Visakhapatnam has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission.
Visakhapatnam was ranked as the fifth cleanest city in India according to the government's Swachhta Sarvekshan rankings.
It is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and also the Financial Capital of Andhra Pradesh.
Visakhapatnam is the principal commercial hub of the state, and contributes to its economy in many sectors such as heavy industries, tourism, industrial minerals, fishing, and information technology.
Top to bottom, left to right: A view of Visakhapatnam and the Bay of Bengal from Kailasagiri Park, Simhachalam Temple, King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam Port, the Kursura Submarine Museum, the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, and Ramakrishna Mission Beach Visakhapatnam (nicknamed Vizag) is the largest city, both in terms of area and population in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
It is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal in the north eastern region of the state.
Local residents believe that an Andhra king, built a temple to pay homage to his family deity Viśakha.
Visakhapatnam Port is the fifth busiest port in India in terms of cargo handled.
It is situated between the Eastern Ghats to its west and the Bay of Bengal to its east, bordering on the north with the state of Orissa and Vizianagaram district and East Godavari District to the south. Control over the city fluctuated between the Chola Dynasty of Tamil Nadu and the Gajapati Kingdom of Odisha The city was ruled by Andhra Kings of Vengi and Pallavas.The city coordinates lies between 17.6883° N latitude, and 83.2186° E longitude. Historically considered part of the Kalinga region, Archaeological records suggest that the present city was built around the 11th and 12th centuries C. The city is named after Sri Vishaka Varma, Legend has it that Radha and Viśakha were born on the same day, and were equally beautiful.