Venue : Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Visakhapatnam (also known as Vizag and Waltair) is the largest city and the financial capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The city is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy, State headquarters of Indian Coast Guard.
Visakhapatnam’s history stretches back to the 6th Century BC, when it was considered a part of Kalinga Kingdom, and later ruled by the Vengi, the Pallava and Eastern Ganga dynasties. Present city is estimated to have been built around the 11th and 12 centuries with control over the city fluctuating between the Chola Dynasty and Gajapati Kingdom, until its conquest by the Vijayanagara Empire in the 15th century. Conquered by the Mughals in the 16th century, European powers eventually set up trading interests in the city, and by the end of the 18th century it had come under French rule. Control passed to the British in 1804 and it remained under British colonial rule until India’s independence in 1947.
The city is home to the oldest shipyard and the only natural harbour on the east coast of India.
Visakhapatnam is a major tourist destination and is particularly known for its beaches. It is referred to by many nicknames such as “The City of Destiny” and “The Jewel of the East Coast”.
Visakhapatnam is well connected to all major cities of the country by rail, road and air transport.