Recognized as the third largest city in Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada also known as Bezawada, is bordered by the scenic Indrakiladri Hills to the west and the Budameru River on the north. Located at a distance of about 275 kilometers from the state capital, this enchanting city has emerged as a major tourist, trading and business center. Vijayawada literally translates to mean "a place of victory". According to the legends, Arjuna performed penance on these hills to appease Lord Shiva, who appeared before him and bestowed with the prized weapon 'Pasupathasthra'. Also Goddess Durga is believed to have rested here after slaying the wicked demon Mahishasura in a fierce battle.
The famous Kanaka Durga shrine located on top of the hills and overlooking river Krishna, is thronged by hundreds of devotees every day. Other notable attractions here include an impressive Prakasam Barrage, The Kondapalli village- a favorite picnic spot, famous light weight Kondapalli toys, painted in vibrant colors and some of the best varieties of mango.
Ranging from handloom products to handicrafts, furniture to textiles, and gold to precious stones, you can almost buy anything and everything in Vijayawada. Kalamkari paintings and handiworks with their impressive designs and style are particularly famous in this region. Also famous are the bright, colourful Kondapalli toys, made from a special light weight wood material. Offering numerous places for shopping, some of the most popular destinations are on MG Road, Eluru Road, Besant Road and Governorpet. You can also walk around the local markets, where the prices are attractive and will definitely amaze you.
By Air - Gannavaram is a domestic airport which is located at a distance of 20 kilometers from the city and offers regular flights to major destinations within the country
By Bus - Vijayawada is well connected by a large number of public and private buses to many other cities.
By Rail - Vijayawada is connected to almost all parts of the country by a network of trains.