VIZAG-JAGDALPUR-ARUKU Tour Information

Visakhapatnam/Vizag: –
Hidden within the folds of its verdant hills and picturesque valleys there is a bustling city, an industrial centre, with heritage buildings, ancient temples, Buddhists monuments, natural wonders, golden beaches, art, history, culture. Visakhapatnam is all this and more. The perfect tourist destination, come explore this exceptional city and her rich surroundings, the ‘jewel on the East Coast’.
Once a small fishing village, the city today is a busy port with the distinct advantage of a natural harbour. Its geographical advantage has made this city the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Na
The story behind the name Visakhapatnam has many versions:-
One popular belief is that the town was named after Buddhist princess Visakha (5th to 6th Century BC), and is referred to in the Buddhist gathas. Another similar theory attributes the name to a Buddhist monk, Vaisakhi. The Chinese traveller, Huien Tsang visited Andhra during 639-40 AD. In his travelogue, he mentioned the name of ‘Visakha kingdom’, where Hinayana Buddhism was prevalent.
Another school of thought attributes the name derived from the God of valour, Visakeshwara. This is supported by the strong belief that there lies submerged a shore temple built by Kuluttonga Chola of the Lord just off the shoreline. Then again, the name is credited to a Muslim saint, Ishaq Madina, revered by all, the Hindus and Muslims, especially those who lived off the sea. And the simplest yet most possible explanation is that the city got its name from its topography; ‘isaka’ is the Telugu word for sand. The vast sand expanses could have contributed to the name.
Historically, Visakhapatnam was considered to be a part of Dandaka Aranya. Later, part of the Kalinga Empire, it was conquered by Asoka in about 260 BC. In about the 11th century AD, the Simhachalam Temple was constructed. The 15th century saw the reign of Krishnadeva Raya. The next significant happening was the establishment of the Dutch colony in 1735. Later, in 1765, Visakhapatnam became a part of the Northern Circars, initially under French control, only to be expelled by the British later. The city has evolved and flourished under the British. Prior to that, Visakhapatnam has witnessed the reigns of various kingdoms – Asoka, Pallavas, Cholas, and Gangas.
Under the British, development was manifold. Like the establishment of the Andhra Medical College (1902), railway connection to Madras and Calcutta (1904), the Andhra University (1926), Port (1933), Eastern Naval Command (1947), and clubs like the Golf Club and Waltair Club. Post independence, in 1949, Scindia Shipyard (HSL) was commissioned, HPCL (Caltex) came up (1957) and in 1981, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant opened its gates. Now there is a blossoming film industry, chemical industries and the IT parks adding to Vizag’s progress.
The unique topography, ancient history, cultural heritage and adaptability to modern trends have given Vizag an edge over many other destinations. In tune with preferential tourism, Vizag has temple tourism, beach tourism, heritage tourism, Buddhist tourism, eco-tourism, medical tourism

SIMHACHALAM TEMPLE Location:-
Simhadri or Simhachalam is a Hindu temple located in the SimhachalamVisakhapatnam City suburb of Simhachalam in Andhra Pradesh, South India resembles the rich cultural heritage Visakhapatnam holds It is dedicated to the incarnation (avatar) of Vishnu known as Narasimha
(the man-lion).
TEMPLE HISTORY:-
The local Sthala purana contains a mythical account of the foundation of the Temple which relates to the well-known story of the demon King Hiranya-Kasyapa and his son Prahlada. Hiranyakasipu and Hiranyaksha who are brothers and mighty demon lords bent upon disturbing the peace of the world.
Hiranyaksha, seized the earth and carried it to neither regions. Lord Vishnu killed him and delivered the earth from the clutches of the demon by assuming the Boar incarnation (Varaha Avatara). Hiranyakasipu wanted to avenge the death of his brother Hiranyaksha. He wanted to become immortal and hence performed austerities (tapasya) to propitiate Lord Brahma. However, Lord Brahma said that was not possible so Hiranyakasipu asked Lord Brahma to grant him a boon so that he could not be killed by either animal or a man neither in the morning nor in the night, by any weapons, neither in sky nor on the earth. Hiranyakasipu wanted the entire world to worship him. He added to his might the power of penance and began to punish the gods and sages, the devotees of Lord Vishnu.
Son of Hiranyakasipu, named Prahalada became a devotee of Vishnu even from his birth and thus brought upon himself the wrath of his father. Hiranyakasipu tried to mend the ways of his son, but when he found him to be adamant, made him undergo severe hardships. He made the elephants trample over him and set poisonous snakes against him. Prahalada, protected as he was by divine grace, stood firm Hiranyakasipu as a last resort, asked his servants to throw his son into the sea and place huge mountain over him. His servant choose to drop Prahalada in the sea near the mount Simhadri with a view to place the mountain over him. But before they could complete their act Lord Narayana rescued him by jumping over the hill and lifting up Prahalada from the sea. Simhadri is thus the place where the Lord rescued Prahalada.

The form of Varahanarasimha (Dwayavathara) was assumed by him, on the prayer of his devotee, Prahalada, who wanted to see both the incarnations of the Lord, the one by which he had already killed Hiranyakasha and the other by which he would kill Hiranyakasipu.
According to Stalapurana, Prahalada was the first person to construct a temple round the Deity. He accomplished this after his father’s death at the hands of Narasimha. But at the end of that life-cycle (Krita yuga), the temple was neglected and began to decay. Even the Deity was not taken care of and crests of earth slowly gathered round the image.
But, at the beginning of another life-cycle, the Lord once again was discovered by Emperor Pururava of the Lunar Dynasty. Pururava, with his spouse Urvasi, riding on an aerial chariot over the hills of the South, was drawn to Simhachalam by a mysterious power. He discovered the Lord on the hill lying imbedded in crests of earth. He cleared the earth around the image of the Lord. Then he was addressed by the akaasavani not to expose the image but cover it with sandal paste. It also added that the Lord should be worshipped in this form, and only once in a year, on the third day in the month of Vaisakha his nijaswarupa can be revealed. Acting under the instructions of akaasavani, king pururava applied over the image an amount of sandalwood paste which is equal to the mud he had removed, worshipped the deity, and built the temple once again around the image. The temple continued to flourish ever since.
 
Temple Timings:-
Simhachalam Temple Darshan Timings
Morning 07:00am to 11:30am
Afternoon 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Evening 04:00pm to 7:30pm
Fares for using Private Vehicles to reach hill top:-
Scooter Rs. 5/-
Car Rs. 20/-
Jeep Rs. 25/-
Lorry Rs. 75/-
Empty Lorry Rs. 50/-
Empty Van Rs. 30/-
Loaded Van Rs. 40/-
Mini Bus Rs. 75/-
Kailasagiri:-
Kailasagiri is a hilltop park in the city of Visakhapatnam in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.[3] The park was developed by the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) and comprises 380 acres (150 ha) of land covered with flora and tropical trees. The hill, at 173 metres (568 ft), overlooks the city of Visakhapatnam.The Government of Andhra Pradesh awarded Kailasagiri as its "Best Tourist Spot" in 2003. On average, around three hundred thousand Indian and foreign tourists visit the park every year. To protect the environment, VMRDA has declared the hill a plastic-free zone.[3] A cable car connects to the top of the hill, the first of its kind in Andhra Pradesh.[4] Kailasagiri is located around 10 km from the Visakhapatnam Railway Station and around 8 km from Visakhapatnam Dwaraka Bus Station.Kailasagiri has ropeway to reach the hilltop.



 
 
 
 

Tour Itinerary

Tour Furnished below


DAY 1-TRAIN NO-22807 SANTRAGACHI TO VIZAG(DEP:19.00PM-ARRIVE 8.10 AM) SRC MAS AC EXP.TRAIN FARE  RS.1740 NOTE:TUE/FRI
DAY 2- RAMKRISHNA BEACH VIZAG (NIGHT STAY )
                              YARADA BEACH(RAMKRISHNA BEACH TO YARADA BEACH DISTANCE 24 KM).[SIGHT SCEEN]
                              VUDA PARK(RAMKRISHNA BEACH TO VUDA PARK DISTANCE 2 KM).
                              INDIRA GANDHI ZOOLOGICAL PARK(RAMKRISHNA BEACH TO INDIRA GANDHI ZOOLOGICAL DISTANCE 8 KM.)   
DAY 3- RAMKRISHNA BEACH VIZAG (NIGHT STAY )
                               1.KAILASAGIRI HILL(RAMKRISHNA BEACH TO KAILASAGIRI HILL DISTANCE 8 KM)
                               2.SUBMARINE MUSEUM(RAMKRISHNA BEACH TO SUBMARINE DISTANCE 17 KM)
                               3.DOLPHINS NOSE & THE PORT(RAMKRISHNA BEACH TO DOLPHINS NOSE DISTANCE  19 KM)
                               4.LAWSONS BAY(RAMKRISHNA BEACH TO LAWSONS BAY DISTANCE 3 KM)
                               5.SIMHACHALAM(RAMKRISHNA BEACH TO SIMHACHALAM DISTANCE 17 KM.)
                               6.BHEEMUNIPATNAM(RAMKRISHNA BEACH TO BHEEMUNIPATNAM BEACH DISTANCE 26 KM)
                               7.GANGAVARAM BEACH (RAMKRISHNA BEACH TO GANGAVARAM BEACH DISTANCE 32 KM.),(RUSHIKONDA BEACH  TO GANGAVARAM BEACH DISTANCE 43 KM.)
                               8.THOTLAKONDA(RAMKRISHNA BEACH TO THOTLAKONDA DISTANACE 17 KM.),(RUSHIKONDA BEACH TO THOTLAKONDA DISTANACE 6 KM.)
                               9.MANGAMARIPETA BEACH
                              10.APPIKONDA BEACH
DAY 4-TRAIN NO-58501 VIZAG TO ARAKU VALLY(DEP:6.50AM-ARRIVE11.05AM) VSKP KRDL .PAS(VISAKHAPATNAM-KIRANDUL-  PASSENGER). NIGHT STAY ARAKU VALLY.SIGHT SCEEN BORRA CAVES(ARAKU VALLEY TO BORRA CAVES DISTANCE 57 KM.)
DAY 5-TRAIN NO-58501 ARAKU VALLY TO JAGDALPUR(DEP:11.05AM-ARRIVE16.20PM) VSKP KRDL.PAS(VISAKHAPATNAM-KIRANDUL-  PASSENGER).JAGDALPUR NIGHT STAY.
DAY 6- JAGDALPUR SIGHT SCEEN. 
                               1. KAILASH AND KOTUMSAR CAVE.
                               2. KANGER VALLEY NATIONAL PARK.
                               3. CHITRAKOT WATERFALL.
                               4. DANTESHWARI TEMPLE.
                               5. BALAJI TEMPLE
                               JAGDALPUR NIGHT STAY.                           
DAY 7-TRAIN NO-58502 JAGDALPUR TO VIZAG(DEP:-10.30AM-ARRIVE20.50PM) VSKP KRDL.PAS(VISAKHAPATNAM-KIRANDUL-  PASSENGER). VIZAG NIGHT STAY.(NIGHT STAY RUSHIKONDA BEACH )
DAY 8- RUSHIKONDA NIGHT STAY.
DAY 9- BACK TO KOLKATA.