Visakhapatnam also referred to as Vizag is a major port city on the south east coast of India. It is the second largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh and the third largest city on the east coast of India after Kolkata and Chennai. It is located 625 kilometres (388 mi) east of the state capital Hyderabad. Visakhapatnam is home to several state-owned heavy industries, a major steel plant, and has one of India's largest sea ports and its oldest shipyard. It has the only natural harbour on the east coast of India. It is the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command [ENC].It has a range of tourist attractions including beaches, cliffs, hilltop parks facing the sea. In addition to being an east-coast seaport, Visakhapatnam is an industrial city. Part of the city is known by its colonial British name, Waltair; during the colonial era, the city's hub was the Waltair railway station and the surrounding part of the city is still called Waltair. Vizagpatnam is a cosmopolitan mix of people from various parts of India.  Visakhapatnam was mentioned in the Indian epics R?m?yana and Mah?bh?rata in the forests of the Eastern Ghats where the two brothers, Rama and Lakshmana, wandered in search of Sita. Parks and Tourist attractions: Simhachalam Annavaram Borra Caves Araku Valley Bojjannakonda Dolphin Ramakrishna Beach Rushikonda Beach Lawson's Bay Beach Bheemli Mangamaripeta Beach Gangavaram Beach Kondakarla Ava Beach Yarada Beach Ross Hill Thotlakanda Pavuralakonda Submarine Museum Naval Museum War Memorial Matsyadarshini Aquarium Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary Jagadamba Centre Ramakrishna Mission Bavikonda Kurupam Tomb Kailasa Giri Hill Park Indira Gandhi Zoological Park Mudasarlova Water Works and Park VUDA Park

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