Locals in the southeastern Indian city of Visakhapatnam variously call their home ’Vizag‘, ‘The Jewel of the East Coast’ and ’The Eastern Goa’. Expats living in Visakhapatnam will appreciate this reputation on visiting the city's fantastic attractions, notably the nearby Ramakrishna Beach, Kailasagiri Park and the beautiful Kambalakonda Sanctuary. There's a vast amount to see and do in the city's environs, from lush valleys to ancient caves and some fascinating cultural sites. Given these attractions, it may come as a surprise to expats moving to Visakhapatnam that the city is actually one of India's premier industrial centers. With a population of over two million people, it has been named a 'Global City of the Future' by McKinsey Quarterly and boasts India's oldest shipyard, a busy port as well as heavy industry including steel. Expatriates living in Visakhapatnam will also notice the strong presence of both administrative and military sectors. This juxtaposition between the city's beautiful environs and its dynamic economy is a source of fascination for locals and global minds alike.
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The city has good transport links with other Indian transport hubs, including a busy local airport and a central railway station served by numerous trains to major cities like New Delhi, Hyderabad and Bombay. This connectivity is only set to grow as the city's tourist sector and industrial sector compete amicably for dominance. Expatriates relocating to Visakhapatnam from cooler climes – and almost all climes are cooler than southern India – should try to ensure accommodation with air conditioning. The heat is one of the earliest adjustments that every expatriate moving to Visakhapatnam will have to make, but the vivid and vibrant culture of this remarkable country never ceases to stimulate. Expats relocating to Visakhapatnam may find our online Expat Magazine useful in dealing with general expatriation issues, such as working abroad, international finance and cross cultural communication, but for the most part settling into life as an expatriate in Visakhapatnam will be the experience of a lifetime and one to savor.
As well getting used to the extraordinary culture of modern India, expats in Visakhapatnam naturally have to settle into working life as well. The city's heat is something which takes a bit of adapting to and, although the sun gives everything a wonderful brightness, expats working in Visakhapatnam should always have a bottle of water to hand. It's often useful to get in touch with other global minds and InterNations members for tips on working life, or maybe even to organize a local meet-up. Our online discussion groups and forums are a quick way of networking, socializing and getting information, as are our private communications. Having said that, expect to be more than occupied with getting used to India's incredible culture, meeting up with other expatriates working in Visakhapatnam and enjoying the richness of life in ’The Jewel of the East Coast’.