Visakhapatnam, located on the east coast of India and sandwiched among the hills of the Eastern Ghats, is often called "The Jewel of the East Coast". A large and bustling seaport, the city is also the country's oldest shipyard, and the only natural harbour on the eastern coastline of the country.
The city has an interesting cultural history than can trace its roots back to both ancient Hindu and Buddhist influences. It later came under the Pallava, Mughals, Nizams, and the East India Company, and the city in various parts reflects all of these multiple personalities.
The natural harbour along its coastline has led to a once quaint fishing hamlet growing into a bustling, well connected industrial city, with the port and the steel plants accounting for most the activity. The city is also a hub for iron ore and other mineral exports from the mineral rich eastern corridor of the Deccan plateau.
The city is also remarkable for its large English speaking workforce that has led to a boom in IT and banking industries in the area as well.