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Vijayawada Tourism

Vijayawada Info

  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 11 m
  • Pincode: 520001
  • District: Krishna
  • Language: Hindi,Telugu
  • STD code: 0866
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 41°C, Winter 15 to 30°C
Vijayawada is the third biggest city in Andhra Pradesh. It is located at the head of the Krishna delta and surrounded by the Budameru River on the north and the Indrakiladri Hills on the west.  The meaning of Vijayawada is “The Place of Victory”.

Legends suggest that the name of the city was derived, when Lord Shiva blessed Arjuna on the Indrakiladri Hills. Another legend states that Goddess Durga rested here after killing the demon and she came to be known as victorious or the Vijaya as she defeated the demon, thus the name.

According to the records of Vishnu Puranam, King Madhava Varma, the ancestor of Poosapati Kings, built the kingdom of Vijayawada. He also constructed the temple of Kanaka Durga at Indrakiladri. Besides, this place is also an important religious centre for Hindus and Buddhists. The Chalukyas of Kalyan and Krishna Deva Raya once reined over this place for years.

The fate of the city took a turning point after the construction of three irrigation canals – Ryves, Eluru and Bandar along with a barrage in 1855, and the rail bridge over the river Krishna in 1892. The city witnessed immense growth in this century and became an important trade centre in the pre independence era.

The major attractions of Vijayawada are temples like Kanaka Durga (goddess of power) and Mangalagiri temple. There are popular Buddhist sites such as Amravati, Gudivada, Ghantasala, etc. The Krishna Pushkaram is a popular festival here that is held once every twelve years.

Apart from these temples, other tourist attractions here are Prakasham Barrage, Gandhi Hill, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Victoria Museum, Hazarat Bal Mosque, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Gunadala Matha Shrine, and Bhavani Island. The Kondapalli Reserve Forest in the western outskirts that sprawls over an area of 121.5 square kilometres is also another attraction. This forest is a source of soft wood that is used for making Kondapalli Toys.

Travellers can use air, rail and road transport to reach the city. Vijayawada is the largest junction of the Southern Railways. There are number of express and super fast trains that pass through the Vijayawada station. Besides, there is a domestic airport situated at Gannavaram, about 20-km from the city. It is connected to cities like Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam.

The climate of the city is tropical, with hot summers and moderate winters. The best time to visit Vijaywada is between October to March.

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Tarun Varun

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  • Tarun Varun
  • Lives in Manmad
  • 1 Review
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"Good destination, with good temples" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Vijayawada is a place famous for Durga temple and its very good place for people who are interested to visit religious place. In Vijayawada so many shopping malls for visit. My choice is PVR mall its anew one in Vijayawada. And Radha Krishna temple in Vijayawada its very famous.
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Sai prakash Pasupuleti

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  • Sai prakash Pasupuleti
  • Lives in Vijayawada
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"Excellent place!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
This is one of my favourite place in Andhra and my all relatives belongs to this wonderful city. One of the developing capital in India. Things wondered me was Kankadurgamma temple was such a religious place in this and many other visiting spots.
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Kotha Venkatesh

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"Superb destination!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I have enjoyed a lot very much and I stayed for 4 days in it by taking the room in hotel. We went to shoppers stop, imax, sanctuary, beach etc. , many more. We will visit. Again in any other time to see more features about the city so that we will have enjoy the fun lot much
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R Shekhar

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  • R Shekhar
  • Lives in Sangareddy
  • 3 Reviews
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"Best of religious visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Hi all it is holy place goddess durga devi temple is very very famous in south India above the hill name indhrakiladhri. Located in the bank of river Krishna, To reach Vijayawada trains available from all over India. Vijayawada is very near to the new Andhrapradesh capital Amravati.
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Peddi Raju

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  • Peddi Raju
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Vijayawada - Place with pure hearted people"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited this place during December. Even it was December, this place was little hot. The main thing here in Vijayawada is Durga Temple located on the banks of Krishna river. It is Lord Venkateswara for Tirupati, and, Durgamma for Vijayawada. The people here are very friendly & will not hesitate to offer help in any aspect.

Next good thing is about the food. Wherever you eat, the food will be delicious here with normal spice levels unlike Hyderabad. The must try things are One town Star hotel biryani, Ganguru biryani, Babai hotel idly, Modern super market ice cream, Southern spice, RR Darbar, Street side punugulu, Summer exhibition Simla mirchi bajji & papad, Swagruha foods sweets etc.

I stayed in Continental Park Hotel. They even have their own restaurant which was very good. The chicken here was crispy and so smooth that it just melts in your mouth. Even the night food stalls near Indira Gandhi stadium offers a variety of food items during midnights. The prices will be very reasonable for food as well as for staying. The shopping destination Besant road should also be visited. It will take 1 week to completely see the city.
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Vijay Potluri

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  •  5 helpful votes
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"Vijayawada , a nice place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The city blessed with Maa Kanaka Durga, City having lovely environment, Mountains, Maa Kanaka Durga Temple, Mother Mary Temple, Asia's biggest railway Junction, biggest Auto Nager and many villages around Krishna River bank. It's nice to visit.
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Srinivas Gs

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"A centrally located place to see around"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
There is a good choice of hotel accommodation available from a couple of hundreds to thousands per day. In general a good variety of food is available, in particular - Andhra cuisine.

Some hotels like Babayya hotel have been around for more than 60-70 years and serve delicious food at very reasonable prices. Good places to visit nearby like - Amaravati, Guntur, Eluru and some surrounding areas with fascinating views and temples. In general, the place is hot and best time to visit is between October to January. Presently a bit congested due to road blockages, expansion works and flyovers at many places due to formation of new capital and related infra, but better than many of our metros.
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Sagar maddala

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  • Sagar maddala
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"Good place to visit!"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Good place to see. Places to visit are Kanakadurga temple, park, many Shopping malls : pvp mall, lifestyle, shoppers stop, trendset mall. Shopping at Besant road M. G ROAD, Prakasham Barrage, Undavalli caves, Victoria Jubilee Museum:Mogalarajapuram Caves, Haailand amusement park.
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Syed Waris

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  • Syed Waris
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  • 1 Review
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"One of the good destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Good trip it was really a fascinating and adventurous trip for all of us in my family. It was very nice place with very good people. I really enjoyed my 10 days trip there there. We saw birla planetarium enjoyed all the rides of nicco park we went to wild it was really a fun out there.
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Upendra Reddy

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"Overall had an amazing Vijayawada Trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We planned a trip to Vijayawada to see places like AP Dream capital (proposed) foundation stone area, Kanakadurga Temple, Bhavani Islans, Undavalli monolithic caves and near by sightseeing places. Out of all the places, we enjoyed a lot in Bhavani Island and which is having lot of water sports, fun etc.
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