Vizag Diaries (Day 4)
Each time when we are travelling,the experience becomes a diary for us–so we named it as Our Vizag Diaries (Day 4) (Matsyadarshini Aquarium & Visakha Museum).
After the amazing journey of the Vizag-Araku tour, we had only 1 day left in our hand. So there is no meaning of wasting the day inside the hotel room. Though we all were tired enough after completing whole day tour on day 2 and Vizag-Araku tour on day 3. Still our feet dragged us for exploring more new places of vizag. So we made a small enquire at the hotel travel desk and we get to know about a great aquarium named Matsyadarshini Aquarium and a museum named Visakha Museum. So let’s go for exploring. We dressed up quickly and rent 2 autos and started our journey.
Before reading Day 4, if you wish you can take a look of
Vizag Diaries (Day 3) (Vizag – Araku Tour)
1st Destination : Matsyadarshini Aquarium
If you already read my previous blog on Day 1, then you must be aware of INS Kursura (S20) Submarine on RamKrishna Beach. From there Matsyadarshini Aquarium is only 15 min walking distance.
The structure of the aquarium is so unique. It is not like any other aquarium. You have to take entry through the mouth of the shark. Don’t Panic. The shark is not real. It is just made of brick and cement. 😛
But you will get feelings that a shark is coming towards you with a open mouth with sharp teeth and red tongue to swallow you. We take some photographs standing inside the mouth and then proceed inside.
Inside there is a muster of freshwater & saltwater fishes of different species from different aqua bodies of the world.
Matsyadarshini is the house of Clouded Moray & Moray Eel from Whole Mediterrain Sea, Banded Cichlid from Northen Amazone Basin and the Guyanas, Carpet Anemone from Indian & Pacific Ocean, Moorish Idol from Tropical Indo-Pacific, Pacu from Amazone & Orinico RiverBasin, Blue Moph Cichlid and peacock Cichlid from Singapore, Sucker Mouth Catfish from Thailand, Cat Fish from Asia.
Despite of these, the list also includes Long horn bovine fish, butterfly angles, specialist significant, peacock wrasse, the lion angle, stone fish, red squirrel angle, roost shadowy, trigger fish, jokester angle, ladies, sweet lip rabbit angle, heavenly attendants, electric beam, porcupine angle and some more.
Moreover Matsyadarshini made a prominent identity in making the collection of the marine spineless creatures.
Other than that Arowana fishes, imported from Malay Archipelago & Thailand, cost a whopping Rs. 1.5 Lakhs each.
We became amazed to see all the collection in one place. Additionally the activities of the fishes really gave so much fun.
After talking some pictures of those funny activities of the fishes, we finally headed towards the exit gate.
Travel rating: 10/10
Our next destination was 9min (car timing) away from Matsyadarshini Aquarium.
2nd Destination : Visakha Museum
Visakha Museum, built in a Dutch Bunglow located near the Ramkrishna Beach. For us, museum always attracts. We love to know the history of the place, city, culture and people.
This museum provides a vivid history mostly regarding Navy articles as Vizag is the most prominent city in case of Naval Power of India for last few decades.
It is also known as the Corporation museum and is one of the famous tourist landmarks of the city.
As we entered through the main gate of the museum, at first we got a glimpse of two tankers situated face to face in the garden along with the model of Torpedo, Missile, a small aircraft, iron anchor and a small demo of light house. Moreover an engine of the train and a big crane were also installed in the garden along with the Naval resources.
Though the garden is small, but the decoration was very nice.
An unique sculpture in the middle of the garden consisting of a man in Kapotasana or Pigeon Pose, a woman in Dhanurasana or Bow Pose above the abdomen of the man and above two of them a child in a playful posture gives a beautiful view of the garden.
The sculpture has an intense meaning which shows the bonding of a family (according to us).
Maybe it signifies many other meaning. If anyone has any other logic please feels free to share with us.
After completing our outside wandering and photography session, now the time came to go inside.
The outside of the museum is also decorated by many ancient rock carving models placed at the edge of the museum building.
The museum is composed of 2 floors and houses some of the best and finest artistic items. The museum showcases different models of fighter aircrafts, helicopter, ships and submarines include the 250-lb bomb that was dropped by the Japanese during the World War II which are really worth watching. The statues of many naval people make the museum more notable.
Apart from all these the eye catcher is the recovered parts (Dome and some metal parts) of PNS Ghazi, which was sunk on the midnight of the 4th December 1971 off Visakhapatnam Harbor by INS Rajput.
The collections of beautiful arts and paintings
like Oil on canvas of standing portraits, some of them life-size, of members of the royal family of Vizianagaram and Bobbili, take the museum in another level.
Additionally a panoramic photo of whole Vizag city is the main attraction.
Moreover the museum also holds the historical treasures and artifacts of the Kalingandhra region. Two full suits of armor, two stands of spears and muzzle-loading guns, and several ancient weapons such as steel bows, daggers and long-bladed swords and bodices of chain-mail.
The longest India Flag, which are kept rolled in this museum became the major attraction for the tourist.
We enjoyed every bit of the museum. We get to know a lot of things especially about our Indian Navy, who can stay in the water day after day and even can give their own life to protect the country.
A big salute to Indian Navy.
After completing the exploration we planned to had some snacks and spend some time in the sea beach.
Travel rating: 10/10
This is all our 4 days wandering in and out of Vizag. Hope all of you enjoy reading.
If you miss our previous days, then here is the link
1. Vizag Diaries (Day1) (INS Kursura (S20) Submarine, Naval War Memorial)
2. Vizag Diaries (Day 2) (Simhachalam, Shilparamam, Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex, Rushikonda Beach, Kailasagiri and Vuda Park, Fishing Harbor)
3. Vizag Diaries (Day 3) (Vizag – Araku Tour)