Earlier known as Bezawada, Vijayawada is the third largest city in Andhra Pradesh. Offering ample scope for growth of IT, BPO and ITES sectors, Vijayawada is primarily a commercial hub in Andhra Pradesh. The city has a thermal power plant and houses one of the largest railway junctions in South India, connecting the northern and southern parts of the country.
Backed with mythological and historical references, it’s probably the foremost town of Andhra. Located picturesquely, Vijayawada is a veritable paradise for tourists who are eager to learn about the region's history and culture. The city is renowned for some exquisite places such as Hazrat Bal Mosque, Gandhi Stupa on Gandhi Hill, Prakasam Barrage, Kanaka Durga Temple, Undavalli Caves, Bhavani Islands and Victoria Jubilee Museum. All these tourist hot-spots are close to business hotels in Vijayawada. Tourists looking to explore the city must not miss the Deccan festival, a 5-day long event held every year in the month of February. From the classic Hyderabadi Biryani to authentic Andhra food, Vijayawada boasts of a range of sumptuous foods items like Laskora Undalu, Nellore Chicken Biriyani, Pachadi, and Pappu Koora. While indulging the taste buds, one could shop exhilaratingly at popular markets, such as MG Road, Eluru Road, Besant Road and Governorpet for Kalamkari paintings, Mangalagiri sarees, silver jewellery, and semi-precious stones.
Vijayawada is the only city in the world with two rivers, Krishna and Budameru, and three canals. This ‘Business Capital of Andhra Pradesh’ is not only famous as a major trading, business and educational centre, but is also known for its luscious mangoes, traditional sweets and copious springs.