes through this route once per day. The train starts from Vizag to 7.05 in the morning. Although it was too early for me (being a night owl), I managed to reach the station on time to catch this train.