5 Day-guide to exploring Vijayawada – Top things to do

From waterfront, break around to local food delight: 5 days exploring Vijayawada!

 

What if I tell you to take a holiday trip in Vijayawada and come back all the way more victorious & richer?

 

Yep, discovering the city of victory, Vijayawada – the laid back time, discovering spell bounding routes, the rich culture & politics, exploring thriving business hub for shopping, best varieties of vegetation, mesmerising medley of nature, the scenic vistas of hills, the Rivers & island galore, the geographically rich city & it’s delicious local cuisines – for those who are bitten by the travel bug, all makes it up for an interesting eye candy treat! But wait, if you are worried about spending, you need not be stingy on your pockets as Vijayawada is gonna be an affordable destination (seriously it is!)

 

So, stop spending, start experiencing…

 

Well, the best part? A series of sailing around with best enthralling water sports at the waterfront! If you are still not driven by the thirst of a serious case of wanderlust, I doubt, what will!

 

About Vijayawada Tourism:

 

Nestled peacefully on the banks of two great Rivers, the River Krishna & Budameru, Vijayawada is a city in Andhra Pradesh located about 5 km away from the Amravati, the state capital.

 

Vijayawada is famous for its educational worth for students, the cultural heritage, trade & commercial business hub, agricultural richness, & a diverse historical glory known for preserving ancient ruins that makes the city a veritable paradise in itself. The city is surrounded by spectacular scenic hills full of lushness that offer an extensive selection of sightseeing spots to build out your travel itinerary.

 

Apart from numerous caves & temples, Vijayawada is blessed with an enchanting beauty of lakes & River Island, forts, Buddhist artefacts that has paved the way of making it a favourite tourist spot especially for family vacations or romantic getaway!

 

If you are worried about the accommodation part, thanks to tourism opportunities, you have ample choices of well-maintained hotels equipped with a variety of amenities that you can book without much ache to your pockets!

 

So, pack your bags right away and embark on spotting on the best places of adventure & taking a tour in and around Vijayawada – wouldn’t that be a life? Count upon these experiences as you plan beforehand & let these experiences be your guide!

 

Day 1: Be a religious or history buff

 

Interest level: If you keep special interest in historical architecture or you are an ardent spiritual fanatic for historic & religious lessons, you are just at the right place!

 

The Undavalli caves

 

Just 6 km away south-west from Vijayawada, you will find the India’s ancient & medieval rock-cut architecture, “The Undavalli caves situated in Guntur district of Amravati region. A large volume of carvings abided by solid sandstone dated back to 4th & 5th century A.D. depicts sheer architectural skill to leave you spell bound. You will find a trail of Buddhist artefacts later converted to Hindu temples.

 

Mogalarajapuram Cave :

 

The ancient Mogalarajapuram Cave is situated 11 km away from the city of Vijayawada and its formation dates back to 5th century A.D. The cave actually houses three temples that form the landmark of the rich cultural heritage of Vijayawada.

 

One interesting fact about this cave is that it is assumed to be used by the Buddhist monks as the carvings of Buddha were later transformed into Hindu idols.

 

The cave claims a significant landmark of interesting carvings inside the temples where you will find religious idols of Lord Vinayaka & Lord Nataraja & the shrine of Goddess Durga. The cave also houses a massive carving of Lord Ardhanariswara which is one-of-its kind in Sothern India

 

Kondapalli Fort:

 

Situated at a distance of 16 km away from the city of Vijayawada, the Kondapalli fort is just one hour drive away.

 

Get schooled with the Reddy dynasty founded by Prolaya Vema Reddy, the builder of Kondapalli fort, who has built it close to his capital Kondaveedu. One intriguing feature of this fort is that the main entrance is made up of one single rock of granite while the other entrance known as the Golconda Darwaza serves as a gateway to the Jaggaiahpet Village.

 

With time, the kingdom that was reined by many other successors turned into flourishing business centre. The main attraction of the fort is the crest known as Tanisha Mahal or Palace. Apart from these, the inside of the fort features the Rani Mahal, the Dancing hall & the Arched hall. You will also find a reservoir & several other ruins inside the fort.

 

Tip: If you love light weight colourful wooden toys or other handicrafts, this is your chance to pick your favourite one as the Jaggaiahpet Village is famous for handicrafts.

 

Victoria Jubilee Museum

 

Located in Bandar road, Vijayawada, this archaeological museum was established in the year 1887 which is famous for its interesting collection of artefacts & sculptures. One major tourist attraction for is the colossal black granite statue of Lord Buddha that dates back to 3rd and 4th century A.D and has been well-preserved since ages by the government.

 

Built in an Indo-European style architectural framework, the museum displays a huge number of ancient idols, sculptures, stones, pottery, tools, inscriptions, cutlery, weapons, coins, metal works & paintings.

 

Kanaka Durga Temple:

 

Situated along the bank of Krishna River, you can visit the famous shrine of Kanaka Durga. To reach there, drive up to the Indrakeeladri hills amidst the serenity to find the temple precisely built in the fashion of ancient Dravidian architecture. Known for one of the 108 famous shakthipeethas, the idol is one unforgettable sight to behold for the devotees.

 

If you are lucky enough to visit the temple in the month of September, don’t miss the opportunity to seek the Goddess blessings on the nine days revelries of Dasara Sharan Navarathri celebrated every year with great pomp and gaiety.

 

 Other popular religious hotspots   

 

Apart from the above mentioned places of interest, the Subramanya Swamy Temple (4 km from Vijayawada), Hinkar Thirtha (20 km from the city), Gunadala Matha Shrine (1 km away from city-centre) are a must-to-visit places that adds up to the main attractions of Vijayawada.

 

Day 2:  Explore nature & shop till you drop

 

Interest level: For those who are nature lovers, Vijayawada is an interesting retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city into the lap of tranquillity & nature.

 

Rajiv Gandhi Park:

 

Experience the freshness of delightful evening visiting the Rajiv Gandhi Park, situated at the entrance of the city. The Park is a gateway to the city of Vijayawada that welcomes its visitors with greeting of horticultural network & recreations that includes awe-inspiring trees, attractive flowers, lush green lawn & sidewalks.

 

You can also learn some awesome facts about the animals belonging to pre-historic ages from the replicas put up at the park. Also make sure you catch the bedazzling live musical fountain show that secures a favourite spot for the young & the old.

 

Besant Road shopping:

When you have come a long way to Vijayawada, why wait more for some real-time city shopping? You gotta go straight to the Besant Road to try out the local delights & colourful handicrafts that you can buy as home gifts for your close ones.

 

Here you can find a multitude of shops that sells handwoven Mangalagirisarees with colourful intricate designs to take your pick! And for some serious pickle lovers- time to grab your favourite mouth-watering local mango pickle-Avakkai, a local delightful tongue teaser prepared by locale experts!

 

So now, would you still advocate for online shopping?

 

Day 3: A visit to the River Islands

 

Bhavani Island

 

 

Interest level: 

 

For all nature & water lovers, explore some of the best family-friendly Islands & some serious water sports adventures in Vijayawada – so untouched & peaceful with absolute privacy, that you won’t find it elsewhere!

 

It ain’t a holiday without some serious fun & relaxation on Island…and the best choice is the Bhavani Island.

 

Located in the midst of the Krishna River is the Bhavani Island is just 4 kms away from the city and needs no introduction. This is one of the favourite Islands for visitors & the largest Island in Vijayawada, ideal for private picnics as it is surrounded by mangroves & well-maintained gardens. You can just laze around, play, eat, enjoy or simply relax along the pristine Island-your choice!

 

The River Island comes alive with multi-hued golden sunset presenting a panoramic view that’s worth beholding. Spend some tranquil moments with your loved ones amidst the mesmerizing greenery and enjoy a lot of activities such as

 

  •  Fishing
  •  Boating
  •  Water sport adventures
  •  Swimming
  • Cruising for pleasure
  • Ropeway

 

You can also jett-off to the Island for an awesome sailing experience and in return you get to enjoy an overseas feeling, the vibes that gets you instantly connected to the place.

 

Prakasam Barrage

 

Built across the Krishna River at the outskirts of Vijayawada, sited the huge Prakasam Barrage. This is mainly a road bridge that associates three water supply canals to facilitate water passage to the thermal plant station. Mainly used an irrigation project, this bridge on the Krishna River offers an excellent panoramic view & the delightful breeze during evening decked with colourful lightings at night. The place is also an all-inclusive adventure zone where you can explore exciting water sport activities such as boating, water scooting and parasailing.

 

And for selfie-lovers & photo fanatics, it’s bliss to capture some great private moments as well as photos of some rare species of migratory birds if you are lucky enough to spot them from the barrage.

 

Day 4: Tasting delightful local flavours

 

Interest level: If you are a foody, find the soul in delightful lip-smacking local Andhra flavour waiting for you to taste & try.

 

Make a reservation at…

 

Lotus – The Food City

 

 

 

The best part about this restaurant is delicious contemporary cuisines served at the waterfront sit out set-up, located just beside the Krishna River, across the Prakasam Barrage.

 

If you are visiting Vijayawada, it’s a sin to miss out the lip-smacking spiciest Andhra biriyani, tangy taste of curries and the chilly- tangy combo of snacks & semi- gravy delicacies. If you are a vegetarian, the tangy Mughal flavours of vegetarian thali are an ultimate vegetarian delight. Relish it & thank us later!

 

Also not-to-miss local items such as Chepala pulusu, Royyala iguru, Jinga masala, Pachadi, Kodi vepudu, Lasooni machi tikka, Minapappu(Laddu made from roasted Urad dal) , Nellore Chicken Biriyani, appu Koora (Lentil based dish) and many more delicacies within the menu! Enjoy the meal coupled with LIVE music. It’s indeed, phenomenal!

 

Minerva Coffee Shop

 

The speciality of this coffee shop is the authentic steaming filter coffee to enjoy.

 

This is an exclusive vegetarian cuisine restaurant with a huge fan base since ages. Relish the taste of the authentic steaming filter coffee that surpasses the taste of any contemporary coffee shop. The restaurant also serves sumptuous food for its patrons.

 

If you are looking to try out delicious top-notch dosas & grab some quick delicious snacks, this is where you will find it!

 

Sweet Magic 

 

Ah! Sweet magic? What’s so sweet about it?

 

But it’s more than a name! Originally started as a traditional sweet store in Vijayawada, it has spanned across the city with many outlets to include traditional local cuisine of the regions.

 

For Biriyani lovers, this is an absolute Biriyani paradise with 15 varieties of Biriyanis to try out! Yummy!

 

Sizzle up your taste buds with the super spicy famous Red chilli biryani, Prawn biryani, Ginger biryani, Ulavacharu biryani, Avakai biryani, Mutton keema biryani, and the all-time favourite Dum biryani. If you still don’t try out, you are seriously missing something

 

Day 5: Nightlife partying at the waterfront.

 

 

Have party in mind while you are in Vijayawada? Time to try out this luxury floating restaurant-Tanvi River Cruise, the floating platform that makes up for an extraordinary venue for group partying!

 

Yes, on the waterfront side! Get into the party mode with an ultimate waterfront party and dining adventure. The waterfront party cruising offers its patrons a whole new level while cruising along the magnificent Krishna River waterfront. Chill out sipping delectable flavours of drinks, munching snacks & dancing on the beats of foot-tapping live music. Cap off the magic of the night vibe on floating cruise!

 

For on-ground party lovers, Vijayawada offers real party entertainment to the youths. Head on to the “10 Downing Street” party pub with your friends where you can party with non-stop rocking music and dance the night away. Keep Partying hard!

 

With so many flavours to try out and experience, do you still need a reason to visit Vijayawada for this holiday rendezvous? Get it all covered!

Why River Tourism in Goa is all-inspiring for adventure seekers?

You know you are in Goa if you get soaked by the beach waves, adventure cruising, island hopping, yacht tours and a plethora of inviting water sports tempting you to try them out! Goa is indeed, a paradise of a total of 22 beaches naturally diversified into two districts: North Goa & South Goa.

 

But if you think beaches are the only source of fun & adventure, you are wrong! Beach adventures are way too mainstream; instead why not try out some of the exciting river adventures & activities that can offer you a whole new level of fun! And these are indeed such aspirational travel moments that even money can’t buy!

 

Time to turn out to be river fanatic! Ditch the crowded beaches; the Rivers of Goa, the backwaters & the scenic wildlife of Goa are so unique in their potential to attract tourists that they speak for themselves for both leisure & adrenaline.

 

Goa reveals a number of unexplored and gorgeous rivers, tributaries and popular water bodies with breath-taking landscape that are flavourful attractions for the young & the vibrant crowd. And the best part? Well, these river bodies are mostly isolated with only a handful of people around; so it’s only you to experience all the fun & splendour with your special sweetheart, friends or family. So, it’s a bet- you won’t find the serenity elsewhere!

 

About Goa River Tourism

Goa has developed into a thriving tourism sector because of the presence of vivacious beaches, islands, the tranquil lagoons and blissful picturesque landscape. Located at the western coastal region along the boundary of the large sea coastline of the Arabian Sea, Goa is the paradise of the most exotic beaches surrounded by lush greens and fascinating backdrop. Goa is blessed with a total of 9 beautiful rivers joined by 42 other small tributaries that flows from the Western Ghats and then downpours into the sea. This frames an extensive network of navigable inland waters comprising the beautiful backwaters in Goa.

 

But unlike the beaches, Goan Rivers are the most unexplored & uncrowded destinations that opens up new possibilities for unforgettable sightseeing spots, water sports adventures & cruising opportunities to the discerned travellers.

 

Goa Rivers

The biggest & popular rivers of Goa such as Saleri, Chapora, Baga, Talpena, Zuari, Tiracol , Sal, Galgibaga marks Goa’s entry into the exciting world of adventures in river tourism. Several isolated smaller rivers that flows criss-cross along the state will be adding up to the tourism flavour in the coming years.  The most recognizable river bodies that deserve a visit are the Mandovi & the Zuari. These water bodies gives abundant opportunity to rediscover the calm & tranquil nature by means of outdoor water sport activities such as trekking, cruising, water adventures in Goa, underwater activities, Goa sightseeing and heritage, crocodile dundee, bird watching and more.

 

Goa’s River Tourism

Nearly 4 million tourists visit Goa each year, out of which half a million are foreigners. So now you know the rising potential of Goa’s tourism industry every year. Goa, the state that host many locals, domestic and foreign travellers is currently a tourism hotbed as special initiatives from the state Govt. is instrumental in boosting tourism. The flowing waterbodies has greater potential for water park tourism & river based transport systems.

 

Few waterfronts such as the Chapora River & the backwaters that remained untapped for a long time has forced Goa’s tourism industry to exploit the rich flora & fauna along the River ways and develop certain points of tourist interest. With the intent to increase river transport usages by the govt., the growing importance of River jetties and small boats are greatly sought after that can aid to leisure tourism services, spread evenly across all parts of Goa, not just beaches.

 

Goa’s Monsoon River Tourism

It’s good news to lure the rain laden monsoon travellers that- as part of the Govt. initiative to revamp Goa’s river transport system, monsoon tourism activities under the jurisdiction of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) are at the forefront to entertain the discerned visitors. Unlike the sea beaches that are comparatively risky to surf, now, a plethora of new River water games & sports activities & trekking backed by safety measures are all set to launch at the Western Ghats. With the onset, river system will be thriving as popular diving hotspot with loads of monsoon delights such as water sports adventures & diving activities for sports enthusiasts

 

Goa’s Adventure water sports & activities

If you love boat racing amidst a peaceful ambience, Goan Rivers can offer you a unique leisure waterfront space & experience that is way too different from the sea waves. River water sports such as white water rafting, fishing, yachting, kayaking, Ringo ride, and paddle boat rides, canoeing, are just perfect adventure water sports to explore & challenge the river water currents. White water rafting is an easy-to-navigate all year-round adrenaline buzz, sailed across the water currents. While it’s easy to manoeuvre adventure kayaks downriver, canoeing is another fun-filled activity to try your hands on.  Other water activities that you can test your marine skills are rowing and Coracling that adds loads of amusement to the tourists riders.

The beauty of the river water sports is that they are user friendly and can be tried and experienced by anyone; all you need to do is just practice a little balance & control, and there you are…ready to go! For novices as well as professionals, these river water sports are a great pastime and for adventure seekers, these are the best water sports to gather some real life time moments with friends & families. But don’t you worry if you are a first-timer because even for the first-timers, river water sports offer something exciting to everyone.

 

Goa’s Best River water sport activities worth trying

To help you find some of the best river water sports that you can enjoy in Goa, here’s an extensive list that we have handpicked especially for you. Take a sneak peek!

 

Parasailing:

Where to try? Mhadei River 

A popular water sport to try on, parasailing is an easy adventure water activity that you can try out. Take off to get a spectacular aerial view of boundless waters from a high altitude.  Experience the adrenaline rush as you glide through the air! Enjoy the breath-taking view!

 

Water Rafting:

Where to try? Mandovi River

Away from the beach wilderness, white river water rafting is an adventure that offers plenty of thrills to the intrepid visitors. This up-and-go activity in a group is especially designed for lakes, rivers and seas where you can explore magnificent views & inaccessible river banks.

 

Flyboarding:

Where to try? Chapora River

This action sport activity is loaded with tons of uninterrupted fun and thrilling experience. Let water push you up as you stand high above the waters. Fly like a superhero up till 15 to 30 meters above the water pumping up your adrenaline. Make splashes as you swirl your fly board strapped at your feet up in the air to rotate and turn. Chase the ski, take 360 degree spins – it’s a sensation that includes tips & tricks as you apply the skills of turns as you dive into the water and shoot back out again.

 

Ringo Ride:

Where to try?  River Sal

It is an elastic ring shaped boat where you can easily fit in that is towed by the behind the speed boat. Whether single Ringo ride or doubles and bingo! Don’t be afraid for a freefall in waters. Feel each bump, twists & trills as you splash through waters on the way!

 

Round Leisure Boat Ride:

Where to try? River Sal

Round leisure boats are shared adventures for those who want to sail away the laidback time with all comfort. Try out a round leisure boat ride for a fascinating slow journey on beautiful calm waters. Explore pristine corners away from the hustle & bustle of the city.

 

Speed boat:

Where to try? River Sal

This is a great sightseeing tour to be enjoyed in a group as it speeds up. Experience this great thrill of speed, fun and adventure on-board as you top it up to 50mph. This passenger speedboat offers loads of fun to the young & the old when it spins at top speed, giving an adrenaline rush to the adventure junkies.

 

Swan/Pedal Boat

Where to try? Mayem Lake

For those who are looking for a relaxing experience, this is a thrilling ride to explore. Enjoy an intimate time with swan boat ride as you circle around the lake with your special one. Slow down your time for tranquil moment of peace and serenity as you pedal to explore the charms of the lake in a leisurely manner.

 

Kayak Ride:

Where to try? Zuari, Mandovi River & the Sal 

This is the most scenic sport to be enjoyed along the coast, rivers, lakes & backwaters of Goa. Glide through the excursion routes where you find the mangroves & other orchards to explore magnificent views abounding rare birdlife species and diverse flora & fauna. Ride your way on pristine calm waters!

 

Zorb Ball:

Where to try? Zuari, Mandovi River & the Sal

The best thing about this water sport activity is that you can fearlessly dive into the crazy water fun without getting wet! Yes, Rolling up and down or walking inside the transparent ball shaped space of unknown seems exciting! That’s the fun more than scary that you feel inside a Zorb ball. Try it out!

 

Solar boat:

Where to try? Mandovi River & the Sal

Pollution free solar boats are highly enjoyable to take a ride on against the rhythm of the river. Feel the cool breeze as you ride this 100% solar powered boat on calm waters. Experience perfect leisure moments with family and friends.

 

Jet Ski:

 

Where to try? Zuari, Mandovi River & the Sal

For speed lovers, Jet Ski is the most cherished & exciting river water sports. Climb aboard the private Jet Ski for some quick action packed fun and entertainment. Enjoy a thrilling ride through the waves as you feel the water splashing by all around!

 

Cruising:

Where to try? Mandovi River

If you are a wanderlust explorer, river cruising opportunity is sure to leave you spellbound and in awe. Spend evenings at the top deck of the cruise on-board. Explore exciting and thrilling experiences packed with fun, excitement and luxury while cruising.  The breath-taking views from the cruise deck and the LIVE music along with gourmet dining & attentive hospitality is sure to enrich the unique experience on-board.

 

Apart from these water sports & cruising experiences mentioned above, you can also enjoy various sightseeing, bird watching and riverside recreational hopping experiences that are of a great value for money. For bird lovers, Champions Yacht Club provides early morning boat services where you can spot some of the rarest species of birds. All these will definitely make your Goa vacation exciting and memorable. So, does this River water adventure beckon you?