Famous for: Bhavani Island, Kanaka Durga Temple, Victoria Museum, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Kolleru Lake, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Subramanya Swamy Temple, Besant Road, Undavalli Caves, Kondapalli Fort, Hazratbal Mosque, Mangalagiri Hill & More.
Ideal Visit Time: The ideal time for a visit to Vijayawada is in the winters, especially the months from October to March.
About Vijayawada: Vijayawada is an important city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, located about 400 km southwest of the state’s executive capital, Visakhapatnam. It is located on the banks of the Krishna river and geographically located in the center of Andhra Pradesh and is the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh. It has also been described as a commercial and educational capital. Also it is one of the fastest growing cities in India. Vijayawada, in 626 A.D. was founded by Paricchedi Kings. It is known from the history of Vijayawada that King Madhava Varma ruled Vijayawada, who was one of the kings of the Vishnukundina dynasty. Also, the Chinese Buddhist scholar Xuanzang came to Vijayawada and stay here few years in about 640 AD to make a copy and study of the ‘Abhidhamma Pitaka’. The city is well known in the state for its cultural history and its inhabitants are known as Vijayawadians. There is no shortage of religion, language, tradition and festivals. Theppotsavam and Durga Pooja are important Hindu festivals of on the river Krishna. This festival is mainly due to the existence of the self-manifested Kanaka Durga Temple. Hazrat Baal Mosque is a notable Muslim shrine that preaches the Sunnah of Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH). Also an important setting for Christians is the Gunadala Mary Matha Church, which is illuminated with colorful lights on the eve of Christmas. The City Corporation organizes a festival called “Happy Sunday” at M.G. Road on the 1st Sunday of every month. During this time various sports, games, cultural programs and activities like yoga are held. During this festival local men wear traditional dhoti and Punjabi or shirt and women wear saari and salwar-kameez. But in this modern age, western clothes have also become quite predominant.
Major Attraction Of Vijayawada
How To Reach:
By Air: Vijayawada has its own airport but unfortunately it is around 18 km away from the city centre. Don’t worry, after reaching the airport, you can easily hire taxis, cab or take buses to reach your preferred destinations. This airport is well-networked with the many other major cities of India like Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Kadapa Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi. Air India, TruJet, Jet Airways, Jet Connect, SpiceJet and Air Costa are the airliners, which will prove you a comfortable journey.
By Train: Vijayawada has its own railway station and it is the second highest railway junction in India. It connects many other major cities of India and also it is an important connectivity hub for South India’s railway network. Shatabdi Express, Bangalore Mail, Chennai Express, Coromandal Express, Guwahati Express, Jaipur Express stop here and you can comfortably reach Vijayawada by train. After reaching the railway junction, you can easily hire taxis, cabs or take buses to reach your preferred destinations.
By Road: Three national highways connect Vijayawada directly with other parts of the country. The Pandit Nehru bus station has more than 450 city buses as well as state buses including Metro Express, Deluxe, A/C, Non-A/C, Sleeper etc. Among the interstate buses, privately owned buses such as Deluxe, Ultra-Deluxe, A/C and Volvo buses play a very satisfactory role.