|Way to Magalagiri-Vijayawada|
Bike Trip To Vijayawada:
Ever since we[Me and my wife ] completed Srisailam trip, we gained more confidence on biking. Long drive on my beloved pulsar180. During last December,2014 travel ghost had drove us crazy about a new capital of Andhra Pradesh -Vijayawada. The name of the city translates to ‘place of victory’.It is home to the region’s largest railway junction. As per mythology ,Arjuna was blessed by Lord Shiva at the top of the Indrakeeladri Hill and after that Arjuna created Vijayawada. According to another myth, Goddess Durga rested here after killed a demon and that is why the place got its name. We heard that the road was good. We started on a sunny morning to venture Vijayawada. Since we were in motorcycle,we could not opt for Outer Ring Road.We had to take the route inside Hyderabad city. In the morning that too very cold,we started. The road was empty.
Within 2 hours of drive we reached the end of Hyderabad. Our travel map is given below:
While going,we crossed one more biker ,with all covered with travel gears with a red flag. I felt there might be crazy enthusiastic guys like us, still existing in Hyderabad. We were very happy to see this dude.
|Bike Trip To Vijayawada|
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|route map to Vijayawada|
We stopped for our breakfast in a road side dhaba,the same dude arrived there. He also ordered for dosa. Being curious I went ahead and saw this guy. To my surprise he was an elderly guy aged around 70+ heading towards Vijayawada. Upon talking we came to know he was none but our Kaleem Ma(sir) [Xbhp lead]. He said that he was travelling to Hoogly, a district in West Bengal.
|Meeting with Mr Kalim MA|
He was extremely glad to see us going in motorbike with full gears.After Dosa and hot tea we headed towards Chottuppal.Thanks to NHAI and Vijayawada Highway specialists. The street was extremely decent. We kept up a consistent 70KM speed.
We halted for a roadside dhaba close Chotuppal for brisk tea. My bike additionally was searching for some rest. Post that we went to Suryapet. At that point we ceased at Kodad for some food.Pulsar was pulling 70+KM dependably. Street was great.Just before Kondapally we refueled our bike.
We came to Vijayawada at around 2PM. We had a booking in spending inn called Executive Inn.
We took some rest. Post lunch we went to PVP shopping center . KFC and hot espresso from barista filled our heart with joy. We came to inn for supper. The lodging did not have any kitchen offices but rather masterminded sustenance for us. The andhra supper was excessively great.
Next day we went to Narasimha Temple,top of a hill.The way was too good.Ghat road.The view from temple was very good.Then we headed towards Mangalagiri town for famous cotton bazar .
Narasimha Temple and Cotton Bazar:
After little bit of shopping we went to Undavalli cave. The road was not so good. The tarmac was not in all the places. When we reached there,we found that there were no parking space for our bike. We had to park outside of the cave. There were no security.After reaching there,we found that this was a nice cave with lots of local idols and a huge idol of Lord Buddha.Govt was protecting this decaying Buddhist land for years.The arranging of the territory was done very pleasantly.It was a Buddhist legacy site,wonderfully kept up Garden and solid atmosphere.This was structured in 420-620 AD and this was developed in seventh century AD by ruler Vishnukundi.This caverns demonstrated the significance of Hinduism and models of Anantha padmanbha (Lord Vishnu) and master Narasimha. These caverns demonstrated the ability of artworks men who planned this figures in such a wonderful and appealing ways. These caverns started as Jain spots of love from 420-620 AD and afterward Buddhists involved them and later Hindus.
It was an amazing four story shake cut sanctuary. There were a few caverns and the best realized biggest one had four stories with an enormous reproduced statue of Vishnu in a leaning back stance, etched from a solitary square of stone inside the second floor.The caverns were encompassed by the green wide open. From the high slope over the cavern sitting above the Krishna River many fine examples of shake cut engineering could be seen. The yards and patio nurseries added sparkle to the appealing Caves.A predetermined number of Cave-cutting was obvious.It had awesome sculptures.The upper floors should be fenced as we felt that it was risky and slippery.With lot of efforts we were able to climb to the top.The view from above is a dining experience for the eyes with the greenery and the powerful Krishna streaming in the setting.The cavern complex was genuinely little, yet in any case intriguing (particularly the leaning back Vishnu).The gigantic icon of ruler Anantasayana’s statue in lyring stance, cut in a solitary stone was a treat to the eyes.Though it was a little mountain ,we got a great perspectives from the upper accounts of the encompassing wide open an enable a brief period to unwind and take this in!The icons and different models had stood the trial of time and had loads of history appended. The stone cut engineering had a magnificent creative look.
Drinking water dispensaries were accessible yet it was polluted with monkeys so take your very own container of water.There were hardly any food stall available,hence I urge you to take our own food and water bottles.
Fees at Undavalli cave:
The entire complex along with garden were pleasantly done up and great kept up by the authorities. Hence it required a little help from us. The help was INR 25/person for section expenses (Indians) and diverse charges was for outsiders.It was a safe place for family travel with securities,authorities and locals guarding the area.
The final words on Undavalli cave:
The stone slope was not too huge; the sanctuary complex cut in the slope around sixth Century AD was incredible; shockingly needed better upkeep, security and assurance from vandals. Be watchful about monkeys. There were everywhere. Generally they did not disturb traveler until and unless there were food items with us.Bats were everywhere,the stink of bats was present throughout this cave visit.However Archaeological survey of India must enhance the nature of the site to coordinate our other legacy sights.
Our last visiting place for the day was Rajib Gandhi Park. I would say this was a must visit place in Vijayawada.Mostly crowded by local couples. But there was an wax art exhibition, many of which were microscopic in size. We literally had to see them under lens.We enjoyed most of these.
|art exhibition at Rajib Gandhi Park|
Night time experience of Prakasam Barrage:
Day time experience of Prakasam Barrage:
Our final verdict on Prakasam Barrage:
|art exhibition at Rajib Gandhi Park|
|art exhibition at Rajib Gandhi Park|
At that point we went to Lenin statue bazar, acclaimed bazar in Vijayawada. We finished second day voyaging. At inn we took supper same andhra meals.Little hot however delectable. The individuals who are veg have a choice called Minerva Grand Hotel. Else you can go to same PVP shopping center and have KFC or Handi biriyani. There are Chinese choices also.
Trip to Bhavani Island:
Third day, we went to Haritha Resort at Vijayawada,just on the bank of Krishna River. I would firmly recommend to remain here on the off chance that you are heading out to Vijayawada. We kept our bike and took ticket for Bhavani island. This was an Island just on the center of Krishna River. Grand excellence was simply great.A ship used to transport between main land to Bhavani Island.There were wide assortment of water crafts worked by the travel industry office from bhavani puram to the island. We took ordinary ship (not the barge vessel) to speed pontoons to achieve the Island and appreciated the ride.Only for 60 rs we got forward and backward in the vessel ride.Vessel administration was incessant and began at 9 AM toward the beginning of the day and last pontoon administration to the island was at 6 PM.Once we off-boarded and entered the greenery enclosure,we saw scrap metal sculptures of Bhavani.
|Dock at Bhavani Island|
There was a battery operated vehicle to go around in the island. There was a green labyrinth for children. There was reflect labyrinth.There was another Haritha in the Island. One can book one of the Haritha and travel to and foe for free. For others , the ferry was chargeable, as I said before.The Bhavani Islands had over night vacationer offices and a tranquil, sentimental vibe!
The island had numerous things to offer from photoshoot to recreations to tree houses to water sports and some more. As it was a lush island, we sew a couple of egrets and various other common birds.
There was dinosaur park where dinosaurs would move and influence sound as we to continue on the track. There were rope strolling, rope cycling and so on. They were as a rule pleasantly re-created by Mansi Sahu and her group of urban architects for the APCRDA!We saw speed sailing, paragliding and more and for youngsters there were swell climbing gear and we had experience diversions for grown-ups
It was extraordinary !!!Well done AP Tourism.It was indeed a great spot to go through your day with family.
|Ferry to Bhavani Island|
|Rooms at Bhavani Island|
|food at Bhavani Island|
Food was not only great but also superb, There were very limited facilities but food was delicious.
I must say try biriyani or egg fried rice with chicken curry.
|Tree house at Bhavani Island|
After Andaman,I saw tree house here. All facilities including TV,Inernet ,AC,room service were available.If somebody wants to spend time in the lap of nature , this was a perfect place.It was truely a flawless spot to spend in relaxation.
|Tree house at Bhavani Island|
Lied on the deck seats on the waterway front, had a great lunch in the beautiful eatery, toward the evening strolled inside the island and had numerous an audacious games including speed boating.We must admit that the Location was extremely decent,lovely.
|Water Sports complex at Bhavani Island|
Water sports complex at Bhavani Island. I must say this was a superb initiative by tourism department.Boating,water biking,rowing were few options.
|This was how Vijawada looked from the Island|
Ends of the week were intensely swarmed and subsequently avoidable.No doubt it was a beautiful island in Krishna stream and famous for prakasham flood.Water sports was arranged in the core of River krishna in vijayawada city and this spot gave the great joy and outside air with great true serenity and unwinding to the body and felt like a paradise and this pleasant spot for youngsters to play recreations and for grown-ups to get unwind and this 54 hectares land secured island and exceptionally close to vijayawada city with 4 km distance.
After spending around 4 hours we came back to mainland -vijayawada,We went to Prakasam Barrage and went to Kanaka Durga temple..I must say,it was a great arrangement. Devotees could go by walking or they could take auto or cars to go to top. The beautiful temple lied on top of Indrrakiladri Hills and enshrines Goddess Kanaka Durga. The hill offered some amazing view of the city along with the river. There were two routes to the temple.The first one was the stairs leading to the temple which was difficult and arduous.While going we took this route.It was around 500+ steps. The other route was driving up the Ghat road. Local legend claimed that Arjuna, the mighty warrior from the Mahabharatha, received his divine weapon, the Pasupatha, at this site and after getting the weapon, he constructed the temple to honor Goddess Durga. There were three lines VIP,Normal and Free. VIP was costing Rs 500,then 100 and then free. We took VIP ticket for a VIP darshanam.
|Durga Matga Temple at Vijayawada|
It was a smooth journey to see goddess Durga. We took some prasadam for my office colleagues. Now the last journey was kondapalli fort. Here google map started drama. It took us just the opposite side of the hill and showed us the rock climbing way to reach there. 🙂 Since we went by bike, we dropped the plan . We came back to the main road with a broken heart. We refueled our bike and casually asked the petrol pump guy for the way to Kondapalli fort. This guy showed a way to go to the fort. We headed towards kondapalli fort. While going from Hyderabad it was just before the kondapalli circle.There was an engineering college near by.At that time they were making the road and a big construction was on the way. So the road was broken,full of pot holes. Just before the fort , a muddy clay road went left side,
|Way to Kondapally fort|
We missed it,We started to climb further to for the fort. We reached Dooradarshan center Vijayawada. The guards guided us to fort. Finally almost at last we reached fort. It was a closing time then. We requested the ticket collector and this guy seemed to be great. He accepted our request and showed us the fort . He acted as a guide ,costed us 200 rs.However the view of sunset was unforgettable.
|Sunset from Kondapalli fort|
We had some quick snacks and tea just outside of the fort.After the sunset the kondapalli ghat road was scary. Just then my Hella projector and beloved pulsar assured us a safe journey down to kondapalli junction.We ended the journey by taking same andhra meals.
Next day, we started in the morning from Vijayawada and reached Hyderabad by after noon.It was a memorable long drive with my wife on our pulsar180.
This could be a memorable honeymoon trip too as it has all ingredients.