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Vijayawada

Vijayawada

Weather

The city of Vijayawada enjoys tropical climatic conditions. Summers are hot with the temperature ranging between 20°C to 47°C. The atmosphere contains plenty of moisture. The city receives copious amounts of rainfall from both the north-east and south-west monsoon from the month of June to October. Winters, extending from December to February, are pleasant and mild with temperatures between 10°C to 30°C. The best time to visit Vijayawada is during the month of October to March.

How To Reach

By Road:

All the cities in the state of Andhra Pradesh are connected to Vijayawada via APSRTC buses. Several tourist bus service providers offer A/C, deluxe and super deluxe bus services from the city of Vijayawada to many important cities in Central and South India such as Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and Vishakhapatnam. These buses charge a nominal fee. National Highways 5 and 9 pass through the city.


By Air:

The airport at Vijayawada is situated at Gannavaram, almost 20 km away from the heart of the city. Regular flight services are available from the city of Vijayawada to Vishakhapatnam and Hyderabad. International travelers need to avail connecting flights from the Hyderabad airport. Taxi cabs are available for hire from the airport to the city.



By Rail:

The railway junction at Vijayawada is a major railway station on the Chennai-Delhi and the Chennai-Howrah railway line. The station remains connected to most of the important railway stations within the country. Regular train services are available to Vishakhapatnam and Hyderabad from the city of Vijayawada


Overview

Vijayawada is the third largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Also commonly known as Bezwada, the city is located along the banks of the famous River Krishna in the southern part of the country. River Budameru falls on its north, the Indrakeeladri Mountain on the western side and the Bay of Bengal on the east.

 

 

Nestled among these beautiful natural features Vijayawada is a blessed land. The city of Vijayawada, being inhabited mainly by the agricultural community, boasts of several canals passing through the region in order to irrigate the farmland throughout the delta of the River Krishna. The city is a major trade and commercial hub along with a significant administrative center of the Krishna District.

 

Vijayawada formed an important portion of the Vijayanagar Empire under the mighty ruler, Sri Krishna Devarayar. Vijayawada city is mentioned in different myths and epics. According to local legend, Lord Shiva gave his blessings to Arjuna, the great warrior of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, on top of a hill known as Indrakeeladri and Arjuna was the founder of the city of Vijayawada. Another myth indicates that Devi Durga after destroying a Rakshasa relaxed in this sacred site and hence the land got its name Vijayawada or the Land of Victory. The region attracts several tourists throughout the year.

 

Vijayawada is a treasure trove for shoppers. Everything from furniture to handicrafts, handloom products to textiles, precious stones to gold is available in the markets of the city. Handiworks and Kalamkari paintings are popular among tourists due to their impressive style and design. The colourful and bright Kondapalli toys made out of a special type of light weight wood are famous. Numerous shopping options are available to visitors. Prices are negotiable. The most famous shopping destinations in the city are Eluru Road, Governorpet, Besant Road and MG Road.

 

The cuisine of Vijayawada comprises mostly of coastal Andhra dishes which are very spicy. The chilies produced in the region are the hottest in the country. They are used in generous amounts to impart special flavour to the dishes. Non-vegetarian delicacies include the fiery Gongura mutton, Natukodi chicken and Bommidailapulusu. Vegetarians can look forward to indulging themselves in lots of different kinds of spicy pickles and versatile chutneys. The famous raw mango pickle Avakai with a tangy taste is made by almost every single household in the city in the season of summer.