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Vijayawada Tourism

Vijayawada Info

  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: City
  • 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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D s ganesh
  • D s ganesh
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 7 Reviews

"A future city"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
During summer its very horrible to stay there. We literally fried to the hot sun. Lot of entertainment like movie theaters, multiplex, prakasam barrage, Kanaka Durga Temple, a railway junction, a great andhra food and tiffins, all kinds of shopping. Little expensive city. Ideal time for visit is during winter months Nov-Feb only.
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Mithun raj Urs
  • Mithun raj Urs
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Excellent place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Good city, happy to spend time there, good locations, Temples, Parks, Movie Theaters also New Malls in the city, Growing city with upcoming State capital. Also can spend time near Kanaka durga Temple, Mangalagiri, Kondapalli Fort, dam, Undavalli Caves, Amaravathi Museum.
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Sudhir Krishna
  • Sudhir Krishna
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 8 Reviews

"A satisfying place in many respects"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Vijayawada is surrounded by hills on two sides, that makes it very picturesque. The city has nice temples and many educational institutions of standing. The new School of Planning & Architecture is an excellent specimen. The city also has many good restaurants. All in all, an enjoyable city for a visit.
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Pavan Kolla
  • Pavan Kolla
  • Lives in Guntur
  • 4 Reviews

"A good place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Must visit place of in Andhra Pradesh. The important places to visit are kanaka durga temple, Bhavani island, Prakasam barrage and many more. Important shopping malls are chandana, kalamandir, m&m, inox, life style. The main food there is idli.
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Pradeep Nekkanti
  • Pradeep Nekkanti
  • Lives in Tanuku
  • 5 Reviews

"A Developing city"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is located on the banks of the Krishna River and has lots of places to visit. Its an ideal place for shopping and restaurants.
places to visit are:
Kanaka Durga Temple-Very Nice atmosphere, serene and place of worship.
Prakasam Barrage-nearby temple.
Bhavani Island- nearby temple are an awesome place to visit!!
Beasant Road- Roadside shopping and food courts.
Haailand- a nearby place located at Chinna kakani, a place to relax and feel the nature.
Versatile shopping complexes and a number of movie theatres put in a busy schedule if you can visit this place.
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Nithin Kumar
  • Nithin Kumar
  • 3 Reviews

"Well connected with transport"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Vijayawada is the current capital city of the beautiful state of Andhra Pradesh. It is known for its picturesque surroundings and nature. It is well connected by Rail, Road and Air which makes it the happening place after Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
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Sai chand Ravuri
  • Sai chand Ravuri
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Good place for shopping"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 15, 2014
Went to Kanaka Durga Temple and after that went to Bhavani Island. The food was awesome and there are many places around vijayawada. The food was really good. I enjoyed the trip. There you have Bsent road and can go for shopping. At evening you can visit prakasam barrage.
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Laxmi vijay Mylavarapu
  • Laxmi vijay Mylavarapu
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 1 Review

"A well developed city"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 14, 2014
Hi all, I like vijayawada very much. This is a good place to live. Goddess Kanaka Durga temple is there in vijayawada. Goddess is very powerful. The city had good transport facility, it has good roads and railway. Airport facility is also available in vijayawada, which connects it to many to many destinations in india. Education is very good in vijayawada.
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Kotesh Yadav
  • Kotesh Yadav
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews

"A good place for a holy trip"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 9, 2014
I went to Vijayawada with my family to worship Goddess Kanaka Durgamma. This temple is located on mountain called Indrakiladri. Beside the mountain we can River Krishna from the top view of the mountain. The river looks nice as it water flowing down. Its really a good place to travel.
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S.r.pitchumani
  • S.r.pitchumani
  • 3 Reviews

"A very joyful destination and trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2014
joyful journey it was. The food was tasty. There are many temples in and around Vijayawada to see. Kanaka Durga temple and Panaka Narasimma Swamy Temple are the two important temples to visit. There is a place to shop for all important items. In total Vijayawada trip was very joyful.
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