On the banks of the Krishna River, only 149 km. south of Rajahmundry and the Godavari River, Vijayawada is the junction for the railway line to Warangal and Hyderabad. Today it is a major industrial centre. There is a colossal black granite Buddha housed in the city's Victoria Museum. It also has a number of important Hindu temples as well as two 1000-year-old Jain temples. Only a few km. from Vijayawada, but across the river, are the ancient Hindu cave temples of Undavalil. It is the most convenient place from which to visit Amaravathi, the Sanchi of Andhra Pradesh.



GETTING THERE AND AWAY AIR Vayudoot flies from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. BUS Buses travels to all prats of Andhra Pradesh, and also to Madras. TRAIN Vijayawada is on the main Madras-Calcutta and Madras-Delhi lines and all the expresses stopp here. The quickest train from Vijayawada to Madras is the Calcutta Madras Coromandel Express. There are slower expresses, such as the Tirupathi Express, which you can catch to Puri. The Tamil Nadu Express takes 50 hours to cover the 1761 km to New Delhi. There are also direct trains to Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Bangalore and Varanasi.

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