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A Picturesque small fisherman’s village called Vizagapatnam has existed fort more than 13 centuries in east coast of India. Vizag remembers ancient civilizations and great people that wrote its magnificent history. Situated in a "Picturesque Amphitheater of Hills", The city stands itself on a space backed by the blue sea on the one hand and the vast landscape on the other. Beyond this beutiful landscape, we find the Simhachalam Hill range jutting almost into the sea at Kailasagiri ("Thomas' Folly") and Rushikonda ("the Sugar loaf Hill") in the North East and the Dolphin's Nose hill range projecting as bold headland into the Bay on the South and pyramid-like hills on the fringe of tidal swamp on the West. It is said that the Rushikonda and the Dolphin's Nose hill protect the city from the ravages of the roaring sea, however, these constitute some of the outstanding topographical features of Vizag. Another outstanding feature of the city is its rocky and sandy hills inside. They are the Ross Hill, Darga hill, Venkateswara Hill in the South , the sandy hill range from King George Hospital to Utagedda in the North and the twin hills between which passes the Waltair Road.
260 B.C.: Ashoka conquered the Kalinga empire (of which Vizag was a part).
208 B.C.: Chandra Sri Satakarni was the king of this region.
220 A.D : Pallavas come into possession of the region
1000 to 1200 A.D: Rule of the Cholas of Tanjore
1500 AD : Gangas replaced by Gajapatis
14th Century : Simhachalam Temple was built.
1515 : Krishna Deva Raya was the ruler of the area comprising Vizag.
1575 A.D : Qutub Shahis of Golconda defeats the Gajapatis of Orissa
Mid-17th Century: A factory was founded in "Vizagapatam" by the British East India Company.
1689: This factory was occupied by the forces of Aurangzeb.
1735: The Dutch Colony was established.
1765: The territory of the Northern Circars, of which Vizag was a part, ceded to the East India Company on dissolution of the Moghul Empire. Following this, a British colony was established.
1800 A.D: The battles of Bobili and Padmanabham
1922-24 : Revolt and struggle of Alluru Sitharama Raju against British rule.
1904: A railway from Madras to Calcutta, passing through Vizagapatam, was opened.
1923: Andhra Medical College was started.
1926: Andhra University was established.
1933: Visakhapatnam Port was established.
1942: Japanese war planes attacked Vizag.
1947: The Eastern Naval Command established its base in Vizag. Prior to 1947, the Royal Navy had a base in HMIS Sircars.
1949: Scindia Shipyard was started, it was later nationalised and is now called the Hindustan Shipyard.
1953: The Boat Repair Shop was expanded into a Base Repair Organisation (BRO) and was shifted to its location at the mouth of the northwest channel.
1957: A petroleum refinery owned by Caltex was opened. This is currently owned by HPCL.
1965: Two survey ships JUMNA and INVESTIGATOR were permanently re-based at Visakhapatnam.
1971: INS Rajput of the Indian Navy destroyed the Pakistani submarine Ghazi in the Indo-Pak War off the coast of Vizag.
1981: Visakhapatnam Steel Plant commenced operations.
Before British
Vizag, the Port city is the jewel on the eastern coast of India, 2nd Biggest City Next to Capital Hyderabad. The City is a harmonious blend of the magical past and the bustling present with a breath taking panorama of golden beaches, lush green fields, verdant valleys and splendid monuments from a historically rich and religious heritage. MORE

During British
Vizagapatnam the colonial name given to the city have become one of the important and strategic power centre for the British. British built its settlement here in Waltair which housed their Residence.MORE
After British  
From a tiny little fishing village in the previous century, Vizag as part of the coastal Andhra region came under French control in the late 18th century; the Dutch had established a colony in the early part of the 18th century. The English on establishing the Raj developed Waltair as a sister town of Vizag in the Madras Presidency. The city was the largest city at the time of Indian Independence and was divided into three manageable districts.MORE
Vizag in modern Times  
The transformation of Vizag is unique in its speed, scale, and politics. With just 25 years iunder the hood it changed from a sleepy town to bustling busines town. Vizag's dramatic transformation into a bustling business town without leaving its sheer natural beauty and calmness is true awsomeness that calls for huge applause.MORE









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