South India is full of exciting places to visit. From breathtaking natural beauty to sites that are historically significant, the southern part of India has it all. Its hill stations are pleasant getaways and its beaches make for romantic evenings. The magnificent temples of south India are perhaps the best in the country. While cities like Bangalore and Chennai are quite famous on the tourist map, one of the underrated cities which is every bit worth visiting is Vijayawada. Home to the popular Kanaka Durga temple, Vijayawada is one of those few cities where you fill find a fine mix of modern architecture as well as historical sites. Be it the massive Prakasam barrage on the Krishna river or the ancient Undavali caves where temples are carved out of rocks, every attraction of Vijayawada is worth checking out at least once. It truly is one of the best holiday spots for those visiting Andhra Pradesh. We have already given you a list of best winter holiday destinations in south India for 2017. If you have never considered a visit to Vijayawada, you are missing out on a prominent part of Indian culture and architecture. Here are some beautiful Vijayawada photos that will encourage you to take a trip to this underrated tourist spot. Also Read - 'Targeting Entire Community Unacceptable,' Says Jagan Reddy on Row Over Tablighi Jamaat Congregation

Historic Undavalli caves near Vijayawada city

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The magnificent Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada

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Vijayawada sunrise

Another picture of the historic Undavalli caves near Vijayawada city in Andhra Pradesh

Undavalli caves Vijayawada 3

The Undavalli caves are a must-visit for all history buffs

Undavalli Caves Vijayawada 2

Vijayawada is home to a number of temples

Temple in Vijayawada

Another aerial view of the city of Vijayawada

Vijayawada aerial shot

The city is full of lush green paddy fields

Vijayawada paddy field 1

Another shot of the famous Prakasam Barrage

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Eluru road in the central part of Vijayawada

Eluru road

Uppalapadu bird sanctuary is just 35 km from Vijayawada

Uppalapadu bird sanctuary

Here’s a panoramic view of Vijayawada

Vijayawada aerial view 2

There’s the foundation stone of the new state capital of Andhra Pradesh, “Amaravati”! It was laid on 22 Oct 2015 by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at Vijayawada.

Amravati foundation stone Vijayawada

Another paddy field that the city is full of!

Vijayawada paddy field 2

And here’s a yellow mustard field near Vijayawada

Vijayawada - yellow mustard field

Architecture details of lord Ayyappa Hindu temple gopuram in Vijayawada

Vijayawada temple

We leave you with this panoramic view of the city of Vijayawada

Vijayawada aerial view

So, next time you are in south India, consider visiting Vijayawada for its beautiful temples, hills, caves and landscapes.