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Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh

Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh is the third largest city, located on the banks of the Krishna River. This is a beautiful city which is bounded by Indrakiladri Hills on the West and Budameru River on the North. Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh is a bustling commercial centre and visited by thousands of tourists every year. There is a famous Buddhist site known as Amravati which is 60 km west from Vijayawada. Vijayawada is also known as temple city and known for its famous temples like The Kanaka Durga Temple on Indrakila Hill and unmodified cave temple at Undavalli. Vijayawada is also a major trading and business center of Andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada has also the 3rd largest railway junction in the world. There are several famous tourist attractions in Vijayawada like Kanaka Durga Temple, Marakata Rajarajeswari Temple, Subramanya Swamy Temple, Sri Nagarala Sri Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru Temple, Mangalagiri, Amaravati, Hazarat Bal Mosque, Hinkar Thirtha (Jain Temple), Mangalagiri, Gunadala Matha Shrine, Prakasham barrage, Manginapudi beach, Undavalli caves, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Gandhi Hill, Victoria Museum, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Bhavani Island and Kondapalli Fort.

Tourist Attractions in Vijayawada
Kanaka Durga Temple : Kanaka Durga Temple of Vijayawada is one of the most popular temples of the city and located on Indrakeeladri hill. Inscriptions of different dynasties are found in the temple. During the festival of Dushehra, thousands of devotees come to this temple for worship and take a holy dip in the River Krishna which is very close to the temple.

Marakata Rajarajeswari Temple : This beautiful temple is a famous temple of Vijayawada and completely built with stone with intricate architecture.

Subramanya Swamy Temple : Subramanaya Swamy temple of Vijayawada is the most popular temple of the city and located on Indrakeeladri hill. This temple is mostly visited by thousands of visitors during Skanda Shashti festival.

Sri Nagarala Sri Maha Lakshmi Ammavaru Temple : This temple is also one of the popular temples of Vijayawada and located in the area of Chiitinagar. This temple is maintained by Nagaralu community and visited by thousands of devotees during Dushehra festival.

Mangalagiri : Mangalagiri is famous for its renowned temple of Lord Narasimha which is located on a hillock. This temple is known for its uniqueness that the mouth of the idol accepts half the quantity of panakam offered by devotees, irrespective of the size of the vessel.

Amaravati : Amaravati is one of the most important places near Vijayawada. This place is known for its important Buddhist sites. India's largest stupa is constructed here by Acharya Nagarjuna, 2000 years back. There is also an Amareswara temple which is equally visited by visitors.

Hazarat Bal Mosque : A holy relic of the Prophet Mohammed is kept here which is displayed once a year. A large number of non-Muslims too join the celebrations.

Hinkar Thirtha (Jain Temple), Mangalagiri : Hinkar Thirtha is a Jain temple which is situated in Mangalagiri with great artistic work. This is slated to be the biggest Jain temple in the region.

Gunadala Matha Shrine : Gunadala Matha is known for its statue of Our Lady and popular St. Mary's church. Statue of Our Lady was established here in 1925 by Rf. Arlati, the Rector of St. Joseph's Orphanage. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes became an annual event here, attended by hundreds of people. The church is situated on a hillock on the eastern side of the city.

Prakasham barrage : Prakasham barrage is built across the River Krishna which has created a panoramic lake here. Its three canals that run through the city give Vijayawada a Venetian look.

Manginapudi beach : Manginapudi beach is a beautiful beach which is located about 70 km from Vijayawada. This is a favorite holiday and picnic spot for local people.

Undavalli caves : Undavalli caves are very famous, old and ancient caves in the district of Guntur and said to be carved in 7th century AD. These caves are two-story caves and were used by Buddhist monks during the monsoon season. A huge monolith of the Lord Buddha in reclining posture is a magnificent sight here to watch.

Rajiv Gandhi Park : This beautiful park is created by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation. There is a mini zoo and a musical water fountain in the centre of the park which add some more charm for visitors. Timing to this park is 2pm to 8pm.

Gandhi Hill : This is the hill where the first Gandhi Memorial with seven stupas was constructed. Gandhi Memorial is situated on the height of 500 ft and the height of the stupa is 52 ft which was unveiled on 6 October 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the President of India. There are some attractions here in this museum like Gandhi Memorial Library, a Sound and Light Show on Mahatma Gandhi's life and a planetarium.

Victoria Museum : Victoria Museum in Vijayawada is a famous archaeological place which has a carefully preserved collection of ancient sculptures, paintings, idols, weapons, idols, weapons, cutlery and inscriptions.

Mogalarajapuram Caves : These beautiful and ancient caves are said to excavate in 5th century AD and the first of their kind in South India. There are several beautiful sculptures carved here in these caves in which idols of Lord Nataraja, Vinayaka and Arthanareeswara are worth watching.

Bhavani Island : Bhavani Island is one of the largest islands located on Krishna River. This is a famous and attractive tourist spot and a River Front Resort. Currently there are some cottages to stay and some good adventure and fun sports for all types of visitors. If you want some more fun in this island then boating is the best option for this.

Kondapalli Fort : Kondapalli Fort is a 7th century fort which is situated on the hill with an impressive three storeyed rock town. This fort was built by King Krishna Deva Raya. Now this fort is now used as a military training base.

How to Reach Vijayawada
By Air : There is a domestic airport near Gannavaram which is 20 km away from Vijayawada which is well connected with domestic flights with International airport of Hyderabad and Bangalore.

By Rail : Vijayawada Junction is the largest railway junction on the South Central Railway network which is well connected with other famous cities and states of India. There are some more railway junctions in the city known as Krishna canal junction, Madhuranagar, Gunadala, Rayanapadu, Kondapalli, Nidamanuru, Gannavaram, Mustabada and Ramavarappadu. Vijayawada junction has 10 platforms and is the only station which has 5 entrance gates with booking counters.

By Road : Vijayawada is very well connected with most of the major and famous cities and states through its roads. Vijayawada also has the second biggest bus terminal in the Asia, next to Chennai. Government buses, private buses and taxis are available here for the visitors to reach their destinations.