Vijayawada - The City of Victory: Situated on the banks of River Krishna, Vijayawada is the third largest city of Andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada, meaning the “Land of Victory” is also known by its historical name Bezawada. Ruled by the Gajapathis of Orissa, Eastern Chalukyas and Krishna Deva Raya, Vijayawada is famously known as the Business city of Andhra Pradesh. With a number of educational institutions, Industries, and cultivations; Vijayawada is one of the fastest growing cities in India. With its religious, historical and archaeological importance, Vijayawada is also a major tourist destination attracting hordes of visitors every year. It is well connected by road, rail and air to the major cities of India and boasts of having the second biggest railway junction in India. Vijayawada is also famous for producing the juiciest mangoes during summer.
The city of Vijayawada offers a number of sightseeing options for the visitors. The most famous tourist spot in Vijayawada, attracting a number of religious tourists is the Kanaka durga temple. Situated on the Indrakeeladri hill, this temple is the abode of Kanaka Durga, the Goddess of Power. According to the legends, it was built by Maharaja Poosapati Madhava Varma. This temple is known to contain the inscriptions of different dynasties. The festival of Dussehra is celebrated with much aplomb here with thousands of devotees visiting the temple during the Dussehra celebrations after taking a holy dip in the Krishna river. Prakasam Barrage is another major attraction in Vijayawada. This bridge, built across the river Krishna connects the district of Guntur. Prakasam Barrage has a charming lake and three canals that flow through the city. Gandhi Hill is also a famous tourist spot in Vijayawada with Gandhi memorial library, a planetarium and light and sound show depicting the life of Mahatma Gandhi being major attractions here. The panoramic view of Vijayawada city from this hill is truly mesmerizing.
Another major tourist destination, Undavalli caves, located around 8 km from Vijayawada are said to be carved in the 7th century. It is known to be a rest house for the Buddhist monks during monsoons. A huge statue of Lord Buddha in the reclining position depicting sculptural excellence is a major attraction here. Mogalarajapuram caves are another set of caves situated around 5 km from Vijayawada. These caves are said to excavated way back in the 5th century. The idols of Lord Nataraja, Vinayaka and Ardhanareeswara are present here. A famous tourist destination, Kondapalli fort, situated around 16 km from Vijayawada is a 7th century fort built by Krishna Deva Raya. It was a major business center and was used as a military training base by the Britishers. Kondapalli village is famous for manufacturing the world famous Kondapalli toys.
For lovers of flora, Rajiv Gandhi Park, built by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation is the place to be in Vijayawada. This well-maintained park is known for its rich horticultural network. A mini zoo and musical water fountain in the park are added attractions in the park that kids will definitely enjoy. For lovers of nature, Bhavani Island is the perfect place to be. One of the largest islands on a river, this 133-acre island on the River Krishna is a major tourist attraction. This picturesque island is a must visit for tourists for spending some relaxed moments in the city of Vijayawada. For lovers of archaeology, Victoria Museum is the place to be. It has various collections of paintings, idols, weapons, sculptures, cutlery and inscriptions.
For shopaholics, Bandar Road/MG Road, Eluru Road, Governorpet and Besant Road are popular places where one can shop for textiles, handicrafts, handlooms, pearls and semi precious stones. To make your holiday in Vijayawada much more blissful, Holidays DNA offers a number of packages to choose from based on your time limit and budget. Contact us for more details and make your holiday to Vijayawada as victorious as its name reflects.