The Grand Vijayawada
Vijayawada is politically referred to as "the capital city of Coastal Andhra". It is located on the bank of River Krishna. It is also known as Bezawada as this region (vada) is described as the river Krishna following through a nozzle (Bezam). It is well known to host the Krishna pushkaralu. It has prominence as a major trading and business centre and is called as the "The Business Capital of Andhra Pradesh".
Place of visit in and around Vijayawada:
The first thing that strikes when we recollect about Vijayawada is Kanaka Durga Temple. One of the most popular temples in Andhra Pradesh, it is located on a hill Indrakeeladri hill overlooking the city as well as the River Krishna.
Prakasham Barrage at Vijayawada across Krishna River
A 12 km from Vijayawada is the renowned temple of Lord Narasimha in Mangalagiri. The unique feature of this temple is that the mouth of the idol accepts half the quantity of panakam (jaggery dissolved in water) offered by devotees, irrespective of the size of the vessel. The Mangalagiri hill is actually a dormant volcano.
The famous Amaravati, the most important Buddhist sites in the country is very near to it. Amaravati is considered the most sacred pilgrim centre for Buddhists in South India. It also has an Amareswara temple.
Manginapudi beach is located about 70 km from Vijayawada.
Within the city you can find Rajiv Gandhi Park also equiped with a zoo, Gandhi Hill which has got a planetarium and the Victoria Museum will attract a lot of tourists.
Situated on the river Bhavani Island, Perhaps one of the largest islands on a river, would house for adventure and fun sports loving people.
Kondapalli village is situated 16 km from Vijayawada. It has Kondapalli Fort and the world wide famous "Kondapalli toys" are from here.
Some other places of interest would be Hinkar Thirtha (Jain Temple), Mangalagiri, Hazarat Bal Mosque, Gunadala Matha Shrine, Marakata Rajarajeswari Temple, Subramanya Swamy Temple, Sri Nagarala Sri Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru Temple, Undavalli caves, Mogalarajapuram Caves.
People of Vijayawada are very fond of movies and one can find plenty of theatres in it. It is said to be a major revenue generator for Telugu film industry.
How to reach Vijayawada
Vijayawada is an important link connecting the three regions of Andhra Pradesh. It is housed with 2 National Highways, the NH5 and the NH9.
By air route to Vijayawada
A domestic airport located at Gannavaram which is about 10-km, from the city.
By Rail route to Vijayawada
Vijayawada is the biggest railway junction of the South Central Railway and is second biggest junction in India and only railway station to have escalators after New Delhi. It is well connected to all major cities of India. And the railway station is located at the center of the city. This railway station is one of busiest one in India.
By Road to Vijayawada
Vijayawada also has one of the biggest bus terminals in the country, pundit jawaharlal nehru bus station. It is well connected to the rest of the country by National Highways — NH-5 and NH-9. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) runs ample number buses to and fro to the city.
To travel within the city all major streets are connected with the Local Public Bus Transit (City Buses) operated by APSRTC. Motor driven auto (rickshaw)s and manual driven (cycle)rickshaws are the other alternative means of transport within Vijayawada.
Tips for Tourists
Vijayawada is a very hot place with a lot of humidity in the air. One cannot expect to get out of it without sweating like a pig. So be prepared about it. Avoid visiting the place during summer where one can even get affected by Sun Burns.
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The temple of Kanagadurga is really a gift to Vijayawada. The face of Kanagadurga is giving pleasure and peace to the devotees. I never missed to see this temple whenever I visit Vijayawada. The river banks of Krishna is very pleasant one.