|Vishakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam or Vizagapatam (vɪˌʃɑːkəˈpʌtnəm)|
|a port in E India, in NE Andhra Pradesh on the Bay of Bengal: shipbuilding and oil-refining industries. Pop: 969 608 (2001)|
|Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam or Vizagapatam|
|Vizagapatam, Visakhapatnam or Vizagapatam|
city, northeastern Andhra Pradesh state, southern India. It lies on the Bay of Bengal, about 380 miles (612 km) northeast of Madras. Vishakhapatnam lies along a small bay, and its natural harbour is formed by two promontories, the southern one of which is separated from the city by a small river. Vishakhapatnam's port has grown greatly in importance because it has the only protected harbour on the Coromandel Coast. Improvements to the harbour have made it capable of accommodating ships with a draft of 33.5 feet (10.2 m). The city is also an important shipbuilding centre; the first steamer to be built in India was launched in Vishakhapatnam's harbour in 1948. The suburb of Waltair, at the north end of the bay, is the site of Andhra University. Vishakhapatnam exports manganese and oilseeds and has an oil refinery. A medical college and medical museums are located there.
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