Vijayawada is the capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is the second largest city in this state and serves as its commercial hub. The name of this city, Vijayawada, means ‘The Place of Victory’. The history behind this name is that Goddess Durga relaxed here after killing the demon. Her victory over the demon gave this place its name. Bezawada is the other name for this city. During the peak period of Buddhism, the much-known Chinese Huin Tsang had visited this place in 639 A.D.
Vijayawada is one of the fastest growing cities in Andhra Pradesh. McKinsey Quarterly, the famous business magazine, titled it as the "Global City of the Future". It has also been termed as the cleanest one in the state by the Ministry of Urban Development. This city is a blend of modern infrastructure against a strong historical backdrop. This feature makes this city unique and a perfect destination for tourists.
Road : The city is located nearly 275 Kms from the capital city i.e. Hyderabad.
Rail : Vijayawada Railway Station.
Air : Hyderabad Airport.
A total of 14,91,202 with 7,50,770 males and 7,40,432 females (according to provisional data of census 2011)
Official language is Telugu
Mostly Hot and Humid
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Climate & Geography
The City of Vijayawada has a flat topography with some small hills of the Eastern Ghats and agricultural fields in the central region. The Krishna River flows through the city and Budameru River on the north.
The climate in Vijayawada is mostly hot and humid. During May-June, temperature soars to 47°C and hardly drops below 15°C during winters. The city experiences both the southwest monsoon and northeast monsoon, making the humidity levels go up to 78%.
There is a well-planned network of roads and the city is connected through NH-16 and NH-9 with other major cities. There are plenty of state and private owned buses that run through and outside the city. For local travelling auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are common modes of transport.
Vijayawada railway station is an important and busy junction which receives around 320 passenger and freight trains every day. It connects to some main railway routes. There are some other railway stations in the city also.
The Gannavaram domestic airport is only 19km away from the city and connects Vijayawada to other major cities through flights of Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Air India etc.