Nestled on the banks of the Krishna River, Vijaywada is one of the two metropolises of Andhra Pradesh - also known as its business capital. Recognised as a ‘Global City of the Future’, this densely populated South Indian city also boasts of a rich history dating back to 640 AD, when it was known as Bezawada.
A trip to this fine place is incomplete without picking up a couple of Kondapalli toys, exquisitely detailed wooden figurines made in the small town by the same name 16 kms away from Vijaywada.
The multicoloured charming toys and statues are chiselled out of high-quality softwood called tella poniki – found in the nearby Kondapalli Hills. The first step of sculpting involves carving out the wood. This is followed by giving a smooth finish to the edges. Finally, colour is applied on the product with natural dyes or enamel paints as per the requirements.
When it comes to sightseeing, you can explore the best of Andhra Pradesh right here in Vijaywada. From the Undavalli Caves to Bhavani Island and a number of religious tourist spots such as Kanaka Durga Temple, Hazarat Bal Mosque, and Gunadala Mary Matha Church.