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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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Ramgopalbattula

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  • Ramgopalbattula
  • 1 Review
  •  58 readers

"Superb place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Superb place in Andhra Pradesh. This place is on banks of Krishna river. The speciality of this place is of DURGA MATHA temple. The one of the best the best temple ever seen.

Every family can visit it and enjoy the place. Everyone can be blessed.
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Sharath Kumar

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  • Sharath Kumar
  • Lives in Kurnool
  • 6 Reviews
  •  274 readers

"Stay at Vijayawada"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 15, 2016
Developing city. Still needs to develop and there is possibility of growth as the capital is situated near to the city. Kanaka durga temple situated at on the banks of Krishna River and nice temple.

Good hotels are available and food is damn good at all hotels.
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Akhil Yaminedi

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  • Akhil Yaminedi
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review
  •  523 readers

"Lovely place to visit with family"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 17, 2016
Good experience in Vijayawada. It has great places to visit like Kanakadurga temple and Bhavani Islands. It was a great trip to me. It is a great place to visit with your family members. Great lodging and boarding as well. Hindus devoted place is the Durga temple but traffic is bad.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 200 Reviews
  •  439 helpful votes
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"A nice place to visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2016
I had been to Vijayawada by train in the month of October 2015. I had been to Vijayawada in the month of October 2015 by train from Secunderabad. Vijayawada is easily accessible from all the three modes of transport via road, rail and air. Vijayawada is easily reachable from almost all the major cities of south and central India. The must-visit attractions around Vijayawada are Kondapalli fort and Mogalarajapuram Caves. Kondapalli is located 16 kilometres from Vijayawada Town. The fort dates back to the 14th century and has 3 entrance gates. The main entrance gate is 12 feet wide and 15 feet high. Mogalarajapuram has 3 cave temples and dates back to 5th century AD. Here, there are cave deities of Lord Vinayaka and Lord Shiva in the form of Nataraja. The best time to visit Vijayawada is between September to February.
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Mallikarjuna babu uv

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  • Mallikarjuna babu uv
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 22 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  5998 readers

"A small city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2016
Visited several times. Not much changed in main city in the last 50 years. Outskirts are developing fast. One town's busiest place and hard to get through due to heavy traffic and narrow streets. So is two town but better roads. Scorching heat. Better to avoid Mid April to mid June. The other name for this city is Bezawada nicknamed as blazewada. Durga temple is very nice on the small hillock. You can drive up in your own car. You can walk along the road or take steps from one town area. The view of Krishna river and the city are magnificent. There is also Gandhi memorial on another hill. Prakasam Barrage, though you cannot stop, can walk along and enjoy the beauty. Undavalli Caves, Mogalrajapuram caves are worth a visit if you are interested. Mangalagiri is 12KMs away and is famous for the temple of Panakala Swamy and handloom Sarees - cotton and silk mix. Bhavani island is another tourist spot in the middle of river Krishna and it is a boat ride from other side of the prakasham barrage.
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D. suriya kumar

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  • D. suriya kumar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1553 readers

"A temple city"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Apr 2, 2016
The vijayawada is well connected by train to all over india. The city is upcoming as Capital city being planned in Amaravati. This accommodate newly formed Andhra Pradesh Capital town in Amravati which is 30Km from vijayawada along the krishna river bank. Form here for kurnool/hyderabad/srisailam well connected by bus/train. During your visit plan near by places for sightseeing and spiritual worship of Hindu as well s buddha's ancient culture existence through temple and sculpture.

From Chennai 431 Km the vijayawada is located. From Chennai to kolkata railway or bus route.

VIJAYAWADA TEMPLES.

Kanaka Durga Devi temples:

It is located in Vijayawada town itself on hill top. More Krishna reservoir dam and entire view of city makes more excitation and marvelous panoramic view from temple. In the month of July lot of devotees comes to this temple it is considered auspicious month to visit this temple. The Dasara festival famous too here.

From Vijayawada railway station just 02 km to the temple. To claim this temple steps has been provided and APSRTC bus service too available up to hill top.

Mangalagiri temples

From Vijayawada 12 km to the Mangalagiri just opposite to bus stand the road proceed to Mangalagiri BANAKALU Narasimhar temple, Just 1km from Mangalagiri bus stand. The Steps were provided to reach hill top and share auto facility too available to take you to the temple and back they ask Rs 30 only per person. The speciality of Bonakal Narasimhar is whatever water puts on his mouth he just takes inside nobody knows where this water goes till now.

People offer water to this Narasimhar as offering, the temple Garbhagriha is very small and moorthy also too small.

After visiting narasimhar if go for Shikara Darshan you can find entire Mangalagiri Panoramic view with Sikkara Darsan. In the caves the Nagaraja idol were there. Adjacent to that you can find The Vishnu in lying position. This temple is one of the famous nine temple of Narasimha in the Andhra Pradesh.

RAJARAJESWARI TEMPLE:

On the way to the Mangalagiri hill top temple you can find Sri Rajarajeswari temple with Jayanjatic entrance Gopuram welcomes you have Maa Ka Darshan there.

AMARAVATHI TEMPLES

From Vijayawada or Guntur 34 km to the Amravati town located within walk able distance the Pancha rama temple is there. The God name is Amaralingeswara. The temple is located at the banks of Krishna River. The devotees take bath in Krishna River and then proceed to the temple.

The joy boat trip too available nearby temple to go to the opposite end of Krishna River banks.

BUDHA STUPA:

Amravati in olden days this was main town for Mahayana Buddhist. Here on the top of the Buddha ashes (Asti) the largest Stupa was built. It was 100 ft height and 138 ft. On Dia. With marvelous sculpture work and sayings of Buddha was encrypted on the structure stones. This is larger than Sanchi Stupa and built in BC 2nd century. Nowadays the ruins removed from stupa was displayed in the Museum. This Museum has been maintained by Archeology department one of the Indian destroyed monument.

2. Kodapa kunda-God-Threekudeswara Swami, the temple is falls on Vijayawada to kurnool route in Narasaraopet. From Guntur 55 km to condappa kunta frequent bus facility available from Guntur, from Narasaraopet for 10km distance auto/bus facility available to Condappa kunta, the temple is open from morning 6’clock to evening 07:30pm except lunch break hours. The Three Kodathara hill is 1584 ft high where the original old temple was there, the new temple built about 650 ft. High with 750 steps to approach the temple from here you can claim to the old small temple by walk through hill route. For reaching the temple we need to pass through three hills namely Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra hills hence it has been called as Three Kodathoor hill and God also called upon this name. The good road facility too available with auto/jeep facility for approaching the new temple. While going to the temple the Big sodai made Ishwar and Ganapathy statue makes immense feel of His greatness to us. From here the view of the outer skirts of Narasaraopet and adjacent village is Marvelous to see don't miss it during your visit.

The Mahashivaratri festive and its procession utsav with 100ft high gigantic in size world famous one. The lord Siva took leisure after the death of Parvathi Devi, hence in this temple The Goddess shrine not available.

3. Pedakakani-God-Sri Malleshwara swamy, Goddess Bhramaramba devi, The temple is located at 27km from Vijayawada while proceeding to Guntur in Pedakakani village. The Lord Subramaniam had given Darshan to the saint Agasthiyar at this place. This temple is famous for Rahu/ketu Dosha removal ritual activities. There is a strong belief by visiting this temple you will attain Holiness what you will get by seeing Srisailam temple. The park located at the temple premises beautiful one to see have a look and leisure during your visit
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Verriboyana nagendra vishnu

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  • Verriboyana nagendra vishnu
  • 2 Reviews
  •  683 readers

"Nice place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 20, 2016
Vijayawada city is called the commercial capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is always bustling with activities. People from all walks of life who have come across the country have been living in harmony since a long time. After the reorganization of Andhra Pradesh with new capital being build near Amarawati, Vijayawada acts as the gateway to the new capital. A number of infrastructure projects have been started recently which will improve the quality of life of the people of the city shortly.
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Sandeep Tammina

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  • Sandeep Tammina
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 1 Review
  •  729 readers

"Peoples capital Vijayawada!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2016
Vijayawada is a new capital to Andhra Pradesh and it's really growing very fast with a support of our chief minister nara chandra babu naidu garu and a blessings of kanaka durga devi and their is wonderful places to see, Kanakadurga temple and Krishna river and many more.
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Shaik Rasheed

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  • Shaik Rasheed
  • Lives in Goa Velha
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  824 readers

"Good destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2016
I visited Vijayawada it was very nice place but having busy traffic. There are nice temples in the city. Hotels are very nice. You will get good stay at Vijayawada city. Nice movie halls, shopping malls. It's very good experience I had at Vijayawada. We will get good food also. Nice family restaurants are there we can & joy the food.
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Tarun Varun

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  • Tarun Varun
  • Lives in Manmad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  988 readers

"Good destination, with good temples"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2016
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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