A significant finding was a piece of bone (with a large quantity of ash) in an urn, which is believed to be the remains of the Buddha.The Bavikonda site is considered one of the oldest Buddhist sites in Asia.Visakhapatnam's history stretches back to the 6th century B. This is now inundated under sea water near R K Beach.Another theory is that it is named after a woman disciple of Buddha named Viśakha.
Pavurallakonda ("pigeon hill") is a hillock west of Bhimli, about 24 km (15 mi) from Visakhapatnam.
It has been selected as one of the Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under the Smart Cities Mission. Control over the city fluctuated between the Chola Dynasty of Tamil Nadu and the Gajapati Kingdom of Odisha The city was ruled by Andhra Kings of Vengi and Pallavas. Legend has it that Radha and Viśakha were born on the same day and were equally beautiful.
As per the Swachhta Sarvekshan rankings of 2017, it is the third cleanest city in India. Historically considered part of the Kalinga region, Archaeological records suggest that the present city was built around the 11th and 12th centuries C. Sri Vishaka Sakhi is the second most important gopi of the eight main gopis.
Fitting its name, Bavikonda is a hill with wells for the collection of rainwater.
It is located 15 km (9.3 mi) from Visakhapatnam and is a significant Buddhist site.