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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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Iyappan Srinivasan

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  • 3 Reviews
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"Timing was wrong" new review

  • 1/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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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"A nice destination but quite hot" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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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"A very clean, healthy and nice place to stay" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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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"Very good place to visit" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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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Manohar P

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"A nice place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is Andhra pradesh's new capital. It consists 3 star and 5 star hotels. Prakasam barge and krishna river also durga temple are must visit. Autonagar is place where more automobile component are prepared and sold. Development program-me and many more side views, museum, parks were there.
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Anudeep Rich

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"Good place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was the present capital. The landing bus station was the largest & it was already well known as Asia's largest bus station. Durga temple on the Indrakeeladri hill is much worshipful & like to visit every time when you visit Vijayawada. Next places to visit are prakasam barrage & bhavani island which you will like very much after visiting.
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Ravi Kumar

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A devotional place to visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Mar 5, 2015
I went to see temple and some of our relatives stay there. Its a devotional place and every Indian must visit this place in their lifespan and the barrage to see boat there in the Krishna water and should take bath there. Should be care full when there are any celebrations.
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Jaganadha raju Gottumukkala

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  • Jaganadha raju Gottumukkala
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 6 Reviews
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"Overall, a good destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2015
New capital of seemandhra, its beside river krishna. Important railway junction from north and south India. Largest bus station in Asia.
Kanaka durga temple, bhavani island, prakasam barrage, mangalagiri temple. Best place for semi precious stones. Temperature is bit warm most part of year and hot in summers. Cotton clothes are best throughout the year. Food is also best in south india. Cng autos and buses are ample in number. Nearest airport is gannavaram 18 kms.
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D s ganesh

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"A future city"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Dec 24, 2014
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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"Excellent place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Dec 8, 2014
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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