Vijayawada is a city of the South Indian state Andhra Pradesh. There are some places in and around Vijayawada, which are often visited by the tourists. Some of these places are given here:
Kanaka Durga Temple in Vijayawada
This is an ancient temple in Vijayawada city. The presiding deity of the temple is the goddess `Kanaka Durga`. Here, one can see the demon king Mahishasura lying under the holy feet of the goddess with her `Trident` ripping apart his heart.
There are three points for devotees to have `Darshan` of the goddess. The first one is inside the sanctum sanctorum in close quarters to the deity. The second one is just outside the sanctum sanctorum and the third is a little further away. The `Lakshakumkum Archana` is a special ritual and is a part of every day activities.
As per the legends, this is said to be the place where Arjuna performed a severe penance and obtained the sacred `Pasupathasthra` from Lord Shiva. The devotees can visit the temple from 4:30 hrs to 22:30 hrs. The archana timing of the temple is 4:30 hrs, 8:00 hrs, 14:00 hrs and 18:00 hrs.
The Gandhi Hill in Vijayawada
This is a well known monument dedicated to the `Father of the Nation`, Mahatma Gandhi. It is situated in the heart of the city of Vijayawada. There is also a memorial library and a seminar hall here. There are also various figures representing cottage industries seen on the crimson marbles. Here, the identical images of his house at his birth place Porbandar, his Phoenix Ashram in South Africa, Sabarmathi Ashram at Ahmedabad etc can be seen.
There is also a modest planetarium in the Gandhi hill. A telescope and a camera can be seen in the observatory here. The curious visitors peep into the wonders of the firmament through it.
Maginapudi Beach in Vijayawada
This beautiful beach is situated about 11 km from Machilipatnam. Earlier, it was an important commercial centre. The beach has a natural bay, comparatively shallow and hence safe waters. The natural beauty of the beach is added by man made fountains. One can avail accommodation at Machilipatnam. The nearest railway station to reach Maginapudi beach is at Machilipatnam, which is about 15 km away. The nearest airport is about 85 km away and is situated at Vijayawada. Maginapudi can also be reached by road from Vijayawada, about 85 km away.
Mypad Beach in Vijayawada
This beautiful beach of Vijayawada is situated about 25 km from Nellore. The tourists are attracted here due to its wide expanse of vegetation and golden grains of abundant sand. Mypad has road and rail links with Nellore. The nearest airports are at Thirupathi and Chennai which are about 130 km and 200 km respectively.
Ghantasala in Vijayawada
Ghantasala has 12 constellations of zodiac, which are engraved on the brick cube set in the centre. This place is situated about 21 km west of Machilipatnam and 280 km from Hyderabad. It is known from various excavations that Buddhism had flourished in Ghantasala. Various Buddhist stupas of unique designs are unearthed here. This place can be reached from places like Srikakulam, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam by Government run busses. Accommodations are also available at Vijayawada.