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Vijayawada Tourism and Travel Guide

VijayawadaHistory of The City

The history of Vijayawada can be traced back to the mythological times. The history of Vijayawada or Vijayavata, as it is termed in a few inscriptions, reveals the religious importance of the place. The remains of the pre-historic man and society of the Stone Age is found all along the River Krishna, which dominates the landscape of Vijayawada.

The history of Vijayawada as a cultural and religious center marks an important episode in the history of India. Vijayawada history reveals the power of the prolonged reigns of the Chalukyas of Kalyan and the great king Krishna Deva Raya, on the society and culture of Vijayawada. Vijayawada was even visited by foreign travelers like Hu-yan-Tsang.

The religious history of Vijayawada is manifested in the temple of Lord Shiva on the banks of River Krishna. There are also some other important temples in Vijayawada which includes the Kanaka - Durga Devi Temple at Vijayawada.

The history of Vijayawada is largely shaped by the changes that were brought about in the city by the British rule. The British period was marked by significant growth in the basic infrastructure and facilities in the city. A major project, the Prakasam Barrage was completed and a railway bridge over the River Krishna that connected Guntur City and its district was also constructed.

How to Reach:

By Air: The nearest domestic airport is at Gannavaram, 20 km from the city connected to and from Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam.

By Train: The largest railway junction of the South Central Railway, it is well linked by a number of express and super fast trains to and from all the major cities of India.

By Road: Situated at the crossroads of National Highways 5 and 9 and a network of good motorable roads, it is well connected with the major cities of Andhra Pradesh and India.

Shopping in Vijayawada

Vijayawada is a delight for tourists with its wide variety of interesting places. Along with these exciting destinations, the city also boasts of equally nice and attractive curios. Shopping is an exhilarating activity and when it is about unique range of handicrafts, the excitement gets doubled. If you are thinking about what to buy in Vijaywada, then don't think much, since the 'City of Victory' has more than enough items that would grab your attention.

Vijayawada Ranging from handloom products to handicrafts, furniture to textiles, pearl jewelry to silver jewelry, you can set off with anything and everything in Vijayawada. Besides these knick-knacks, the city has wonderful antiques, leather goods, pearls as well as semi precious stones to offer. Kalamkari paintings and handiworks are things not to be missed on your visit to Vijaywada, the third largest city of Andhra Pradesh.

Regarding shopping places, MG Road, Eluru Road, Besant Road and Governorpet are some of the popular markets in Vijaywada. There are many shopping malls that dole out maximum number of things under one roof. In the nearby areas, Kondapalli is a nice place to get colorful toys, made from light-weight wood. You can also browse the local markets, where you can find most of the items at reasonable price.

Scurry for curry

READY TO EAT: The array of delicacies is a big lure Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar Food is a universal need. According to G.B.Shaw, "love for food is sincerer than any kind of love'. It is very aptly said that one can live without love but not without food. In the entire stretch of South India, Andhra cuisine is considered the best, the USP being its pungency and rich colour. We eat food first with our eyes and then it goes into our mouth. Hence, food that looks appetizing sets the mouth drooling while bland food kills the appetite.

With the trend of eating out fast catching on in our laid back city, the very next obvious thing to happen be the `take away' joint. In the last couple of years, the city has witnessed proliferation of curry points at almost every street corner.

The pioneer among them is A.V.S.Prasad, a yoga teacher by profession, who began to supply raw food to his students. He studied the market and realized that there is a wide scope for good business in a take away joint. In January 2004, he opened Spicy Kitchen, a much sought-after place for students, bachelors, workingwomen and housewives who craved to relax and longed for a change in their daily menu to whet their appetites.
"Maintaining both quality and quantity in addition to reasonable pricing are the secrets of my success," says Prasad.

He caters to small gatherings and parties too. Despite many others trying to take a cue from him and setting up their own small units in the area, Prasad continues to be the leader.

VijayawadaFoodie's delight: The gourmet spread would appeal to any foodie. His specialties are crab fry- a rare delicacy, fish curry and an assortment of chicken and mutton dishes. For the vegetarians, he offers dal, vankai - batani (brinjal-peanut), cauliflower Iguru (cauliflower) and all varieties of snacks. A steady stream of customers scurries in and out in carrying bulky parcels of delectable curries.

Narendra, a bachelor working in a telecom company says he regularly picks up a non-veg dish and rice from here. Ramakrishna, another regular customer who depends on Spicy Kitchen to satiate his taste buds, visits because he has complaints against his wife's culinary skills. Bhushan and Kumaraswamy, while passing through Vijayawada, stumbled upon the place and couldn't resist asking for their favourite dishes, as they appeared delicious.

Serve it hot

For Yugandhar, a contractor living away from his family, bachelor life had never been happier with the Kitchen providing him the option of cooking only rice and picking curries from here. Malleswari is a beautician and is hard pressed against time. "It is like home cooked food and available close to my house. So, I can afford the luxury of not cooking and relying on these ready-to-eat packs after a hard day's work. All I need to do is grab it from the shop and serve it hot," she beams.

Almost every colony, including suburbs like Kanuru, has a curry point now. The 100 feet road leading to Autonagar has a number of curry points like Samprada, V.S. Curry Point and Sri Sai Curry Point. Then there is Curry Leaves, Drumsticks besides leading restaurants like Haveli having an exclusive take away counter outside.

The trend has set many women from the older generation wondering about what they view as `strange' ways of running a family by the modern woman.

Many of them remark with their tongue in cheek: "In their quest for equal status with men, women are drifting away from their core responsibilities like cooking for the family members."

Hotels in Vijayawada

Quality Inn Dv Manor
Fortune Murali Park