I am planning to travel Vizag, help required

#1 Apr 3rd, 2010, 00:23
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Hello everyone, this is my first post on this website. This website seems to be a beneficial one for the travellers seeking vital information on any specific place, travel plan.

I am planning to travel Vizag this month for 4-5 days. We will start our journey from Howrah. Please tell me what would be the most convenient and economical yet interesting way to explore Vizag. I know this is not the best time to visit this place; still some information from experts would help me.

What are the available accommodations to stay with in the range of Rs.750-1000 for a decent couple? Can
I make a booking in advance?

Where should we visit, I mean the places. What are other important factors to know before going to this place? For a short tour of 4-5 days what would be the ideal budget in general?

And if possible please feel free to chalk out a short tour guide to follow. Reaching there in the morning

Thanks in advance.

Regards.
#2 Apr 3rd, 2010, 05:14
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Welcome to INdiamike. There is a navy submarine that you can visit. As for the rest, others will chip in.
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I stayed there a couple of years ago at the old Taj. It was about to be sold I think, and I got a great price on the room.

There is an APTDC day trip to the Araku Valley that's definitely worth it. I think you can also do an overnight trip and stay at Jungle Bells.

In town there's the beaches, Simhachalam and the shipyards are interesting. There's a big temple about 15 miles outside town.

Avoid the zoo - it is absolutely pathetic.
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Thanks jusmail and Hal for your reply.

But, can anyone tell me more elaborately about the city and available accommodations?
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Hope the following will be of some help.
Accomadation: The best place to stay is of course Beach Rd. but of course you will also have to pay the 'best prices.' Because this is a very upmarket area with super beach front apts. there are only 3 hotels which may be considered 'mid-range.' YMCA an excellent location is probably the cheapest. I usually stay in the 'shopping area' next to Big Bazar at Hotel Simhadri. beside Big Bazar Lane, Dwarakakanagar. Ph.0891-2503737 2503799. In and around this area you can find many decent hotels to choose from for Rs.350 upwards. Not only has Big Bazar got a good self service restaurant, but there are many good restaurants in the vicinity.
In and around town: Jugadhumba busy shopping area CMR complex,(checkout the new CMR shopping mall) cinema. Hospitals and more Hospitals!
Beach Road / R.K. Beach / Vuda Park/ Museum / Submarine on beach. Twinkling lights along the boulevard, great place to stroll along in the early evening and enjoy the sea breezes.
Make a trip upto Kalishgiri Park by cable car and enjoy the panoramic views of Vizag. and visit the adjacent Teneti Park at the foothill, also great views; includes giant outdoor TV screen.
Include a daytrip by train to Arku Valley and visit Bora caves 1 million years old. Book thro' APTDC.
Getting around: autorickshaws are quite reasonable.

Scenic costal drive of 25km from Viz to Bhimelee. the hills sweeping down to palm fringe beaches. Visit Rishiconda resort en route.
Vizag is not a metripolitan city and is probably one of the best cities in India. Not many tourist and any foreigners that you 'might' see are generally business people.

'It's a well kept secret'
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Forgot to mention the most popular place where the locals dine 'Sairam Parlour' at Diamond Park not far from Big Bazar. Good food and great value.
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thanks Britishraj for providing detailed information, now I have most of my questions answered.

I guess a total of Rs.10,000 would be sufficient for this short trip.

Any say?

Thanks.
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Yep, should get by.
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thanks.
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Can also book a day trip with AP tourist board :Heritage Tour (APTDC) we thought it was very good value for money, what was intresting was Simhachalam. Cost 300 Rps.
Stayed at the Dwarka Inn,Station Rd.Dwarakanagar Tel:2712630 to636. 655 Rps/room. Not far from there down a side road from the cinema a good restraunt with good food forgot the name (November 08).
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Can actually stay one night each at Araku and Rishikonda.
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The APTDC brochure has : Hill resort (Mayuri) Tel: Mobile 94407 93518 Araku valley and Valley Resort Araku. 9440793556
Have not stayed at any of these so have no idea how they are.
http://www.tourisminap.com/tourpack/vizag.php

Read:
http://www.go2india.in/ap/araku-valley.php

Not My report
http://tourdaworld.blogspot.com/2008...a-part-ii.html
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Forgot to add that we took the day trip to Araku valley, very nice and enjoyeble.
From our notes "
Our destination is the Araku Valley 3084 ft a beauty spot. We were given packed breakfast to eat on the train+water, the journey is approx 3.5 hours. On arrival at the beautiful valley we bused to the museum which covers the primitive tribes of the area
visited Padmapuram gardens, herbs and roses .Delicious buffet lunch at the tourist hotel, with entertainment by the women of the tribe dancing their ritual Dhisma dances, brightly colored saris. Video
Ananthagiri coffee plantation,; Gali kanda point for the view, locals selling coffee and honey. Bused, down the hill to the enormous Borra Cave walked down many steps into a huge multiple cave system, some stalagmite and tites and a pond with reflections in the water. Afternoon tea at the tourist hotel which used to be the colonial club and dropped off at hotel Vizak. 9pm.
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But is there any online booking for the package tour ?
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Have no Idea, we booked on the spot for the next day. Try Vizags website.

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