Travel and Leisure

January 27, 2015.

A look at Visakhapatnam City – It’s about getting cozy

Best time to visit

Appropriate time to see Vizag (Visakhapatnam) is between months of August and February, and after monsoon kick start at Kerala, after a humid spell with moderate to high temperatures during months of April-May. If you are normally settled in Hyderabad or Bangalore and if it’s maiden visit, brief yet intense spells of humidity coupled with heatwave through the north coast of Andhra Pradesh tend to make your lives a bit odd with crawling sweat on your body even within a minute or two of cold bath. Once you acclimatise by making certain adjustments to lifestyle – adding 25% more water to regular summer hydration and plenty of coconut water or salty buttermilk – it should be fine. This is strict recommendation if you want to spend quality time and enjoy as you walk, eat, and sleep. Don’t be scared by the advisory. This is for making you familiar with local weather conditions. And are you by any chance from Madras? If yes, then Vizag is a cake walk for you!

Population estimates and type of city

A city with GDP of $26 billion with an overall rank of 8 doesn’t need a statement of growth story though GDP figures never give you real picture of growth. 21-25 lakh is rough estimate. City is buzzing with automobiles all through day and night and this should guide the visitor to have some premeditation on the kind of city he/she is about to visit. Fashionable attire is never a problem as it is host to multiple number of large scale PSUs which enrich city’s cosmopolitan outreach, and with hotels Novotel, Greenpark, The Gateway, Palmbeach, Encore Inn, Ritz Comfort, Daspalla, Dolphin and The Park, you can feel and relax as much as you want! Besides personalized touring comfort, state run and private buses ply from end to end through the routes mentioned below.

Places to see

Regular visiting spots are already known. Major spots for meeting, and utilities and hospitality include Dwarakanagar junction with roads leading to VUDA office, MVP Colony residential sectors, VUDA park, Andhra University-Siripuram junction with HSBC, Jagadamba-Chitralaya-Melody triangle (the trio are suggested for best theatrical experience and window shopping through narrow lanes), and King George Hospital (KGH). Diamond park and Sangam Sarat circle (old theatre with modern amenities), GVMC office, Daba Garden PEN school, Gurudwar junction through Port stadium, Rama Talkies road leading to Maddilapalem bus station and CMR Central offer good shopping experience. Eastern Naval Command headquarters stationed in the city makes it a strategic defence locality of India with central focus on south china sea. Nobel Laureate C.V.Raman had formal education at Mrs. AVN College which makes it a place worth seeing. Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, Geological Survey of India, Government Polytechnic, Industrial Estate lie on the NH towards National Armaments Depot (N.A.D.) junction from Gurudwar Deccan Chronicle office.

Other prominent destinations are

  1. Sri Sampat Vinayaka Temple on the CBM uplands,
  2. Simhachalam, abode of Sri Varaha Lakshmi Nrusimha Swamyvaru,
  3. Sri Kanakamahalakshmi Ammavari Temple, Jagadamba
  4. RK beach road and VPT (Visakahapatnam Port Trust) road – 12 km stretch
  5. Dr. Daggubati Ramanaidu Film Studio,
  6. INS Dega through convent junction,
  7. Kailasagiri (hilltop of Lord Shiva),
  8. Steel city township sectors 1 to 12 from N.A.D. junction and International Airport,
  9. Dr. YSR ACA-VDCA International Cricket Stadium
  10. Madhurawada IT Zone and IIM Visakhapatnam (IIM-V),
  11. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) at Autonagar and Atchyuthapuram (permanent campus),
  12. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University
  13. Rushkonda beach road towards Bhimunipatnam (Bhimili)

We shall see how we can roam around and cover city in less than two days.

contd….

Honeymoon in Hawaii

So, finally, here comes your chance to make a tour of your life. What can you  present your better half sweeter than a romantic trip? Obviously, the answer points to honeymoon. Planning a tourist spot for honeymoon is generally a tough assignment  for newly married couples with so many hot spots offering diverse tastes and  navigation to the wonders of the land will be an exercise worth considered a decent task. It will surface romantic fragrance of both. We shall see how great a trip to Hawaii would be.

Hawaii, also called Aloha, has been found to be an exhilarating destination with its  wide range of applications to treat visitors. The scenic beauty, coupled with equally  enthralling locations, resorts, and last but never the least, cultural activities all across  six islands – Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Niihau proves the point.

Starting from the ‘Big Island’, known for its double space over remaining places  added together, you will find that all the islands are enveloped with embodiments of  nature. It is advised to be wary of local customs and be sure to have a travel planner  so that you can design a journey that matches unexplored interests and your budget. If  you are a learning freak, you can ski and stargaze from Mauna Kea which is also  called “White Mountain” for its heavy snowfall, and with its high altitude it has been  a host to international observatories. If you are very much interested in hiking, you  can have a glance at the route maps arranged at Rangers station before trying to explore trails of Waimea canyon in Kauai. Return should not be without boating across Napali Coast for it offers a unique collection of coastline and huge waterfalls. Wait! Surprise your partner with a chopper ride all along the coast.

Many nature lovers want to pass the tough test of crossing numerous bridges and  hundreds of curves to reach fascinating Hana town carved out with a sand beach and a state park. You will find yourself better expressed to your soul mate once you access the privy Kaihalulu Beach. The journey itself is a boon to scenic lovers.

Taking a sunbath, experiencing live music at China town, visiting art galleries can  be your itinerary once you arrive at Honolulu in Oahu. Honeymoon memories at Hawaii surely will keep your partner romantically live throughout.

Content edited by Madhavi Ratnaparkhi


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