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Vijayawada Hotels and Travel Guide
The city of Vijayawada also known as 'The City of Victory' has a legend related to it. According to this legend, Vijayawada was founded by Arjuna, one of the five Pandavas of the Mahabharata epic. It was set up around the Malleswara temple and Indrakiladri hill to mark Lord Shiva's Darsan (appearance) he had.
Vijayawada travel guide also provides information on Vijayawada as a major religious center for Buddhists and Hindus. It is famous as the hub of Andhra culture. This city was once conquered by the Chalukyas of Kalyan and was visited by the famous scholar Chinese Xuanzang (Hsuan-tsang) in 639 when Buddhism reached its peak here.
Shopping at Vijayawada can be quite an experience. Here, you can buy things like, antiques, handicrafts, jewelery, leather goods, pearls, and semi-precious stones. Some of the famous markets of the city are around MG Road, Eluru Road, Besant Road and Governorpet.
The city is also famous for toys, belonging to the nearby toy-making village of Kondapalli and Machilipatnam. Also look forward to buy 'Kalamkari' paintings for which Vijayawada is famous.
The climate of Vijayawada is tropical in nature with hot summers and moderate winters. The best time to visit this place is Septemeber to February. The most luscious mangoes, the king of fruits, are grown here and the region is renowned for its tradition of pickle making. Today it is a thriving business centre and a convenient base from which to visit varied historical sites.
Prakasam barrage in Vijayawada .
Kuchipudi-60 km: Located 60 kms from Vijayawada is the birthplace of Siddhendra Yogi, originator of the famous Kuchipudi style of dance. This place is known as Kuchipudi, famous for it artistic excellence. A worth visiting site here is a Kuchipudi dance school, set up in the memory of the great yogi.
Gudivada-45 km: Gudivada is located 45-km away from Vijayawada. It is named after a number of temples present here. This place is over 2,000 years old and was ruled by the Satavahanas in the past . Since then, it has been a thriving place.
Chandavaram-50 km: The Chandavaram is located in Prakasam district about 50-km away from Vijayawada. This place is famous as an important Buddhist site. The highlight of this place is an unusual double terraced stupa situated on top of a hillock known as "Singarakonda" (beautiful hillock). It is regarded as the only one of its kind in South India.
Other worth travel sites here are the 30 beautifully carved limestone panels. It is believed that these panels used to adorn the dome, drum and railing of the stupa. Apart from these there are 'Chaityagrihas', 'Viharas' and various minor stupas. A must visit place.
Attractions and Places to Visit in Vijayawada
Kanaka Durga Temple: The Kanaka Durga temple is one of the famous temples of this city. It is dedicated to the goddess of power, Durga. She is also the presiding deity of Vijayawada. Located in the Indrakiladri hill, the deity of the is believed to be Swayambhu or self-manifested. It is said that the temple was visited by Adi Sankara who installed the Sri Chakra here. Therefore, the temple is regarded as an important temple.
Prakasam Barrage: The Prakasam Barrage is one of the major travel attractions of this city. The dominating structure's construction was completed in 1957. The Prakasam Barrage is amazing, with 1223.5 m long, modern regulator and road bridge that stretches across the river Krishna. One can also view the beautiful lake and the three canals flowing through the city.
Victoria Jubilee Regional Museum: The Victoria Jubilee Regional Museum was situated by Archaeological Department on Bandar Road of the city. The museum exhibits graceful sculptures and attractive paintings. But the highlight of the museum are the 'Buddha' Alluru inscriptions of first and second centuries and the idol of Mahishasura Mardhani.
Undavalli Caves: The Undavalli caves are located in the village of Undavalli, at a distance of 8-km from Vijayawada. There are beautiful sculptures and architectural specimens on the high hill overlooking the Krishna river.
How to Reach Vijayawada
Air : Viyaywada is connected by air to Hyderabad, Chennai & Visakhapatnam.
Rai l: The city is well connected by rail being an important railway junction on the Chennai- Calcutta route.
Bus : Regular bus services ply from here to important cities in the state, such as Amaravathi (66 km), Hyderabad (270 km) and Warangal (253 km).