First we went from Duvvada to Rishikonda beach (about 30 kms) and then to Ramakrishna (RK) beach. The road to Rishikonda beach is as beautiful as it gets. In fact there is an APTDC resort very close to Rishikonda beach and one can stay there in as low as Rs 1200 ($30) per night for an A/c room if you book well in advance (http://www.tourisminap.com/). The resort is on a small hill on the Rishikonda beach and view excellent.
At the beach you can go swimming or boating. But remember the last boat hire is till 6:00 PM only. There are lots of temporary beach shacks which provide water, cold drinks and packaged food like chips. You can get roasted corn in the season and of course icecreams but do not expect any other food items. Waiting for the sunset at the beach is worthwhile. It's a beautiful sunset. Here's a pic of the Rishikonda beach at sunset:
There is an acquarium as well which children might enjoy. The ticket for acquarium is a nominal Rs 20 (adult) and Rs 10 (children). The acquarium is small and if you have nothing else to do, you might as well take a look. It will not take more than 10-15 mins. But the true fun at RK beach is to walk around, go in a group, chat, gossip, eat and swim if you want to. There is a nice restaurant by the name "Windy's". It has a lot on it's menu and is quite cheap. Caution: If you are in a hurry, this is not the place for you as the service is very slow. Here's a pic of RK beach:
The Vuda Park is also on the beach road and is a fabulous place to spend some quality time with friends and family. With a musical fountain, boating facility and a skating ring it's a place for one and all.
Kailasagiri has been developed as a lush green park on a hill outside Vizag. You can see a white colored lord Shiva statue from some distance which is symbolic of the park. This can take 2-4 hrs depending upon how much you stay put at the park. Its a perfect place to have a picnic with family and friends.
In part II of this post I will cover Araku valley and Tyda experience and pics. Wait for that... :)