Visakha Utsav in Visakhapatnam
With all the tourism in the city, it truly lives the name of the most sought after destinations in the state and on the east coast. The city also hosts a series of Festivals and Fairs out of which Visakha Utsav is one of the oldest and the most renowned.
This much-celebrated festival of Visakhapatnam displays the richness and diverse culture of the land to the locals and tourists. Usually held on the Rama Krishna Beach, this festival sees numerous tourists every year. The main attraction of this festival being the Food stall, a lot of food lovers come to taste the various dishes on display. Other attractions are the fashion shows, cultural programs and art exhibitions. There are traditional flower shows, crafts exhibitions, sports events and heritage tours as well. Arranged by the Tourism Department in order to promote arts and craft of Vizag, Visakha Utsav makes the city come alive during this time of the year and people are filled with a sense of mirth and gaiety. There have been years where the Visakha Utsav had been postponed to the month of January.
History of Visakha Utsav:
It was the Honorable Chief Minister Mr. N Chandrababu Naidu who had inaugurated the Yatri Nivas
(Tourist's Home) at Appu Ghar and Araku Valley respectively. Rushi Konda Tourist Cottages and Water Park near Police Commissionerate as well during the 1999 Visakha Utsav. The Foundation Stone for Andhra Museum atop of the Kailasa Giri Hill is also laid during the period. Andhra University organized a seminar on Vision 2020. Also held during the same month were the Araku and Bhimili Utsavs.
Visakha Utsav Promoting Tourism
With a lot of reasons for one to visit Visakhapatnam, Visakha Utsav certainly stands out to be one of the most important ones as it has got something or the other to offer. Vizag welcomes all the locals and tourists every year and works very hard to make it better than the last.