Location & tourism

 

Acharya Nagarjuna University is located 18 kms. south of Vijayawada and 13 kms. north of Guntur in the coastal area of Andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada and Guntur are well connected by rail and road from all places of India. There is an airport in Gannavaram which is 20 kms. north of Vijayawada. Reception counters will be in place at the railway stations of Vijayawada and Guntur. A central reception counter will be put up at the main entrance o f the University situated on NH16 between Vijayawada and Guntur. Both the cities are important as business, cultural and educational centers. Famous places of religious, archaeological and tourist interest are also located in these cities. January is a good time to be in Guntur. As the nights are slightly chilly, participants can bring light woolen clothing.


Guntur:

 

  • Amaravathi: Located on the banks of river Krishna about 35 kms. from Guntur, Amaravathi is an ancient Buddhist centre. Amaralingeswara Swamy temple and the Museum are its attractions.
Kottapakonda:
Located 63 kms. from Guntur, -  noted for the ancient Shiva temple on top of a hill - the annual Mahasivarathri Jatara in February is celebrated on a lavish scale.
Mangalagiri:
Located 12 kms. from Vijayawada, - famous for the Panakala Swamy temple and Laxmi Narasimha Swamy temple – ancient temples with mythological significance - also known for its cotton textiles.
Nagarjuna Sagar:
Located 150 kms. from Guntur, as the largest masonry dam in the world, over the river Krishna, it has created the world’s largest man-made lake. Situated in the middle of this lake is an island called Nagarjunakonda with priceless archaelogical relics housed in a museum.
    Ethipothala Falls:  Just about 11 kms. from Nagarjuna Sagar Dam are the Waterfalls on the Chandravanka river, a tributary of river Krishna – known for the beautiful scenic surroundings and numerous cave temples.  
    Undavalli caves: A short drive away from Guntur and Vijayawada are the Undavalli caves, located at the top of the high hills overlooking the Krishna River. Built during the 4th-5th centuries, their structure suggests that they were hewn out of solid rock on the hillside.
Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuaray:  The fresh water tanks in Uppalapadu village (6 kms) are a natural refuge to many species of birds including endangered spot-billed pelicans and painted storks. Haailand: Situated 5 kms. from the university, Haailand is a slice of South East Asia providing the perfect backdrop for a leisure getaway

 

Vijayawada

 

 
Kanakadurga Temple:
Famous temple situated on a hill.  Dasara festival is celebrated colourfully every year.
Bhavani Island:Situated in the river Krishna at the entrance to the Vijayawada city - a picturesque holiday resort.
Victoria Museum:Contains well preserved collection of ancient sculptures, paintings, idols, weapons, cutlery and inscriptions. St Mary’s Church, Gunadala:
Famous church situated on a hillock - venue of a grand fair every year.