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BEACHES

R.K.BEACH

The Rama Krishna Beach, popularly called as R.K.Beach is one of the most popular beach not only in Visakhapatnam but throughout Andhra Pradesh. The Beach gets its name from the RamaKrishna Mission Ashram located across the Beach Road.

Located along the coast of Vizag, RK Beach is known for its pristine sands and crystal clear waters of Bay of Bengal and it is a favourite spot of the tourists and Vizagites alike, to spend the time relaxing on the softy sand and playing in the cool beach waters.  

The Beach presents the tourists with mind-blowing scenic view of nature, especially the reddish setting sun. The beach is perfect for catching mesmerising sunsets and sunrises. It offers scenic view of the Dolphins Nose Hill and the Light House.

While the beach is not safe for swimming, there are many attractions and activities to keep visitors busy. Swimming, sunbathing and beach volleyball are popular activities on the beach. An aquarium, the Kali temple, Visakha Museum are other attractions. There are many roadside eateries and restaurants for the tourists providing variety of foods from ice creams, fruit juices to sea food, noodles etc.  

Its a perfect spot for spending your evenings with family and friends. Try spending a leisure evening upto late night at the beach.  All around you can have good view of big cargo ships illuminated, lined in the sea, landscape view of Dolphins nose and the Light house throwing light beam to far away, reddish setting sun offering breath-taking  views of nature.

RUSHI KONDA BEACH

Down the coast towards Bhimili is Rushikonda Hill and beach. With a backdrop of green hills, this beautiful beach is a quieter and cleaner alternative to Ramakrishna Beach.  Rushikonda is a thickly covered hill located at a distance of 13kms. from Visakhapatnam on the Visakhapatnam-Bheemunipatnam beach road.

It's also a good stretch for swimming, and water sports such as wind surfing and jet skiing. There are pony rides on the beachfront in the morning and evening. The Yachting Association of Vizag organises sailing in the sea, and also conducts week-long courses on sailing for beginners. Surrounded by several hills, the 14th century Sapta Rusheswara Temple is also located in Rushikonda.

Try the mouth-watering sea food dishes which are available at the beach side restaurants.

Good lodging facilities are available near this Beach some offering spectacular views of the Bay of Bengal.  The APTDC Harita Beach Resort offers fine accomodation and breath-taking views of the ocean.

A must visit attraction in Visakhapatnam.

YARADA BEACH

Yarada Beach is situated on the coast of Bay of Bengal, in the Yarada village, at a distance of 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the city of Visakhapatnam. It is located near Gangavaram beach, Dolphin's Nose, and Gangavaram Port.

Yarada beach is a stunning beach which is not much popular amidst tourists. It offers a calm and secluded atmosphere for those looking for solitude and mental peace. Encircled by rocky hills from three sides, Yarada beach is a completely pleasing landscape, away from regular tourist chaos. A secluded environment and stunning sunset views prove to be quiet magical.

Take entry from the Yarada Beach and treat your eyes to the clean sea waters, golden sand and lush greenery. Not ideal for swimming, it has a number of eateries nearby serving lip-smacking local food.

BHEEMILI BEACH

Located 27 km from Visakhapatnam, Bheemunipatnam Beach, popularly called Bheemili Beach, is one of the beautiful beaches in Vizag, offering calm and serene atmosphere. Surrounded by verdant coconut plantations on one side, the golden sand dunes of the beach reckons its glorious past. The picturesque scene of the deep blue sea lined with tall coconut trees added with the sooothing sea breeze makes anyone feel as if they just regained the paradise lost!

The scenic locations at the beach are quite popular as a number of Telugu movies are shot here. Bheemili is also poised to become an adventure water sports destination as it is ideal for activities like Scuba diving, Water-skiing and Swimming.

Glorious past of Bheemunipatnam:
Bheemunipatnam is a Municipality in Visakhapatnam District. It was the second municipality in Indian mainland, established on 9 February 1861. It is supposed to have originated in the days of the Mahabharatha (its named after Bheema) as per legends.

Historical evidences of Buddhist Culture have been noticed at Bheemunipatnam dating back to 3rd century BC on the hillock Pavuralakonda (also known as Narsimhaswami konda locally) in the town. Buddhist remains were found during the excavations here along with Relic caskets. Both the schools of Buddhism Hinayana and Mahayana were propagated in this land and also to the far east lands from the port of River Gosthani.

River Gosthani lies in the Bheemunipatnam Beach region. It is a medium sized east flowing river that originates on the Ananthagiri Hills of the Western Ghats. At the place of its origin the Borra Caves are located. The town on its banks is filled with numerous pilgrim centers, old churches and temples which offer a soothing sight for the visitors at Bheemunipatnam Beach.

Dutch Settlements:
Known to the Dutch as Bimilipatnam, Bheemunipatnam was one among the major Dutch settlements of the Dutch Coromandel coast in the 17th century. There are remnants of the Dutch East India Company trading post when the town was a port. The town contains one of the oldest Christian cemeteries on the coast. Bhimili also had a currency mint during the times of Dutch. The town was ransacked by the Marathas in 1754 and destroyed twice during the Anglo-Dutch wars in 1781 and in 1795.

East India Company:
The British East India Company made Bheemunipatnam their main trading base of the east coast. The Bhimili port used to operate passenger vessels to Madras and Calcutta during the British Raj. The big clock tower in the town was built by British.

Other places of interest at Bheemili:
There is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha on the eastern side of Pavuralakonda facing the sea. As per the historical evidences the temple is constructed around 14th century by Mindi Kings. There are two more temples in the town of Bhimili, which date back to the times of Chola's as Bheemeswaralayam and Choleswaralayam.

Bheemili lies at the mouth of River Gosthani joining the Bay of Bengal and forms an alluring recess to the town. The confluence point of River Gosthani into the Bay of Bengal is a scenic view from the hilltop temple. Hollanders Green as the name indicates started as a resting place for the dead Dutchmen but one can see many English graves. Hollanders Green certainly makes the oldest Christian grave in Andhra Pradesh and the graves of the early Dutchmen. There is an old Church dated back to 1850s called "The Red Church". Another church, 'The Andhra Baptist' has a rich history of more than 130 years. The Lighthouse dated to 1868 acts as a citadel on the shores of Bheemili beach. There is a temple dedicated to Narasimha on a hillock.

Present day scenario:
Neglected for long, Nothing remains today to boast of its glorious past except for a few cold granite tombstones that scream for some attention. The Dutch cemetery at Kummaripalem in Bheemunipatnam is regarded as the oldest Christian burial ground in this part of the country and the oldest tombstone of Frederick Kesslerus dates back to 1661. Today, apart from being buried in the detritus of history, the cemetery lies concealed under thick foliage and wild growth. "Some of the graves are on the verge of caving in and many of the granite tombstones have developed cracks. Most importantly, the site for the dead has become a public toilet.

APPIKONDA BEACH

With Rushikonda and Ramakrishna beaches getting crowded, especially on the weekends, the Appikonda Beach provides a whiff of fresh air.

Located about 35 km from Visakhapatnam city and geographically positioned behind the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, the beach is still unspoilt. On a clear day, the azure sky and the golden sands make it a must-go destination.

The beach is a good spot for fishing and water sports, as the water is placid here when compared to RK Beach, Rushikonda, or Yarada Beaches.

Brief History of Appikonda:
It is not only the beach that stands as an attraction. The Appikonda village has a slice in the pages of history. There is a 12th century Siva temple on the beachfront, to which devotees flock in thousands during Maha Sivaratri. This link to the ancient times makes the beach more attractive and a potent tourist destination.

Appikonda, also known as Kapilakonda, is a small village located at a distance of 35 km from Vizag on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. The place has gained a religious significance because of the existence of the ancient Somalingeswara Temple that is also known as Appikonda Beach Temple. The major attraction of the temple is a life-size bull carved out of black stone. It also contains inscriptions dating back to 12th Century AD, with a mention that this village was granted by a commander-in-chief of the Cholas for the maintenance of worship in the temple.

The temple complex houses four shrines housing four Lingas and boasts of a life size sculpture of Nandi the bull carved out of a single large black granite stone. While the main temple has been given a modern touch by the endowments department, two of the smaller temples have been reduced to rubble and the fourth is in shambles.

A classic example of a beach temple built by the kings of peninsular India, the rough-cut stone temple was built between 1070 AD and 1120 AD during the reign of Kullotunga Chalukya-Chola and is often referred to as a Chola monument, although the later Cholas, including Kullotungas, were of the Eastern Chalukya dynasty and were Cholas only from their maternal side.

Much has been said about the Dravidian influence, in architectural terms, on the Appikonda Temple, but the porches and mandapams are not unique to the Chola style of architecture and are more Nagara-Dravidian in style.

Apart from the architecture, another special feature of the temple is that it is one of the few temples where Shivratri has been celebrated over 800 years without any disruptions.

Appikonda was also one of the first major Brahmin settlements, where the large tracts of land were not just allotted to the upkeep of the temple but also to Brahmins, chiefly Advaitis (followers of Shankaracharya) and has for more than 800 years continued to remain a Brahmin stronghold. Appikonda was a Mokhasa (estate) traditionally held by a Brahmin family, which lost rights over it only after 1952.

Just like most beach Shiva temples, the Appikonda temple too, especially the main mandapam, had stone carvings and inscriptions depicting the Shiva-Ravana myth, when Ravana failed to carry Lord Shiva's atmalinga to Sri Lanka beyond the ocean thanks to the intervention of Lord Ganesha, but has now been completely obliterated by the modernization efforts of the endowments department.

Today, cement concrete pillars have been introduced in the temple by the endowments department, which has also used cement to plaster the structure. Modern day tiles also adorn the floors, thereby ruining the timeless beauty of the heritage structure.