Located in the Coastal Andhra region of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Krishna district is one of the most popular among all the 9 districts of Andhra Pradesh. Machlipatnam is it’s administrative headquarter and the most populous city of the district is Vijayawada. This beautiful district is endowed with rich culture, heritage, art, and literature.
It’s one of the best tourist spots in the entire Andhra Pradesh. A journey made to Krishna district will never disappoint you instead you will fall in love with this astounding district. The rich ambiance of this district makes it mesmerizing and a worth visit. Those who are missing out on a visit to this district are missing something really important.
Krishna District has a wide range of tourism options to offer, some of which are as below:
Kanakadurga Temple ,Vijayawada
Located on the banks of River Krishna, Kanakdurga Temple is a very popular Hindu pilgrimage center. In the 8th century, this temple dedicated to the goddess Durga was the second largest temple in Andhra Pradesh. The beautiful scenic view, river, Gandhi Hill, the huge Prakasam barrage, and Bhavani Island are the prominent attractions of this place.
Inside the temple you will see the icon of the deity holding a powerful weapon in each of her eight arms, piercing the demon Mahishasura with her trident. The deity is ornamented with bright flowers. Kanakdurga temple is definitely a top priority in your Vijayawada itinerary. Have a blissful morning with the morning Darshana of Kanaka Durga Devi and Malleshwaram Swamy.
Undavalli Caves, Vijayawada
At Undavalli caves, you can witness the Indian rock-cut architecture and a memorial to the masonry prowess of the old Indians. The caves are cut out of solid sandstone of the hill in the 4th-century C.E.The most famous among all them is four-story-high with a huge representation of reclining Vishnu, sculpted from a single piece of granite.
You will find many Hindu temples here that are converted from Buddhist artifacts. You can also enjoy the peaceful environment of the Krishna river, which is the nearest attraction. This place is an ideal weekend gateway for history geeks. Drivable from Vijayawada with a round trip of 3 hours max. Parking could be a problem on a crowded day.
Paritala Anjaneya Swami Temple, Vijayawada
Located in Vijayawada this temple is one of the most peaceful and beautiful temples you will find in Vijayawada. Though the temple does not have much historic importance nor it has something grand which is worth seeing but for experiencing a peaceful evening away from all the chaos this place is the right choice. Located at a distance of 30 km from Vijayawada this temple has the tallest statue in the entire city.
ISKCON Vijayawada, Vijayawada
ISCON Temple located in the Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. This temple is very beautiful and peaceful. This temple is a little far away from the main city(Vijayawada). The deities are so beautiful and decorated with jasmine flowers. The monks serving voluntarily there are from prestigious institutions like IITs and NITs. A pleasant place where you can experience ultimate peace and calm.
The Hinkar Tirtha is a Jain temple, which is based on the main highway out of Vijaywada. The place is clean and peaceful and is beautifully built, especially the carvings. The temple is very close to the Vijyavada highway and is one of the most prominent historical tourist sites of Vijayawada.
Outdoor Krishna District
Bhavani Island, Vijayawada
Located in the midst of the Krishna River Bhavani Island is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Vijayawada. It is exactly located upstream of Prakasam Barrage and is one of the largest river islands of India. It covers an area of 133 acres (54 ha). The resort near the island is luxurious and provides an exceptional living experience. This soothing island has greenery all around and also offers a number of water sports. Apart from being a popular tourist destination, this place is also known for conducting marriages and corporate meetings.
A model town situated in Guntur district, Mangalagiri is the 31st most populous city of Andhra Pradesh. It is well known for its religious importance so you will find many temples here. Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at Mangalagiri is the most visited temple in the town due to its historic importance.
It is believed that this place was initially erected by Pandavas and later temple was built by the Sree Krishnafevarayalu regime. The cheapest way to reach from Vijayawada to Mangalagiri is a cab to Guntur, then train to Mangalagiri and takes 2h 25m. You will find magnificent temples of Lord Narasimha at this place, three different temples at the bottom, on and on top of Mangalagiri hill present different aura of the lord.
Champions Yacht Club, Vijayawada
This place is a lavish club located in Vijayawada that has an astounding ambiance and vibe. The food offered is very tasty and the staff is also very welcoming. Parasailing and water jetting are one of the most interesting activities in Champions Yacht Club. The trip to Champions Yacht Club is always loaded with extra entertainment. You can try here variety of water sports here that too at affordable rates. Definitely a must-visit with friends and family.
Hidden gems in Krishna District
Sri Ramalingeswara Swami Vari Devasthanam, Vijayawada
Sri Ramalingeswara Swami Vari Devasthanam, located in Vijayawada is one of the most visited temples in the city. If you are looking for a devotional and peaceful place then this temple is for you. The statues of Lord Hanumana and Lord Shiva are there at the beginning which makes this place attractive. You can also get a full-city view from this temple.
Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple (suyambu), Vijayawada
Located in Kothapet a well-known locality in Vijaywada City in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, this famous Hindu Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. The temple is situated on the foot of Indrakeeladri Hills. This temple is maintained by a famous family known as Iddipilli.
This temple gets many devotees from the state of Tamil Nadu. The best time in the year to visit this temple is at the time of Skanda Shasti (a festival celebrated in Andhra Pradesh). This temple is located at 3kms from Vijayawada Railway Junction, 3kms from Vijayawada Bus Station, and 23 km from Vijayawada Airport.
Kid-friendly things to do in Krishna District
Manginapudi Beach, Machilipatnam
Nice Plain and Flat Sand Bed Beach, this place is good for morning and evening walks and casual time spending. Witnessing sunrise while standing on the cool sand is something that you cannot afford to miss. Many sporting activities also take place at this beach including volleyball, beach bike ride, etc. The cleanliness is also well-maintained at this beach.
VMC Sibar Disney Land, Vijayawada
A fun and interesting place for kids. Though the difficulty level of water rides here is not much but this is definitely a good option for young kids. The wave pools are really fun. The preferred time to go there is monsoon time because in summers the place remains hot so you might feel uncomfortable.
The Final Note
Krishna district is one of the most prominent districts of Andhra Pradesh. It has a plethora of places to explore. From beautiful and rich temples to historic caves, from attractive nature sites to soothing water of Krishna river, from busy shopping centers to refreshing beaches Krishna district has everything you need. So take off time from your busy schedules and go on a weekend trip to Krishna district!