The beaches of Visakhapatnam speak of the glory of hard work. I arrive at Visakhapatnam port through a rainy journey. Rain clouds disappeared in Visakhapatnam. Mahapatnam has been heard through many movies. Visakhapatnam is a beautiful coastal city that plays a major role in India’s own harbor fishing industry. The main objective was the submarine museum. The trip was to Ramakrishna Beach.
It started feeling heavy sun since morning. So the trip along the beach was not very interesting. A beach with a less crowded and peaceful atmosphere. First sight was Matsyadarshini Aquarium. The entry fee was Rs.50. Located in two rooms, the specialty of this aquarium was piranha fish. That is why the ticket was taken for this. No one else was in the aquarium at the time. There was no rush. The sights at the aquarium were various species of sharks, piranha fish and red-necked turtles imported from Thailand. The goal was to see the piranha. A fat fish. It was a special sight to see the piranhas in the movies craving for human blood inside a glass here.
The sights at the aquarium were something that could be seen in about three and a quarter hours. After that, the time till noon was spent at the Handicraft Showroom run by the Visakhapatnam Handicraft Society. The exhibition hall was right next to the aquarium. The showroom was full of bags, pouches, clothes, and various delicacies woven by the weavers of Kutch and Rajasthan. All these are arranged in such a way that the price is not much. It was late afternoon. It was then that an autorickshaw driver said that there was a canteen of Andhra University and that he would get lunch from there. The distance was about half a kilometer. For Rs 70 you get a meal consisting of rice, sambar, rasam, pappadam, curd, Kovaka Upperi, dal, and pickle. It was a satisfying meal.
The next trip was to the Submarine Museum. It is the first submarine museum in Asia. Second in the world. Built by the Soviet Union, this submarine served the Indian Navy from 1969 to 2001. The submarine is known as INS Kurzura. Visakhapatnam tourism department has designed this as a project by spending about five and a half crore rupees. The entry time to the museum was from 2 pm. The entry fee was Rs.40. The views inside the submarine were spectacular. We can see all the machinery and information technology used in those days inside. Similarly, we can see the captain’s room, the restrooms, and the kitchen. Later went to the famous Visakhapatnam port. We can see a lot of mothers and grandmothers standing guard over the streets drying fish. The views here made me realize that there is no age for hard work.
Young people were generally less in this harbor. It is also the shooting location of many movies. Trade between traders and fishermen is gathering dust. Boating is also available. We cannot see any kind of extortion or harassment here as in other ports. The traders get the dried fish they prepare after spending days in the sea, putting oil in their eyes and waiting for it to dry out in the sun. Seeing all these in front of my eyes and seeing the ship anchored in the distance, I walked to Ramakrishna Beach to watch the sunset.