Some dining experiences are about great food. Some are about bonhomie over quick bites. But the experience at Rushikonda's Vihar is a class apart — and worth several revisits. Nestled in the hills of Rushikonda overlooking the magnificent Bay of Bengal, it is perhaps the only place in the city that redefines the essence of ‘beach tourism' in the true sense. It wafts fresh air into the Vizag restaurant scene almost effortlessly.
One can either dine in a relaxing ambience of the air-conditioned restaurant or enjoy a candle-lit dinner at the open air venue called ‘Upper Sea Deck'. Soothed by the muted indoor ambience one can feast on the mischievous caress of the waves on the pristine sands under the starry sky.
“The idea is to provide a complete entertainment package for tourists and visitors. Such a combination of hills and the sea is very rare.
We plan to start programmes and activities to promote the tourism of the grand place,” says Seshagiri Mantri of Vihar.
One of the most popular tourist places, Rushikonda is also the hub of water sports activities. Sports like sea surfing and kayaking are held quite regularly here.
“The place has immense potential to turn into an international tourist location with proper planning and promotion,” he says.
For the upcoming Football World Cup, the Upper Sea Deck at Vihar is gearing up to present a mouth-watering array of Chinese delicacies. The place became a hit venue since the Musical Carnival that was held during December last year. An easy, stylish ambience over a wide open space and a fine dining experience that combats the debilitating urban rush, it is an ideal location to spend an evening after a tiring day.
World Cup fever
A 10-feet high big screen has been kept to add that extra zing and flavour, right from catching all the live action of the IPL matches and the T-20 World Cup to offering musical extravaganzas.
“This is one of the most fascinating places I have ever been to so far.
The aerial view of the sea from the hill is simply mind boggling,” says Saurav, a tourist from West Bengal.
The choice of dishes for the menu is one of the other major attractions. Here you can relish tandoori, Chinese, North and South Indian delicacies. Some of the special items on the menu include murgh malai kebab, achari murg tikka, non-veg kebab platter, sofia paneer tikka, black bean chicken, crisp corn toast, crispy American corn, pocket fish and a variety of other delicacies.