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VIZAG HISTORY
Vizag City Visakhapatnam (Vizag) is second largest city in Andhra Pradesh with an area of 550 kmē. It is primarily an industrial city, apart from being a port city. It is also home to the Eastern Naval Command. Visakhapatnam has seen rapid development in the past decade. The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) will get a new master plan consequent to the increase in its purview from 170 kmē to 550 kmē. The earlier master plan was approved by the government in 2006. VUDA's jurisdiction has been expanded in mid-2008. The city sometimes goes by its now mostly defunct colonial British name, Waltair. During the colonial era, the city's hub was the Waltair railway station, and that part of the city is still called Waltair. It is sometimes referred to as the "City of Destiny"[citation needed]. Visakhapatnam is home to several state-owned heavy industries, one of the most advanced steel plants and has one of the country's largest ports and its oldest shipyard. It has the only natural harbour on the eastern coast of India.


Name and History
The Epic City
Buddhist Influence
Later History


Name and History -   Top
Visakhapatnam was ruled by King Visakha Varma during BC's, according to Hindu Puranams. Another story of this place is it was named after the deity of valour, the second son of Lord Shiva. The other story is that the beauty of the place was compared to the beauty of Sakhi Visakha. The legend is that Radha and Visakha were born on the same day and were equally beautiful. The local people believe that an Andhra king, impressed by the beauty, built a temple to pay obeisance to his family deity, Visakha.
The epic city -   Top
The city has been mentioned in the Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, as well as the forests of the Eastern Ghats where the two brothers Rama and Lakshmana wandered in search of Sita, wife of Lord Rama. According to the epics, Rama formed his army of monkey men in the region with the help of Hanuman and Jambavant. The monkey army of Rama later defeated the demon King Ravan to claim back his wife Sita. An episode of Mahabharata when Bheema killed the demon Bakasura, was believed to have happened in the village Karmanvati, just 40 km from the city.
Buddhist influence -   Top
The religious Hindu texts mention that the region of Visakhapatnam in the 5th century BC was part of the vast Kalinga territory which extended up to the Godavari River. The relics found in the area also prove the existence of a Buddhist empire in the region. Kalinga later lost the territory to King Ashoka in the bloodiest battle of the time which prompted him to embrace Buddhism.
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The territory of Visakhapatnam then came under the Andhra rulers of Vengi. Then Chalukyas, Pallavas ruled over the placid land. This region was under Eastern Ganga Kings, Surya Vamsi Gajapati kings of Odisha from 10th century to 16th century AD. This region came under Hyderabad rulers in 16th century. The Chola kings and Eastern Ganga Kings of Odisha built the temples in the city in 11-12 century AD as established by archeological findings. The Mughals ruled this area under the Hyderabad Nizam in the late 15th and early 16th century. European merchants from France, Holland and the East India Company used the natural port to export tobacco, ivory, muslin and other textile products. Local legend states that an Andhra king, while on his way to Benares, rested there and was so enchanted with the sheer beauty of the place. He ordered a temple to be built in honor of his family deity, Visakha. Archaeological sources however reveal that the temple was possibly built between the 11th and 12th centuries by the Cholas. A shipping merchant, Sankarayya Chetty, built one of the mandapams (pillared halls) of the temple. Although it no longer exists (it may have been washed away about a hundred years ago by a cyclonic storm), elderly residents of Vizag talk of visits to the ancient shrine by their grandparents. Noted author Ganapatiraju Atchuta Rama Raju contradicted this. In the 18th century, Visakhapatnam was part of the Northern Circars, a region comprising Coastal Andhra and southern coastal Odisha that was initially under French control and later the British. Visakhapatnam became a district in the Madras Presidency ofBritish India. In September 1804, British and French squadrons fought the naval Battle of Vizagapatam off the harbour. After India's independence it was the biggest district in the country and was subsequently divided into the three districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam. The city has the tomb of the Muslim saint Syed Ali Ishak Madina, located atop the dargah-hill near the harbour in old city, which is dated to 18th century, where Hindus make vows at it as often as Muslims. The saint is considered to be all potent over the elements in the Bay of Bengal. Many old residents say that every vessel passing the harbour inwards or outwards used to salute the saint by hoisting and lowering its flag three times, and that many ship-owners offer chadar at the shrine after a successful voyage. It's been said that the name Visakhapatnam is named after him i.e. Syed Ali Ishak Madina, the saint. Initially it was Ishaqapatnam which has been modified into present Visakhapatnam may be because of mispronunciation of an Arabic world by the local people.

VIZAG EMERGENCY & USEFUL CONTACTS:
Visakhapatnam emergency numbers are an important part of the basic Visakhapatnam information. Tourists or business travelers may find these emergency numbers of Visakhapatnam handy in the course of their stay in the city.

Some significant emergency numbers of Vizag are given below:
  • Fire: 101
  • Medical Ambulance: 108
  • Police Control Room: 100
  • District Collector Mr. Syamala Rao: 91- 98481-69510, 91 0891 2563257, 2563121
  • Police Commissioner Mr.J.Puranachandra Rao: 0891-2525500
  • Superintendent Of Police Mr.Vinith Brijlal: 91-94407-96000
  • Member of Parliament Mrs. D.Purandeswari: 0891-6467757 (Office)
  • Member of Parliament Dr. T.Subbirami Reddy: 0891-2566184 (Office)
  • Visakha East MLA Mr. Velagapudu Ramakrishna Babu: +91-93931-20999
  • Visakha YSR Congress Party Leader Mr. Vamsikrishna Srinivas: +91-98661-92555
  • Andhra Pradesh Tourism Universal Access Number: 91 0901 334033
  • Indian Airlines: 91 0891 2746501
  • Airport Enquiry: 91 0891 2572020, 2572932
  • Enquiries Related to Railways: 130 to134
  • Jet Airways: 91 0891 2762080, 2762180
  • APSRTC Enquiry: 91 0891 2746400
  • Railway Reservations: 135 to 136
  • Police Control Room: 100, 91 0891 2565454
The telephone numbers of some important hospitals of the city are given below:
  • KGH PBX: 91 0891 2564891
  • Seven Hills Hospital: 91 0891 2563081
  • Apollo Heart Care Center: 91 0891 2529618
  • Queens' NRI Hospital: 91 0891 2535063
  • CDR Hospital: 91 0891 2755444, 2755415
  • Krishna Hospital: 91 0891 2566782
  • Latha Hospital: 91 0891 2555303
  • Victoria Hospital: 91 0891 2562637
  • Lions' Cancer Hospital: 91 0891 2543214
  • Rani Chandramathi Devi Hospital: 91 0891 2555278
The telephone numbers of a number of blood banks of Visakhapatnam are given below:
  • A.S.Raja: 91 0891 2543436
  • Rotary Blood Bank: 91 0891 5534635
  • King George Hospital: 91-0891 2564891
Note: Above contact numbers may change , so details provided above may not be accurate.
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Today's Events at Vizag City:

8:00 AM: YSR Congress Party 'Independence Day Celebtrations" at Maddilapalem Party office, opposite Kinnera Theater at 8:00 am, August 15, 2012.

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Vizag City Photo Gallery
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Bheemnipatnam Beach Beach View from Kailashgiri Hill, Vizag Kailashgiri Hill Roapway to bottom of the Hill, Vizag Shiva Parvathi Idols on Kailashgiri Hill, Vizag Simhachalam Temple View, Vizag Teneti Park near MVP Colony Beach Araku Valley Tribal Museum
Vizag Beach Road Vizag City Areal View Vizag City Areal View at Night Vizag City International Cricket Stadium Vizag City Discotheques & Lounge Bars Araku Valley Train Journey through Lush Greenery and Tunnels Borra Caves near Araku Valley, more then Million Year Old Natural Caves
Vizag City Port, House to Eastern Naval Command Vizag City Port, House to Hindustan Shipyard Vizag City Surrouned by Lush Green Eastern Ghats Vizag City Port, One of few Naturally formed Ports in India Vizag City Lighhouse at VUDA Park Vizag City Indira Zoological Park Vizag City Hills and Sea View from Kailashgiri Hill

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VIZAG MOVIE THEATRES & LISTINGS

Movie News Movie Reviews
Movie Name Theatre Language Show Time Address
Gabbar Singh INOX CMR Central Telugu 02:15 PM 04:05 PM 04:25 PM 07:00 PM 07:20 PM 09:55 PM 10:15 PM Main Road
maddilapalem
visakhapatnam - 530013
Phone :3095666, 2555100
Gabbar Singh Varun INOX Telugu 1:30 PM 01:50 PM 03:55 PM 04:25 PM 04:40 PM 04:45 PM 06:50 PM 07:20 PM0 7:35 PM 09:50 PM 10:05 PM 10:15 PM Opp Gateway Ramakrishna Beach Road
maharani Peta
visakhapatnam - 530002
Phone :2555100
DAMMU V-MAX Cine Complex - Screen 2 Telugu 10:30 am, 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 10:00 pm. On 2 Screens Beside Melody Theater, Jagadambba
visakhapatnam - 530020
Gabbar Singh Kameswari Cinema Hall Telugu 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 9:45 pm Maddilapalem
visakhapatnam - 530013
Phone :6525600
DAMMU Sukanya Telugu 10.30 am, 1.40 pm, 5.30 pm, 8.30 pm Gopalapatnam
visakhapatnam - 530027
DAMMU Lakshmi Cinema Hall Telugu 11.45 am, 2.45 pm, 6.30 pm, 9.30 pm Gajuwaka
visakhapatnam - 530026
Phone :2517034
DAMMU Melody Cinema Hall Telugu 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm Suryabagh
visakhapatnam - 530020
Phone :2565994
DAMMU Leelamahal Cinema Hall Telugu 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm Visakhapatnam
visakhapatnam - 530009
Phone :2562480
DAMMU Narasimha Cinema Hall Telugu 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 8:30 pm Gopalapatnam
visakhapatnam - 530027
Phone :2520974
DAMMU Jyothi Cinema Hall Telugu 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 9:30 pm Daba Gardens Visakhapatnam
visakhapatnam - 530020
Phone :2788788
DAMMU Kinnera Cinema Hall Telugu 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:45 pm Maddilapalem
visakhapatnam - 530013
Phone :6525600
DAMMU Sowjanya Cinema Hall Telugu 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 8:30 pm Gopalapatnam
visakhapatnam - 530027
Phone :2520994
DAMMU Mohini Mini Cinema Hall Telugu 11:45 am, 2:45 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm Gajuwaka
visakhapatnam - 530026
Phone :2517575
DAMMU Sharada Cinema Hall Telugu 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 10:00 pm Jadambba
visakhapatnam - 530020
Phone :2564796
DAMMU Gokul Cinema Hall Telugu 11.00 am, 2.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 9.30 pm Near Railway station
visakhapatnam - 530009
Phone :2562482
DAMMU Sangam Cinema Hall Telugu 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 9:30 pm Dwaraka Nagar
visakhapatnam - 530016
Phone :2747150
DISCO Parameswari Cinema Hall Telugu 10:25 am, 1:40 pm, 5:40 pm, 8:50 pm Kancharapalem
visakhapatnam - 530008
Phone :2558186
NEKU NAKU DASH...DASH Sri Rama Talkies Telugu 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 10:00 pm Rama takies junction
visakhapatnam
Phone :2552445
AVENGERS Jagadamba Cinema Hall Telugu 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 10:00 pm Jagadamba Centre
visakhapatnam - 530020
Phone :2564796
RACHA Urvashi Cinema Hall Telugu 10:25 am, 1:45 pm, 5:35 pm, 8:45 pm Kancharapalem
visakhapatnam - 530008
Phone :2559418, 6529838
RACHA Sri Kanya Cinema Hall Telugu 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:45 pm Visakhapatnam
visakhapatnam - 530009
Phone :2720709
Ee Rojullo Sharat Cinema Hall Telugu 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 9:30 pm Near Big Bazar
dwaraka Nagar
visakhapatnam - 530016
Phone :2747150, 2747151
DAMMU Mohini Cinema Hall 70mm Telugu 11:45 am, 2:45 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm Gajuwaka
visakhapatnam - 530026
Phone :2517575
RACHA Mohini Cinema Hall 35 Mm Telugu 11.45 am, 2.45 pm, 6.30 pm, 9.30 pm Gajuwaka
visakhapatnam - 530026
Phone :2517575
EVENGERS Ramadevi Cinema Hall Hindi 11:00 am, 6:30 pm Visakhapatnam
visakhapatnam - 530020
Phone :2564796
180 Sri Narasimha Cinema Hall Telugu 10.30 am, 1.30 pm, 5.30 pm, 8.30 pm Gopalapatnam
visakhapatnam - 530027
Phone :2520974
180 INOX CMR Central Telugu 10:05 AM 10:25 AM 01:05 PM 01:30 PM 02:15 PM 04:05 PM 04:25 PM 07:00 PM 07:20 PM 09:55 PM 10:15 PM Main Road
maddilapalem
visakhapatnam - 530013
Phone :3095666, 2555100
180 Varun INOX Telugu 10:05 AM 10:35 AM 11:00 AM 11:15 AM 01:00 PM0 1:30 PM 01:50 PM 03:55 PM 04:25 PM 04:40 PM 04:45 PM 06:50 PM 07:20 PM0 7:35 PM 09:50 PM 10:05 PM 10:15 PM Opp Gateway Ramakrishna Beach Road
maharani Peta
visakhapatnam - 530002
Phone :2555100
Teenmaar INOX CMR Central Telugu 10:10 AM 10:20 AM 10:30 AM 01:05 PM 01:15 PM 01:25 PM 04:00 PM 04:10 PM 04:20 PM 06:55 PM 07:05 PM 07:15 PM 09:50 PM 10:00 PM 10:10 PM Main Road
maddilapalem
visakhapatnam - 530013
Phone :3095666, 2555100
Teenmaar Shankara Cinema Hall Telugu 10:00 am, 1:40 pm, 5:40 pm, 8:40 pm Gopalapatnam
visakhapatnam - 530027
Phone :2525060
Shakthi Varun INOX Telugu 12:55 pm, 4:20 pm, 6:45 pm, 10:00 pm Opp Gateway Ramakrishna Beach Road
maharani Peta
visakhapatnam - 530002
Phone :2555100
Shakthi CMR Central Telugu 12:55pm, 4:10 pm, 6:40pm, 9:55 pm Main Road
maddilapalem
visakhapatnam - 530013
Phone :3095666, 2555100
ALA Modalaindi Varun Inox Telugu 1:40 pm Opp Gateway Ramakrishna Beach Road
maharani Peta
visakhapatnam - 530002
Phone :2555100
ALA Modalaindi Cmr Central Telugu 7:45 pm Main Road
maddilapalem
visakhapatnam - 530013
Phone :3095666, 2555100
Nithya Pelli Koduku   Durga Cinema Hall Telugu 10.30 am, 2.30 pm, 6.00 pm, 9.00 pm Madhurawada
visakhapatnam - 530040
Phone :9985004379
DAMMU Sri Venkateshwara Cinema Hall Telugu 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, 6:15 pm, 9:30 pm Visakhapatnam Ho
visakhapatnam - 530001
Phone :2565566
Chattam Varun Inox Telugu 4:30 pm Opp Gateway Ramakrishna Beach Road
maharani Peta
visakhapatnam - 530002
Phone :2555100
Aha na Pellianta Cmr Central Telugu 11:00 am, 10:15 pm Main Road
maddilapalem
visakhapatnam - 530013
Phone :3095666, 2555100
Gaganam  Cmr Central Telugu 1:40 pm, 9:45 pm Main Road
maddilapalem
visakhapatnam - 530013
Phone :3095666, 2555100
Hiss Aruna Cinema Hall Telugu 11:45 am, 2:45 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm Pedagantyada
visakhapatnam - 530044
Phone :2516528
Lbw Varun Inox Telugu 2:05 pm, 4:45 pm Opp Gateway Ramakrishna Beach Road
maharani Peta
visakhapatnam - 530002
Phone :2555100
Manasaara Venkateswara Cinema Hall Telugu 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, 6;15 pm, 9:30 pm Visakhapatnam
visakhapatnam
Phone :2565566
Mangala  Cmr Central Telugu 4:20 pm Main Road
maddilapalem
visakhapatnam - 530013
Phone :3095666, 2555100
Mirapakaya  Sri Kanthi Cinema Hall Telugu 11.00 am, 2.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 9.30 pm Poorna Market
visakhapatnam - 530001
Phone :6641030
Raaj The Showman Varun Inox Telugu 4:25 pm Opp Gateway Ramakrishna Beach Road
maharani Peta
visakhapatnam - 530002
Phone :2555100
Raaj The Showman Cmr Central Telugu 4:25 pm Main Road
maddilapalem
visakhapatnam - 530013
Phone :3095666, 2555100
Veera Mourya Cinema Hall Telugu 10.30 am, 1.40 pm, 5.30 pm, 8.30 pm Gopalapatnam
visakhapatnam - 530027
Phone :6451878
Robo Annapoorna Cinema Hall Telugu 11.45 am, 2.45 pm, 6.30 pm, 9.30 pm Kurmmannapalem
gajuwaka
visakhapatnam - 530026
Phone :2587445
Dum Maaro Dum CMR Central Hindi 5:10 pm, 10:30 pm Main Road
maddilapalem
visakhapatnam - 530013
Phone :3095666, 2555100
Dum Maaro Dum Varun INOX Hindi 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:30 pm, 10:35 pm Opp Gateway Ramakrishna Beach Road
maharani Peta
visakhapatnam - 530002
Phone :2555100
RIO 2D Varun Inox English 1:45 pm, 3:45pm, 5:50 pm, 8:00 PM Opp Gateway Ramakrishna Beach Road
maharani Peta
visakhapatnam - 530002
Phone :2555100
Zokkomon Varun Inox English 12:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 7:15 pm, 9:45 pm Opp Gateway Ramakrishna Beach Road
maharani Peta
visakhapatnam - 530002
Phone :2555100
Note: Actual Movies at Theatre and timings may change with out prior notice, please check with theatre in advance.
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