About Krishna District :
Krishna District gets its name from the holy river Krishna, the third largest river that flows in India. The river Krishna originates near Mahabaleswar (Maharastra) and joins the Bay of Bengal near Hamsaladevi Village in the district. Krishna is considered the kernel of Telugu Culture and is the birth place of the famous Indian classical dance form – Kuchipudi. Machilipatnam is the administrative headquarters of Krishna district. Vijayawada is the biggest city in the district (third in the state) and a commercial centre. The population of Krishna District is 45.17 lakhs (2011 Census), making it the 34th in India and 4th in AP. The population density is 519 per sq Kms. Krishna has a gender ratio of 997 women for 1000 males and a literacy rate of 74.37 percent. Agriculture is the main occupation of the people in the district. It is spread over 8,727 Sq.kms and is divided into upland and delta area. The district consists of 50 Mandals in 4 Revenue Divisions, 1 Municipal Corporation (Vijayawada), 5 Municipalities. Krishna district has 3 parliamentary constituencies and 16 assembly constituencies. Krishna district is the symbol of cultural heritage of Telugu people
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Tourist Places :
|1. Kanaka Durga Temple
The Durga temple is located on the top of a hill called Indrakeeladri at the entrance of the city. The “Dasara” festival is celebrated in a very big way here with large number of pilgrims taking part in the festivities. A holy dip in river Krishna (2 kms from RTC Bus stand) is also a big highlight of the place.
|2. Gandhi Hill
The first Gandhi memorial with 7 stupas in the country was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 feet. The 52 feet stupa was unveiled on 6th October 1968 by Dr. Zakir Hussain, the then President of India. Library, Planetarium, toy train, etc are the other attractions here.
|3. Rajiv Gandhi Park
The park has been developed by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation with utmost care and interest. A mini zoo and water fountain are among other attractions
|4. Mogalrajapuram Caves
The caves are located in the heart of Vijayawada City at “Kasthuribaipet and Mogalrajpuram”. The caves are said to be excavated in 5th Century AD. The idols of Lord Nataraja, Vinayaka and Arthanareeswara can be seen here.
|5. St.Marya s Church – Gunadala
The holy church is situated on a rocky hill on the Eastern side of Vijayawada City. A grand fair held during February every year attracts people of different religions. This is located at a distance of about 7 kms from RTC Bus stand.
|6. Bhavani Island
Bhavani Island with a total area of 130 acres is situated in the middle of river Krishna. Journey to the island by boat is a very pleasant experience. An ideal place for picnics and other special occasions. This island is under the control of APTDC. Meetings and marriages can also organized on this island with prior permission.
|7. Victoria Museum
This museum has a well preserved collection of ancient sculptures, painting, idols, weapons, cutlery and inscriptions of Queen Victoria. It is located on Bunder Road of Vijayawada City.
|8. Kondapalli Fort
This 7th Century Fort on the hill with an impressive three storied rock tower has witnessed the glory of many dynasties. It served a business center in olden days. The fort was used as a military training base by the British rulers. It is now a good picnic spot. Kondapalli village is situated 16 kms from Vijayawada. The village is famous for toys made with a special wood that’s found on the hills here. These toys are famous the world over as ‘Kondapalli Toys’.
Located about 60 kms away from Vijayawada, this is the birth place of Siddhendra Yogi, the originator of the classical Kuchipudi dance form. A dance school by the name Siddhendra kalakshetram trains many students every year, promoting the Kuchipudi dance form.
|10. Manginapudi Beach
Located near Machilipatnam, the beach attracts lakhs of pilgrims during Magha Poornam as it is ideal for sea bathing. The Panduranga Swamy Temple is a famous pilgrim center. APTDC has developed proper infrastructure in and around the beach.
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