Sun, sand and solitude: Visakhapatnam's Yarada Beach

The Yarada Beach is perfect destination to get away from it all, but it still needs some help before it can become really tourist-friendly

September 22, 2018 10:57 am | Updated November 13, 2021 10:53 am IST

Yarada Beach is in the process of getting a facelift and being only a little away from the city centre, offers a perfect getaway with family and friends. Even before reaching the beach, one gets a glimpse of the beautiful coastline while going downhill from Dolphin Hill. The lush greenery announces that you have left the city behind. The twists and turns down the hill lead you to Yarada village and in a matter of minutes, you will drive through it and hit the road with the Bay of Bengal on one side and the evergreen Eastern Ghats on the right.

Damsel in distress

While shacks, a well laid road and a playground liven up things at the beach, there is still quite a way to go before it becomes a really tourist-friendly destination. Last year, the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) initiated construction of a restaurant and beach shacks at Yarada at a cost of ₹ 1.5 crore. While the shacks are ready, the restaurant is yet to come up. The improved road connectivity has made it a lot easier to visit the beach. However, the downside is a growing mount of trash on the beach. Broken alcohol bottles and plastics strewn across the sand, make it an eyesore. If necessary steps aren’t taken, Yarada Beach may face the same fate as other beaches in the city.

“There are no dustbins or toilets on the beach, let alone life guards,” says KVR Giri, who came with his daughter to the beach. “It’s a lot easier to visit the beach now because of well-laid roads. But authorities aren’t maintaining this place.”

There aren’t good restaurants here either to cater to tourists. That is a major let-down. Swapna Pal, a visitor from Kolkata says the place is really scenic, but there is nothing else to do here. “It would be nice to have some eating joints.”

Not too many locals have visited this beach either. Nineteen-year-olds Shyam Yadav and Maria Kumar from Maddilapalem went there for the first time last week. Shyam said, “We stay about 20 kilometres away from this beach and only now did we make time for it. I’m taken back how close the beach is.”

By the bay

There is nothing separating you from the soothing sounds of waves hitting the shore and the breeze from the overlooking hills. The crystal clear water makes swimming impossible to resist. At one part of the beach, there is a Durga temple, which is currently under construction. Adjacent to it, is an open theatre with flood lights for cultural activities This should come handy during Durga Puja.

Swimming and frolicking on the beach can be thirsty business and what better way to quench your thirst than downing the delicious coconut water available there in plentiful.

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