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Bhavani Island, which stretches in the Krishna River, is located 4 km upstream from the city of Vijayawada. Sprawling over an area of 538231.904 sq. m, this island is one of the largest river islands. Ideal for picnic, this island has boating facilities, mangroves and manicured gardens. Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation plans to develop more aquatic and marshy-land oriented activities in the Bhavani Island. As this island is easily accessible from the city of Vijayawada, it is frequented by tourists especially on Weekends.Bhavani Island is a beautiful estuary island in River Krishna in Andhra Pradesh and one of the largest islands found here. Extending over 130 acres, Bhavani Island is located in the vicinity of the famed Prakasam Barrage. It is about 4 km upstream from Vijayawada. It has emerged as an interesting picnic spots due to its natural beauty and the facilities for boat rides and swimming pools. The Bhavani Island covers a huge area of 130 acres and is situated close to Prakasam Barrage. It is a beautiful picnic spot, which has a well maintained swimming pool and it offers other activities as well, like boat riding in the river water. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation is the one that takes care of the availability of boats and these are provided from the place called Durga Ghat.The Island has gained a lot of tourist attention within the recent years and continues to attract them with many river facing resorts. The Bhavani Islands offer a good deal of water activities to its tourists. Fishing is another activity that can be performed here and the island can be reached by a boat ride which is very pleasing and enjoyable. It may take over a couple of more months for the picturesque Bhavani Island to get back to its original sheen. An official team comprising the Chief Engineer, Projects, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC), in-charge Vijayawada Divisional Manager G. Ramakrishna and others is scheduled to visit the island next week to assess and review the existing conditions at the island which is in a shambles. Floods that ravaged the scenic beauty of the island are not the only culprit for ruining the splendor of the place. A prolonged delay on the part of the Tourism Corporation authorities to take up renovation works in the wake of the controversy surrounding the proposed leasing out of the island to a private company added to the neglect of the once-enduring place.      Book Now



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Parital Anjaneya Temple is a statue in depicting Hanuman. It is the tallest statue of Hanuman in the world. It is located in the village of Paritala on NH-9, approximately 30 km from the city of Vijayawada, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. The statue, installed in 2003, stands 135 feet tall. Hanuman, The god also known as monkey deity is the most powerful renowned for his courage, faithful and service to Rama. There are list of famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman and home to some of the biggest and tallest statue of Hanuman, here is the list of top tallest Statues of Hanuman in India. The Hanuman statue at Jakhoo Temple in Shimla is 108 ft; itís the highest peak Shimla and offers a panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges. Jakhoo Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and every year a big festival is held on Dushera.The Hanuman statue is situated on the National Highway No. 6 and Mumbai-Howrah railway line in Nandura. The 108-feet statue of Lord Hanuman is a main tourist attraction in the town on the national highway no. 6.Giant statue of lord Hanuman between Jhandewalan and Karol Bagh metro station in New Delhi. Hanuman Mandir of Jhandewalan is one of the most popular Hindu temples in Delhi and 108ft statue of Lord Hanuman can be seen from Karol Bagh metro station.      Book Now



Paritala Anjaneya Swami Temple

The Prakasam Barrage extends across the width of the Krishna River, linking the districts of Krishna and Guntur. The barrage doubles up as a road bridge, and the last three canals of the barrage pass through Vijayawada. The dam over the river came about from an idea that originated in the year 1798 in the mind of Captain Buckle, before being reinforced by Captain Best and Captain Lake in the year 1839 and 1841 respectively. Following the approval by Major Cotton, the dam was further given a green signal by the board of Directors of East India Company on January 5, 1850. The construction started in the year 1852 and was completed three years later in 1855. The bridge was built later on and named after Sri Tanguturi Prakasam, the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The dam irrigates over 1.2 Million acres of land, and is the first major irrigation project of South India. Besides irrigating vast tracts of farmland, the dam provides a spectacular view of the lake and has become a major tourist attraction of Vijayawada. The best time to visit Prakasam Barrage is between the months of November and March. With the construction of Prakasam Barrage Krishna delta became the most useful fertile valley. The barrage remains open at all times. The barrage across the Krishna, first built by "Sir Arthur Cotton" more than a hundred years ago and later reconstructed in the 1950s, had been in a state of disrepair since the construction of the Vijayawada Thermal Power Station (VTPS) in 1979, as water level up to a minimum of 17.42 meters has to be maintained to facilitate the passage of water into the cooling canal which carries water to the thermal plant at Ibrahimpatnam. As VTPS with a capacity of 1,260 MWs (six units of 210 MWs each) is one of the major sources of power to the power-starved State, the barrage could not be depleted for the past 22 years. This modern regulator and road bridge stretches across the Krishna River and is named after the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sri Tanguturi Prakasam. Prakasam Barrage is one of the earliest irrigation projects of south India and the scheme has transformed Krishna delta into the granary of Andhra Pradesh. The impressive structure of the Prakasam Barrage stretches 1223.5 meter long across the Krishna River. The barrage serves also as a road bridge and spans over a panoramic lake. The three canals associated with the barrage, run through the city of Vijayawada criss crossing it and giving it a Venetian appearance.      Book Now



Prakasam-Barrage

Victoria Jubilee Museum is located on Bandar Road in Vijayawada City. It was constructed in ashlars masonry and is a classic example of the Indo European architectural style. The foundation stone for the building was laid by Robert Sewell, the then District Collector, and Krishna on June 27th 1887, to mark the occasion of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Queen Victorias coronation. The building was constructed to house the industrial exhibition. Later it came under the control of the Zamindaras of Nuzivid, District Board, Krishna and Zilla Parishad of Krishna. In the year 1962 the Department of Archaeology & Museums, Government of Andhra Pradesh took over the building and established an Archaeological Museum. In 1921, the All India Congress Committee met here, when Sri Pingali Venkayya of Munagala Samsthana presented the tri-color flag to Mahatma Gandhi in the presence of other great National leaders like Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhai Patel, Lala Lajapati Roy, Babu Rajendra Prasad, Tanguturi Prakasham Pantulu etc. To this tri-color flag Mahatma Gandhi added the Chakra (wheel) symbol and declared it as the Indian Notational Congress Flag which was declared as the Indian National Flag by the Constituent Assembly on 22nd July, 1947. Galleries in the Museum are Pre Proto Historic Gallery, Painting Terra Cottas, Bronzes, Bidri Ware, Coins, copper plate inscriptions, Porcelain & Celadon ware, Enamel Ware, Portrait wall, Queen Victoria, napoleon Bonaparte, Madonna Della Codellino, Mother Mary Adoring Christ, Rembrandt, Rubens Self Portrait, Annexure Gallery, Arms & Armour, Origin of arms and armour, Bows, arrows and quivers, Swords, Daggers, Body armour, Shields, Fire arms, Ornamentation, Sculpture Garden. The Victoria Jubilee Museum, located on Bundar Road in Vijayawada is a place for archaeology enthusiasts. Established in the year 1887, the museum houses an elaborate collection of ancient sculptures, idols, inscriptions, paintings, cutlery and weapons. Besides these, Victoria Jubilee Museum also showcases historic stone tools, coins, arms, metal works, Neolithic and Microlithic implements. Not to be missed at the Victoria Jubilee Museum are the mammoth granite statue of Lord Buddha and the white limestone beautiful figure of Buddha in standing position that was brought all the way from Alluru. Also of note is the idol of Lord Shiva that dates back to the 4th and 5th centuries, and is a classic example of scriptural nous of the time. The image of Goddess Durga is yet another structure in the museum that is quite remarkable. The best time to visit the Victoria Jubilee Museum and Vijayawada itself is between the months of October and March.      Book Now



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