Being the second most-populated city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Vijaywada is extremely popular among the tourists. Situated on the banks of the pious River Krishna, this city offers plenty of activities to explore.
The best time to visit Vijayawada is in the winters. It’s ideal to visit in the months from October to March as Vijayawada weather is the most soothing at this time. As this place is situated near the Bay of Bengal, it has hot summers and humid monsoons.
It is also important to note that Vijaywada is one of the most rapidly growing urban areas in the state of Andhra Pradesh, a state which has several legends associated, even with the origin of its name.
It is said that after killing Mahishasura, Goddess Durga chose this place to relax. And as she had tasted victory, this place came to be known as Vijaywada. Vijay meaning victory and Wada meaning place, thus the meaning of the name of this place literally translates to a place of victory.
According to other legends, this place is also known as Rajendracholapura, as King Virarajendra Chola had won a battle against Chalukyas on this soil only.
There is folklore behind the city acquiring the name Bezawada as well, which is that Goddess Krishnaveni requested Arjuna to make a passage for her to merge in the Bay of Bengal. To fulfil her request, Arjuna made a hole or bejjam in the mountains. Ever since people started calling the city Bejjamwada which later came to be known as Bezawada.
The city of Vijayawada, at first, was known as Vijay Bakhuda which was established by the kings of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. This city, over time, has been ruled by a series of dynasties. Records state that in 260 BC, King Asoka conquered the Kalinga Empire of which Vijayawada was a substantial part.
During the 5th and 6th centuries, it was under the reign of Vishnukundin Rulers, followed by the Badami Chalukyas who made Vijayawada their headquarters.
In the 17th century, it found itself under the Mughal control. It, then later, was an epicentre for the establishment of the Dutch Colony. In 1765, Vijayawada was ruled by the British. It also features in India’s freedom struggle as many Congress sessions addressed by Mahatma Gandhi were held here.
Post independence, Vijayawada steadily climbed up the ladder, in terms of industrialisation, and, at present, is one of the fasting growing commercial hubs in the country.
1.Bhavani Island. It is among the largest islands situated on the Krishna River in Vijayawada. This is a perfect place to spend an amazing weekend getaway. The island also has a number of adventure sports to offer and can be reached by the boats from Krishna River
2.Undavalli Caves. It is a wonderful spot to adore the amazing rock-cut architecture of ancient India. It is also one of the best places to visit in Vijayawada. These caves are positioned in the city of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. Standing among the best-preserved monuments, the Undavalli Caves is a paradise for history lovers. The caves are divided into three different levels, alongside the idols of lions and elephants.
3.Kondapalli Fort. A frequent site for the locales for a day picnic, the spectacular fort is built in the 14th-century village of Kondapalli, Vijayawada. The fort offers a captivating historically visual appeal. The village is also known for the wooden toys and Kondapalli dolls.
4.Kanaka Durga. Devoted to Goddess Durga, this place is an amazing spot in the Vijayawada area of Andhra Pradesh. It is here that you can explore the wonderful architecture constructed in Dravidian fashion. The temple is bordered with scenic hills along with the Krishna River. People visit the temple every year to show their devotion and regard to Goddess Durga.
5.Theppotsavam. The deity of the whole city is the reverential Kanka Durga and the festival of Theppotsavam is observed for her. The main idol of this temple is dressed in her full finery which shows the utmost devotion of the devotees. The festival is also celebrated in the other five major temples located in South India.
6.Deccan Festival. Celebrated for a period of five days, the Deccan festival is an incredible concoction of Mushairas, Qawwalis, Gazals, and much more. The whole ambience of this place seems to light up the devotional trance of the devotees.
Vijayawada, also known as the Bezwada, is an incredible city which lies on the banks of River Krishna. It is located at a distance of 1,844, 992, 665, 1,230 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata respectively. Here is how you can reach Vijayawada by the following routes.
By Air. The Vijayawada International Airport (VGA) has good flight connectivity with other places. One can easily visit from various Indian cities to this airport. After you deboard at the airport, you would need to further travel 17-21 km to reach the city centre.
By Train. Vijayawada railway station is located on the Howrah-Chennai and New Delhi-Chennai main lines. This railway station is considered as the fourth busiest railway station in the whole country. After you deboard at the Vijayawada railway station, you will need to take a cab or some other means of transportation to reach your respective destination.
By Road. Vijayawada has a well-maintained road network hence you can opt to drive it down as well. Apart from it being a smooth journey, the picturesque views on both sides would win your heart.
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