|» Location :
||Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh
|» Best time To Visit :
||September To February, Especially During Dasara
|» Also Known As :
|» Attractions :
||Kanaka Durga Temple, Prakasam Barrage, Amaravati,
Undavalli Caves, Gandhi Stupa
Vijayawada India - The City of Victory
Vijayawada, also called as "Bezawada", is 257-km from
Hyderabad and is located on the banks of the Krishna River, and is
bounded by the Indrakiladri hills on the West and the Budameru River on
the North. Situated along the Chennai- Howrah and Chennai-Delhi rail
route, this is the largest railway junction of the South Central
Railway. The city forms a part of the Krishna district, spread over an
area of 58-sq- kms (urban area).
Vijayawada or the "City of Victory" if literally translated
gets its name from the legend, which says it was here on the
Indrakiladri Hill, that Arjuna, the Pandava Prince, won the blessings of
Lord Shiva for his penance. During the British rule the city experienced
In particular, the completions of the Krishna Barrage and the Railway
Bridge on Krishna have helped the region expand its agricultural and
commercial base. The famous Chinese traveller Hieun T`sang has visited
this city. Today, with excellent communications, perhaps the best in the
South where railways are concerned, Vijayawada become one of the big
business centres of the State. Commercially, culturally and industrially
the city is a very flourishing one.
Best For A Temple Journey
Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh is a must-visit if one wants to go temple hopping in Andhra.
The abode of Kanaka Durga, goddess of power, riches and benevolence, is
the presiding deity of the city. The city is also a base for visiting
the Buddhist sites located around Vijayawada like Amaravati, Gudivada,
Ghantasala and so on.
The most luscious mangoes, the king of fruits, are grown here and the
region is renowned for its tradition of pickle making. So altogether
Vijayawada presents a colourful and varied picture and can be termed as
a business - cum - pilgrim - cum - tourist centre.
Also accessible from Vijayawada are the towns of Kuchipudi, Mangalagiri
and Kondapalli, which are famous for dance, temple and handicrafts
respectively. Another important feature of the place is the Krishna
Pushkaram an all-India festival that is held once in twelve years.
Prime Attractions of Vijayawada (Vijayawada Tourism)
Vijayawada tour offers you opportunity to visit a number of mesmerizing attractions, which are:
§ Prakasam Barrage :
in 1957, the Prakasam Barrage is an impressive 1223.5m long, modern
regulator and road bridge that stretches across the river Krishna. Its
panoramic lake and the three canals that run through the city give
Vijayawada a Venetian appearance.
§ Victoria Jubilee Regional Museum :
The Museum of the Archaeological Department situated on Bandar Road
contains beautiful sculptures and attractive paintings worth seeing.
'Buddha' Alluru inscriptions of first and second centuries, and
Mahishasura Mardhani are some of the important exhibits.
§ Bhavani Island :
Located upstream the river
Krishna, close to Prakasam Barrage, is Bhavani Island. Make sure you
visit this picturesque island that is a fantastic picnic spot for
§ Gundala Church :
Gundala Church is situated
on a hillock on the eastern side of the town, at Gundala. It attracts a
large number of devotees. A fair is held annually in the month of
February, in which thousands of devotees participate.
§ Undavalli Caves :
The Undavalli caves, in
the village of Undavalli, are at a distance of 8-km from Vijayawada and
nearly 280-km from Hyderabad. The high hill overlooking the Krishna
river hosts fine specimens of cut-in architectural and sculptural
§ KanakaDurga Temple :
Kanaka Durga, goddess
of power, riches and benevolence is considered the presiding deity of
Vijayawada. The temple is set on the Indrakiladri hill. The deity in the
Kanaka Durga temple is regarded as Swayambhu or self-manifested, hence
is considered very powerful. It is said that Adi Sankara visited this
temple and installed the Sri Chakra here.
Excursions of Vijayawada
Your Vijayawada tour is incomplete without visiting the wonderful excursions of Vijayawada.
Amaravati is situated in Sattenapalli Taluk of Guntur District and
it is famous as the seat of a temple to Lord Shiva worshipped here as
Lord Amareswara and also for the Buddhist sculptures, which are world
famous. Amareswaram is considered sacred because of three things, the
Krishna River, an important Kshetra with a Sthalamahatyam and the Sri
Mahalinga Murthy, which are three sacred principles embodied in one.
§ Kuchipudi :
Kuchipudi, 60-km from Vijayawada, is the birthplace of Siddhendra Yogi,
originator of the famous Kuchipudi style of dance. The village is in an
area known for artistic divine and literary pursuits. A full-fledged
dance school keeps the memory of the great yogi alive by offering
courses to train students in the Kuchipudi dance form.
§ Manginapudi Beach :
Manginapudi, situated at
about 10-km from Machilipatnam is noted for its fine beach in the
district. The beach possesses tremendous potential with a natural bay
and comparatively shallow and safe waters. A beautifully laid park with
a fountain and well-lit surroundings further enhance its reputation as a
place for relaxation.
§ Gudivada :
Gudivada is located 45-km from
Vijayawada. Gudivada derived its name from the existence of a number of
temples in the past. It was also known as "Vidarbhapuri" as
per Khandeyayani Kaikaluru Silasasanam of AD 1628. The place was in
existence for over 2,000 years and has been flourishing perpetually from
the time of the Satavahanas.
§ Chandavaram :
Chandavaram is located in
Prakasam district, 50-km from Vijayawada. It is a Buddhist site of great
significance. Take a look at a unique double terraced stupa on top of a
hillock known as "Singarakonda" (beautiful hillock). It's
probably the only one of its kind in elevation in South India.
Excavations here have revealed more than 30 beautifully carved limestone
panels once decorated the dome, drum and railing of the stupa. Apsidal
and circular 'Chaityagrihas', 'Viharas' and several minor stupas are
located on the hilltop.
Places to stay in Vijayawada
A wide range of facilities for accommodation is available in
Vijayawada, from Three Star Hotels to budget accommodation and Andhra
Pradesh Tourism Guest Houses.
Nearby Cities of Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh
» Mogalrajapuram Caves: 5 km
» Undavalli Caves: 8 km
» Machilipatnam: 68 km
» Hamsala Devi: 85 km
How to Get There
Vijayawada is an important link in connecting the three regions of
Andhra Pradesh and is a major transit point. Two National Highways, the
National Highway 5 from Chennai to Calcutta and the National Highway 9
from Machilipatnam to Hyderabad pass through the city connecting it to
other parts of the country. It is connected to other areas of the state,
by state highways and district roads.
The domestic airport located at Gannavaram,
about 20-km, from the city connects Vijayawada to Hyderabad and
Vishakhapatnam. It's about a 30-minute flight from Hyderabad.
Situated along the Chennai- Howrah and
Chennai-Delhi rail route, this is the largest railway junction of the
South Central Railway. There are a number of express and super fast
trains that connect Vijayawada with almost all the important places of
Good motorable roads connect Vijayawada with
all the places within the state and also with the major cities in India.
Transport by road from Vijayawada to all the places of Buddhist interest
is available in the form of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport
Corporation (APSRTC) buses.
Local Transport :
Tourist Taxis, Metered Taxis, Auto
rickshaws, and Cycle Rickshaws are available. The Andhra Pradesh State
Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) operates point-to-point bus
services, which connect important places within the city with each
So travel to Vijayawada and explore this victorius city of Andhra Pradesh state.
General Information about Vijayawada
» Climate: Tropical
» Temperature Range (deg C):
- Summer- Max 45, Min 28
- Winter- Max 30, Min15
» Clothing: Light Cottons
» STD Code: 0866
Tour Packages of Andhra Pradesh