The Kanaka Durga Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and rests on top a hill and overlooks majestically at the Krishna River. The city also is famous for its many varieties of mangoes, which flood the local markets during summer. Located close to Vijayawada is the serene and tranquil village of Kondapalli, which is renowned for its multi-hued, lightweight Kondapalli toys and picnic spot.
Also known as Bezawada, Vijayawada is the third largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is about 275 kilometres from Hyderabad and is a popular tourist, business and trading hub. The name of the city translates to ‘place of victory’. It is believed that Arjuna performed penance in the surrounding Indrakiladri Hills to appease Lord Shiva, who, in turn, gifted him with Pasupathasthra, Arjuna’s prized weapon. It also is claimed that Goddess Durga rested in Vijayawada after slaying the Mahishasura, a wicked demon, after engaging him in a fierce battle.