10 Things to Do in Vijayawada That You Shouldn't Miss

September 7, 2017 Claudia Navarrete

Vijayawada is a city in the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region, on the banks of River Krishna in Krishna district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The city is the third most densely populated in the urban population of built-up areas in India and 10th in the world. Vijayawada is classified as a Y-grade city as per the Sixth Central Pay Commission. Vijayawada is the commercial headquarters of Andhra Pradesh. It was recognised as a "Global City of the Future" by McKinsey Quarterly, which expected an increase to GDP of $17 billion by 2025.
Restaurants in Vijayawada

1. Kanaka Durga Temple

Yanamalakuduru Road, Vijayawada 520001, India 0862423600
Excellent
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4.5 based on 385 reviews

Kanaka Durga Temple

Reviewed By Karishma K - Mumbai, India

A very clean, beautifully carved, ancient temple of Goddess Durga and a must visit for tourists as one can get the entire view of Vijayawada city from here.

2. Kanaka Durga Temple

Indrakeeladri Hill | On The Banks Of Krishna River, Vijayawada 520001, India 0862423600
Excellent
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Kanaka Durga Temple

Reviewed By KASIRAO5646 - Hyderabad, India

Kanaka Durga Temple is located on the Indrakeeladri hill, on the banks of Krishna River,Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kanaka Durga, said to be very powerful Goddess.
Goddess Kanaka Durga on the Indrakeelaadri is described as Swayambhu, (self-manifested). Now the Ghat road is closed and a separate entrance to reach the temple is arranged with ample car parking area.
A lift is also provided for Senior citizens and ladies, which takes to the top of the hill, from where, Free Darshan queue starts. Separate lines for quick darshan and special darshan are provided for a cost of Rs,100 and Rs.300 respecstively. The temple is open through the day but for a few minutes for offering Nivedana for the goddess.
Having come to Vijayawada on 13th March, I visited this temple in the afternoon around 12.00 noon. Being Tuesday, there were good number of visitors/devotees. We opted for quick darshan and we completed the darshan with in 15 minutes. We utilised the free lift services to reach to the temple and back.

3. Prakasam Barrage

Krishna and Guntur Districts | Near Undavalli Caves, Vijayawada, India +91 99481 52155
Excellent
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4.5 based on 168 reviews

Prakasam Barrage

Reviewed By bharadwaj8008 - Hyderabad, India

Prakasam Barrage across River Krishna at Vijayawada is the first dam in river Krishna. It's so beautiful and long, the old stone architecture seems so nice and waters also nice other side. In the evening now we have lighting reflections in water also thrilling.

4. Undavalli Caves

Near Prakasam Barrage, Vijayawada, India
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4 based on 141 reviews

Undavalli Caves

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

I went to Undavalli Caves. Regarded as one of the earliest examples of Gupta architecture, the Undavalli Caves leave one in amazement and awe because of its marvellous design. From the outside, it looks like rows of cells arranged in different positions which arouse curiosity. It is great place to go.

5. Mangalagiri

Vijayawada _ Guntur Road, Vijayawada, India
Excellent
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Mangalagiri

Reviewed By VRAMESH - Chennai (Madras), India

Mangalgiri is small town known for cotton fabrics and historic temples. Lord Narasimha Swamy temple and Lord Panakala Narasimha Swamy temple located on the top of the Mangalgiri hill.

6. Bhavani Island

River Krishna | P.S. Rao, RR Pet, Eluru, Vijayawada 520001, India +91 94904 33011
Excellent
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4 based on 135 reviews

Bhavani Island

Reviewed By Gowrish P - Bengaluru, India

Bhavani Island has the unique distinction of being the largest river island in India. It's a decent place to visit, and should be on your checklist of Vijayawada. Some things could improve, but I could see work in progress.
*How to get there*
Reach Berm Park and look for the ferry ticket counter. Tickets are nominally priced.
You can't miss the boarding point nearby. The boats carry 50 people a trip and are pretty fast. You'll cross the river in a couple of minutes, while you look at Durga Ghat and Prakasam Barrage downstream. Berm Park and the Haritha offer a good view from the boat.
*What to do*
As you off-board and enter the garden, you'll see scrap metal *sculptures* of Bhavani. You can sit down on the grounds and take in the ambiance of the island.
Bhavani Island is often marketed as a place for corporate and/or team events. We could see a couple of reunion type of events on too.
Given it is a wooded island, you can expect to see a few egrets and few other *common birds*, as well as several ornamental and endemic trees. The Gardens are well maintained. But, litter is common sight, thanks to insensitive visitors.
There's an *adventure zone*, which is worn down, from what I could see. It offers a few activities which are safe - spider net climbing, catapult, zip lining, a mechanical bull/rodeo, and a five stage low rope 'obstacle' course. The last one is especially interesting activity for a family. You should try this if you feel fit enough. Time yourself to add some challenge. Children, six or seven and older can do this, if they feel like it.
The shooting and archery were unavailable when we went. The ferry side of Bhavani Island has a short pathway and you can see limited city view.
On Christmas of 2017, the *musical and color fountain* was inaugurated and it's a good evening attraction. We saw the show from Berm Park through all the taking they did pre inauguration.
Or course, there are *rooms* for those who want to stay. New or additional tree house type of accommodation are being built. There is a Canteen for quick bite as well as a restaurant.
There are several *boating options*, kayak, speed boat and maybe even jet skis (not sure).
The place can be better maintained, I think, by visitors. There's litter in the grounds despite prominently placed dustbins and some facilities are run down.

7. Paritala Anjaneya Swami Temple

Kanchikacherla mandal, Near Vijayawada,, Vijayawada, India
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Paritala Anjaneya Swami Temple

Reviewed By Sandeep K - Hyderabad, India

Paritala Anjaneya Temple is a statue depicting Hanuman. It is the tallest statue of Hanuman in the world , Near Vijayawada ....

8. Amaravati Museum

Vijayawada District, Vijayawada 520001, India
Excellent
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Amaravati Museum

Reviewed By JAGDISHJAGDISH - Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

After a drive of 35 km from Mangalagiri, we reached at Amaravati. However it is 45 km from Vijaywada and the attraction is not in Vijaywada as shown in Tripadvsior. After Darshan of Amarlingeshwar Temple, Amaravati, we went for Amaravati Museum. This museum is run and maintained by Archology survey of India. So we here find the place neat and clean. The museum is newly built and the building is of fully white color from inside and also in side. There is huge statue of Lord Buddha on the top of building and a nice view from road side. There are many sculpture in museum. Do visit when you are at Amaravati.

9. Gunadala Matha Shrine

Krishna District, Vijayawada, India
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Gunadala Matha Shrine

Reviewed By Rockkkkss - Goa, Goa, India

i went there with my brother's friend. this best place in the city to visit. And Church is quite big & extremely clean, there has Crucifixion of Jesus on top up the hill. This is really awesome & peaceful & can see hold city from this hill.

10. Sri Ramalingeswara Swami Vari Devasthanam

Yenamalakuduru,Vijayawada,Andhra Pradesh,India, Vijayawada 520007, India +91 94412 44848
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5 based on 12 reviews

Sri Ramalingeswara Swami Vari Devasthanam

Reviewed By Usha65 - Hyderabad, India

The major attraction of this temple is the big Anjaneya statue before entering the main temple which is a siva temple. The temple is on a small hill very close to the Vijayawada city. The Nataraj on the temple wall is the first to greet the devotees followed by the huge Anjaneya. Inside the temple we can see small temples of Ganesha , Subrmanya swamy etc. The main temple consists of Lord Siva in the form of Linga. Felt very sacred and blessed. The pooja performed was good. It is worth visiting this temple while in Vijayawada. It is a nice temple in a peaceful location. Another interesting thing is the view of Vijayawada city from the temple area which is very appealing. We can see Krishna barrage very clearly and the river is looking very beautiful from here.

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