About Vijayawada

Vijayawada is a city in the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region, on the banks of River Krishna in Krishna district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.The city is the third most densely populated in the urban population of built-up areas in the world.[8] Vijayawada is classified as a Y-grade city as per the Sixth Central Pay Commission. Vijayawada is the commercial headquarters of Andhra Pradesh. It was recognised as a "Global City of the Future" by McKinsey Quarterly, which expected an increase to GDP of $17 billion by 2025. The city is known for its landmarks such as Prakasham Barrage across the Krishna river,rishnaveni Mandapam (River Museum) depicting the history of Krishna river and a nearby idol of the river known as Krishnaveni statue; Gandhi Hill, the first Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in the country, an elevation of 500 ft on the on a hill; Bhavani Island, one of the largest river island amidst Krishna River. The Kanaka Durga Temple is a Hindu temple of Goddess Durga on the Indrakeeladri hill, on the banks of Krishna River. The deity is described as Swayambhu (self-manifested) in Triteeya kalpa.Akkana Madanna cave temple is a rock-cut temple which is located at the lower reach of the Indrakeeladri temple.

Place to must visit in Vijayawada


Places to Visit in Vijayawada

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Experience Time: 3-5 Hours

Distance: 9 kms

Bhavani Island

Bhavani island is one of the largest islands on a river and is located on the Krishna river at Vijayawada. The vast expanse of the island proves to be the perfect place for a relaxing weekend. If you are one for adventure sports and water slides, this is an exhilarating place to visit! It is named after the Goddess Bhavani or Kanaka Durga whose temple is on the Indrakeeladri hill close to the island. Bhavani island can be reached by boat from the banks of Krishna river. Approaching the island from the banks, you will enjoy the lush green surroundings and beauty of the Krishna river. If you are on the island especially during sunrise, you have the most spectacular view of the sunlight dancing on flowing waters of the river. It is a magical place for nature lovers. There are also numerous activities to pursue on the island- like water-skiing, kayaking, parasailing, or otherwise, opportunities to enjoy some leisurely time snoozing on hammocks, fishing and picnicking with your family. Take your gang of best buddies to this little island-park on the weekend to kick back and unwind from a tiresome daily routine. And a fun-filled day on this island would not want you returning to the monotony of life so soon. Do not despair, for there is a lovely resort right on the island which will tempt you to stay in, for a little while longer.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 7 kms

Undavalli Caves

A monolithic example of Indian rock-cut architecture, the Undavalli Caves are located in the city of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Carved out of a solid sandstone on a hillside, these caves date back to the 4th to 5th centuries and is a paradise for history lovers. One of the preserved monuments of national importance, this attraction was originally the Jain caves and was later converted into a Hindu temple. Regarded as one of the earliest examples of Gupta architecture, the Undavalli Caves leave one in amazement and awe because of its marvellous design. From the outside, it looks like rows of cells arranged in different positions which arouse curiosity. There are three levels in the cave. The lower level resembles the Jain abode with many chambers and Thirthankara Sculptures. The second level has as the statue of reclining God whose identity cannot be found out. However, locale believes the statue is of Lord Vishnu. The sculptures of lions and elephants on the walls add to the beauty of the attraction. When you reach the top of the cave, you get a breath-taking view of the lush green surroundings and hills. You can also see the Krishna River flowing behind the caves. Tourists can even take the boat ride on the river enjoying the natural beauty. A perfect blend of architectural marvel and historical significance, you should add Undavalli Caves to your bucket list because it will swoon you with its charm and grandeur.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 3 kms

Kanaka Durga Temple

The Kanaka Durga Temple is a famous shrine dedicated to the Goddess Durga. Located in Vijayawada of Andhra Pradesh, this astounding architecture is built in Dravidian fashion. The temple is surrounded by the gentle hills of Inrakeeladri, right along the banks of the Krishna River. This ancient temple finds mention in many sacred texts and Vedic literature as well and is a revered temple among devotees and followers. People visit this temple every year to show their respect and devotion to the Goddess Supreme and seek her blessings. The temple has detailed timings and rules of darshans and seva opportunities which can be booked online on their website. The temple also runs a food donation programme as a part of their many charitable activities. The Kanaka Durga Temple of Andhra Pradesh is one of the many Shaktipeethas that are situated in the country. The goddess appears in her Mahishasurmardini form here, along with the slain demon king Mahishasura. The imposing image of Kanakadurga is a humbling and unforgettable sight. The deity’s face and body colour are of molten gold shade, and she is also bedecked with golden jewellery from which the temple gets its name Kanaka Durga - Kanaka in Sanskrit means gold. Kanaka Durga Temple has a rich history and many legends associated with it like most of the ancient Indian temples. Apart from the most famous Goddess Durga legend of defeating and killing the demon king, there are also some others which add up to the significance and austerity of the temple. The deity is said to be Swayambhu or self-manifested.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 18 Kms

Kondapalli Fort

Kondapalli Fort is a marvellous 14th-century fort located in the village of Kondapalli in Guntur district near Vijayawada. The resplendent fort is considered of great historical importance and attracts tourists from all over the world. Locals frequent the site for a day-long picnic with friends and family due to its proximity from Vijayawada, which is just 23 kilometres away. As you explore the exalted fort, be sure to notice the breathtaking view of the valley. The village is famous for wooden toys, especially the Kondapalli Dolls. If you are lucky, you might just find a vendor selling these beautiful dolls for you take back as souvenirs. Kondapalli fort is also called as Kondapalli Kota and was built by the Musunuri Nayaks in the district. Many consider this imperial fort has roots in parallel histories. It served as a military fortification during the British era and was said to have been built as a centre of recreation, business and trade during the 14th century. This is an architectural marvel with an entrance gate, called the Dargah Darwaja, that is carved out of a single boulder of granite and other features including a reservoir, Golconda Darwaza, Dargah of Gareeb Saheeb, Tanisha Mahal and several bits of history that are now in ruins. One must not miss exploring the Kondapalli Fort while in this area.

Experience Time: 2 Hour

Distance: 11 kms

Mogalarajapuram Caves

These are ancient caves, dating back to 5th century and one of the most significant landmarks of the heritage of Vijayawada. Though a lot has been lost to ruins, the caves still hold religious and spiritual value as they house idols of Lord Nataraja and Lord Vinayaka amongst many more, a few cave temples and a shrine for Goddess Durga. The carvings here also hold amongst themselves, a carving of Ardhanariswara, which is said to be the only one of its kind across the whole of South India.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 2 kms

Besant Road

The busiest trade centers of the city, bustling with activity and trade, Besant Road is a dynamic place in Vijayawada. The road has grown into a pivot of commercial hustle in recent times. It now houses some of the best modern eateries in the town. With multi-cuisine restaurants providing quality services, the foodies in the town love this road. Filled with exuberance and vibrance, with many number of cinema halls, (more than 50 we hear!) it is a heaven of film fraternities and lovers. People swarm to this street to experience the some of the most modern films from all languages, a major source of entertainment for the citizens. A commercial, trade and entertainment center, Besant Road is a street to visit to witness the everyday, livelihoods and bits of the spirit of the town.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 4 kms

Subramanya Swamy Temple

Dedicated to the Lord of serpents Kartikeya, the Subramanya Swamy Temple is a shrine located in the state of Karnataka. The temple is carved out of sparkling white stone with intricate stonework embellishing the facade. The temple also houses a silver covered Garuda pillar which holds great religious significance for the devotees. A revered pilgrimage site, this temple is and architectural marvel as well. Situated in the midst of beautiful mountains, forests and rivers, a visit to this temple is an unanticipated rendezvous with nature a well. One has to take a holy dip in the Kumaradhara River to reach the temple gates. The entrance to the temple is made from the back, from where you can walk around the deity. Beyond the aforementioned Garuda, the pillar is the main sanctum of the temple where the presiding deities, Subramanya and Shesha reside. These deities are worshipped on a daily basis by pilgrims from all across the country, and this temple is fast gaining popularity.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 2 kms

Victoria Museum

A museum of the Archaeology Department, this is a walk through imprints of time and all it left behind. Browse through a rich and ancient collection of sculptures, idols, inscriptions, paintings, cutlery and weapons. The museum leaves you fascinated not only by its artifacts from the past but also with a huge Buddha statue. The sprawling, glistening white, marble statue was brought from Alluru.

Experience Time: 1 Hour

Distance: 20 kms

Hinkar Thirtha

One of the most renowned Jain temples, this structure houses he only Jain Shrine in the area. Adorned with Jain style of architecture, this is also one of the most beautiful structures n town.

Experience Time: 2-3 Hours

Distance: 1 kms

Gunadala Matha Shrine

Gunadala Matha Shrine, which is popularly known as Mary Matha Shrine is constructed in Krishna district near Vijayawada. Often known as St. Mary’s Church, this sacred site bears an iron cross, which is erected atop the hill. Every year an Annual Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is celebrated at this site. Tourists can also visit a museum inside the church, which holds a collection of holy relics of ancient period.

Experience Time: 2-3 Hours

Distance: 4 kms

Rajiv Gandhi Park

A well-maintained park, brimming with lush greenery, thick grass and flowers all around, the Rajiv Gandhi Park is ideal for spending some relaxed and idle time in the city. To keep you enchanted the park also hosts a musical show and a mini zoo.

Experience Time: 3-4 Hours

Distance: 4 kms

Gandhi Hill

The Gandhi Stupa, as it is better known, is a very famous tourist spot in Vijayawada that has been attracting hordes of tourists mainly due to a planetarium and the Light and Sound show depicting the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. A huge Gandhi structure of 15.8 meter height was inaugurated in 1968. It is the first Gandhi Memorial in India constructed on a hillock. It has seven stupas placed at a height of 492ft from sea level. The panorama from Gandhi hill is mesmerizing, and gives an enchanting view of Vijayawada city.

Experience Time: Less than 1 hour

Distance: 2 kms

Lenin Statue

An instance of communism, its ideologies and concepts, take shape of a massive and sprawling statue at Vijayawada. Since the town was under communists for some time in history, during the 1980s, one also finds a statue of Karl Marx in the city. The Lenin Statue is also a site for functions held on World Laborers Day, that is 1st of May. You might not find much to keep you busy here, other than the statue, but do a pay it a visit, as a pass by.

Experience Time: 3-4 Hours

Distance: 32 kms

Amaravathi

Amaravathi is a small town located on the banks of the River Krishna in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. It serves as quiet a familiar name for the Buddhists in India and is a prime hub for pilgrimage and sightseeing for tourists. Thus, Amaravathi is also called the Abode of God. Pilgrims different religions visit this town almost throughout the year owing to the number of temples and shrines that adorn the little town in different parts. The town is also renowned for being a site of a great Buddhist Stupa, which is a mound-like or semi-hemispherical structure containing Buddhist relics, typically the ashes of Buddhist monks, used by Buddhists as a place of meditation. However, it was during the reign of emperor Ashoka, that the original structure was established. Today, one can see the Stupa decorated with carvings of life and teachings of Buddha. The 95 ft tall structure is made of brick with a circular dome and platforms towards all four directions. It is decorated with carved panels which tell the story of Buddha's life. Art historians regard the Amaravathi art as one of the three major styles or schools of ancient Indian art, the other two being the Gandhara style and the Mathura style. Some of the Buddhist sculptures of Amaravathi betray a Greco-Roman influence that was the direct result of the close trade and diplomatic contacts between South India and the ancient Romans.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 6 kms

Prakasam Barrage

Standing on a whopping 160 pillars and offering an astounding view of the holy River Krishna, the Prakasam Barrage does a lot more than just looking majestic. This bridge connects the Kolkata-Chennai highway and facilitates the irrigation of over 1.2 acres of farm land. The entire bridge is lit up with soft yellow lights and is an amazing sight to witness.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 16 kms

Mangalgiri

Being one of the 8 Mahakshetrams or sacred destinations of the country, Mangalagiri is a charming town in Vjayawada that has a lot of religious history. They say that Lord Vishnu manifested himself in the soil of Mangalagiri and that Lakshmi Devi has performed penance on its hilltop. The town's religious significance and natural beauty draw thousands of tourists every year.

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