The East Coast Andhra Pradesh Region
The East Coast Region of Andhra Pradesh encompasses some 9,000 square miles along the state’s northeast shoreline on the Bay of Bengal. This lengthy waterfront includes a major port and naval base at Visakhapatnam (or Vizag), the state’s second-largest city, and a satellite-launching facility on an off-shore island.
The region’s 8 million people live in 7,200 villages and 8 cities, with some 700,000 employed in medium and large companies that produce everything from airplane parts to pharmaceuticals. Telugu is the predominant language in this beautiful, tropical area.