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Places to See (Vijayawada)

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Adurru Kolleru Lake
Alluru Kondapalli Toys
Amaravati Museum Kuchipudi
Amaravati Temple Krishna Wild Life Sanctuary, Avanigadda
Bhavani Island Mangalagiri Temple
Buddhist sites Manginapudi Beach
Gandhi Hill Machilipatnam Kalamkari Fabrics
Ghantasala Mogalarajapuram Caves
Gummadidurru Movva Temple
Gunadala Mary Matha shrine Prakasam Barrage
Hazratbal Mosque Rajiv Gandhi Park
Hinkar Thirtha (Jam Temple), Mangalagiri Undavalli Caves
Jaggayyapeta Victoria Museum
Kanaka Durga Temple VMC - Sibar Disneyland
Kondapalli Fort

Adurru

Adurru is located near Nagaram in Razole taluk of East Godavari district. The village lies on the west bank of the Vainetaya branch of Godavari river 9.5 km. from the sea.

The mound is locally known as Dubaraju Gudi. In 1953 the Archaeological Survey of India sunk a few trenches to assess its archaeological potentialities. Notable amongst the structures brought to light was a mahastupa 17 feet in diameter with a raised platform running all round the drum and ayaka platforms on cardinal sides.The Buddhist remnants spread accross an area of approximately 2.04 acres.

The excavations here have revealed a sprawling stupa built on a plan of spoke, a wheel within a wheel together with its components. Shreds of jars, troughs, dishes and bowls of red and kaolin potteries were recovered.

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Alluru

Allur is situated at a distance of about 5 km. from Yerrupalem railway station on the Vijayawada-Hyderabad line in Krishna district. The excavation of the mound in 1926 yielded a brick built stupa having a wheel shaped plan with a circular solid hub of 9 inches diameter. The stupa is encased with decorated slabs like the one at Amaravati.

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Amaravati Museum

The collection includes the antiquities from other Buddhist sites in Andhra Pradesh belonging to the 3rd Century BC to about the 12th Century AD, a gold necklace from Gummadidurru, relic-caskets with bone-relics and gold flowers.

The exhibits in the Museum are arranged in different galleries.

Gallery I contents :
This gallery displays some of the selected examples of the art-tradition of Amaravati, besides an inscribed relief of Buddha from Gummadidurru. Image of Buddha, Coins, Beads, Terracotta, Pottery, Drum slabs, Dome-slabs, Pillars & Rail fragments and Miscellaneous Sculptures.

Gallery II contents :
The exhibits in the gallery comprise a few early relics of the 2nd Century BC, inscribed pillars, drum & dome slabs,Two Buddha images from Alluru and a stone-wheel from Lingarajapalli.

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Amaravati Temple

Special poojas :

Details of the pooja Price list (Rs)
Abhishekam 30
Archana 10
Darshanam 2
Asthotharanamarchana 10
Eka Rudrabhishekam 30
Sahasara Namarchana 20

Rates may be subjected to change without prior notice.

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Bhavani Island

Located at a distance of 4 km. from Vijayawada, the Bhavani Island is situated upstream of River Krishna close to Prakasam Barrage. It is a good picnic spot for nature lovers. Boat riding facility is available.

Boat ride charges :
Rs. 35/- along with Breakfast (to and fro journey) Note: Entrance fee subject to change without notice

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Buddhist sites

Dhyanakataka, Bhattiprolu, Goli Guntupalli, Ghantasala and Chinna Ganjam are some important Buddhist sites in and around Vijayawada. Many stupas and viharas were built during the Satavahana and Salivahana dynasties.

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Gandhi Hill

The first Gandhi Memorial with 7 Stupas in the country was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 ft. The 52 ft. Stupa was unveiled on 6th October, 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India. Gandhi Memorial Library, the Sound and Light Show on Mahatma Gandhi's life and a planetarium are the other attractions.

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Ghantasala

Ghantasala lies in the Divi taluk of Krishna district 21 km west of Machilipatnam. It is a rare and reputed center for Buddhist sculptures. Here the remains of an important Buddhist stupa and sculptural slabs were found in 1919-20.

Monuments & Antiquities :
The main scene here portrays a circular medallion in the style of Amaravati sculptures, which shows the return of Budhistva Siddhartha to Kapilavastu after his renuniciation. There is a museum in this village, which has a collection of Buddhist statues and art. A considerable number of Roman gold coins and Satavahanas coins have been discovered here.

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Gummadidurru

Excavations undertaken at the place unearthed a part of the main stupa and a dozen small stupas. The site has also yielded a number of inscriptions dating back from 2nd century AD to late medieval period.

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Gunadala Mary Matha shrine

An annual feast is held every year to commemorate the appearance of Mother Mary at Lourdes on February 11th 1858. A church and a museum of valuable articles offered by the devotees and sacred relics of the past are present. An iron cross is erected atop the hill.

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Hazratbal Mosque

A holy relic of the Prophet Mohammed is kept here and displayed once a year. A large number of Muslim population join the celebrations.

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Hinkar Thirtha (Jam Temple), Mangalagiri

A Jain temple being constructed is almost nearing completion. With great artistic work, it is slated to be the biggest Jam temple in the region.

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Jaggayyapeta

The ancient site lies 5 km. to the North-West of Amaravati on the Paler river, a tributary of the Krishna about 5 km. North of their union. The site was known as Betavolu in the past and was renamed as Jaggayyapet by the zamindar of Chintapalli who reconstructed the village.

History :
During the excavations in 1818, a few carved slabs from one of the brick mounds revealed the existence of a group of ancient stupas. After excavation, the stupa was found to be 9 meters in diameter and was decorated with slabs of the same material used in Amaravati. Inside the casing the stupa is made completely out of bricks and earth. About a kilometer from the town is a hill known as Dhanabodu or Hill of wealth on which once stood a great Stupa or Mahachaitya. Around the hillock are traces of monastic buildings.

Monuments & Antiquities :
A Mahachaitya filled with layers of rubble & gravel two feet thick . The slabs surrounding the base of the stupa were plain very few of them having any carving except a small pilaster up the edge. Some of the sculptures on the pilasters closely resemble in style of Bharhut sculptures. The capitals are heavy and roughly bell-shaped and show addorsed double-winged animals like that at Patalkhora. Some of the slabs were inscibed in characters of Mauryan type ascribable to the beginning of the 2nd century BC.

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Kanaka Durga Temple

This famous temple is on a hill connected by steps and a ghat road. Inscriptions of different dynasties are found in the temple. The festival of Dussera for Goddess Durga is celebrated here colourfully every year. A large number of pilgrims attend the celebrations and take a holy dip in the river Krishna.

Prayers & timings :

4.00 a.m.
Suprabhatam
Pratahkhala Archana
Shastra Namarchana
Ashtottara Namarchana
2.30 p.m.
Sahasra Namarchana
Maha Nivedana
Arati Mantrapushpam
5.30 p.m.
Sahasra Namarchana
Asra Naivedyam
Pancharathi
9.00 p.m.
Closing of the temple

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Kondapalli Fort

The fort is located 16 km away towards West from Vijayawada City and is built on a hill.

History :
Prolaya Vema Reddy,constructed this fort during 14th Century. The king used to visit this fort for relaxation and recreation. It was the residence of "Bhogamalas" meaning the prostitutes of the kings.

Near the fort, there is a Dargah of a Persian Saint, Gareeb Saheeb. A legend goes that the palace women and the saint were always at loggerheads. Unable to bear the trouble, the queen of the palace ordered the beheading of the Saint. Even after he was beheaded the Saint fought valiantly and dragged the fort soldiers to a distance of 20 km without his head.

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Kolleru Lake

Located 95 km from Vijayawada, this large lake attracts several species of birds. A natural sweet water lake of 300 sq. miles area, pelicans from Nyberia and Fiji island are seen here during October and November every year. The famous Peddinti Amma/Jaladurga temple is located here. It is a great picnic spot for bird watchers and nature lovers.

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Kondapalli Toys

Kondapalli toys are made of softwood, known as Tella Poniki. Apart from Poniki wood, sawdust, tamarind seed powder, enamel gums and watercolours are used in making these toys. After carving the toy on wood, a paste made of tamarind, wood and sawdust is used for giving further shapes and attaching limbs etc., to the toy. This paste is also used for giving the final touch. The toy is then left for a day or two to dry,after sudda (White lime) colour is painted on the toy.

When the toys are dried, artists colour the toy. Two sets of Kondapalli toys are most prominent. The village set constitutes toys of various occupations of people in the village. The artists choose colors symbolizing the character of the image. The influence of Islamic idiom is prominent in some of the toys.

It is believed that these artists had migrated from Rajasthan. This can be known from their craft, which has the influence of 17th Century Rajasthani style in features(pointed nose and veil over the head).

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Kuchipudi

About 60 km. from Vijayawada, this is the birth place of Siddhendra Yogi, the originator of Kuchipudi dance form, famous throughout the world. A dance school by the Siddhendra Kala Kshetram trains many students every year, promoting the Kuchipudi dance form.

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Krishna Wild Life Sanctuary, Avanigadda

It covers an area of 194. 81sq. km. in Krishna and Guntur districts and is at a distance of 80 km. from Vijayawada.

Flora :
Dense, impenetrable mangrove forests cover the sanctuary. The flora of the forest consists of Casuarina equisetifolia, Pongamia gladra, Calotropis gigantean, Cassia auriculata, Thespesia populnea, Ipomaea biloba, Leptadenia reticulata, Spinifex squarrosus, Spinifex littoreus, Banyan tree, Peepul tree, Margosa, Tumma tree, Mango, Pongamia pinnate, Prosopis juliflora, Palmyra, Date-palm.

Fauna :
The fauna of the forest includes Hyena, Jungle or Fishing Cat, Fox (Vulpes bengalensis) and Bear (Melursus ursinus). Among the herbivorous species, Spotted Deer (Axis axis), Sambar (Cervus unicolor) and Black Buck (Antelope cervicapra) are occasionally found and are a rarity except in the interior inland forests.

Reptiles are represented by Cobra, Russels Viper, Water Snake, Rat Snake and Tree Snake, Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor), Wall Lizard (Hemidactylus species) and land Tortoise (Testudo elegans) are also found. Among the amphibian fauna, the common frog (Rana species) and in the mangrove forests the amphibian Otter or Water cat (Lutra lutera) and the estuarine Crocodiles are present.

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Mangalagiri Temple

The unique feature of this temple is that the deity accepts only half the quantity of Panakam (Jaggery dissolved in water) offered by devotees. It has a very tall gopura. The presiding deity is that of Lord Narasimha.

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Manginapudi Beach

Located at a distance of 11 km. from Machilipatnam, Manginapudi Beach is well known for its scenic beauty and also as a historic port city. During its heydays this port served as a gateway to India. The beach has tremendous potential with a natural bay and comparatively shallow and safe waters. The unique feature of this beach is that instead of sand it contains black soil.

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Machilipatnam Kalamkari Fabrics

The world famous Kalamkari Fabrics includes a range of special mythological designs for Hindus, prayer carpets for Mohammadeans, tent lining cloth, chintz, table clothes and curtain clothes printed in attractive colors. Polavaram and Pedana are prominent centers of manufacturing Kalamkari block prints. The art was introduced during the reign of Qutub Shahis when the entire Telugu country was under their control. The Kalamkari block printing produces a variety of designs on bed sheets, wall hangings, sarees, lungies, napkins etc. Many Islamic patterns are prominent among the designs of Machilipatnam. The shamiyana covers and prayer cloth are painted with typical Persian designs. Flowers, birds, and animal forms are commonly used designs.

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Mogalarajapuram Caves

These caves are said to be constructed in 5th Century AD. The caves are reputed to be the first of its kind in South India. The idols of Lord Nataraja, Vinayaka and Arthanareeswara are carved here.

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Movva Temple

Movva is the birthplace of Siddhendra Yogi, the founder of Kuchipudi dance. This ancient town has temples of Vishnu and Shiva.

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Prakasam Barrage

Built across the river Krishna, Prakasam Barrage has created a panoramic lake. Its three canals that run through the city give Vijayawada a Venetian look.

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Rajiv Gandhi Park

Made by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation with great care and interest, this park welcomes the tourists at the entrance of the city with its impressive horticultural network. A mini zoo and a municipal water fountain are added to it.

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Undavalli Caves

8 km. from Vijayawada, these caves are said to be carved in 7th century A.D. This two storied cave structure was used as a rest house by Buddhist monks during the monsoon. A huge monolith of the Lord Buddha in reclining posture is a magnificent sight.

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Victoria Museum

A place for archaeology lovers, Victoria Museum has a carefully preserved collection of ancient sculptures, paintings, idols, weapons, cutlery and inscriptions.

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VMC - Sibar Disneyland

VMC - SIBAR Disneyland is located at a distance of 8 km. from Vijayawada. It is a major attraction of the city for kids and adults alike. There is also a stimulated volcano in the park.

Attractions :

  • A water park with wave pool, slides and kiddies pool for the children
  • A village park with traditional dance, Bullock cart rides, Parrot fortuneteller, Puppet shows and a good South Indian restaurant
  • Amusement park
  • Brindavanam with a temple, cottages, traditional shops depicting arts and culture

 

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Please note that all rates and timings mentioned in any of the information mentioned above is subject to change without prior intimation. Hence tourists are requested to recheck the information provide here prior to confirmation of their trip.

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