Visakhapatnam (also known as Vizag and Waltair is the largest city in Andhra Pradesh. It is primarily an industrial city, but also attracts tourists due to its unspoilt sandy beaches, well built and maintained parks and nearby scenic areas, such as the Araku Valley. Currently the city has a population of about 2 million. Vizag is sometimes referred to as the "Goa of the East Coast." Just like its west coast counterpart, it has beautiful virgin beaches, laterite hillocks, and stunning landscape. Health-tourism is a fast-developing industry. Visakhapatnam is variously referred to as Jewel on the Coromandel Coast, Steel City, and the City of Destiny. The local language is Telugu. There is considerable concentration of Marwaris, Oriya, Bengalis, Punjabis, Maharashtrians, Tamil and Malayalees.
Vizag is well-connected by air to Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Tirupati, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Indore and Vijayawada. Currently there are international flights to Colombo, Dubai, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. More than anything else, Vizag is known for its beaches. It boasts a number of beaches that are both scenic and uncrowded. A few virgin beaches span along the eastern side of the city and stretch for miles.