Vijayawada is enchanting with its ancient temples and new developments. It is definitely the place for you want to spend quality time amidst the city of hoary charms. To keep you engaged in its exotic beauty, Vijayawada has many tourist places near its boundaries. It seems that this temple town has spread its divine aura in the suburbs too. Though modern facilities have touched these places, they have kept their traditional values intact. Scroll down to get more information about Vijaywada excursions.
Sited on the banks of River Krishna, Amravati is a sacred place known
for Amareswara Temple. The town has been mentioned in the Indian epics
as Dhanyakataka and Andhranagari. Located about 66 km to the south of
Vijayawada, Amaravati is an excavation site of an earliest Buddhist
Manginapudi Beach revives the times of the yore, when its port used to
serve as a gateway of India. Located near Machilipatnam, this
spectacular beach falls along the coastline of Andhra Pradesh. Apart
from its natural splendor, the coast also has historical significance.
Located at a distance of 60 km from Vijayawada, Kuchipudi is the same
place after which the State's dance has been named. Kuchipudi, being the
hometown of Siddhendra Yogi (instigator of Kuchipudi dance), is known
for its artistic and literary pursuits. In the present day, a
full-fledged dance school is still reviving the memories of the great
Also known as 'Vidarbhapuri', Gudivada is prominent for its historical
temples. This place is believed to have been existed for over 2000
years, though it was popularized during the time of the Satavahanas.
Sited about 45 km from Vijayawada, Gudivada was named after the numerous
temples it had. The site has got ruins of age-old temples and is
Located at a distance of 5 km from Vijayawada, Mogalrajapuram Caves
actually are three cave temples that date back to the 5th century.
Though in ruins, these caves present a wonderful sight. The fresco of
Ardhanareeshwara found here, is said to be an exclusive one in South
India. Other deities depicted are Lord Nataraja and Lord Vinayaka.
Known for Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Mangalagiri is a small
town about 12 km from Vijaywada. The rock-cut shrine is dedicated to
Lord Narasimha, who is also referred as Panakala Narasimha. The reason
behind the name 'Pankala' is that the Lord is offered 'Panaka', a dish
made of jaggery. It is a very old temple and various eminent
personalities are believed to have visited this shrine. An interesting
fact about the temple is that you can trace no fly or ant in its
premises though mounds of jaggery and sweets are stored inside.
Kondapalli is a small village, situated at a distance of 16 km from
Vijayawada. This hamlet has the distinction of making amazing toys out
of the light-weight wood. With their interesting color scheme and
designs, Kondapalli toys are popular in both national and international
markets. Besides wooden toys, the village is also known for embracing a
fort, dating back to the 7th century. Perched on a hill, Kondapalli Fort
was built by King Krishna Deva Raya. It still reminds one of the days of
the royalty, with its notable three storeyed rock tower.
Chandavaram, an important Buddhist site, is located about 50 km from
Vijayawada. The highlight of the place is formed by a remarkable double
terraced stupa, which is to be found on the top of Singarakonda Hill.
There are no less than 30 carved limestone panels that were excavated
and once had been the grace of domes, drums and railings of Stupa.
Chaityagrihas, Viharas and numerous minor stupas are other attractions
on the hill.