IPL 2019 Playoffs are currently underway and the Eliminator round is going to take place on Wednesday evening in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Situated along the Bay of Bengal, the city also goes by the names ‘Vizag’ and ‘Waltair’. The city’s history dates back to 6th century BCE, where it was a part of Kalinga kingdom.
The city is filled to the brim with a number of places to visits and dishes to eat. In case you are in the city for the IPL 2019 Playoff between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, here are some cultural prospects to look forward to!
Bongulo (Bamboo) Chicken
Bamboo Chicken is a traditional tribal cuisine that originates from Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam. The preparation method mainly includes marinates pieces of chicken stuffed inside a bamboo shoot which are placed on top of burning coal. It is a smoky and healthy dish that contains no oil, minimal spices and flavoured with the taste of coal and bamboo.
Andhra food has a reputation for being fiery hot. This is one spicy and sour fish curry that you must look out for while in Visakhapatnam. Fresh fish is cooking a tamarind base curry and paired with steamed rice. The deep orange colour of the curry is the first sign that you are in for something incredible!
A 129-year-old recipe that has the same charm as it back in the day. Madugula Halwa originates from the Madugula village of Visakhapatnam. While there are machines today to quicken the preparation process, the original recipe takes three days. The sweet dish is made with wheat milk, sugar, dry fruits and loads of ghee. While the contents of the dish are known, the proportions remain a mystery till date.
If you are looking for an option that takes you away from the hustle-bustle of the main city, Araku Valley is the place to be. It is a small world in itself that will captivate you with its natural aura. A miniature train runs through Padmapuram Gardens, with its sculptures and tree-top huts.
The tourist point is naturally shaped like a dolphin’s nose, hence the name. The hill also goes by the name of ‘Yarada Konda’ which is also the name of a fishing village nestled by the hill. Also, it is the only channel in the world that has multiple religious shrines guarding safe naval passage. You can capture a fantastic shot of the entire city from the top of the Dolphin’s Nose.
A temple dedicated to Vishnu (worshipped as Varaha Narasimha). It was regarded as an important centre of Vaishnavism in the medieval period and has today become a popular tourist destination in the city. It is believed that the deity is capable of giving progeny to women and fulfilling wishes of devotees. Except for the one day of Akshaya Tritiya, the idol of Varaha Narasimha is covered with sandalwood paste throughout the year, which makes it resemble a Shiva Lingam.