‘The place of victory’, Vijayawada is set on the banks of River Krishna. It is often referred to as Bezawada by the locals. It has the beautiful Indrakeeladri Hills in the west and Budameru River in the North. Vijayawada is the third largest city in Andhra Pradesh with the largest railway junction in the whole of South India. It is a tourist’s delight with many historical monuments, scenic vistas and delicious cuisine. To discover the medley of nature and history in this city and around, here are the list of places to check out.
Kanaka Durga Temple
Kanaka Durga Temple is a famous hindu Temple of Goddess Durga and the temple is located on the Indrakeeladri hill, on the banks of Krishna River
Mangalagiri is a town in Guntur district and the town is the headquarters of Mangalagiri Mandal under Guntur revenue division. It also forms a part of the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region.
Mangalagiri is one of the eight prominent sacred places or Mahakshetrams in India. It is the oldest Vaishnavaite Temple in South India where Lord Vishnu manifested Himself. Mangala Giri hill has three of the oldest Vaishnavite Temples in South India; PankalaNarasimha Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, and GandalaNarasimha Temple. The 11 storied Gopuram of the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is an imposing structure being in existence since 200 years.
Gunadala Matha Shrine
The Gunadala Matha Shrine is popularly known as St. Mary’s Gunadala Matha Shrine is constructed on a hill in the Gunadala area of Vijayawada. the museum is also present inside the church displaying relics of the ancient times.
The Undavalli Caves, a monolithic example of Indian rock-cut architecture and one of the finest testimonials to ancient Viswakarma sthapathis, are located in Undavalli of Guntur district. Caves are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma. One main cave designed by the Guptas is shaped as a Buddhist monastery. The views of the Krishna River from the caves on top of the hill are spectacular.
Kondapalli Fort, also locally known as Kondapalli Kota, is located in the Krishna district, close to Vijayawada around 18 kilometres from the city centre. Other attractions include Tanisha Mahal and a deep reservoir. Light weight wooden toys famously called Kondapalli Toys are available in nearby villages
Bhavani Island situated in the midst of the Krishna River, at Vijayawada. It is located at the upstream of Prakasam Barrage and is considered as one of the largest river islands in India, with an area of 133 acres.
Around 11 kilometres from the city are these ancient caves belonging to the 5th century. Though a lot has been lost in ruins, the caves still hold religious and spiritual value as they house idols of Lord Nataraja and Lord Vinayaka amongst much more, a few cave temples and a shrine for Goddess Durga.
The Victoria Jubilee Museum is an archaeological museum located on Bander Road of Vijayawada, this museum makes you step back in time with its array of inscriptions, idols, paintings, sculptors, weapons and cutlery.
Subramanya Swamy Temple
Subramanya Swamy Temple, which is located in the Indrakiladri hillock, is one of the prominent temples in Vijayawada. This temple overlooks the city of Vijayawada and the river Krishna. Maintained by a famous family known as Iddipilli, this temple is a famous tourist location. Hoards of devotees visit this temple on the Skanda Shashti festival.
One of the most renowned Jain temples, this structure houses he only Jain Shrine in the area. Adorned with Jain style of architecture, this is also one of the most beautiful structures n town.