In the 18th century, Visakhapatnam was part of the Northern Circars, a region comprising Coastal Andhra and southern coastal Orissa. It was initially under French control and later the British named it as Waltair. Visakhapatnam became a district in the Madras Presidency of British India.
After India’s independence it was the biggest district in the country and was subsequently divided into the three districts of Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram and Visakhapatnam.
Here are some interesting facts you should know about this port city.