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.
These independent fishermen share the East Coast harbor with large ships and major industries.
The region’s rich agricultural harvest finds its way to simple markets like this one.
Visakhapatnam, one of India’s largest cities, is being beautified as one of its major tourist centers as well. This seaside park is just one of the places that attracts visitors.