Visakhapatnam (also known as Vizag ) is the largest city and the financial capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.The city is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and state headquarters of Indian Coast Guard.Its geographical location is amidst the Eastern Ghats and the coast of the Bay of Bengal. It is the most populous city in the state with a population of 2,035,922 as of 2011, making it the 14th-largest city in the country, and the fourth-most populous in South India. It is also the ninth-most populous metropolitan area in India with a population of 5,018,000.With an output of $43.5.billion, Visakhapatnam is the ninth-largest contributor to India's overall gross domestic product as of 2016.
The city is home to the oldest shipyard and the only natural harbour on the east coast of India. Visakhapatnam Port is the fifth-busiest cargo port in India, and the city is home to the headquarters of the Indian Navy's Eastern Command and South Coast Railway zone. Visakhapatnam is a major tourist destination and is particularly known for its beaches. It is referred to by many nicknames such as The City of Destiny and The Jewel of the East Coast. It has been selected as one of the Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under the Smart Cities Mission. As per the Swachhta Sarvekshan rankings of 2017, it was the third-cleanest city in India in 2017. It fell to 7th position in 2018 and to 23rd position in 2019.