You can book cheap flights to Visakhapatnam, which land at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. This is one of the busiest airports in India and has been ranked among the top five airports worldwide in terms of Airport Service Quality (ASQ). From Hyderabad, domestic Visakhapatnam flights bring you to the terminal at the Visakhapatnam Airport, which is about 7 kilometres away from the city centre. Alternatively, after Visakhapatnam flights land in Hyperbad, you can travel to Visakhapatnam by the express train service that runs on a daily basis. Buses and taxis can also take you to your destination, but the journey will last over nine hours.
The government runs a wide network of public buses from the centrally located Dwaraka bus complex that inter-connects various parts of Visakhapatnam and its suburban areas. Because the bus system is so vast and inexpensive, it’s the most convenient way to travel around Visakhapatnam. If you prefer to drive, there are a number of car rental agencies across the city to choose from, but you might want to stay off the roads during rush hour to avoid getting stuck in traffic jams. If you need to travel to neighbouring cities outside Visakhapatnam, the train station is your best bet. It's only a 10-minute drive from the Dwaraka bus complex.
Cheap flights to Visakhapatnam allow you see the country’s biggest shipbuilding yard and its busiest cargo port. Although this industrial city has undergone urbanisation, natural beauty still thrives here. You can enjoy its glorious beaches along the Bay of Bengal coastline, dotted with isolated coves. Rushikonda Beach in particular offers all kinds of water sports.
Three main hills border Visakhapatnam, each having a different place of worship; Lord Shiva’s Venkateswara Temple, the Baba Ishaq Madina Mosque and the Church of the Virgin Mary all co-exist here in peaceful harmony.
You can also take trips to the nearby areas. The pristine hill station of Kailasagiri that has avoided the clutches of commercialisation is at a distance of approximately 6 kilometres from the city centre. Going even further, the panoramic Araku Valley is about 120 kilometres from Visakhapatnam. You can get there within 6 hours by train or bus.
Visakhapatnam has its fair share of malls and supermarkets. Jagadamba Junction in Dwaraka Nagar is home to most of the shops in the city. The stores in Dabagardens can fulfil all your sporting needs. Kurupam Market is the place to be if you are going jewellery shopping.
The traditional cuisine of Visakhapatnam is not for sensitive tongues. Spicy curries, pickles and chutneys are an important part of the local staple diet. You can enjoy cheap meals at a number of local restaurants or modern fast food chains, or have a fine dining experience at an elite restaurant like Jupiter Cuisine.
With cheap tickets to Visakhapatnam, the city is seeing an ever-increasing number of tourists from other parts of India and the world. This has boosted its night life in recent years. The Chrome nightclub is without doubt the most happening place in the city after sundown. Theme bars are a hot trend, attracting party crowds with innovative theme-based décor, beverages and music.