On the banks of the mighty Krishna River Vijayawada is a major
railway junction on the east coast line from Kolkata to Chennai.
It is practically the centre of Andhra in all its aspects. About
265km east of Hyderabad, it's an important industrial centre and
a fairly hectic town. Few travellers stop here but it's a most
convenient place from which to visit Amaravathi. In Vijayawada
itself, there are a number of important Hindu temples including
the Kanaka Durga Temple on Indrakila Hill, as well as two 1000
year old Jain temples. About eight km from Vijayawada, across
the river, are the ancient Hindu cave temples of Undavalli. The
name of Vijayawada is derived from the "Vijaya" - victory.
A famous landmark in the Prakasam barrage, the 1223.5 long modern
regulator and road bridge across the Krishna river, completed
in 1957.It is the third largest city of Andhra pardesh. The places
to visit in Vijayawada are the Mogalrajapuram caves, Prakasam Barrage,
Gundala Church, Kanakadurga Temple, Undavalli and Gandhi Stupa.
Some site of religious significance in Vijayawada is Hazratbal
Mosque. It contains the idols of Lord Nataraja, Vinayaka and others.
The Ardhanareeshwara Murthy found here is considered the only
one of its kind in South India. St.Mary's church, set on a hillock
in the eastern side of the town at Gunadala, is also worth visiting.
So altogether Vijayawada presents a colourful and varied picture
and can be termed as a business cum pilgrim cum tourist centre.
Asia's biggest bus stand, with modern architecture, planned during
NTR's time, was commenced in the city sometime back.
of the Vijayawada
Altitude: 125 metres.
Best Season: September to February
Temperature: (deg C) Summer - Max 45, Min 28; Winter - Max
32, Min 18.
Rainfall: Mid June to August
STD Code: 0866