Rajiv Gandhi Park is one of the most popular attractions of Vijayawada. Travellers can get a glimpse of this park as they enter the city of Vijayawada. The park was constructed and is maintained by the Municipal Corporation of Vijayawada. The park has a musical fountain show that operates every evening except on Mondays. The lawns and the mini zoo within the park premises are very well maintained. There is also an educative park which houses replicas of prehistoric animals.
Gandhi Stupa of Vijayawada is located on the Gandhi Hill. This is the first Gandhi Memorial in India to be constructed with seven stupas. The memorial is located at an altitude of 500 feet on the hill. It was inaugurated by the president of India, Dr Zakir Hussain in October 1968. The stupa is a 52-feet-tall structure. The Gandhi Memorial Library, a light and sound show, which showcases Gandhiji’s life trajectory, and a planetarium have also been constructed to increase the attractiveness of this place.
The Hazratbal Mosque holds a significant position amongst the Muslim devotees of Vijayawada. The mosque is well renowned for its architectural beauty. The mosque also houses a sacred relic of the Prophet Mohammed, which is on display in the site. Thus, devotees from across the country visit this mosque to offer their prayers.
The Prakasam Barrage has been constructed across the Krishna river. The barrage has resulted in the creation of a panoramic lake. A beautiful view of this lake can be seen from the barrage. The structure is 1223.5 metres long and connects Krishna district with Guntur district. The Prakasam Barrage was constructed between the years 1852 and 1855. There are three canals of the barrage that run through the city. This makes Vijayawada look like a replica of Venice.
Gunadala or St. Mary’s Church, as it is popularly known, is located at a close distance to Vijayawada. There is an iron cross at the site which stands on top of a hill. The church celebrates the annual fest of Our Lady of Lourdes every year. A lot of tourists throng to the church at this time. There is also a museum inside the church which preserves many ancient holy relics.
The Akkana and Madanna Caves are two rock-cut caves which are named after two ministers of the court of Abul Hasan Tana Shah, who ruled the region in the 17th century. Both these ministers were associated with the carving of these caves. The caves are said have existed since the 6th and 7th centuries. Travellers can visit this site on the way to the famous Kanaka Durga Temple as the caves are located just below the hillock on which the temple is located.
The cave on the top has a rock-cut temple, which was constructed in the name of the Hindu Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara.
Bhavani Island is located on river Krishna and covers an area of over 130 acres. The island is located in proximity to the Prakasam Barrage, and the view of the island is splendid. It is one of the largest river islands of the Krishna river. It has emerged as a very popular picnic spot and has wonderful infrastructural facilities in terms of swimming pools and boat rides.
The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation has maintained the place well and has made boating available at Durga Ghat. The island also takes pride in the adventure sports and water sports facility. A must-visit for all tourist looking for a getaway and some fun time.
Vijayeswara Temple is located on Indrakeeladri mountain. The sculptural work of this temple is magnificent and impresses most tourists. The temple is a very ancient one, and it has been mentioned in the Mahabharata.
The legends say that the Pandava Prince Arjuna installed the idol to celebrate his victory over Lord Shiva, who came to him in the form of a hunter. The legend is engraved on the walls of this temple and showcases the efficiency of the craftsmen of those ages. This architectural wonder is definitely worth a visit.
The Kanaka Durga Temple is set atop the Indrakeeladri hills. The river Krishna runs by it. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Kanaka Durga, who is also the presiding deity of the city.
The legends say that, in the Mahabharata, Arjuna got the powerful Pasupata astra at this site after which he constructed this temple in the name of the goddess. There is also a story which says that the temple was built in the 12th century by King Poosapati Madhava Varma, who built the modern Vijayawada Kingdom.
The holy book Vedas say that the temple is self-manifested or Swayambhu; hence, it is very powerful. The major festivals celebrated in this temple are Saraswati Puja and Theppotsavam. The temple is very close to the railway station and the bus stop; hence, it is very accessible.
The Victoria Jubilee Regional Museum is a huge attraction amongst archaeology lovers. The museum houses a large collection of ancient sculptures, idols, paintings, weapons, inscriptions and many more items from the past. It is maintained by the Archaeological Department of Vijayawada.
Sri Nagarala Mahalakshmi Ammavaru Temple is located in Chittinagar area. The temple is maintained by a community called the Nagarala and hence, the temple is named after the community. The Sri Nagarala Mahalakshmi Ammavaru Temple is one of the most popular temples in Vijayawada.
The major festival of this temple is Dussehra and every year thousands of devotees throng to this temple to be a part of the festival and offer their prayers.
Sibar Disney Land is a paradise for the tiny tots. Located at a distance of 8 km from Vijayawada city, the park is a complete entertainment for the family. The park has water slides, pools, rides, a food court, gift shops, etc. The simulated volcano is a special attraction of the park. The Sibar Disney Land is a must-visit, especially if you are travelling with kids.
Subramanya Swamy Temple is one of the most significant temples of the city. The temple is situated on Indrakeeladri hill, which faces the city and the Krishna river. The most important festival of the temple is Skanda Sashti festival, which is the time many devotees throng to the temple. The famous Iddipilli family maintains the Subramanya Swamy Temple.
Moghalrajpuram Caves are said to have been discovered in the 5th century AD during an evacuation. It is one of its kind in the whole of South India. The caves have five rock-cut sanctuaries. The caves are in ruins presently. The caves house the idols of Lord Nataraja and Lord Vinayaka and hence, draw a lot of devotees due to their religious importance.
The Undavalli Caves are located at a distance of 6 km from Vijayawada; it is to the southwest of Vijayawada. The caves have been cut out of a hill of sandstone. The caves date back to the 4th and 5th century AD. The cave is four storeys tall and houses a statue of Lord Vishnu. The statue has been sculptured out of a single block of granite. There are also other caves located at the site which are dedicated to other gods.
The caves are also designed as Buddhist monasteries. The monks have used it as a rest house during the rough monsoon season. The caves face the Krishna river.