INTRODUCTIONSituated on the banks of river Krishna Vijayawada is an important junction and link between North and South. The 4014 feet Prakasam Barrage across the river has created a lake and its three irrigational canals flowing through the city add beauty to it.
This place was formerly referred as Benzawada.There is number of tourist?s spots having religious, archeological and historical importance. Most of the cottages villages around have developed cottage industries in specialized items like toy making, cotton weaving, fabric painting, gold covering and fruit processing.
ORIENTATIONVijayawada about 257-km from Hyderabad and is located on the banks of the Krishna River, and is bounded by the Indrakiladri hills on the West and the Budameru River on the North.
It is believed that Vijayawada was established by Arjuna around the Malleswara temple and Indrakiladri hills in commemoration of Lord Shiva?s Darsan he had. Also from history we get to know that this region was ruled by the Chalukyas of Kalyan and the great king Krishna Deva Raya for a very long period influencing the cutlure and society of the city. There are records showing which says that Vijayawada was also visited by foreign travellers like Hu-yan-Tsang.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Krishna PushkaramThis is one of the major festivals celebrated in Vijayawada on the banks of river Godavari, Krishna and Pennar in Andhra Pradesh. This is also more of a cultural festival during which many programs are organized along with varieties of shops. It is on this day people have a holy dip in the sacred river and perform various rituals. Apart from this the other common festivals celebrated here includes Diwali, Dussehra and Makara Sankranthi
PLACES OF WORSHIP
St.Mary's Church, GundalaThe church is situated on a hillock on the eastern side of the city. A grand annual Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is held every year which attracts people of different region.
Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, MangalagiriMangalagiri located 13km south of Vijayawada is famous for the renowned temple Lakshmi Narasimha, one of the nine incarnations of Vishnu. This temple built by the Reddi Chiefs in the 14th Century on a hillock was remodeled in the period 17C to 18C.
Hazrat Bal MosqueA holy relic of the Prophet Mohammed is kept here and displayed for public viewing once a year. A large number of muslims and non-muslims join the celebration.
PLACES OF INTERESTS
Rajiv Gandhi ParkDeveloped by the Vijayawada municipal corporation with great care and interest, the park welcomes the tourists with its impressive horticultural network. A mini zoo and a water fountain are among the other attractions here.
Gandhi HillThe first Gandhi memorial with seven stupas in the country was constructed here at a height of 5oo feet. This was unveiled by Dr.Zakir Hussain,the then President of India on 6th October 1968.Gandhi memorial library, sound and light show on Mahatma Gandhi's life and planetarium are the other attractions.
|These caves are said to be excavated in the 5th century AD. The idols of Lord Nataraja, Vinayaka and Ardhanareeswaran exist here.|
Victoria MuseumA place for archeology lovers, the museum has a carefully preserved collection of ancient paintings, sculptures, idols, weapons, cutlery and inscriptions.
SHOPPINGVijaywada is a place where the shopping list is quite big, ranging from handloom products, handicrafts, furniture to pearl jewelry, silver jewelry and textiles. Apart from these, there are also things like exquisite antiques, leather goods, pearls as well as semi precious stones. A visit to Vijayawada should not be without the beautiful and famous Kondapalli and Machlipatnam toys.Kalamkari paintings and kalamkari works should also be a must in the shopping list. The main shopping area includes MG Road, Eluru Road, Besant Road and Governorpet. Other than these popular places, there are a number of shopping malls and market places in Vijaywada where you can shop to your hearts content.
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1.Quality Hotel DV Manor (II037)
40-1-47 M. G. Road Venkateswarapuram
Governorpet, Old Bus Stand, M G Road, Gandhi Nagar,
Vijayawada, Andhra pradesh 520003
3.Fortune Murali Park, Vijayawada
Vijayawada, Krishna, Andhra Pradesh
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Gandhi Nagar, Besant Road, Vijayawada,
Andhra pradesh 520003
5.Hotel Green Valley
12-10-8, Convent Street, Vijayawada,
Andhra pradesh 520001
6.Hotel Relax Residency
27-1/4-9, Rgc St, Near Apsara Theatre
Andhra pradesh 520002
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Anjaneya Swamy Temple St, Near Leela Mahal
Vijayawada, Andhra pradesh 520002
9.Om Sri Ram Hotel
Rangannavari Street, Vijayawada,
Andhra pradesh 520001
10.Vuma Holiday Inn
Vijayawada, Krishna Dist.
Andhra Pradesh - 521456
HOW TO REACH
By AirVijayawada airport is located at Gannavaram, which is about 20 km away from the city. Regular flights services are available from Vijayawada to Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam. International travelers have to get connecting flights from Hyderabad.
The largest railway junction of the South Central Railway, it is well linked by a number of express and super fast trains to and from all the major cities of India.