Being the second most-populated city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Vijaywada is extremely popular among 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 winter. 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 Rajendra cholapura, 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 fulfill 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.  

History of Vijayawada

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 Ashoka 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 Mughal control. It, then later, was an epicenter 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 industrialization, and, at present, is one of the fasting growing commercial hubs in the country.

Places To Visit In Vijayawada

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 its 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 by 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 ambiance of this place seems to light up the devotional trance of the devotees. 

How to Reach Vijayawada

Vijayawada, also known as the Bezwada, is an incredible city that 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 center.

By Train

Vijayawada railway station is located on the Howrah-Chennai and New Delhi-Chennai main lines. This railway station is considered 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Vijayawada

Q: In which state is Vijayawada located?
A: Vijayawada is located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.

Q: What are some popular places to visit in Vijayawada?
A: Some popular places to visit in Vijayawada include:

  • Kanaka Durga Temple
  • Undavalli Caves
  • Gandhi Hill
  • Prakasam Barrage
  • Kondapalli Fort

Q: What are some things to do in Vijayawada?
A: Some things to do in Vijayawada include:

  • Visiting the Kanaka Durga Temple
  • Exploring the Undavalli Caves
  • Visiting Gandhi Hill and planetarium
  • Taking a boat ride on the Krishna River

Q: What are some other names for Vijayawada?
A: Vijayawada is also known as Bejjamwada

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