Not many people know of a Buddhist complex in Visakhapatnam. Thotlakonda in Bheemunipatnam is located atop of a hill and this Buddhist Monastery is said to have played a crucial role from 2 BC to 2 AD. Pack a picnic and head over to this complex that's super well-maintained by the government. Flanked by bougainvillea trees, plants, and lots of greenery — this complex eventually leads you to the remains of the monastery. What's left is still a sight to behold!
The entire site was excavated by Andhra Pradesh State Archaeology Department after it was discovered by the Indian Navy. At the site, you can catch a glimpse of the yesteryears through the stupas, viharas, and padukas. We took a guided tour of the excavated site and we were told that the water tanks rarely do dry up here (even to this day) and the whole site acted as guides for ships.
Take a walk across the complex and get to the view points! The panoramic view of the sea from the top is quite stunning and you can spend a few hours here before alighting the hill to head to Thotlakonda Beach, which is one of the best beaches in Vizag. Located right opposite the complex, this cave beach is known for its rocky formations. Gobble down some seafood delicacies at Baywatch Restaurant before heading to the beach.
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