The moment when you mention Vijayawada to the locals, they tend to have that “Vijayawada is love” look. While most talk about the food there, here’s taking a look at 15 must see places in the city that is a part of the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.
1. UNDAVALLI CAVE TEMPLES:
Located just six kilometers south-west of Vijayawada, hese come on the south side of the Krishna River. This stunning four storey cave temple was originally carved for the Buddhist monks in the 2nd century AD.
2. KANAKA DURGA TEMPLE:
The Kanaka Durga Temple is a Swayambhu Durga temple on the Indrakeeladri Hills on the banks of the river Krishna. It gives an immense divine feeling and also offers a magnificent view of Krishna River and Vijayawada City.
3. PRAKASAM BARRAGE:
The Prakasam Barrage stretches across the Krishna River, connecting Krishna and Guntur; built in 1852 by the East India Company. This is one of the major sources of irrigation in Andhra Pradesh.
4. KONDAPALLI FORT:
Situated at a distance of 16Km from Vijayawada, it is a favourite picnic spot. A trip to Kondapalli means a treat to the eyes with an ancient fort and the locally made toys. The Kondapalli fort which once served as a training camp of British Empire, is exclusive attraction of the place.
5. BHAVANI ISLAND:
Spread over an area of 133 acres, Bhavani Island is a river island that offers a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is a place to rest, relax and enjoy oneself with its mangroves, well-manicured gardens, pristine woodlands, Rolling Meadows and shimmering water bodies.
6. HAAI LAND:
Haailand’s spectacular setting creates the ideal destination for nonstop excitement and adventure. Discover an endless combination of thrilling rides, fantastic entertainment, delightful outlets, authentic Ayurveda wellness centre and much more.
7. GANDHI HILL:
The first Gandhi memorial with seven stupas in the country was constructed on this hill. The Stupa was unveiled by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the President of India. Beside that there is Gandhi Memorial Library and then followed by a sound and light show on Mahatma Gandhi’s life. Planetarium and other attractions are also nearby which attracts huge number of crowd.
Mangalgiri is located 13km away from Vijayawada which is famous for the renowned temple of Lord Laxmi Narasimha, one of the nine incarnations of Vishnu. This temple was built by the Reddy chiefs in the 14th Century on a hillock. According to a legend, the mountain on which the temple is located in the form of an elephant. This place gives immense peace and is believed to fulfil all the wishes.
Amaravati is a small town located near Krishna River. While the new capital region is named Amaravati, this is a quaint little town that is about 33 KM from Vijayawada. The stupa here was built in the 3rd century BC during the reign of King Ashoka and the place has been a hub of Buddhism for millenia. Recently, a new statue of Buddha was built by the AP government.
Ever wondered from where Kuchipudi might have originated from? This is the place from where the famous Kuchipudi style of dance was originated. This is also the birth place of Siddhendra Yogi, originator of the Kuchipudi style of dance. This village is known for its artistic culture and literary pursuits.
11. GUNDALA MATHA SHRINE:
Gunadala Matha Shrine, which is popularly known as Mary Matha Shrine is an important place for Christians. Every year an Annual Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is celebrated at this site. Tourists can also visit a museum inside the church, which holds a collection of holy relics of an ancient time.
12. VICTORIA MUSEUM:
This museum, built in 1887 as a part of golden jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria, is one of the best museums in town. It even has stone-age weapons there.
13. Hazrathbal Mosque:
Hazarath Bal Mosque is a religious place for Muslims in Krishna district near Vijayawada. Renowned for its architecture, this mosque is visited by devotees from across the country. This sacred place also has a sacred relic of the Prophet Mohammed.
14. Mogalarajapuram Caves:
The Mogalarajapuram Caves are known for their five rock-cut sanctuaries that date back to around the 5th century BC. Located about 5 kilometres away from Vijayawada, these caves are now in ruins. It is believed to be one of the oldest caves in the country.
15. Hinkar Tirtha:
Hinkar Tirtha is a popular Jain temple, which is situated in Mangalagiri hills. This temple is the biggest Jain shrine in the region and is acclaimed for its Jain style of architecture.