Area : 11,161 sq.km
The boundaries of this district are Bay of Bengal in the East, East Godavari district in the South, Orissa state in the West and North directions.
Rivers : Sharada, Varsha, Tandava, Machkand, Chempavathi and Gostnani .
Major Places : Vishakapatnam, Anakapally, Bhimunipatnam and Narsipatnam.
Industries : Visakha Steel Plant, Coramandal Fertilizers, Andhra Pradesh Refractory, Ship Building, Caltex Oil Refinery, Bharat heavy Plates and Pencils.
Tourist Places : Tyda park, Araku Valley, Borra caves, Rishikonda beach, Bhimunipatnam Beach, Dolphin Nose, Baruva beach, Vuda park, Visakha utsav, Visakhapatnam Harbour, Lawsons bay, Sankaram, Kalingapatnam beach, Rama Krishna beach, Mudasarlova Wter Park, Ross Hills, Kailasagiri, Keertana Vanamu, Indira Zoological park, Visakha Museum, Submarine Museum, Anthropology Museum, Andhra University, Hindustan Shipyard, Caltex Oil Refinery, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Chintapally and Talakona Forests.
Pilgrimage Centers : Simhachalam Temple, Dargakonda, Sri Venkateswara Swamy konda, Upamaka temple, Anakapally Sri Kanyaka Parameswary Temple.
Handicrafts : Etikoppaka Toys.In the olden days this place used to be apart of
Kalinga kingdom ruled by Chalukyans, Vijayanagara kings, Golkonda
and British Empire.
Forest occupies 42% of the district area. Forest yields quality Timber and Bamboo useful in Paper Industry. State Forest Department Planted Cashew nut trees and Eucalyptus trees throughout the district. Coffee Estates are picking up their produce each year of progress. Titanium's ores, Magnalyte and Bauxite ores, quality Clays, Mica, and Graphite are the minerals found in this soil. Vishakapatnam so often called as the Metropolitan City of Andhra Pradesh has developed a lot since last decade. Major Industries are setup in the district especially in the Head quarters because of the Seaport.
India's First Shipping Yard - Hindustan Shipyard, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant the one producing quality steel are the major industries found. Vishakapatnam Port - Which is called as the Natural Harbor Because of the Natural formation of the mountain peaks of the shape of Dolphin Nose emerging from the sea, making this Port an unique one. Vishakapatnam is also called as Waltair or Vizag.
Polavaram Project on the River Godavari is the Irrigation source to
these lands. Vishakapatnam Thermal Power project is the Power source
to the State as well as to the neighboring states. Upper Seleru Hydro
Power Project Producing electricity at a Less Expensive rates is another
feather in the Cap to this Industrious district. Electricity needs
of the district are fulfilled by Hydro Power project on Machkand River.
Andhra University's Head Quarters at Vishakapatnam is a very old university.