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Places to see (Visakhapatnam)

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Baruva Beach

History :
It is one of the oldest beaches in Andhra Pradesh. It was used as a seaport up to 1948. In July 1917 a ship carrying goods sank in the sea. To commemorate this sad incident a pillar was constructed. There are temples like Durga Temple, Kotilingeswara Swamy Temple (It is said that 99,99,999 Lingas appeared here that is why it is known as Kotilingeswara Swamy Temple) & Janardhana Swamy Temple situated near this beach.

Attraction :
Mahendra Tanaya River, which merges in Bay of Bengal at this place, is the main attraction.

Bobbili Fort

Bobbili Fort is located in Vijayanagaram district. The earlier name of this town was Peddapuli (Tiger). It gradually changed to Pebbuli, Bebbuli & finally Bobbili.

History :
Bobbili is associated with the historic battle of Bobbili between the zamindar of Vizianagaram; Vijayarama Raju aided by the French on one side and the Raja of Bobbili, Gopalakrishna Ranga Rao on the other. The battle of Bobbili was fought on January 24, 1757.

The fort is of two hundred square yards area and height is 22 feet with a tower in each of its angles for observation.

  • A war memorial pillar built by Sri Raja Venkata Svetchelapathi Ranga Rao Bahadur in 1891, is the main attraction here.
  • Rani Mahal
Dolphin's Nose
Dolphin's Nose
It is the most conspicuous and unforgettable landmark in Visakhapatnam. A single, massive 358 mts. rock breaks the coastline and again juts into the sea resembling a Dolphin. It is a permanent feature of the city's Silhoutte.
The toys of Etikoppaka are not just a child's companions, but find many more uses. From candle stands to vermilion boxes and bangles, these pieces are very popular at weekly mandis. Craftsmen also make toys that are used for marriage ceremonies and other rituals. Their enchanting designs, bright colours and earthly appeal are very attractive. Today, they are a part of the rural folk tradition. Toys made at Etikoppaka, a village in Visakhapatnam district, reveal some little-known cultural practices of that region and display the creative skills of its makers.
Hindustan Shipyard
The Nation's bibggest ship building yard is located at Gandhigram at Vizag. The shipyard has four berths, each 167.6 mts. long. It is a good educational and entertaining visit.
Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
Indira Gandhi Zoological park
This is the second Zoological Park in the state after the one in Hyderabad. This zoo is the largest in terms of area with an encompassing area of 450 acres full of exotic species of animals and birds amidst rolling landscapes of natural habitat. Half of this wilderness has been allotted for the deer park. The other 300 types of specimen are allowed to roam freely in huge enclosures. There is a separate enclosure called the Crocodile Park.
Developed by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA), this place particularly attracts nature lovers. It rises a majestic 304 mts. to present a breath-taking scenery. The hill has seven vantage points from which one can see the whole of Visakha in its splendor. A truly spectacular panorama!
Mudasarilova is a large water tank located at a distance 5 km. from Visakhapatnam. The site consists of park (for picnics) fountains, birds and peacocks in cages, water tank and a beautiful garden.
Port Channel
This channel cuts in between three hills which emphasises the lovely topography of Visakhapatnam. Ross Hill, the highest mont named after Mr. Ross, local authority, who built a house on it in 1864. Darga Konda has a mosque and a shrine of a Muslim sage Iashaque Madina, who was revered for his prophecies. Sri Venkateshwara Konda, has a temple which was built by Capt. Blackmoor in 1886.
Ramakrishna Beach
RK Beach
Its unique the first time you arrive here. In order to reach the beach, one has to descend sharply down the road and from the elevation, it appears as if the sea is reaching up into the sky! It's indescribable and awesome. This is a very popular beach which derives its name from a temple of lord Rama and Krishna.
Rishikonda Beach
Green and picturesque, this beach strip falls beside the road from Bhimili with massive sand dunes creating a spectacular geographical formation which supposedly reminds one of the famous beaches in Goa.

The Simhachalam temple has been hailed as the most famous, the richest, the best sculptured shrine in the district. The temple is picturesquely situated on a hill 800 ft. above sea level in the hill range of Eastern Ghats and a distance of 6 kms from Simhachalam Railway station. Private buses ply regularly from Visakhapatnam to Simhachalam.

The inscriptions ofthe temple (about 525 in all) are indispensable for the study of history and culture of the region.

VUDA Park is centrally located in Visakhapatnam. It is an ideal picnic spot for fun lovers.
Bobbili Veenas

Description :
The stringed instrument "Veena" is used extensively in South India. The instrument consists of a large bowl hollowed out of one piece of wood upon which a long bridge is placed having frets and strings.

There are basically two varieties of veena - the Sruti veena and the Swara veena. The veenas are known by the places where they are made like the Tanjore, Mysore, Thiruvananthapuram, Rampur, Bobbili, Pithapuram and Bandar Veenas.

The making of veena :
Veenas are made of Panasa wood (Jackfruit tree) which is light. The wood is cut into the required size for the veena, which is generally of 4-5 ft in length. The uniqueness of the Bobbili and Nuzvidu veenas is that they are made up of single wood. The veena is carved out of one log of wood and is called ekandi veena. After carving the veena into the required size, 24 ft of metal (bronze, brass, and steel) are arranged on the dandi with wax.

Then, four strings of metal are passed over a wide bridge and tuned as sa, pa, sa, pa. Besides these, there are three drone strings that pass over an auxiliary bridge of metal. A resinous cement is poured upon a wooden arc and a piece of metal passing underneath the second, third and fourth strings is laid and manipulated until the strings produce a clear tone that is free from all buzz or twang. A wet cloth is then applied or a little cold water is poured over it so as to harden the cement.

Under the first string a similar piece of metal either polished steel or bell metal is fixed in the same way. Then the ornamentation work is done on the veena-belly and the neck. Earlier, these designs used to be carved out in ivory. These days, apart from Panasa wood, Sampangi and Rosewood are also used by the craftsmen.

Miniature Veena :
These veenas range from 6 - 24 inches.

Buduthi Craft

Description :
The commonly used metals are brass, copper & bell metal. Brass vessels, rays, water storage bins, vessels for preserving grain and rice are very popular among the villagers. The vessel used for storing grains is unique to this region and is called kanchuginnelu. This hollow vessel weighs about 1 - 2 kg. Each community has its own choice of the border designs and width of these vessels.

Carry pots in brass, base ring and trays are also made. New trays are made particularly for marriage ceremonies. Ornamental pots and flower vases with deep black color on their surface is the distinctive quality of the Budithi craftsmen. After making an object in brass, black color is applied on the surface of the vessels. After a while, lines are marked with a blade, which give the vessels a distinct look.

Traditionally, these vessels are used to measure grains. These vessels were originally rectangular, which in later years were molded into semi-rectangular shape. The craftsmen also make miniature idols, mirrors, lamp stands & ornamental bowls. Another distinct Budithi craft is the Marachembu, or the water pot.

Making of the craft :
Budithi brassware usually employs the casting method. In this method, different metals are mixed to form the required alloy. Brass circles, brass scrap, bell metal, copper, tin and zinc are the raw materials. In bronze casting, sand and clay models are made using dye and glue. Brass sheets are molded into required shapes & these are again attached to each other to make the complete item.

After a vessel or a bowl is ready, black color is applied on its surface. The color is prepared using the oxide technique. The application of this color takes place in two stages and is done very carefully, in sunshine.

Makavaripalem Lamps

Description :
They are usually the bhajan lamps. Other utilitarian objects such as brass and bronze vessels and water carrying pots are also made. Most of these lamps resemble a tree, and they are ornamented with leaves, flowers and birds made of brass sheets.

Making of the craft :
The brass sheets are cut according to the design and the parts are joined together to get the required form, which are assembled in final stages to make a lamp. Some of these lamps weigh up to 35 kg. The size of the bhajan lamp varies from 4-6 feet. There are about 24 branches in a lamp. The branches at the bottom of the lamp are larger than the ones at the top, giving the whole structure a conical shape.

Savara paintings

Description :
Painting on the kitchen walls is an annual ritual of the Savara tribals of Srikakulam. These paintings are actually the medium of communication between the tribals & their ancestors & the spirits of the forests. These artists learn the technique by observing their elders. A savara artist paints an array of lifestyles and interprets the changes that are taking place in & outside his village by using very primitive techniques of painting. Traditionally, this kind of painting on the wall is called Edisung. It is done every year in the corner (generally the kitchen, three feet in height and two-and-a-half feet in width) of the house while the middle of the house (bedroom), is painted once in 3 or 5 years. This painting is done in connection with two important festivals: Mamidikotta and Chukkala Panduga. These festivals require animal sacrifice.

On the day of the festival, the walls to be painted are cleaned & coated with red ochre soil mixed with water. Tender bamboo twigs are planted on the ground before painting and new clothes, if any are offered along with three to six pots of rice. The householder, with the help of the priests paints the wall with bamboo twigs. After completing the painting, an animal is sacrificed and its blood is sprinkled on the painting to appease the forest spirits, so that they will safeguard his crops & surroundings.

These paintings represent each and every activity that a householder has performed in his life. Sometimes, he even paints his dreams. The kitchen paintings are meant for kondaladdalu (forest spirits), while the paintings in the bedroom are meant for ancestral spirits and represent a "square temple" for them.

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