Vishakhapatnam or Vizag is one destination down South India, I had heard a lot about from my colleagues, friends and family over the years but never had the opportunity to visit – either on work or leisure.

Beginning of this week, I got to visit Vizag for a day (rather One and half day of stay) for a project and I am sharing here my first impressions of this Port City and Indian Naval Base.

I got to stay at one of the hotels located on Ramakrishna Beach Road (called RK Beach Road popularly) and the views from the hotel were nice. The RK Beach Road is a nice place for morning and evening walks but the beach in itself is nothing great. The cyclone Hudhud washed away most of the beach are and now its just 500 meters of sandy beach area, most of which is dirtied with the city sewarage inflowing. In fact, this beach has been the ‘least’ pleasant beach experience for me in India. I wish the state authorities do some sort of beach restoration, which will add to charm of the well maintained beach front (which is clean and has a children’s park too).

As I was on work trip, I did not get to sightsee much but among the pleasanter things was lunching at the 125 year old Waltair Club. The Club was established in 1883 by East Coast Railway Company and other British Civilan Officers at the time. Located in prime area of Vizag city, the Waltair Club has beautiful assortment of British era buildings serving the members in present times.

The other nice experience was spotting salt pans while travelling on my site visit.

Vizag/Vishakhapatnam is a pretty city and has an interesting flavor of port city as well as naval influences. Hope I get to visit Vizag again.

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