- Vijayawada- The Victorious City
Set on the banks of the picturesque Krishna River, the city of
Vijayawada still retains a grand aura of its glorious past. Its history
is an enchanting saga of Dravidian legacy. The land is akin to a
brilliant canvas splashed with the vibrant colors of legend, culture,
tradition and the contemporary sure to hold one captivated. The title
The Victorious City traces its origin to the legendary Indian epic of
Mahabharata. Vijayawada is the place where the Pandava prince Arjuna did
his penance and pleased Lord Shiva.
Vijayawada was once an ancient seat of Buddhism in south India, with many Buddhist historic sites scattered across the region. The renowned Chinese traveler Hiuen-TSang paid homage to this great city in 7th century A.D, during his travels to the cradles of Buddhism in India. In the olden days, Vijayawada was well renowned as the cultural and political capital of Andhra Pradesh.
The prime attraction Kanaka Durga Temple, located on the western side
of the city, sits majestically perched on top of the Indrakeeladri
Hills. Goddess Kanaka Durga, the presiding deity of the city, is an
omnipotent deity of riches, benevolence and power. The hilltop offers
mesmerizing panoramic views of the city and the beautiful blue Krishna
River. This temple is also blessed with the visit of the great saint Adi
Sankara, who installed the Sri Chakra here.
Prakasham Barrage, constructed across the mighty Krishna River, is a modern regulator cum bridge. Three long canals from the barrage provide water for agriculture and irrigation todifferent parts of the state. The beauty of River Krishna can be enjoyed from this barrage.
Victoria Jubilee Regional Museum in the city, maintained by the Archeological Survey of India, has on display a number of exquisitely carved sculptures, beautiful paintings and numerous other artifacts collected from across the region. The many Buddhist inscriptions dating back to 1st and 2nd centuries AD, ancient statues, and carved artifacts give a glimpse of the glorious Buddhist legacy of the region.
Undavalli rock cut caves, at a distance of 8 km from Vijayawada, has some exquisite 7th century Buddhist carvings and sculptures. The large monolithic statue of reclining Buddha a marvel in stone - is the focal attraction.
Bhavani Island is a picture-post card isle of unparalleled natural beauty located in the middle of the Krishna River. The place renowned for its scenic beauty is a much favored picnic spot.
The 7th century Kondapalli Fort built by King Krishna Deva Raya is a majestic fort located in Kondapalli, at a distance of 16 km from Vijayawada. The fort which served as a place of commerce and trade was later transformed into a military training facility by the British. Kondapalli village is also famous for its handmade toys made of light wood.
Mogalarajapuram Caves, dating from the 5th century A.D, has beautiful carved idols of Lord Nataraja, Lord Vinayaka & Lord Arthanareeswara.
Hazarat Bal Mosque housing the holy relic of Prophet Mohammed attracts hoards of pilgrims, both Moslems and non-Moslems.
Amaravati, at a distance of 65 km from Vijayawada, boasts of a rich Buddhist heritage. This ancient Buddhist city has a number of Buddhist Viharas and Stupas scattered throughout the region.
Kuchipudi, at a distance of 60 km from Vijayawada, is the birthplace of Siddhendra Yogi, the great promulgator of Kuchipudi dance form. There is a dance school here built in honor of this great teacher, which offers extensive training in the dance form of Kuchipudi.
Kanaka Durga Temple
Victoria Jubilee Regional Museum
Undavalli rock cut caves
Hazarat Bal Mosque
Amaravati- Ancient Buddhist Site
- Best Time To Visit
November to February.
- How to Reach
The nearest airport is located at a distance of 20 km at, offering direct flights to Vishakapatnam and Hyderabad.
Being the largest railway junction in the country, it is well connected to all places in the country.
The city is well connected through an extensive network of roads.