Vijaywada translates to ‘The Place of Victory’. The town is surrounded by mystic mountains and meandering rivers. Nestled in the lap of nature it is so relaxing to have an enjoyable vacation experience. Visit Vijaywada to witness the perfect balance between old world charm and contemporary infrastructure. This confluence makes the city so unique and endearing. The people are warm and welcoming, and have held to their roots in the most beautiful manner. Majestic forts, ancient temples, caves, and wildlife sanctuaries, there is a lot to explore in Vijaywada that you’ll never have a dull moment.
Undavalli Caves, Indrakeeladri Temple, Vijayawada Fort, Amaravati Museum, Vijayawada Railway Station
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Vijayawada meaning ‘The Place of Victory', is the third largest city of Andhra Pradesh state in India. Situated on the banks of the River Krishna, it is surrounded by the lndrakeeladri mountain range on the west and the river Budameru on the north. The Bhavani Island, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Gandhi Stupa, Undavalli Caves, Kondapalli Fort and Kanaka Durga temple are extremely popular tourist points of the city. Vijaywada is a modern city that maintains a perfect balance between modernity, history and nature. People here are deep rooted to their culture and heritage.
Sightseeing in Vijayawada includes Bhavani Island on Krishna river, which is one of the largest islands and the sprawling island is a perfect weekend getaway from Vijayawada to relax and unwind. Different types of water adventure sports and water slides make this island breathtaking.; Undavalli Caves are perfect example of Indian rock-cut architecture. Situated in Guntur, 35 kilometers from Vijayawada, Undavalli Caves date back to the 4th to 5th centuries and they are carved from solid sandstone on a hillside. This place is a treat for history lovers.; Kanaka Durga Temple is the most revered shrine housing Goddess Durga, here in Vijayawada. The temple’s architecture and carvings are in Dravidian pattern and a delight to see.
Inrakeeladri mountain surrounds the temple which is perched on the banks of the Krishna River, making the locale serene and mystical. This ancient Durga temple has its mention in numerous sacred texts and also in Vedic literature. The people believe in Goddess Durga as their protector.; Kondapalli Fort is a spectacular 14th-century fort in Kondapalli village near Vijayawada. This glorious fort was built by the Musunuri Nayaks and holds great historical importance and attracts tourists from far & near.; The Mogalarajapuram Caves are 5th century caves, and a significant landmarks of Vijayawada’s heritage. The remains of this caves hold revered religious and spiritual value for the locals because the cave still houses idols of Lord Nataraja, Lord Vinayaka and other gods & goddess.;
When done with sightseeing at Vijayawada, take a look around the mainland that has a sprawling Rajiv Gandhi Park with musical fountains and a mini zoo to keep the mini-travelers entertained. Even Gandhi Hill & stupas here, the planetarium and library are worthy of a visit. The Bapu Museum in the city displays archaeological relics of the bygone eras. A popular Christian Church here, Gunadala Matha Shrine with a statue of Mary is popular for its museum, which has many holy relics. Vijayawada serves as an ideal base for trips to Amaravathi, one of the prime Buddhist pilgrimage site.
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