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Located by the Krishna river, Bhavani Island is a popular tourist destination that offers multiple exhilarating adventure water sports and surreal sceneries that are bound to rejuvenate your senses. The island has been named after Goddess Bhavani and the area that the island covers is approximately 133 acres and is located in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh. Bhavani Island is an ideal place for picnic for locals and perfect spot to enjoy water sports and the scenic beauty of the place for the tourists from across the world. 

History of Bhavani Island 

Bhavani Island is among the largest river islands in India. The island is surrounded by lush green trees, lagoons, surreal sights, and Indrakeeladri hills. Bhavani island and Indrakeeladri hills find their mention in the sacred ancient texts as well. It is believed that Arjuna from Mahabharata prayed to Lord Shiva after which Lord Shiva blessed him with a Pasupat weapon exactly at this place.

Another popular folklore states that this is the place where Goddess Bhavani or Goddess Kanakadurga as she is known in the local language, defeated the demon king Mahishasura and since then she has been staying on the hill where the temple is located today. Bhavani island receives a good footfall during the vacation season as its a crowd puller that attracts spiritual tourists and beach lovers from across the world.  

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Top Attractions in Bhavani Island

Home to Migratory Birds

Bhavani Island witnesses migratory birds all the time courtesy its climatic conditions. The geographical location of the island is such that it observes a moderate climate that is suitable for the birds who travel from the cold climatic conditions in search of a warm and moderate climate. 

Kanaka Durga Temple

The Kanaka Durga Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple is a spiritual landmark in Vijaywada that is visited by local devotees and tourists alike. On the banks of Krishna river lies the Indrakeeladri hills, where the temple is located.  

Things to do in Bhavani Island

Water Sports and Boat Ride

Once you are at Bhavani Islands, you will love to explore it to the fullest. The best part about this island is that one can enjoy myriad water sports such as zip-lining, boat ride, cruise ride, speed boating, bumper boats, jet skiing, and a lot more. 

Enjoy at Floating Restaurants

What else can be better than this! The eternal bliss and the blue water gently flowing around you while you are having a sip of coffee at a floating restaurant. Bhavani island has a lot of floating islands where one can enjoy a lavish breakfast or a refreshing drink. 

Festivals of Bhavani Island 

Navratri Festival

Navratri festival is celebrated across India and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Because Goddess Kanaka is considered an avatar of Durga. The festival is celebrated on the island with the same zest and zeal as it is in the other parts of the country.  

Shakambhari Festival 

This is a three-day festival celebrated in the Asadh month as per the Hindu calendar when it is believed that Goddess Kanaka Durga takes the avatar of Shakambhari who is the goddess of food and prosperity. During the festival, devotees offer prayers to the goddess so that she will bless their agricultural yield and business. 

Best Time to Visit Bhavani Island

Whether you visit during the winter months or summer months or in monsoon, Bhavani Island serves you with the best weather. The atmosphere remains pleasant and moderate throughout the year, hence one may visit the island any time. 

How to Reach Bhavani Island

Vijayawada, where this beautiful island is located, is a beautiful city that has kept the old world charm and the new world allure alive through its ancient temples, caves, museums and amusement parks. This city is a must-visit place once in a lifetime and you can arrive here conveniently via a well-connected network of roadways, airways, and railways. 

Bhavani Island is 1,800 km via NH 44, 990 km via NH 65, 1,200 km via NH 16, and 670 km away via NH 16 from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Listed below are some convenient and budget-friendly travel options that you may consider if you are looking forward to visiting the city.

By Road. Going by road is an interesting and adventurous idea and one may book a tourist bus or may fasten their seat belts and drive all the way to Bhavani Island. In case you are planning a trip by road then the following information comprising the approximate distance and the best route to take will be useful for you.  

  1. Warangal - 250 km via NH 65
  2. Hyderabad - 270 km via NH 65
  3. Nellore - 280 km via NH 16
  4. Chennai - 450 km via NH 16 
  5. Visakhapatnam - 350 km via NH 16
  6. Bengaluru - 670 km via NH 16

By Rail. The nearest railway station is Vijayawada Railway Station, which is approx. 7.5 km away from Bhavani Island. One may book a taxi or a seat on the local bus to reach Bhavani island. Below mentioned are the direct trains that one may consider traveling to the city.

  1. Chennai - Tamil Nadu Express, Coromandel Express, Sanghamitra Express
  2. Hyderabad - Falaknuma Express, Satavahana Express, Padmavati Express 
  3. Nellore - Kerala Express, Dibrugarh Express, Grand Trunk Express 
  4. Warangal - Shraddha Sethu, Navjeevan Express, Konark Express 
  5. Visakhapatnam - Uday Express, Janmabhoomi Express, Prasanthi Express    

By Air. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the nearest airport to Bhavani island. There are frequent direct and connecting flights to this airport from all the major airports of India such as IGI Delhi, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport Mumbai, Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru and more. From the Airport, one has to cover another 20km to reach Bhavani Island by a local bus or taxi. If looking for direct flights to Rajiv Gandhi Airport then you may pick from the following airlines as they can offer you best travel deals;

  1. Delhi - AirAsia, Vistara, AirIndia, Spicejet, IndiGo, GoAir 
  2. Mumbai - Vistara, AirAsia, Spicejet, IndiGo, AirIndia
  3. Kolkata - AirAsia, IndiGo, AirIndia, GoAir 
  4. Visakhapatnam - AirIndia, IndiGo, SpiceJet
  5. Bengaluru - AirAsia, IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir
  6. Chennai -  AirAsia, SpiceJet, AirIndia, IndiGo
  7. Madurai - SpiceJet, IndiGo
  8. Coimbatore - IndiGo

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