Exploring Vijayawada

A wedding event made us go to Vijayawada and  explore the places nearby. We had gone to Vijayawada many times before, but that was a kind of halt while traveling to our hometown. And that too mostly during night time. For the wedding we had to stay during day time and then we thought of making the stay little longer and visit the places nearby.

From Hyderabad, we started early morning so that we can catch up the wedding ceremony. We moved our sleeping kids directly to the car without waking them up.

By noon we reached the place and could meet the newly wed couple. The new climate made my daughter little cranky. The sudden  change from non-humid nature to very humid climate made her unhappy. But my Son got adjusted very easily.So after the lunch we went to the hotel directly where the stay was arranged.  After reaching the hotel, immediately I put her in comfortable cloths which made her relieved a lot. Then both the kids took a quick nap.

We did not have plan or road map on places to visit. Google and other travel websites helped a lot in finding nearby places and making a road map. Based on reviews we finalized few places.

We realized that Bhavani Island is the nearest & right place to visit in the early evening. So we started out our exploration within the city. A boat trip took us into the island which is situated in the Krishna river. In my child hood I had learned about Krishna river, as India’s one of the major rivers. But this was my first experience to see and have ride in  the river. Kids enjoyed the boat trip very well, and the same is case with us. After reaching the island we could see that APTDC has taken a good effort to develop the place. They have arranged to have stay, adventure spots etc.  As we walked inside the island it became dark and we could hear the security guards calling out “Last Trip From Island”. We rushed to the boat and it was so much crowded as it was the last trip. But we could manage to get two seats near the windows so that kids can enjoy the waves.

Bhavani Island
Bhavani Island

Our next destination on road map was Undavalli Caves. From Wikipedia I read that the caves was made from sandstone. Climbing to the top of the caves and view from the top was amazing. Even my 1 year old enjoyed this place as she got to climb some steps.

Undavalli Caves
Undavalli Caves
Undavalli Caves
Undavalli Caves
Undavalli Caves
Undavalli Caves
Steps to Undavalli Caves
Steps to Undavalli Caves
Undavalli Caves
Undavalli Caves
Undavalli Caves
Undavalli Caves

From there the plan was to go to Nagarjuna Sagar Dam. As per Google maps the trip would take around 4 Hrs.  On the way to the place we could see many Chilly Farms and paddy fields. We even stopped at one of the Chilly Farm and I showed the chilly plant and red chilly on the plant to my son.

Chilly Farm
Chilly Farm

After a long drive we could see the Dam. We were so much excited to walk around and enjoy. But on reaching there we came to know that the Chief Minister was visiting the place and so the Dam would not be open for public. We were very much disappointed as we traveled this long to visit the place and could not make it.

Nagarjuna Sagar
Nagarjuna Sagar
On the way to Nagarjuna Sagar
On the way to Nagarjuna Sagar

Then we came to know about the restaurant nearby where they serve Fish delicacies.  We heard that they will catch fish from the reservoir and cook. True or not , the fried fish was so yummy. After this snack we started our journey back home. On the way back home, few locations were a bit scary as in some places it has mud road and deserted without any street lights.  Before reaching the main highway we could see very few vehicles like tractors or harvester machines only. We got a feeling that we got lost , but soon we made it back to the high way and we reached back Hyderabad by midnight.

In this trip we had  lot of new experiences and for the first time my kids started loving long distance trips.

Asha

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