The third largest city in Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada also know as Bezawada, is
bordered by the scenic Indrakiladri Hills on the west and the Budameru River on the north. Located at a distance of about 275 km from the state capital, this enchanting city has emerged as a major tourist, trading and business center.
Vijayawada translates to mean "place of victory". According to the legends, Arjuna performed penance on these hills to appease Lord Shiva, who appeared before him and bestowed him 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 daily.
The impressive Prakasam Barrage, which is 1223.5 mt long across the river Krishna has created a beautiful reservoir lake, and is also responsible for irrigating lakhs of acres of land. Vijayawada is also home to some of the best varieties of mango, which are available here in plenty during the summer months. The Kondapalli village, which is located close to the city is a favourite picnic spot, and home to the famous light weight Kondapalli toys, painted in vibrant colours.