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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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Anudeep Koduru

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  • Anudeep Koduru
  • Lives in Machilipatnam
  • 4 Reviews
  •  103 readers

"A wonderful city" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is a gud city located on the shore of river krishna. It is the business capital of Andhra Pradesh state. It has many exciting places to watch such as kanaka durgamma temple and prakasam barrage. There is also hill trekking and it will be super. There are many shopping malls and movie theatres located in the city. A wonderful city for tour.
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Arun Kumar

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  • Arun Kumar
  • Lives in Thanjavur
  • 5 Reviews
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"Excellent city with famous temple" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is in the center of the state Andhra Pradesh. And many people come to Vijayawada because of the famous temple Sri Kanaka Durga temple. It is one of the maha shakti peethas in India. I suggest everyone to go and do darshan of Sri Kanaka Durgamma Varu in Vijayawada.
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S s srinivas

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  • S s srinivas
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews
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"Good place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Its has various religious places near by and holiday spots. Kanaka Durga temple, Mangalagiri Narasimha swamy temple, Bhavani islands, etc. Besant Road and Kaleshwara Market were places for shopping. So many theatres at one place near Besant road and Gandhinagar. Good restaurants like sweet magic, minerwa in M.G Road good places for dining.
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Namaste solution

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  • Namaste solution
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A nice place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's a very nice place to visit. Goddess durga devi resides there. It's a centre point which connects many places. Nice food and good transport facilities to visit and go to different places. People are very polite and helpful. Only drawback which I felt is climate specially summer season. Heat is toooo much.
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Raghu Vamsi

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  • Raghu Vamsi
  • Lives in Berhampur
  • 9 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"The best devotional trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lot of Famous temples around like Durga Temple, Mangalagiri and other temples in nearby locations. No Compromise in food particularly for Veg, a complete mouth watering tastes in and around the place. Traveling to temples and sightseeing will keep you busy. Atleast once in a lifetime visit.
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Kenny Nihanth

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  • Kenny Nihanth
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1017 readers

"A good place to hang out with friends"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We have relatives and some close friends and we can hang out there freely. The places which are must and should visit is Prakasham Barrage and Bhavani Island. The hotel Midas and we loved the food in it. Playing bowling in sum. The weather is quite good and some what hot.
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Iyappan Srinivasan

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  • Iyappan Srinivasan
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
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"Timing was wrong"

  • 1/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was Dasara during our visit. All important roads leading to island were blocked. All places like Kanakadurga temple, island, dam etc, were in that single road. So, all were blocked. Museum was under construction. So, that also is a no-go. We made it up by going to caves, few less important temples, and a mall.
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Avinash Karimikond

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  • Avinash Karimikond
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 2 Reviews
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"A nice destination but quite hot"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nice journey and nice city. PVP mall is nice. Kaleswari travels are good service providers. A/C is good. Vijayawada is very hot. Should carry an umbrella every time. It can protect you from sun or when it rains. Go to PVP mall you can pass your time well. Shopping at pantaloons is fun. Offers are very nice.
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Bharadwaj Basavaraju

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  • Bharadwaj Basavaraju
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  11089 readers

"A very clean, healthy and nice place to stay"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Vijayawada is one of the nice place to stay. Though the climate is typically hot, it's a clean and healthy city. A group of friends will definitely enjoy the stay. It is having variety of shopping malls, multiplexes, food courts and restaurants. Food is a special mention. You will enjoy all kinds of cuisines.
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Rajesh

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  • Rajesh
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 Reviews
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  •  1499 readers

"Very good place to visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Good place to visit. Different language, different food as compared to Bangalore. Fish food was very good. Visit to Machilipatnam Beach was nice, played nice cricket on beach. Overall vijaywada is a good place to visit. Cool place to relax. Enough of reviews time to pack your bags.
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