INS Kursura Submarine Museum is located on the coast of Ramakrishna Beach in the beautiful city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. It is inside an actual submarine, INS Kurusura, which was India's 5th submarine. The submarine has got the makeover of a museum is INS Kurusura which was built by Russia in 1969. The museum consists of several artifacts, pictures, and articles that were used during the war.
INS Kursura was introduced to India in 1970 and it soon started serving the Indian navy. The submarine was decommissioned in 2001, after 31 years of its service in the Indian Navy and was turned into a museum. The submarine played a significant role in the Indo-Pak war of 1971 and many other wars. INS Kursura is 91.3 meters in length and 8 meters in breadth. INS Kursura is the second such submarine-cum-museum in the world.
Various gadgets and weapons are on display in this museum. Visitors would also get to explore the control room, radar, and sonar room inside this submarine museum. It also comprises various artifacts, scripts, photographs that display the evolution of submarines around the world. Visiting INS Kursura is an experience of a lifetime as it definitely takes you closer to the life inside a submarine.
The submarine is not the same as it was during its service years it has gone through several modifications so that people can move freely and have a clear view of everything. Another interesting thing about the museum is that a few naval officers often visit or stay in the museum as guides to enlighten the visitors about the significance of each room, gadgets and other specifications of the submarine.
Naval Archives. You can look through several naval archives from the war-times. Taking a look at the things exhibiting our naval officers' patriotism and courage is worth it. A lot of articles and souvenirs from the wartime are displayed in the museum.
Ocean Resources Maritime. Also, one can get thorough information about the ocean resource that is showcased at the naval museum. The museum will give you an insight into the marine life and how the security is preserved in the oceans.
Weapons of Medieval Maratha Soldiers. The submarine museum also consists of several articles and weapons dated back from the medieval era. Such weapons include guns, swords, etc. Visiting the museum will allow you to see these ancient weapons and know the lesser-known stories from the bygone era.
Ramakrishna Beach. The panoramic beach is always alluring for the locals as well as tourists. The beach is popular as an ideal place for sunrise and sunset views. For locals, it is one of the popular picnic spots for locals.
Visit the Famous Tyda Park. When you are done with your exploration of the Submarine Museum, you can now head to Tyda Park which is just a few kilometers away from INS Kursura S20 naval museum. The park is known to be home to rich flora and fauna. Visitors may also indulge in multiple adventure activities such as target shooting, camping, and rock climbing.
Matsya Darshini. This is surely a kid’s paradise as they can enjoy the marine world of the great Visakhapatnam. Located within a few kilometers from RK Beach, this place is home to different kinds of fishes and tortoise aquariums.
Though Andhra Pradesh has normal climatic conditions, still it is preferable that you come for a vacation between the months of October and February for its blissful and moderate weather. It remains open for all the days of the week from 2 pm through 8:30 pm.
By Road. To reach the submarine museum from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru, one has to cover approximately 1,700, 1,300, 880, and 1,000 km respectively. One may also book the interstate tourist buses and if you are planning to go by car then you have to seek a route that leads to the Rama Krishna Beach Road, where the museum is located.
By Rail. Visakhapatnam railway station is the nearest railway station to INS Kursura Submarine Museum. From the railway station, one has to cover a distance of 3km to reach the unusual museum. Vizag railway station gets frequent trains from all the major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. Swarna Jayanti Express, Dakshin Express, and Samta express are a few popular trains to Vizag.
By Air. Visakhapatnam has got great road connectivity with the neighbouring cities. In fact, there are several state and private buses available too for convenient commutation. Major cities that enjoy easy road connectivity are Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Vijayawada, and Puri. also, if you are coming from Kolkata, you need to take National Highway 5 to reach Visakhapatnam.
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