Vijayawada, the ‘City of Victory’ is set amidst scenic surroundings on the banks of river Krishna and is picturesquely ringed by beautiful hills. This ‘Cultural Capital’ of Andhra Pradesh is an important historical, cultural, political, pilgrim, education and commercial centre. Situated on the banks of the river Krishna and is about 279km from Hyderabad. It was an important Buddhist centre and the remains of the Stupas can be seen even today. The Kanakadurga temple on the top of the hill, Hazrat Balmosque and the Prakasam barrage are some of the tourist attraction.
Kanaka Durga Temple
The sacred shrine perched atop the Indrakila Hill by the River Krishna is an icon of Vijayawada. It is dedicated to Goddess Kanaka or the golden deity, who is believed to be the protector of Vijayawada. The shrine abounds in numerous interesting legends and is a must visit site. The dasara festival (September / October) celebrated here is one of the most popular events of Vijayawada. The Indrakila hill is also dotted with several rock-cut temples.
The Gandhi Hill (Orr Hill)
Perched atop this hill is the first Gandhi Memorial with seven stupas in the country. The impressive monument is 15.8m high and is the tallest structure in the city. It also houses a library and a planetarium. A sound and light show featuring Mahatma Gandhi’s life is organised here.
St. Mary’s Church, Gunadala
The magnificent church is set on a hillock on the eastern side of the city.
This gigantic engineering marvel built across the river Krishna is the pride of Vijayawada. The barrage creates a panoramic lake and three canals from it flows through the city giving Vijayawada its venetian looks.
Rajiv Gandhi Park
This well-laid out park has an impressive horticultural network. There is also a mini zoo and a musical water fountain.
It has a rich collection of ancient sculptures, paintings, idols weapons, cutlery and ancient inscriptions.
Hazrat Bal Mosque
It houses a holy relic of the Prophet Mohammed, which is displayed once a year.
The major Buddhist pilgrim centre on the banks of river Krishna was the former capital of the Stvahanas and one of the four important places of Buddhist worship in the country. The 2000 years old Mahastupa, locally known as Deepaladinne or ‘Hillock of Lamps’ is the largest stupa in India, measuring 36.5m wide and 16.5m high.
Besides this, only few scattered ruins is all that remains of the once grand city. A small replica of the Mahastupa can be seen at the nearby museum. The Amareswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is another famous holy site.
It is famous for the sacred shrine of Lord Narasimha (Vishnu) perched atop a hill. The mouth of the unique idol of the presiding deity accepts half the quantity of Panakam (jiggery dissolved in water) offered by devotees, irrespective of the quantity offered.
The newly built shrine at Mangalagiri is the biggest Jain temple of the region. The magnificent shrine is noted for great artistic work.
This sea-side township was an important trading post. It is also the birth place of Kalamkari art of textile printing. The Maginapudi beach near the town is simply irresistible and is very safe for bathing. Thousands of pilgrims take a holy dip in the sea during Magha Poornima. The Panduranga Swamy temple here is a famous Hindu pilgrim centre.
The Mogalarajapuram (3km) cave temples of the 5th century. Undevilli in Guntur district, beautiful cave. Managlagiri 12km south of Vijayawada is famous for Narasimha (Vishnu) temple. Hindus who visit this temple believe that the Lord accepts only half of the Paanaka (Jaggery water) offered to him.
Kuchipudi is located on 60km away from Vijayawada, Kuchipudi is known as the birth place of the pure classical dance from of Kuchipudi Siddendra Yogi the creator of this dance from was born here.
Bhadrachalam is On the banks of the river Godavari 181km away from Vijayawada, stands this famous temple dedicated to Lord Rama.
Other interesting tourist spots near Vijayawada are Movva (55km), Draksharamma and Satyanarayana temples.
Machilipatnam: This coastal town of Andhra Pradesh is 80km. from Vijayawada and is well known for its Kalamkari textiles and painting from the vegetable dyes.
Lepakshi About 95km from Bangalore, is the popular pilgrim centre of Lepakshi with its Veerabhadraswami temple built in the Vijayanagar style. This temple with its innumerable paintings and the colossal monolithic Nandi (the Celestial Bull) is very impressive.
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