Indian Psychiatric Society
National Mid-Term CME

Emerging Trends in Psychiatry - Experts' Perspective12 & 13 August 2017

VISAKHAPATNAM- City of Destiny

Visakhapatnam started out as a small fishing village, which was named after the Hindu God Vaishaka, and became a part of the Kalinga Empire. Today, the city is an industrial hub and popular seaport that connects the mineral-rich belt of Central India to the Eastern coast. It embraces is ancient past and modern present seamlessly.

The city's rich historical and cultural heritage is absorbing and enchanting. It used to be part of the Kalinga Empire and has been ruled by the likes of Ashoka and Krishnadeva Raya. In the 18th century, Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, used to be a Dutch colony.

Visakhapatnam is a port city and industrial center in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, on the Bay of Bengal. It's known for its many beaches, including Ramakrishna Beach, home to a preserved submarine at the Kursura Submarine Museum. Nearby are the elaborate Kali Temple and the Visakha Museum, an old Dutch bungalow housing local maritime and historical exhibits.

What To See

Araku Valley

Araku Valley is a hill station which is bestowed with some of the best boons of nature. It is 3200sq. ft above the sea level with green gardens, streams & waterfalls.

Araku Valley is home to 19 indigenous tribes and offers a wonderful opportunity to get insights into the lifestyle of these tribes and their culture and traditions. Dhimsa dance, a kind of folk dance, is a major attraction for its rhythmic beats and colourful costumes. Itika Pongal is a popular festival that is celebrated in the region and is worth experiencing.

Visakha Museum

Officially called the Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation Museum, Visakha Museum is located along the golden sands of Ramakrishna Beach. The museum is a repository of historical treasures and regional artefacts.

Visakha Museum is housed in a 150-year old Dutch bungalow and was opened to the public in 1991 after the bungalow was restored. The Museum's collection includes crockery, unexploded Japanese bomb from World War II, manuscripts, stuffed animals, ancient weapons, jewellery, portraits, silk clothing, diaries, periodicals, maps, letters and scrapbooks. Many of the exhibits in the Museum chronicle the lifestyle and traditions of the early settlers of the region. Besides the rich and varied collection of the Museum, the architecture of the bungalow is breathtakingly beautiful.


Anantagiri is paradise for coffee lovers and nature enthusiasts. The village is surrounded by coffee estates that emit the rich aroma of coffee and the surrounding hillocks are home to cascading waterfalls that feed the lush greenery. The salubrious climate is an open invitation to rest, relax and rejuvenate.

The surrounding hills are said to be the birthplace of Musi River, which is a tributary of the mighty Krishna. The hills are home to ancient cave-like structures and many ghats for bathing. The ancient Ananthaswamy Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Ananta Padhmanabha, is located here. Local legends claim that a Muslim king was instrumental in constructing this temple many centuries ago.

Borra Caves

A stunning location 92km way from the port city, Borra Caves are situated 1400 metres above the sea level. The spectacular formation of rocks offers great view. The caves are famous for their beautiful stalagmite and stalactite formations. Borra Caves have both religious and historical significance. The locals flock to the caves to worship a Shivalinga and an idol of Kamadenu, the divine bovine goddess of Hindu mythology. This idol is located deep inside caves.


The beaches of Visakhapatnam are surrounded by magnificent hills of eastern ghats. The serene environs of these beaches are refreshing.

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park

This 625 acres zoo houses a wide range of animals including tigers, lions, panthers, Himalayan black bear, sloth bear, jaguars, monkeys, pythons, elephants and many more...

Kailasagiri Hill Park

This 625 acres zoo houses a wide range of animals including tigers, lions, panthers, Himalayan black bear, sloth bear, jaguars, monkeys, pythons, elephants and many more...

Simhachalam Temple

Simhachalm temple is located on top of a hill - abode of Lord Narasimhaswamy. Thotlakonda - a Buddhist monastery complex - source of dissemination of Buddhist culture.

Erra Matti Dibbalu

Erra Matti Dibbalu are Vizag's red soil hills and are formations of rare gullied red dunes of which only three remain in South East Asia. They were formed over thousands of years ago.

Shivajipalem Park

This recreational park and picnic spot is located in the heart of Visakhapatnam. It is spread over an area of 3 acres and offers a peaceful and serene escape from the busy city life. The Park is equipped with several food courts, an amphitheatre and a skating rink. There is an entry fee to get access to the Park, which offers many amusement and entertainment programmes for visitors.

The well-landscaped gardens and three bubbling fountains form a beautiful backdrop for picnics and family outings. Shivajipalem Park is open on all days of the week and operates from 10 a.m. until 10 pm. It is located on Station Road and is easily accessible by taxis and public transportation.

A veritable paradise for nature lovers, Visakhapatnam is abound by scenic hills, golden beaches, natural valleys, ancient caves and lush green picnic spots with quiet creeks and coves. The three hills surrounding the city are home to shrines dedicated to three different religions Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. The Venkateswara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on Venkateswara Konda, the Church of the Virgin Mary on Ross Hill and the mausoleum of Baba Ishaq Madina Dargah on Dargah Konda are a testimony of religious diversity and harmony prevalent in India.

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August 2017


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