Nestled on the banks of River Krishna in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada is the second-largest populated city in the state. Covered by hills and canals, Vijayawada is also home to numerous ca (Read More)ves and rock-cut temples carved out of these caves.

Here is the list of 23 Things to Do in Vijayawada

1. Kanaka Durga Temple

Kanaka Durga Temple
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The Kanaka Durga Temple is a famous shrine dedicated to the Goddess Durga. Located in Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh, this astounding architecture is built in Dravidian fashion. The temple is surrounded by the hills of Inrakeeladri, right along the banks of the Krishna River.

2. Bhavani Island

Bhavani Island
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Bhavani island is one of the largest islands on a river and is located over the Krishna river at Vijayawada. The vast expanse of the island proves to be the perfect place for a relaxing weekend. If you are one for adventure sports and water slides, this is an exhilarating place to visit!

3. Explore Undavalli Caves

Explore Undavalli Caves
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A monolithic example of Indian rock-cut architecture, the Undavalli Caves are located in the city of Guntur. Carved out of a solid sandstone on a hillside, these caves date back to the 4th to 5th centuries and is a paradise for history lovers.

4. Visit Prakasam Barrage at Night

Visit Prakasam Barrage at Night

Standing on a whopping 160 pillars and offering an astounding view of the holy River Krishna, the Prakasam Barrage does a lot more than just looking majestic. This bridge connects the Kolkata-Chennai highway.The entire bridge is lit up with soft yellow lights and is an amazing sight to witness.

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5. Picnic at Kondapalli Fort

Picnic at Kondapalli Fort
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Kondapalli Fort is a marvellous 14th-century fort located in the village of Kondapalli in Guntur district near Vijayawada. The resplendent fort is considered of great historical importance and attracts tourists from all over the world. As you explore the exalted fort, be sure to notice the breathtaking view of the valley.

6. Subramanya Swamy Temple

Subramanya Swamy Temple
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Dedicated to the Lord of serpents Kartikeya, the Subramanya Swamy Temple is a shrine located in Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), set on the foot of the Indrakiladari Hills. The temple worships all three forms of Lord Subramanya- Sri Dandayudhapani Swamy as a boy, Sri Valli Devayanai- his original form and lastly in the form of a serpent.

7. Mogalarajapuram Caves

Mogalarajapuram Caves
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These are ancient caves, dating back to 5th century and one of the most significant landmarks of the heritage of Vijayawada. Though a lot has been lost to ruins, the caves still hold religious and spiritual value as they house idols of Lord Nataraja and Lord Vinayaka amongst many more.

8. Besant Road

Besant Road
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The busiest trade centers of the city, bustling with activity and trade, Besant Road is a dynamic place in Vijayawada. It now houses some of the best modern eateries in the town. With multi-cuisine restaurants providing quality services, the foodies in the town love this road.

9. Gunadala Matha Shrine

Gunadala Matha Shrine

Somewhere amongst the hills of Krishna District, is the St Mary's Church. One finds here an iron cross, erected on the top of a hill, and a museum housing holy relics. Also, the area is a centre of much festivity and devotion when it hosts the Annual Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

10. Visit the Temples in Amaravathi

Visit the Temples in Amaravathi
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Known For : Amareswara Temple, Amaravathi Amravati Museum, Amaravathi Dhyana Buddha Statue

Known as the Capital of Andhra Pradesh, Amaravathi is a planned city on the banks of the River Krishna. Amaravathi is renowned for being a site of a Buddhist Stupa that is a semi-hemispherical structure containing Buddhist relics and often called the Abode of God.

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11. Hinkar Thirtha Temple

Hinkar Thirtha Temple
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One of the most renowned Jain temples, this structure houses the only Jain Shrine in the area. Adorned with Jain style of architecture, this is also one of the most beautiful structures in town.

12. Stroll in Rajiv Gandhi Park

Stroll in Rajiv Gandhi Park

A well-maintained park, brimming with lush greenery, thick grass and flowers all around, the Rajiv Gandhi Park is ideal for spending some relaxed and idle time in the city. To keep you enchanted the park also hosts a musical show and a mini zoo.

13. Sri Ramalingeswara Swami vari Devasthanam

Sri Ramalingeswara Swami vari Devasthanam

Resting atop a small hillock in the southeast corner of Vijayawada is the Sri Ramalingeswara Swami vari Devasthanam. Decked in a canopy of tall dense trees, this holy temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is decorated like a bride, come Mahashivratri.

14. Light and Sound Show at Gandhi Hill

Light and Sound Show at Gandhi Hill
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Looking over Vijayawada city from a height of 500 feet, Gandhi Hill was the first to have a ginormous stupa dedicated to the father of our nation - Mahatma Gandhi. Around the stupa, you will find six shrines dedicated to Gandhiji, a fully stocked library and the city's only planetarium.

15. Watch the Lenin Statue

Watch the Lenin Statue

An instance of communism, its ideologies and concepts, take shape of a massive and sprawling statue at Vijayawada. Since the town was under communists for some time in history, during the 1980s, one also finds a statue of Karl Marx in the city.

16. Rajahmundry

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Known For : Papi Hills Pattiseema Godavari Bridge

At a distance of 150 km from Vijayawada, Rajahmundry holds many ritual places of visit including Draksharama, Kotipalli, Samalkot, Pattiseema the famous Siva temples.

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17. See the Collection at Victoria Museum

See the Collection at Victoria Museum
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A museum of the Archaeology Department, this is a walk through imprints of time and all it left behind. Browse through a rich and ancient collection of sculptures, idols, inscriptions, paintings, cutlery and weapons. The museum has a huge Buddha statue.

18. Akkanna Madanna Caves

Akkanna Madanna Caves

These ancient rock-cut caves of Akkanna Madanna can be traced back to the 7th Century. Located in the Krishna and Guntur regions of Andhra Pradesh, these caves are the treasured possessions of the Vijayawada kingdom. These caves are dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara and contain significant inscriptions from the past.

19. The Town of Mangalgiri

The Town of Mangalgiri

Being one of the 8 Mahakshetrams or sacred destinations of the country, Mangalagiri is a charming town in Vjayawada that has a lot of religious history. They say that Lord Vishnu manifested himself in the soil of Mangalagiri and that Lakshmi Devi has performed penance on its hilltop.

20. Hazrat Bal Mosque

Hazrat Bal Mosque

The dazzlingly white Hazratbal Mosque in Vijayawada city is a sight for sore eyes. This mosque experiences a footfall of thousands of people, irrespective of caste and creed, to take one glance at Prophet Mohammad's relic that is put up on display once a year.

21. Try the Famous Hyderabadi Biryani

Try the Famous Hyderabadi Biryani

From the very popular Hyderabadi Biryani to authentic Andhra food to even multi-cuisine dishes, Vijayawada offers to its people and visitors hygienic and flattering food. Indulge in non-vegetarian delicacies with rich, and tangy Mughal flavors or order a vegetarian thali for all the best things of Andhra's cuisine in one platter.

22. Shopping in Vijayawada

Shopping in Vijayawada

Vijayawada has a lot in store for you - beautifully intricate kalamkari paintings, woodworks, etikoppaka and kondapalli toys, leather paintings and of course the beautiful Mangalgiri sarees. The place is a heartland of age-old arts and crafts that has stood the test of time.

23. VMC Disney Land

VMC Disney Land

Situated in Ajit Singh Nagar in Vijayawada, VMC Disney Land is one of the most popular and largest water parks in the city. With separate swimming pools for adults and kids, professionals and beginners and a variety of water activities and fun games, thrilling rides, aqua dancing and wave pools etc.

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