Located at the mouth of the Bay of Bengal where River Gosthani joins the vast ocean, Bheemunipatnam is popular tourist town with historic and religious significance. It was the second municipality established in British India some 150 years ago. Believed to have links with Mahabharata, the town is also considered as a popular Buddhist centre.
Bheemunipatnam gets its name from Bheema, one of the five Pandava brothers, who spent time here during their exile. It is believed that Bheema killed demon Bakasur here and the town was named after him. A temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha and two other temples named Bheemeswaralayam and Choleswaralayam are among the prime attractions here.
With its silver beaches dotted with coconut groves, the town offers wonderful opportunities to sunbathe and swim. The town once served as an important trade port and as a Dutch colony. Ruins of Dutch forts and other establishments can be visited here. In addition, many Buddhist remains have been excavated from various sites in and around the town.
The beach town is located about 42 km. away from the city of Visakhapatnam. State transport buses ply between the two destinations. The best option is to enjoy the exhilarating drive along the coastline from Visakhapatnam to Bheemunipatnam which offers wonderful sightseeing. Cabs, taxis and auto-rickshaws are available for this purpose.
Visakhapatnam Railway Station is located about 30 km. from the beach town. The station has excellent rail connectivity with most of the Indian cities including Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Auto-rickshaws are the convenient mode of transport for further road journey.
Air travellers can land at Visakhapatnam Airport which offers connectivity to the places like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Singapore and Dubai. Taxis and cabs are the best modes to travel from the airport to Bheemunipatnam.