Named after victory, the Vijayawada of today is a city swarming with buildings and high-rises that are bustling with business and commerce, its roads packed with traffic rushing past swiftly. But the monotony of these tall structures is broken as the canals from the iconic Prakasam Barrage cut through its landscape forming a spectacular view
As you take a look at the press of people crowding the streets, the solemn faces of pilgrims take shape out of the enormous office-going mass. Temple bells from the city's back alleys mingle with the honking traffic on the main roads as you enjoy the cool breeze blowing over the inviting waters of the river Krishna. Busy and monotonous, Vijayawada may not catch your eye at the first instance, but delve deeper and a marvelous city materializes, donning the colors of religion and culture.Vijayawada, also known as Bezawada, is one of the fastest emerging commercial hubs in Andhra Pradesh. But the city’s roots go beyond that, as numerous mythological references and historical evidence mark it as an important place of worship. Surrounded by the Bay of Bengal, the rivers Krishna and Budameru and the Indrakiladri Mountains, Vijayawada is indeed a charming city to find solace in.Given its splendid historical existence, traces of which can be found even today, Vijayawada has plenty to offer to history buffs. Various ancient structures can be found around the city adding to its charm. Take a tour of its historic mountains and get a glimpse of the prosperous heritage of the 'Land of Victory'. Dotted with many temples and places of worship, the city is also recognized as a popular pilgrimage site. Many devotees visit Vijayawada to experience the divine touch in the serenity of its natural surroundings.While in Vijayawada, it is definitely worthwhile to sample some of the delicious, sweet mangoes of its famous for. You can also munch on delicious traditional sweets such as the famous Mysore pak and kaju katli. You could also try out Vijayawada's own variation of the South Indian filter coffee. The city is at its best during the celebrations of the many Hindu festivals. One of the most important festivals is the Durga Pooja dedicated to the patron goddess of the city, Goddess Durga. The five-day Deccan Festival in the month o February is an occasion where the city's art and culture are displayed. The Lumbini festival is yet another important event in the city. You can also shop for affordable and beautiful fabrics at markets such as the one at M.G Road.There are several transport options for exploring the city. You can easily avail of an auto rickshaw to travel from one place to another within the city. You can also avail of the wide network of public bus services for a local experience. The most convenient way of traveling in Vijayawada is by hiring cabs or private cars through fleet operators.Summers can be particularly scorching in Vijayawada. Try to plan your trip in the cooler months.As in any new city, avoid venturing out alone after dark or in deserted localities.
Vijayawada is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.
Airports: Vijayawada Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Vijayawada from other major cities of the country..