Best places to visit around Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh


Looking for the best places to visit around Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh? Check out this article to know the attractions of Andhra's second largest city which includes Kanaka Durga temple, The Bhavani Island, Undavalli Caves, Kondapalli fort, Hazratbal Mosque and many more.

Introduction

Vijayawada is the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh as on date. This place is also known as Bejawada. The new State Capital of Andhra Pradesh which is under construction is in between Vijayawada and Guntur. With the advent of this new city Amaravati, these three cities will get amalgamated and will become the biggest city of Andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada actually was treated for many days as the commercial capital of combined Andhra Pradesh. This city is about 250 kilometers from Visakhapatnam as well as Hyderabad.

But due to the improper planning and short-sighted nature of the politicians here, Hyderabad only has been developed and the other cities were not given required support to get developed. Anyhow the city is growing now. But whether Vijayawada is a big city or a small city, it will stand special due to the temple of Kanaka Durga on the hill of Indrakeeladri.

History of this place

This place was rocky and the hills in this place were causing obstruction to the flow of River Krishna. There was no cultivation and the entire land was lying as a wasteland. The legend says that Lord Shiva intervened and made a bejjam(Hole) through the hills there and then the river started flowing through that hole. Then the Wada (Village) formed with a name Bejawada.

There is another story which is very well known to many people. Arjuna, the son of Pandu Raju and one among the five Pandavas, performed tapas on this hill Indrakeeladri to please Lord Shiva and to obtain Pasupathastram. He fought with Shiva unknowingly and he obtained the blessings of Lord Shiva. Arjuna is also known as Vijayudu and this place obtained name Vijayawada as he has performed penance in this place.

The Temple

This temple is on the hill Indrakeeladri and one will have a beautiful vision of Krishna River and Vijayawada city from this hilltop. Many people feel that this temple was constructed by Arjuna only

The Kanaka Durga temple and the history of this temple were mentioned in many epics and many people of Telugu states worship this Goddess. In Andhra Pradesh, this temple is the second famous place after the Venkateswara Swami temple in Tirupathi. The Kanaka Durga deity here is known to be Swayambhu(Self-manifested). Malleswara Swami temple is also there on the hill. The temple is located in the heart of the city. The Bus stand and railway station are very nearby.

There are steps to go up the hill and there is a road by which buses, cars, autos will run. The well-known Prakasam Barrage was constructed on River Krishna and the barrage is just by the side of this temple only. People who visit this temple will also visit that place.

The festival of Dasara will be celebrated for 9 days in this temple as Sarnnavarathri. During this time many devotees visit this temple and perform special pujas. The main deity will be given the shapes of various goddess during these 9 days.

Other places to be visited in this city

  1. The Bhavani Island: It is situated on the banks of Krishna River. This island is also known as Vijayawada Island. The total area of this island is about 130 acres of land. A person who is a nature lover should visit this island. There are many leisure activities like swimming, boat riding, and other water sports. There are many good restaurants here and you will get very tasty food


  2. Undavalli Caves: These caves are just about 8 Km from the city. These caves belong to the Gupta dynasty. These are rock-cut caves and a perfect example of Indian Gupta architecture. These Caves were previously Jain Caves, but later on, converted into a Hindu temple. Undavalli Caves are historical very significant and known for its architectural beauty


  3. The Kondapalli fort: It is also an attractive tourist place. This fort's history is traced back to the 7th century. This is a three-storied fort. It is built on a hill. It was used as a military training base by the British. The Kondapalli Village is much famous for manufacturing of light wood toys.


  4. Hazratbal Mosque: It is a very important religious place and one of the best places to see in this city. It is located in the heart of the city. Many tourists irrespective of their religion visit this place


How to reach

Vijayawada is very well connected to all the cities in India as well as other countries.
  • By flight: The Airport which is about 16 Kilometers from the city is having flights to this place from almost all important cities. This is an international airport and every day there flights from this place to Singapore, Dubai and some other countries.


  • By train: Vijayawada is a very important railway junction connecting Calcutta, Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi. Earlier it was in South Central Railway zone. Now it will be in the newly announce South Central Coastal Railway Zone. There are trains to almost all states of India from here.


  • By bus: There is a very spacious bus stand in this city. There are buses from all the important places of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana and Tamilnadu.


Where to stay

Very good hotels starting from 5-star hotels to budget hotels are available in this place. Most of the hotels have online booking facilities. The rates are reasonable. OYO rooms are also available. Smaller restaurants even provide tasty foods. If you visit this place, then you will definitely enjoy the spicy foods as well as South India tiffins here.


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