Visakhapatnam & Waltair

Visakhapatnam is called Viraz for short. There are a couple of nice beaches in this city, with crystal-clear warm ocean water. Two beaches are Mission Beach, about 3km from downtown, and Lawson Beach, 6km away. Ramakrishna Beach, along Lawson Bay, is a good beach. One of the best beaches is about 10km north, at Rishikonda. Because of the strong current, swimming can be dangerous here. Swimming at the harbor end of the beach is not recommended.

The main spiritual reason to come here is to go the Varaha Narasimha temple at Simhachalam, 16km north of Visakhapatnam.