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General Information about Vijayawada

Around 274 kms from Hyderabad . There are many places in Vijaywada that you would enjoy visiting like Kanaka Durga (goddess of power) and Mangalagiri temple. There are several Buddhist sites such as Amravati, Gudivada and Ghantasala that one must visit in Vijayawada. Prakasham Barrage, Gandhi Hill, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Victoria Museum, Hazarat Bal Mosque, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Gunadala Matha Shrine, and Bhavani Island and the Kondapalli Reserve Forest are other major tourist attractions in Vijaywada. Make sure to buy toys made of Kondapalli wood as a memento from here.

With scrumptious fruits, sensational sweets and scenic marvels, Vijayawada literally translates to 'The Place of Victory'.

It is often also known as Bezawada. Vijayawada is the third largest city in Andhra Pradesh. It holds the credit of being the largest railway junction in South India. The Kondapalli Fort, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Gandhi Stupa and Undavalli Caves are extremely known in the city and showcase a blend of history and nature unimaginable.

The city is known for its landmarks such as Prakasham Barrage across the Krishna river;Krishnaveni Mandapam (River Museum) depicting the history of Krishna river and a nearby idol of the river known as Krishnaveni statue; Gandhi Hill, the first Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in the country, an elevation of 500 ft on the on a hill; Bhavani Island, one of the largest river island amidst Krishna River. The Kanaka Durga Temple is a Hindu temple of Goddess Durga on the Indrakeeladri hill, on the banks of Krishna River. The deity is described as Swayambhu (self-manifested) in Triteeya kalpa.

The city of Vijayawada has old and new town areas. The One Town area of the city is known as old city area, comprising areas such as Islampet, Jendachettu Centre, Kamsalipet, Rajarajeswaripet, Kothapet, Ajithsinghnagar and Winchipet. The new city areas includes areas such as, Autonagar, Benz circle, Chuttugunta, Labbipet, Machavaram Down, Mogalrajapuram, NTR circle, Tikkle Road, Governorpet, Pinnamaneni Polyclinic Road and Suryaraopet. Brindavan Colony, Commercial Taxes Colony, Gunadala, Veterinary Colony are some of the residential areas. Bank Colony, Bharati Nagar, Currency Nagar, Satyanarayana Puram, Gurunanak Colony, LIC Colony, Patamata and MG Road are the upscale residential areas. The major commercial areas include the stretch of MG Road and from Benz Circle to Ramavarappadu Ring.Other commercial centres are Besant Road, Rajagopalachari street, One Town market area covering Kaleswara Rao Market, and Vastralatha.


Connectivity :

By Rail : The largest railway junction of South India, Vijayawada is an important railway station on the Chennai - Delhi rail route. This station is well-connected by regular trains to all the major states and cities in India, including Hyderabad.

By Air : The Vijayawada airport in Gannavaram is around 20 km away from the city center. It is well-linked to Hyderabad by regular flights. From the airport, taxi services are available to the city.

By Road : Hyderabad and Vijayawada are around 4 hour’s drive away from each other, therefore, you can rent a car or a hire a taxi for a comfortable journey. Apart from this APSRTC buses connect Vijayawada to Hyderabad. There is also an option of private luxury tourist buses as well.

From the very popular Hyderabadi Biryani to authentic Andhra food to even multi-cuisine dishes, Vijayawada offers to its people and visitors hygienic and flattering food. Indulge in non-vegetarian delicacies with rich, and tangy Mughal flavors or order a vegetarian thali for all the best things of Andhra's cuisine in one platter.
Do not miss local items like Laskora Undalu or Raskora Undalu (coconut laddu), Sunnundallu - Laddu made from with roasted Urad Dal (Minapappu) and Jaggery (Bellam), Nellore Chicken Biriyani, Pachadi - typically made of vegetables, greens and roasted green or red chilies, Pappu Koora (Lentil based dish) boiled vegetables stir-fried with a small amount of half-cooked lentils (dal) and more.

An Ideal Itinerary :

Day 1: Reach Vijayawada, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main market for a stroll, especially in places like MG Road, Besant Road, where you can buy precious curios and souvenirs, apart from delectable cuisine, that you can take home for your families.
Day 2: The 2nd day should be the ideal time for starting your trip through Vijayawada. You should begin ideally with Undavalli caves, an astounding rock cut architecture dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Not very far from here, a mere 9-minute drive later is the Prakasam Barrage, which offers a breathtaking view of the Krishna river.
Day 3: The final day can be earmarked for the sites unexplored. For starters, you can take blessings from the Kanaka Durga Temple or the Subramanya Swamy Temple. Then, you can proceed towards Gandhi Hill, where the Gandhi Stupa, which doubles up as a planetarium and a museum on Mahatma Gandhi, is a popular tourist destination. If you don't prefer to go to Gandhi Hill, you can also visit Rajiv Gandhi Park, which is a well-maintained amusement hotspot.

Few places of Interest :

Kondapalli Fort
Constructed way back in the 14th century, Kondapalli Fort is a fort with 3-storied rock tower that is located on a hill top near the city. There is a confusion about its construction, some say it was built by the founder of Reddy kingdom of Kondaveedu, Prolaya Vema Reddi while the other believe that it was built by King Krishna Deva Raya during the 7th century. Within its premises, there is also the Dargah of Gareeb Saheeb.

Lenin Statue
One of the few statues of Lenin in India, one of the Lenin Statues is placed in Vijayawada. This statue is a symbol of the struggle of India’s working class and the ideologies of communism. This spectacular Lenin Statue is garlanded on 1st May, World Laborer’s Day. There is also a statue of Karl Marx close to it. Both these statues were erected during the 1980’s.

Mogalarajapuram Caves
Mogalarajapuram Caves, located in the proximity of Vijayawada, is famous for three cave temples believed to be as old as 5th century. One among the three cave temples adorns a spectacular carving of Ardhanariswara, which is believed as the only one of its kind in South India. These cave temple have carved deities of Lord Vinayaka and Lord Shiva in Nataraja form. This is a good ancient temple to visit and see the ancient culture and ancient style of living.

Undavalli Caves
Lying in the Undavalli village, the well-known Undavalli Caves are 4-storied caves that belong to the 7th century. Facing the free-flowing river Krishna, these caves are placed on a height. A popular and amazing example of cut-in sculptural and architectural model, these caves also have a huge Lord Vishnu state in a reclining form. This statue is carved from a single granite piece.

Victoria Museum
Popular amidst archaeology enthusiasts, Victoria Museum of the Archaeological Department consists of ancient idols, sculptures, weapons, cutlery, paintings and inscriptions. There is also an amazing collection of pre-historic metal works, coins, arms, Microlithic and Neolithic implements. A major crowd puller in the museum is a huge granite statue of Lord Buddha as well as a statue of Lord Buddha in standing position made of white limestone.

Rajiv Gandhi Park
Currently the gateway to the city, the Rajiv Gandhi Park has been named after Late Rajiv Gandhi, the former PM of India in remembrance of his contribution to India’s development. Quite popular amidst horticulture enthusiasts, this park also consists of a mini zoo as well as musical fountain. It is popular amidst locals and tourists, alike.

Gandhi Hill
Also known as Gandhi Stupa, Gandhi hill is a popular tourist attractions, mainly because of housing a planetarium and the Light and Sound, organized here every day. This show is a depiction of the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. This stupa also consists of a statue of Gandhi, 7 stupas, at a height of 150 meters as well as a Gandhi Memorial Library.

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