Places To Visit
Sri Sampath Vinayaka Temple, Asilmetta
Sri Sampath Vinayagar Temple is one of the famous temples in Visakhapatnam City attracting daily a number of devotees. Sri Sampath Vinayagar is a powerful god of the Visakhapatnam city. There is staunch belief among the devotees that their sins are washed off and desires fulfilled by offering prayers to the deity. Accordingly, the number of visiting pilgrims/devotees to this temple has over the years considerably increased.
During the Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations, a nine-day festival takes place on a grand scale, by adorning the diety with separate alankarams on each day i.e. in different avatharams. Abhishekam and alankaram of the Lord one unique in this temple. Every year during these festival days in the month of August / September. ANNAPRASADA VITHARANA (poor feeding) is arranged on big scale. Religious discourses also take place every day in the evening.
Kailasagiri is a hill top park in the city of Vishakhapatnam. The hill is at 360 feet and it overlooks beaches, forests & the city of Vishakhapatnam. It is one of the best tourist spots in the city for a bird's eye view of the bay.
For small children, circular train is there for fun and enjoyment. Moreover, among adventure games, it gives visitors really good paragliding facilities. Apart from that there are huge idols of Lord Shiva and Parvathi which gives the place a religious flavor.
Thotlakonda stupa is situated on a hill near Bheemunipatnam about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Visakhapatnam. The hill is about 128 metres (420 ft) above sea level and overlooks the sea. The Telugu name Toṭlakoṇḍa derived from the presence of a number of rock-cut cisterns hewn into the bedrock of the hillock. Thotlakonda was well within the influence of ancient Kalinga, which was an important source of dissemination of Buddhism to Sri Lanka and various parts of Southeast Asia. It provides an insight into the process of transoceanic diffusion of Indic culture, especially Buddhism.
Sahasrakshi Meru Temple, Devipuram
Devipuram is a Hindu temple complex located near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. Belonging primarily to the Shakta school of Hinduism, it is dedicated to the goddess Sahasrakshi ("she who has a thousand eyes", a form of Lalita Tripurasundari or Parvati), and her consort Kameshwara (a form of Shiva).
The sanctum sanctorum of the Sahasrakshi Meru Temple is reached by circumambulating inward and upward, past more than 100 life-sized murthis of various shaktis or yoginis. This temple is unconventional in its practice of allowing devotees to perform puja to the Devi themselves, without regard to caste, creed or gender