Vijayawada, well-known as the holy shrine of Kanaka durga, goddess of power, wealth and benevolence is located on the serene banks of river Krishna and is bounded by the Indrakiladri Hills on the West and Budameru river on the North. The city earlier known as ‘Bezawada’ is in Krishna District, about 257 km from Hyderabad, the state capital of Andhra Pradesh. As per the legend, goddess Durga rested here after killing a Rakshasa (Demon) and since she was victorious (Vijaya), it is called Vijayawada.
Vijayawada is also known for its purest Telugu, the native language of Andhra Pradesh. This is renowned as the business capital of Andhra Pradesh; historically a cultural, political and educational center. The regions around the city have fertile soil and are irrigated by the river. Vijayawada lies in this rich coastal delta area of the state, a fact that is reflected in its spicy, deliciously varied cuisine. The place is exclusively known for the authentic Andhra food. The most luscious mangoes, the king of fruits, are grown here and the region is renowned for its tradition of pickle making. The warmth of the people of Vijayawada is one thing which is irresistible. They represent the traditional culture of Andhra Pradesh, be it the language, cuisine or dressing.
Construction of Prakasam Barrage is an important event in the history of the city as it is responsible for the expansion of its agricultural and commercial base. There are many religious, historic, recreational places in and around the city which have to be visited atleast once in a life time. It is situated along the Chennai-Howrah, and Chennai-Delhi rail route, the largest railway junction of the South Central Railways.
Having a humid climate with the Krishna river around, the best time to visit is during non-summer times. A wide range of facilities are available for comfortable stay from 3 star to budget hotels. Andhra Pradesh Tourism also has many hotels, which provide comfortable and economical accommodation.
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