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Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Vijayawada

Nearest City to Vijayawada: Vijayawada

Best Time to Visit Vijayawada: November to February

Peak Season: November to February

State: Andhra Pradesh | District: Krishna

Vijayawada Weather: Summer: Maximum - 44°C & Minimum - 22°C
Winter: Maximum - 30°C & Minimum - 15°C

At a distance of 37 km from Guntur, 273 km from Hyderabad, 354 km from Vizag, 453 km from Chennai and 643 km from Bangalore, Vijayawada, also known as Bezawada, is the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh State and also one of the top Places to visit in Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Krishna River to the South, Budameru River on the north and the Indrakiladri Hills on the west. This is the largest railway junction of the South Central Railway, situated along the Chennai-Howrah and Chennai-Delhi rail route.

Legend says that Goddess Durga took rest in this sacred place after destroying a Rakshasa and since then the name 'Land of Victory' or Vijayawada came into existence. The discovery of Stone Age artifacts along the banks of River Krishna from Machilipatnam to Nagarjuna Sagar indicates that this area was inhabited long before. The Chalukyas once conquered this place and it was later part of Vengi Kindom, Eastern Gangas, Vijayanagaras and Reddy Dynasty. Finally it came under British Madras presidency.

The major attractions of Vijayawada are Kanaka Durga temple and Mangalagiri temple. Apart from these, other tourist attractions include Prakasham Barrage, Gandhi Hill, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Victoria Museum, Hazarat Bal Mosque, Rajiv Gandhi Park and Bhavani Island. The Kondapalli Reserve Forest in the western outskirts that sprawls over an area of 121.5 sq. km is also another attraction. This forest is a source of soft wood that is used for making Kondapalli Toys. There are popular Buddhist sites such as Amravati, Gudivada, Ghantasala, etc.

The Krishna Pushkaram is a popular festival here that is held once in every twelve years. Apart from this the other common festivals celebrated here includes Diwali, Dussehra and Makara Sankranthi.

The Vijayawada airport is located at a distance of around 20 km from the city, at Gannavaram. It has flight to Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Delhi. The Vijayawada railway station is connected to several major cities of India like Chennai, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Gandhinagar, Jaipur, Bhopal, Luknow, Jammu, Bilaspur, Pondicherry, New Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Patna and Chandigarh. Vijayawada is also well connected by all the major towns and cities in Andhra Pradesh. It has regular buses from Chennai, Tirupati, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Vizag.

The best time to visit Vijayawada is from November to February while the peak season is from November to February. Usually it takes 1-2 days to visit places in and around Vijayawada. This is very humid place and summer is usually very hot and humid.

Temple Timings: 4 am to 10 pm.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Very Good
STD Code: 0866
Languages Spoken: Telugu, English, Hindi
Major Festivals: Dusshera (Oct),
Makar Sankranti (Jan)
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HOW TO REACH VIJAYAWADA / BEJAWADA


By Air

Nearest Airport: Vijayawada - Vijayawada Airport - Gannavaram (20 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Vijayawada Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Vijayawada Central Bus Station (1 Kms)

27 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN VIJAYAWADA / BEJAWADA


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 2 km from Vijayawada Railway Station, Prakasam Barrage is a 1223.5 meter long modern regulator and Road Bridge built across the River Krishna and is located at the southern entrance of Vijayawada.

The beautiful backwaters formed by the barrage give the city a unique setting with the backdrop of Kanakadurga Hill. The barrage was first built by Sir Arthur Cotton in 1855 and later reconstructed in the 1950s. This is one of the earliest major irrigation projects in Southern India. It was named after the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Tanguturi Prakasam. The scheme irrigates nearly one million hectors of land, converting the Krishna delta into a rich granary in Andhra Pradesh. This barrage also supplies water to Buckingham canal which was constructed as inland navigation canal initially but later used as irrigation water supply canal.

The idea of constructing a dam across the river Krishna dates back to 1798. It began .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 4 km from Vijayawada Railway Station, Kanaka Durga Temple is located on the Indrakeeladri hill on the banks of Krishna River in Vijayawada. Kanaka Durga, the goddess of power and riches is considered the presiding deity of Vijayawada. It is one of the famous temples in South India. The shrine also called Sri Durga Malleswara Swami Temple dates back to the 8th century.

According to legend, goddess Durga killed demon Mahishasura and enshrined on the Keela Mountain with eight arms in the form of Mahishasura Mardini as she had given boon to Keela. Indra and all other gods worshipped the goddess Kanaka Durga on the hill which later known as Indrakeeladri. In Dwaapara Yuga, Arjuna did great penance on Indrakeeladri for Lord Shiva in order to get the most powerful Astra called Paashupataastra. Later, Lord Shiva appeared to fulfill the desire of Arjuna and called him as Vijaya (victorious). The place came to be known as Vijayawada after Arjuna's victory.

The deity .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 6.5 km from Vijayawada Railway Station, 30 km from Guntur and 275 km from Hyderabad, The Undavalli Caves, a monolithic example of Indian rock-cut architecture, are located in Undavalli Village of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh.

The Undavalli Caves are ancient cave temples believed to be built between 4th and 5th centuries by Gupta dynasty. The caves are located on a hill overlooking the Krishna River. These caves have been carved out of solid sandstone on a hillside. The best known and largest one has four stories with a huge statue of Lord Vishnu in a reclining posture sculpted from a single block of granite in the second floor. Other shrines inside the cave are dedicated to Trimurti- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Main cave belongs to the earliest examples of Gupta architecture, primarily primitive rock-cut monastery cells carved into the sandstone hills. Initially caves were shaped as a Buddhist monastery and the first floor .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 24 km from Vijayawada Railway Station & 262 km from Hyderabad, Kondapalli Fort, also known as Kondapalli Kota, is located at Kondapalli Village in the Krishna district close to Vijayawada.

This 14th century Fort is believed to have been built by the Reddy King of Kondaveedu, Prolaya Vema Reddy. Spread over an area of 18 sq.km, this Fort is said to have served as a recreational palace for the king. The Fort was also used as a business centre. Later, the fort went into the hands of Gajapati rulers of Orissa. In the year 1520 AD the King, Sri Krishna Devaraya of Vijayanagara Empire has captured the Kondapalli fort in Kalinga wars. Later, the fort came into the hands of Qutubshahi Kings in the 16th century. During the colonial rule, the British soldiers were given training in this fort.

Situated on a hill, the fort has an impressive three storied rock tower protected by three levels of entries. The main entrance gate is known as the Dargah Darwaza, which has .....


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 1 Kms from Vijayawada Railway Station, Gandhi Hill also known as Orr Hill houses a 15.8 feet tall Gandhi Stupa built in memory of the father of the nation. It is situated near Vijayawada Railway Station.

Built in 1968, it is the first Gandhi Memorial of the country. Other attractions of the hill include Gandhi Memorial Library, Sound and Light Show on Mahatma Gandhi's life and a Planetarium. The inspiring teachings of Mahatma Gandhi are inscribed on the stone slabs of the stupas.

From top of the hill, one can get a bird's eye view of the city. A toy train is also available on the hill for kids.

Timings: Not Available


Park

At a distance of 2 Kms from Vijayawada Railway Station, Rajiv Gandhi Park is developed by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation with great care. The park is adjacent to Prakasam Barrage.

A mini zoo and a musical water fountain are added to the park. It is located near the new Vijayawada bus station. This educative park contains built-up structures of dinosaurs and pre-historic animals. The other attractions of the park include a skating ring, play pen, rock fall, mini zoo and aquarium, mini train, gun shooting and jeep.

Timings: Not Available Closed on Mondays.
Musical Fountain Timings: 7.30 PM & 8.15 PM.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 2 Kms from Vijayawada Railway Station, Mogalrajapuram Caves are rock cut sanctuaries dating back to the 5th century AD. The caves are situated in the center of the city.

Out of 5 caves, only one cave is in good condition. The Mogalarajapuram temple has an Ardhanarisvara statue of Lord Shiva which is thought to be the earliest of this kind in South. One of the caves has an overhanging cornice with artificial windows. The idols of Lord Nataraja and Vinayaka in one cave are still in good condition. It is also a place of archaeological importance.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 3 Kms from Vijayawada Railway Station, Akkanna & Madanna Caves are located at the foot of the Indrakeeladri Hill, on which the famous Kanaka Durga Temple is present.

According to the records, these beautiful caves were brought to a shape by Akkanna and Madanna who were the ministers of Quli Qutb Shah, the Nawab of Golconda. However, some history records claim that these caves belong to 6th or 7th Century AD.

The caves are triple-celled with pillared hall measuring 48 x 29 feet facing towards East. These are devoid of any ornamental moulding or sculpture.

The caves can be visited while going to Kanaka Durga Temple.


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 3 Kms from Vijayawada Railway Station, the Bhavani Island is situated upstream of River Krishna, close to the Prakasam Barrage.

The total area of the island is about 133acres. The island has extensive forest coverage, shimmering ponds and rolling meadows.

Boat riding facility is also available here.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 6 Kms from Vijayawada Railway Station, Gundala Church also known as St. Mary's Church or Gundala Meri Matha Church is located on top of Gundala Hill.

As per records, Reverend Arlati who was the then rector of St Mary's Church established a beautiful sculpture of Our Lady at this place in 1825 and the church was later constructed. Irrespective of caste, creed and religion, people visit this shrine and receive the blessing.

An annual event of Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is held in the month of February that attracts thousands of devotees. A colorful fair takes place during this festival.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 12 Kms from Vijayawada Railway Station & 287 Kms from Hyderabad, Mangalagiri in Guntur district is famous for Panakala Narasimha Swamy Temple on the hill and Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at foot of the hill.

Panakala Narasimha Swamy Temple - The idol is said to be Swambhu. The idol is covered by metal face and only the mouth is visible & it's widely opened. The God takes jaggery water (Panakam) as offering. The water is poured into the mouth, only half of the water is consumed and remaining is thrown out.

Panakala Swamy temple is opened only till 3 PM.

Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Temple ' Yudhishtira, the eldest of the pandavas is said to be the founder of the chief image of this temple and the deity here is called Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. The temple has a very tall 153 feet tower with beautiful sculpture which has 11 stairs. It was constructed by Raja Vasireddi Venkatadri Naidu, during the years 1807-09.

The Brahmothsavams held in feb/march attract .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 12 Kms from Vijayawada Railway Station, Hinkar Thirtha is a famous Jain Temple with great artistic work located in Mangalagiri. It is said to be the biggest Jain Temple in the region.


Museum & Gallery

At a distance of 16 Kms from Vijayawada Railway Station, The Victoria Jubilee Museum located in Bandar Road is an archaeological museum established in1887.

The exhibits here are pre-historic tools, pottery, stone and copper plates, gold and silver coins, arms and armory, textiles and coins, manuscripts and stone cut writings, objects obtained form excavations at historical sites in this region. There is a colossal granite statue of the Buddha and also a well preserved standing white limestone figure of the Buddha from Alluru, dating between 3rd and 4th centuries. An idol of Lord Shiva, beautifully sculptured and believed to belong to the 4th and 5th centuries is another attraction.

Timings: Not Available Closed on Fridays & public holidays.
Entry is free. Photography is not allowed inside.


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 40 Kms from Vijayawada, 33 Kms from Guntur, 105 Kms from Nagarjuna Sagar & 253 Kms from Hyderabad, Amaravati, on the banks of River Krishna, is the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center.

It is best known for the Great Stupa or Maha Chaitya, believed to have been 32m height and 32m diameter, larger than the one at Sanchi (Bhopal). The origins of the stupa go back to the 2nd / 3rd century BC, the reign of Ashoka. The Stupa is partly reconstructed on the same site. The excavations by Colin Mackenzie in 1797 recovered the magnificent railings and sculptured friezes.

Amaravathi is also known for the Amaralingeswara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built in 10th/11th century by eastern Chalukyas.

The Archaeological Museum includes collections from Buddhist sites belong to 3rd century BC to 12th century. It contains panels, chakras and caskets containing relics, broken railings and sculptures etc, arranged in different galleries. Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM. Friday .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 50 Kms from Vijayawada, Chandavaram is an important Buddhist site. It has a unique double terraced stupa on a hillock known as Singarakonda (beautiful hillock).

Excavations at this site have revealed beautifully carved limestone panels which would have supposedly decorated the dome, drum and railings of the stupa. Besides, Chaityagrihas and Viharas, other minor stupas have also been found on the hilltop.

Regular RTC buses are operated to Chandavaram from Vijayawada.


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 60 Kms from Vijayawada, Kuchipudi is the birthplace of Siddhendra Yogi, the creator of the famous classical dance form Kuchipudi.

There is a full fledged dance school in memory of the originator, for imparting training in Kuchipudi dance form to students and for promoting the art.

Regular RTC buses are operated to Kuchipudi from Vijayawada Central Bus Station.


Beach

At a distance of 70 Kms from Vijayawada & 340 Kms from Hyderabad, Machilipatnam is a port town and the headquarters of the Krishna District.

It is renowned for its cotton textiles, especially the finely woven muslins and brightly coloured prints. Products include Hand printed silk and cotton saris, upholstery, sling bags and dresses. This was once the principal port town in the Krishna Delta, but now little can be seen of this port town's mercantile past. There are Dutch tombs with carved instructions and coats of arms bearing dates from 1649 to 1725, a reminder of the colonial history of Machilipatnam.

Regular RTC buses are operated to Machilipatnam from Vijayawada Central Bus Station.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 77 Kms from Vijayawada, Jaggayya Peta was once an important Buddhist centre. Numerous excavations have revealed a rich Buddhist heritage which includes stupas made completely out of bricks.

Maha Chaitya is what the stupa is referred to in the 3rd / 4th century inscriptions and consists of a ruined pillared hall immediately south-east, and a few inconspicuous mounds in the surroundings. Some of the artifacts of the excavation have found their way to Government Museum, Madras.

Regular RTC buses are operated to Jaggayya Peta from Vijayawada Central Bus Station.


Beach

At a distance of 83 Kms from Vijayawada, 11 Kms from Machilipatnam & 351 Kms from Hyderabad, the Manginapudi Beach is scenic beach on Bay of Bengal. A unique feature of this beach is that it has black soil instead of the sand like other beaches.

On the occasion of Magha Poornima lakhs of pilgrims gather here to take a holy dip in the sea. An old light house is one of the added attractions. A number of beach resorts are coming up to cater to the tourist crowd. On the banks of the sea coast, Dattashram is an ancient pilgrimage site comprising a temple of Lord Shiva. Owing to the sanctification of 9 wells of bath, like Rameswaram, Manginapudi is also known as Datta Rameswaram.

Several buses are available to Manginapudi from Vijayawada and Machilipatnam.


Beach | Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 85 Kms from Vijayawada and 20 Kms from Machilipatnam, Hamsala Deevi is the place where a branch of Krishna River converges into the Bay of Bengal. It is also an important religious centre in the district and considered as a sacred place of pilgrimage.

Hamsala Devi is also famous for the Shrine of Venugopala Swami which was constructed by the Chola Kings. A festival celebrated in honor of this deity for eight days from Magha Suddha Navami to Bahula Padyami attracts thousands of pilgrims even from other states.

Regular RTC buses are operated to Hamsala Deevi from Vijayawada and Machilipatnam.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 90 Kms from Vijayawada, Ghantasala was once a flourishing Indo-Roman trade center and an important religious centre of Buddhism.

The Buddhist relics and the Hindu structures at the place reveal its past glory. Carved limestone columns belonging to pillared halls associated with 2nd and 3rd century Buddhist monastic establishments have been discovered. The ruined Maha Chaitya or stupa that was excavated here is of a unique design. A cube of solid bricks is set in the centre, inscribed with 12 constellations of the zodiac. Some of the carved slabs have found their way to museums in Paris.

Regular RTC buses are operated to Ghantasala from Vijayawada Central Bus Station.


Beach

At a distance of 9 km from Bapatla, 28 km from Vodarevu Beach, 92 km from Vijayawada and 61 km from Guntur, Suryalanka Beach is situated in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh. Also known as Bapatla Beach, it draws a large number of visitors on weekends and holidays.

Suryalanka Beach is the perfect weekend getaway beach to spend time with friends and families. The natural beauty of the beach is major draw for people, who are looking to refresh and rejuvenate themselves. The shore of the beach is wide and spacious. The Suryalanka Beach overlooks the crystal blue waters of the Bay of Bengal.

This beach is quite safe for swimming and sunbathing is another popular activity. Sunrise is very beautiful at this beach. The major tourist attraction of the beach is the sightseeing for dolphins in the month of November.

Haritha Beach Resort run by AP Tourism provides accommodation here. Advance booking is advised for a weekend stay. Other than this beach resort, Bapatla town also .....


Lake & Backwaters | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 95 Kms from Vijayawada & 349 Kms from Hyderabad, Kolleru Lake is a large freshwater lake spread over an area of 300 Sq. Miles between Krishna and Godavari delta. It is home to migratory birds between October and March every year.

Now declared as Bird Sanctuary, the lake is a great picnic spot and a paradise for birdwatchers. The lake was an important habitat for an estimated 20 million resident and migratory birds. The visitors include Open Bill Storks, Painted Storks, Glossy Ibises, White Ibises, Teals, Pintails, Shovellers, Red-Crested Pochards, Blackwinged Stilts, Avocets, Common Redshanks, Wigeons, Gadwalls and Cormorants, etc.

The lake is approachable from all four sides of the lake by road: Atapaka - 2.5 Kms from Kaikaluru & 25 Kms from Eluru, Murthiraju Tank - 8 kms from Nidamarru & 45 Kms from Eluru, Gudivakalanka - 15 kms from Eluru. Watchtowers are available at these places for bird watching. Eluru is connected by frequent buses from Vijayawada .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 1 km from Dwaraka Tirumala Bus Stand, 45.5 km from Eluru, 73 km from Rajahmundry, 101 km from Vijayawada, 135 km from Kakinada and 278 km from Visakhapatnam, Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is located on the top of the Seshachala Hill at Dwaraka Tirumala in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. This temple is considered as sacred as the famous Sri Venakteswara Temple of Tirumala.

Lord Vishnu is presiding deity here in the form of Sri Venkateswara Swamy. The temple was constructed by the Mylavaram Zamindars in 19th century. The self-manifested idol of Sri Venkateswara Swamy was unearthed by a saint named Dwaraka and hence, the temple is called Dwaraka Tirumala. This place is also called Chinna Tirupati.

The statue of the lord is visible above the waist and the lower portion is imagined to be in the earth. The holy feet are said to be offered to Bali Chakravarthi in Patala .....

Distance (From Vijayawada): 101 Kms
Trip Duration (From Vijayawada - Including Travel): 6 Hours
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Beach

At a distance of 8 km from Chirala, 28 km from Suryalanka Beach, 103 km from Vijayawada and 72 km from Guntur, Vodarevu Beach is located on the coastline of Bay of Bengal. It is situated 6 km from the Ramapuram Beach in Prakasam district.

Vodarevu beach is popular and one of the most visited beach around Vijayawada. This Beach is a beautiful beach with a constant inflow of tourists spending their weekends in serene settings. The tranquil setting of the beach can make visitors forget time and the beautiful sunsets and sunrises just add to the overall charm and attraction of the beach.

The Vodarevu Beach provides adventure in the form of exciting water-sports, swimming and fishing. Local boats are available which facilitate boating in the sea. There is also a light house nearby which can be visited.

There are several accommodation facilities near Vodarevu beach. The Sip and Dip Cottages, situated on the Vodarevu Beach Road is equipped with all basic amenities. Also, the .....


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 1.2 km from Bhimavaram New Bus Station, 65 km from Eluru, 76 km from Rajahmundry, 117 km from Vijayawada, 116 km from Kakinada, 22 km from Palakollu and 277 km from Visakhapatnam, Sri Someswara Temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras of Lord Shiva known as Somaramam and is situated at Bhimavaram town in West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. The other four are Amararama Temple in Amaravathi, Draksharama Temple in Draksharamam, Kumararama Temple in Samalkoti and Ksheera Rama Temple in Palakollu.

The main contribution for temple construction was made by the King Chalukya Bheema I during 10th century. The Shiva lingam is called Someshwara as it is believed that this lingam has been installed by Lord Chandra. The color of the linga is believed to change according to the Lunar rays. In Full Moon days it changes into white and during Amavasya day, it turns into black in form.

According to legend, Tharakasura worships .....

Distance (From Vijayawada): 117 Kms
Trip Duration (From Vijayawada - Including Travel): 4-6 Hours
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Pilgrimage

At a distance of 1.7 km from Palakollu Railway Station, 85 km from Eluru, 67 km from Rajahmundry, 138 km from Vijayawada, 97 km from Kakinada, 22 km from Bhimavaram and 258 km from Visakhapatnam, Sri Ksheera Rama Temple is one of the Pancharama temples, situated in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The other four are Amararama Temple in Amaravathi, Draksharama Temple in Draksharamam, Kumararama Temple in Samalkoti and Somarama Temple in Bhimavaram.

Lord Shiva is worshipped as Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy at this temple. The temple tower is one of the tallest among the temple towers in Andhra Pradesh. The height of the temple is 120 ft with 9 floors constructed during the reign of Chalukya Bheema in 9th century. The Prakara was designed by Sri Velupathi during 10th century. Gopuram was constructed by Sri Alladu Reddy during 14th Century. This ancient temple has been listed as a protected monument by the Archaeological Department. .....

Distance (From Vijayawada): 138 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bhimavaram (22 km) - Including Travel): 2 Hours
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