Know The City
Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, nicknamed as the “City of Destiny” and the “Jewel of the East Coast”, is the largest and most populous city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, and its proposed administrative capital. It is the second-largest city on the east coast of India after Chennai, and the fourth-largest in Southern part of India.
Vizag is a major tourist destination and is known for its beautiful beaches, ancient Buddhist sites, and the natural environment of the surrounding Eastern Ghats. Vizag serves as the headquarters for the Indian Navy’s Eastern Naval Command and as the zonal headquarters of South Coast Railway Zone (SCoR). The city is home to the oldest shipyard and the only natural harbour on the east coast of India. Visakhapatnam Port is the fifth-busiest cargo port in India. According to the Swachh Survekshan rankings of 2020, it is the ninth cleanest city in India among cities with a population of more than 1 million. In 2020, it was a finalist in the Living and Inclusion category of the World Smart City Awards. Vizag is home to some reputed Central and State educational institutions of the state, including Andhra University (AU), Andhra Medical College (AMC), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE), Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Indian Maritime University (IMU), and the National Institute of Oceanography among others.
Explore The City
INS Kurusura Submarine Museum
TU142 Aircraft Museum
TTD Temple Rishikonda
Tenneti beach park
Thotlakonda is an ancient Buddhist monsatry complex situated on top of Mangamaripeta hill, lies about 16km (9.9 mi) from Visakhapatnam on Visakhapatnam-Bheemili Beach Road. After its discovery (during an aerial survey), the Government of Andhra Pradesh declared the 120 acres / 48 ha site as a protected monument in 1978. Excavations from 1988 to 1992 exposed structural remains and artefacts, like the Stupas, Chaityagrihas, pillared congregation halls, bhaandagaaras, bhojanashala, drainage and stone pathways. Structures include a mahastupa, sixteen votive stupas, a stone-pillared congregation hall, eleven rock-cut cisterns, well-paved stone pathways, an apsidal chaitya-griha, three round chaitgya-grihas, two votive platforms, ten viharas and a kitchen complex with three halls and a refectory (dining hall). Apart from the structures, Buddhist treasures excavated include nine Satavahana and five Roman silver coins, terracotta tiles, stucco decorative pieces, sculptured panels, miniature stupa models in stone, Buddha padas depicted with ashtamangala symbols (i.e. the eight auspicious symbols of Swastika, Shrivasta, Nandhyavarta, Vardhamanaka, Bhadrasana, Kalasha, Minyugala and Darpan) and early pottery.
Live It Up
There are a number of good hotels in vizag where you could book your stay during the conference.
Following are some recommended ones (click on name to open in Google Maps):