- The ‘City of Victory’ is set amidst scenic surroundings on the banks of river Krishna and is picturesquely ringed by beautiful hills.
- ‘Cultural Capital’ of Andhra Pradesh is an important historical, cultural, political, pilgrim, education and commercial centre.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Vijayawada Airport, Vijayawada (VGA), 20 kms away from Vijayawada city centre.
- Rail: Vijayawada Railway Station, Vijayawada, 6 kms away from Vijayawada city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
FORT & MONUMENTS
The Gandhi Hill (Orr Hill)
Kanaka Durga Temple St. Mary’s Church Hazrat Bal Mosque Amaravati Mangalagiri Hinkar Thirtha Machilipatnam
MUSEUM & AUDITORIUM
PARK & GARDEN
Rajiv Gandhi Park
ATTRACTIONS OF VIJAYAWADA
- Kanaka Durga Temple:
- Sacred shrine perched atop the Indrakila Hill by the River Krishna is an icon of Vijayawada.
- Dedicated to Goddess Kanaka or the golden deity, who is beloved to be the protector of Vijayawada.
- Shrine abounds in numerous interesting legends and is a must visit site.
- Dasara festival (September/ October) celebrated here is one of the most popular events of Vijayawada.
- Indrakila hill is also dotted with several rock-cut temples.
- The Gandhi Hill (Orr Hill):
- Perched atop hill is the first Gandhi Memorial with seven stupas in the country.
- Impressive monument is 15.8 metres 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:
- Magnificent church is set on a hillock on the eastern side of the city.
- Prakasam Barrage:
- Gigantic engineering marvel built across the river Krishna is the pride of Vijayawada.
- Barrage creates a panoramic lake and three canals from it flow through the city giving Vijayawada its Venetian looks.
- Rajiv Gandhi Park:
- Well-laid out park has an impressive horticultural network.
- There is also a mini zoo and a musical water fountain.
- Victoria Museum:
- A rich collection of ancient sculptures, paintings, idols, weapons, cutlery and ancient inscriptions.
- Hazrat Bal Mosque:
- Houses a holy relic of the Prophet Mohammed, which is displayed once a year.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND VIJAYAWADA
- Major Buddhist pilgrim centre on the banks of river Krishna, 60 kms away from Vijayawada.
- Former capital of the Satvahanas and one of the four important places of Buddhist worship in the country.
- 2000 years old Mahastupa, locally known as Deepaladinne or ‘Hillock of Lamps’.
- Largest stupa in India, measuring 36.5 metres wide and 16.5 metres high.
- Besides this, only few scattered ruins are 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.
- 12 kms away from Vijayawada.
- Famous for the sacred shrine of Lord Narasimha (Vishnu) perched atop a hill.
- 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.
- Hinkar Thirtha:
- Newly built shrine at Mangalagiri is the biggest Jain temple of the region.
- Magnificent shrine is noted for great artistic work.
- 70 kms away from Vijayawada sea-side Township was an important trading post.
- Birth place of Kalamkari art of textile printing.
- Manginapudi 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.
- Panduranga Swamy temple here is a famous Hindu pilgrim centre.