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Vijayawada

The third largest city in Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada also know as Bezawada, is bordered by the scenic Indrakiladri Hills on the west and the Budameru River on the north. Located at a distance of about 275 km from the state capital, this enchanting city has emerged as a major tourist, trading and business center.

Vijayawada translates to mean "place of victory". According to the legends, Arjuna performed penance on these hills to appease Lord Shiva, who appeared before him and bestowed him with the prized weapon 'Pasupathasthra'. Also Goddess Durga is believed to have rested here after slaying the wicked demon Mahishasura in a fierce battle. The famous Kanaka Durga shrine located on top of the hills and overlooking river Krishna, is thronged by hundreds of devotees daily.

The impressive Prakasam Barrage, which is 1223.5 mt long across the river Krishna has created a beautiful reservoir lake, and is also responsible for irrigating lakhs of acres of land. Vijayawada is also home to some of the best varieties of mango, which are available here in plenty during the summer months. The Kondapalli village, which is located close to the city is a favourite picnic spot, and home to the famous light weight Kondapalli toys, painted in vibrant colours.

Places to Visit in Vijayawada

The idea of constructing a barrage across Krishna dates back to 1798. But it took some shape in the hands of captain Buckle and was revised in 1839 and 1841 by captain Best and captain Lake. After the endorsement of Major Cotton, the board of Directors of East India Company approved it on 5th January 1850. The barrage was started in 1852 and completed in 1855. Later the State Government constructed a new regulator cum-round bridge that was named after Sri Tanguturi Prakasam, the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Completed in 1957 it helps irrigating over 12 lakhs of acres. It provides a panoramic site of the river.

Kanaka Durga Temple is located on the Indrakiladri hill, on the banks of Krishna River. It is a famous Hindu temple, which is dedicated to Goddess Kanaka Durga. According to the legends, Arjuna obtained the Pasupatha astra at this site and after gaining the astra, he constructed this temple for Goddess Durga.

As per the Vedas, the deity of this temple is considered as 'Swayambhu' or self-manifested and thus considered very powerful. Navaratri, Saraswati puja and Theppotsavam are the main celebrations held at this temple. Tourists visiting Vijayawada can reach this temple in 10 minutes from the railway station and bus stand.

Akkana and Madanna, who were ministers in the court of Abdul Hasan Tanashah in the 17th century.and these rock-cut caves were named after them. Though Akkanna and Madanna were not responsible for the carving of these caves, they were actively associated with them as they had their Secretariat on these premises. These two were brothers or cousins or near relatives, (there are many versions about their relationship,) the duo had a glorious career and a tragic end. these caves are dated as they belong to 6th and 7th centuries AD. The cave, facing east, has a rectangular on octagonal pillars, and lower cave is triple-celled with a pillared. This architecture echoes the richness of the bygone era and the tragic end of great administrators of Kutub Shah, who ruled this part of the country during 1611 and 1672 AD. The structures even recall the Buddhist patterns inherited from Ikshvaku art style. historians contend that the caves are assigned variously to the early Pallava, Vishnukundin and Chalukya periods. The upper cave is a rock-cut temple dedicated to the Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. The surroundings are fragrant with sweet-smelling and colorful flowers.Sure; It can be a great time to spend there, enjoying the refreshing breezes of Krishna River, under the cool shade of the neem trees.

Bhavani Island, which stretches in the Krishna River, is located 4 km upstream from the city of Vijayawada. Sprawling over an area of 538231.904 sq. m, this island is one of the largest river islands. Ideal for picnic, this island has boating facilities, mangroves and manicured gardens.

Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation plans to develop more aquatic and marshy-land oriented activities in the Bhavani Island. As this island is easily accessible from the city of Vijayawada, it is frequented by tourists especially on weekends.

Manginapudi Beach revives the times of the yore, when its port used to serve as a gateway of India. Located near Machilipatnam, this spectacular beach falls along the coastline of Andhra Pradesh. Apart from its natural splendor, the coast also has historical significance. Its natural bay, with moderately shallow and safe waters, boasts of being one of the safest beaches for water sports. Unlike other beaches, Manginapudi Beach has black soil instead of sands.

A little away from the seashore, a park has been established here, that has fountains and well-lit surroundings. Manginapudi Beach is a wonderful place to relax, far from the turmoil of city life. At the time of Kartika Poornima, thousands of devotees take a holy dip in the sea every year. Manginapudi Beach also boasts of a full fledged dance school, which offers courses to instruct students in the Kuchipudi dance.

Hamsala Deevi involves an array of sightseeing options that includes both the natural splendors and the religious establishment. Hamsala Deevi is 85 km away from Vijayawada and buses ply on a regular basis. Tourists from all over the world coming to South India more often than not visit Hamsala Deevi due to its exotic appeal.

The Venugopalaswami temple of Hamsala Deevi where an eight day long sacred ceremony is performed, attracts the attention of all those who step into this scenic landscape of Andhra Pradesh state. Being presided by the deity Venugopalaswami, the temple is believed to have been built in the ruling times of Chola dynasty which was involved with many such similar religious architectural achievements.

The first Gandhi memorial with 7 stupas in the country was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 feet. The 52 feet stupa was unveiled on 6th October 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India. Library, Planetarium, toy train, etc are the other attractions here.

The first Gandhi memorial with 7 stupas in the country was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 feet. The 52 feet stupa was unveiled on 6th October 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India. Library, Planetarium, toy train, etc are the other attractions here.

The first Gandhi memorial with 7 stupas in the country was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 feet. The 52 feet stupa was unveiled on 6th October 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India. Library, Planetarium, toy train, etc are the other attractions here.

The first Gandhi memorial with 7 stupas in the country was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 feet. The 52 feet stupa was unveiled on 6th October 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India. Library, Planetarium, toy train, etc are the other attractions here.

The first Gandhi memorial with 7 stupas in the country was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 feet. The 52 feet stupa was unveiled on 6th October 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India. Library, Planetarium, toy train, etc are the other attractions here.

The first Gandhi memorial with 7 stupas in the country was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 feet. The 52 feet stupa was unveiled on 6th October 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India. Library, Planetarium, toy train, etc are the other attractions here.

 

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