Another theory is that it is named after a women disciple of Buddha named Viśakha.Later it was ruled by Qutb Shahis, Mughal Empire (between 16), Nizam (1724–1757) and France (1757–1765) before being captured by the British in 1765.European powers eventually set up trading interests in the city, and Visakhapatnam came under French rule at the end of the 18th century.
Visakhapatnam has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission.
Visakhapatnam was ranked as the fifth cleanest city in India according to the government's Swachhta Sarvekshan rankings.
It is situated between the Eastern Ghats to its west and the Bay of Bengal to its east, bordering on the north with the state of Orissa and Vizianagaram district and East Godavari District to the south. Control over the city fluctuated between the Chola Dynasty of Tamil Nadu and the Gajapati Kingdom of Odisha The city was ruled by Andhra Kings of Vengi and Pallavas.
The city coordinates lies between 17.6883° N latitude, and 83.2186° E longitude. Historically considered part of the Kalinga region, Archaeological records suggest that the present city was built around the 11th and 12th centuries C. The city is named after Sri Vishaka Varma, Legend has it that Radha and Viśakha were born on the same day, and were equally beautiful.
It's periphery consists of plains along the coast line while the interiors boast of the beautiful hills of the Eastern Ghats which surround it on the North and the West. It occupies an area of approximately 11,161 km (4,309 sq mi). Sri Vishaka Sakhi, is the second most important gopi of the eight main gopis.
Visakhapatnam's history stretches back to the 6th century B. E., and the city finds mention in ancient texts, such as the 4th century B. She carries messages between Radha and Krishna, and is the most expert gopi messenger.
Local residents believe that an Andhra king, built a temple to pay homage to his family deity Viśakha.
This is now inundated under sea water near R K Beach.
Top to bottom, left to right: A view of Visakhapatnam and the Bay of Bengal from Kailasagiri Park, Simhachalam Temple, King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam Port, the Kursura Submarine Museum, the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, and Ramakrishna Mission Beach Visakhapatnam (nicknamed Vizag) is the largest city, both in terms of area and population in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
It is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal in the north eastern region of the state.
It is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and also the Financial Capital of Andhra Pradesh.