Visakhapatnam - Place To See Around| October 27, 2012
Simhachalam: Famous for Simhachalam temple (also known as Shri Varaha Lakshmi Narsimha temple), Simhachalam is situated 16 km from the city. The temple attracts thousands of visitors during Chandanotsavam. The beautifully carved structures within the temple are symbols of the architectural brilliance of India dating back to the 1st century.
Bavikonda: It is one of the most famous Buddhist sites situated 20 km from Visakhapatnam. One can find stupas, chaityagrihas, viharas, etc. in Bavikonda. A piece of bone stored in an urn is believed to be of Gautam Buddha
Pavuralakonda: Also known as the ‘hill of pigeons’, Pavuralakonda is situated 24 km from Visakhapatnam. It has 16 beautiful rock cut cisterns. The small hamlet attracts a lot of birds especially pigeons.
Sankaram: A famous Buddhist site, Sankaram is located 41 km from Visakhapatnam. The small village houses a large number of stupas and monasteries apart from a few caves.
Borra Caves: The stunning cave located at a height of 1400 metres is one of the biggest caves in the country. Apart from its magnificent rock formation, the cave is also a famous pilgrim site. The cave has a shivlinga along with the naturally formed idol of Kamadhenu. It is situated 90 km from Visakhapatnam.
Thotlakonda (16 km), Anantagiri (88 km), Araku valley (112 km), Annavaram (124 km) and Kalingapatnam (143 km) are other places worth seeing around Visakhapatnam.