Amaravati is a planned capital city established in 2015. It was established as the seat of government of Andhra Pradesh in 2019. However, the state government passed an act in 2020 to establish three capital cities in AP for inclusive development of all the regions.
Its name was derived from the historic town named Amaravathi, which is also covered in this article. The region was once a capital of the Satavahana dynasty. The city is located on the banks of Krishna River and the capital region of the city is spread over the districts of Krishna and Guntur.
While a higher-speed railway is planned, it won't materialise until at least 2030. Until then using the railway station in nearby Vijayawada and then continue by bus or taxi is the most convenient solution. Some trains call at Krishna Canal Junction railway station, which is located a few kilometres east of Amaravati.
- 1 Krishna Canal Junction railway station.
APSRTC runs bus services from Vijayawada, Guntur, Mangalagiri, Sattenapalle, Piduguralla, Narasaraopet and Hyderabad to Amaravathi Bus Station.
Buses are available on all major roads. Otherwise, you can get around by taxi, personal car, auto-rickshaw or on foot. Alternatively, motorbiking/bicycle motorbiking or cycling in downtown and busy areas can often be quicker than taking the auto-rickshaw or a taxi.
Parking in the city is improving. It may be easy to park two wheelers, but finding parking for cars is a bit harder. Generally parking is provided by the city administration as well as the business owners.
- 1 Anna NTR Statue Velgapudi.
- 2 Bhavani Island. Bhavani Island is on Krishna River close to the city. AP Tourism is converting this 133-acre (54-hectare) island into a tourist spot and a river-front resort. The island offers some cottages to stay in and some adventure and fun sports. The journey to the island by boat is very pleasant.
- 3 Prakasam Barrage. Built across the river Krishna connecting this city with Vijayawada, Prakasam Barrage has created a panoramic lake.
- 4 Undavalli caves. These caves are said to be carved in 7th century AD. Buddhist monks used this two-storeyed cave structure as a rest house during the monsoon. A huge monolith of the Lord Anantha Padmanabha Swamy in reclining posture is a magnificent sight.
- 5 Dhyana Buddha Statue (3 km from bus station). This 38 m (125 ft) tall statue of the Buddha in a meditative (Dhyana) position was completed in 2015 to celebrate the Buddhist heritage of the city in ancient times.
- Archeology Museum, Main Road. It preserves remains of Buddhist Architecture and remains, located at a distance of 1.5km form Bus station
- Amareswara Temple, Main Road. Serves Lord Amareswara, has a history of about 2000 years, located at a distance of 2km form Bus station
- Old Museum, Museum Road. Contains ruins of Mahachaithya, located at a distance of 1.5km form Bus station
- Krishna River. It is the second largest river in South India, Amaravathi lies on Right bank of the river.
- 1 Lemon Market, Rayapudi. Sa-Th 9AM-5PM, F open 24 hours.
- 1 Pragathi Wines, Amaravathi Rd. Daily 10AM-9PM.
Amaravati is still under construction and there are few facilities for travellers. Therefore, it is recommended to bring all the essentials with you.