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Take off to Vijayawada- 285 kms from Hyderabad

The knowledge of true self. The discovery of divine peace. An expedition with the adventurous nature. Or a journey down the historic lanes. Welcome to Vijayawada, a city that has something for everyone.

Situated on the banks of River Krishna and surrounded by hills of 500 to 1000 ft, the scenic beauty will enchant you. While the 4014 ft Prakasam Barrage will take you to an Indian city with a Venetian touch.

Vijayawada will leave its imprint on you. Because only few can showcase such diverse places of interest. And every destination has a story to tell. Be it a journey to the ancient times through the excavated caves and the Buddhist sites. Or that of a visit to the numerous temples. There will never be a dull moment for you.

Kanaka Durga Temple
This picturesque temple will take you to a spiritual journey thatíll treat your visual senses. While Indrakeeladri Hill will surprise you with the stunning views of the entire city. You have the choice to take two routes. Test your fitness level by climbing up the stairs. Or if it isn't for you, then motor up the Ghat road. Either way you'll find lots to discover with inscriptions of different dynasties that unfold stories of the past. For a more festive holiday, be here during the occasion of Dassara or Durgashtami where a large number of devotees offer their prayers.

Prakasam Barrage
A major contributor to the beauty of Vijayawada is Prakasam Barrage that was built across River Krishna. The three canals created in the process, criss crosses to give it a Venetian look. Not to forget the beautiful lake that's a sight not to be missed.

Undavalli Caves
Discover how the Buddhist monks took shelter from heavy rains in these four storied caves. Dated back to the 7th century B.C., they are the perfect example of rock cut architecture in Southern India. Just 8 km from Vijayawada, these caves take you to a world you've never had a chance to live in. A huge monolith of the Lord Buddha in reclining posture is a reminder of his contributions to the humankind.

Rajiv Gandhi Park
Why should kids be missing out on fun in your trip to Vijayawada? So more reasons for you to bring them here where they can be themselves. Created by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, this park has a mini zoo and a musical water fountain. Soon youíll find out that kids are just an excuse. After all don't you want the child in you to come out sometime?

Gandhi Hill
As the name suggests, it was on this hill at a height of 500 ft that the first Gandhi Memorial with seven stupas was constructed to pay tribute to this great man. On 6th October, 1968 Dr. Zakir Hussain unveiled this 52 ft stupa for the entire nation. Now itís your turn to feel the stature of Mahatma in a way that youíve never known before. The light and sound show on the planetarium will further enlighten you. Also, present is a library that'll give you some rare insight into the life of this great man.

Victoria Museum
The mysteries of the past will unfold itself because it's here that you can view the carefully preserved collection of ancient sculptures, paintings, idols, weapons, cutlery and inscriptions.
Timings: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Mogalarajapuram Caves
Experience how old can old get through some amazing facts of our history on these caves of 5th century A.D. Reputed to be the first in South India, idols of Lord Nataraja, Vinayaka and Arthanareeswara are carved here.

Bhavani Island
Not to be missed and perhaps one of the largest islands on any river is the Bhavani Island. Come here to see one of the many wonders of nature. Stretching across an area of 133 acres, this place attracts a lot of interest. The boat journey to this island is unforgettable.

If you haven't had the experience of being in an ancient village. This is your turn to have some in a village that lies on the west bank of Godavari with a distinguished past of its own. Many structures and stupas have been discovered here. Notable among those are the Buddhist remnants spread over an area of 2.4 acres. So be here to take a journey down the ancient ages. Who knows you might step into something that nobody has noticed?

Amaravati Museum
Truly a voyage to times immortal, this is a museum that'll take you to the glorious ancient era. On display are collection of antiques that speak volumes and makes the past come alive once again.

Timings: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Buddhist sites
Dhyanakataka, Bhattiprolu, Goli Guntupalli, Ghantasala and Chinna Ganjam are some important Buddhist sites in and around Vijayawada. Many stupas and viharas were built during the Satavahana and Salivahana dynasties.

Gunadala Mary Matha shrine
An annual feast is held every year to commemorate the appearance of Mother Mary at Lourdes on February 11, 1858. A church and a museum of valuable articles offered by the devotees and sacred relics of the past are present. An iron cross is erected atop the hill.

Hazratbal Mosque
A holy relic of the Prophet Mohammed is kept here and displayed once a year. A large number of Muslims join in the celebrations.

Hinkar Thirtha (Jam Temple), Mangalagiri
Definitely a must see, this Jain temple is the biggest in this region with an architecture that will mesmerize you.

This ancient site lies 5 km to the north west of Amaravati. Known as Betavolu in the past, here you'll find many stupas and traces of monastic buildings.

Kondapalli Fort
A majestic fort that stands tall and is around 16 km away from the city. It displays the strength of the Prolaya Vema Reddy dynasty of the 14th century. The fort was the residence of "Bhogamalas" meaning the prostitutes of the kings. And legend has it that a Persian Saint, Gareeb Saheeb was beheaded here. The Saint dragged the fort soldiers to a distance of 20 km even without his head and fought valiantly till the last drop of his blood. So do you believe it?

Kolleru Lake
There's something here even for the birdwatchers. Located 95 km from Vijayawada this lake has sweet water that attracts several rare species of birds. So if you want to have a closer look, then don't forget to come here. Nature in its purest form will amaze you with its untouched innocence.

Krishna Wild Life Sanctuary, Avanigadda
If the wild interests you, then this could be the right calling for you. Only at a distance of 80 km from Vijayawada, you don't have to travel far to let wildlife greet you.

VMC - Sibar Disneyland
If you are looking for a place to excite your child. Then Disneyland which is just 8 km from Vijayawada is the place to be. The simulated volcano in the park and joy rides is there to entertain you all.

Dont Miss:

The various boating and water sports exclusively arranged for your recreation by AP Tourism across the River Krishna. You have wide range of cruises to choose from, which are moderately priced.

To satiate your hunger for adventure, AP tourism has introduced water sports in Bhavani Island.

The village of Kondapalli toys.

The Manginapudi Beach which contains black soil instead of sand.

Movva the birthplace of Siddhendra Yogi, who was the founder of Kuchipudi dance. This place has many temples to visit.

Getting There:
Reaching Vijayawada is as easy as taking a walk in your familiar neighbourhood. Thanks to its excellent connectivity with major cities of the country. This third largest city of Andhra Pradesh gives you many options to choose from.

By Air:
Gannavaram is the domestic airport that is 20 km from the city and well connected from Hyderabad and Vizag.

By Rail:
One of the largest railway junction of the South Central zone, many super fast trains are available from major cities of India that connects this city to other places.

By Road:
Located on the crossroads of National Highways 5 and 9, a network of good roads are there for you to travel easily from other cities of Andhra Pradesh and India.

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