Garlanded on three sides by the River Krishna and River Budameru, lies the city of Vijayawada The land of Victory. The city gets its name from its presiding deity Vijaya or Kanaka Durga, whose temple is located on the Indrakeeladri hill overlooking the city. Three canals of the Prakasham Barrage Lake (built on River Krishna) run through the city giving it a Venetian look. On the citys western outskirts, lies the Kondapalli reserve forest and its namesake village famous for soft wood Kondapalli toys and the historical Kondapalli Fort.
The city is very well connected by air, road (national and state highways) and has the busiest railway station in South India. At the entrance to the city, an impressive horticultural network, mini zoo and a musical water fountain, welcomes tourists visiting the Rajiv Gandhi Park. Dedicated to the Father of the Nation, is a memorial with seven stupas, a library, planetarium and a sound and light show on Gandhi Hill.
For the religiously inclined, there are many pilgrimage sites such as the Gunadala Matha Shrine, Hazarat Bal Mosque, Namburu and Mangalagiri. Those looking for adventure can head towards Bhavani Island on Krishna River which is being developed into an attractive river front resort with cottages and adventure sports.

Best time to visit: October to March
Languages Spoken: Telugu
Climate: Vijayawada has a tropical climate with scorching hot summers and moderate winters. June to October are the monsoon months.
Pilgrimage sites: Kanaka Durga Temple, Gunadala Matha Shrine, Hazarat Bal Mosque, Hreenkar theerth(jain temple) in Namburu, Lakshmi Narasimha swami temple in Mangalagiri
Places of interest: Gandhi Hill, Mogalarajapuram Caves, Victoria Museum, Rajiv Gandhi Park, Undavalli Caves,

Exploring AP – Nagarjun – Suryalanka – Vijaywada


My favorite, never take the route back which you take to reach a destination, thus maximizing the opportunity to explore and know more. There are so many places in AP to Visit, so it was a week long plan to make a trip. I had 3 days in spare and almost 700-800km or budget based on my car’s milage. We were longing for Suryalanka beach from long, its the nearest beach from Hyderabad, not much advised in summer but still a beach is my attraction. We listed down, bora caves, bellum caves, warrangal, vijaywada, srisailam, nagarjun sagar, suryalanka, vishakhapatnam and many more. Finally, friday afternoon I decided for Srisailam, a piligrimage with just 200 odd km away from my home in Hyderabad. So, I texted my wife and my brother in law (he was on a short visit to our place) that pack your bags we are going to “Suryalanka”… that was an inadvertent mistake. Which I did not realize until I reached home from office. I was surprised to know that my family was apparently happy to know that we are going ot Suryalanka. I spoiled their excitement admitting the mistake.

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